Monday, December 31, 2012

Story: Robot Vacuum

The robot vacuum is really neat!
The robot vacuum sucks up bits.
If a red light flashes on the vacuum it means that we have to charge its batteries at its home.
The lighthouse blocks the robot vacuum from going anywhere else.
If the green light flashes on the lighthouse that means that the battery is running out.
Under the robot vacuum there is a little spinner that picks up the bits.
If the vacuum misses its home it tries again!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Science: Solids, Liquids and Gases (Part 2)

We put ice into a cup.
Ice is a solid.
We put the cup into hot water.
The ice cubes melted away.
They became water.
Water is a liquid.
We put the water in a pan on the stove.
The water went away.
It became a gas.
The stove is hot.
Heat made the liquid change to a different state of matter.
We also put water in the freezer and it turned into an ice cube.
Cold changed a liquid to a solid.

Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, Lesson A-2 part 2

Story: Story About Christmas

Sam gave me an advent calendar and a book!
We decorate the tree with fancy balls.
When we turn the Christmas tree on it is very cool.
We put Christmas music on.
We decorate lights on the railings.
I do math on Christmas Day.
I do stories on Christmas Day.
People put gift tags on the presents.
Santa brings us one present.
They are very neat.
I wonder what I'll get this year?
We unwrap the presents.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Story: A Trip to the Hospital

I was in a bed.
The bed had wheels.
I went on a ride downstairs.
I got my X-ray.
The X-ray was neat.
I had to sit down in the chair, be still and look at Nemo then look at Dad.
I watched a movie.
They put a mask on my face.
We went home and saw all the Christmas lights.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Science: Solids, Liquids and Gases (Part 1)

Everything is made of matter.
There are three states of matter.
The three states of matter are: liquid, solid and gas.
Examples of solids: wood, blocks, bricks, stones, LEGOs, tables, trees.
Examples of liquids: water, juice.
Examples of gases: air, tooting, steam.
Salt is a solid but it flows like liquid.

Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, Lesson A-2 part 1

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Science: Organizing Things into Categories

Organizing means sorting.
Category means group.
We looked at the cutlery drawer.
It had different things in it.
We organized the cutlery into the right places.
These places are called categories.
We read a book about same and different.
We organized buttons by sorting them.
We sorted them by size.
We sorted them by colour.
We sorted them by number of holes.
We sorted them by leather, metal, plastic, bone, stone.
We played a memory game.
We organized the things on the tray into categories.
Then it was easier to remember the stickers, pencil crayons, crayons and LEGOs.

Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, Lesson A/B-1

Monday, December 3, 2012

Drawing: On a Grassy Mountain

Pencil Crayon Drawing

Story: Grana and Papa's Party

I played in my playroom.
I played pachinko.
I played with the money machines.
Then I played pachinko again.
Once, the balls in the pachinko got stuck and I got too many payoffs.
But it all worked out fine.
We ate chocolate peanut butter circles.
I played with my cars.
I ate a fruit salad.
It had baby oranges in it.
It had grapes in it.
I watched the cars go by.
When you put the wooden thing in the bar and when you see the red light go on it means there is more power in it.
I went home in the dark.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Story: Christmas is Coming

Dad gets the Christmas tree out.
We decorate flashy balls on the Christmas tree.
When we are sleeping Santa comes at night.
Sam sings us songs.
Sam brings us an advent calendar.
Sam brings us interesting things.
We get the Christmas tree from the basement.
Then I open up all the bins and see what's in them.
There are Christmas balls in the box.
We play Christmas songs.
Dad puts outdoor Christmas lights outside.
We are going to Grana and Papa's party tomorrow.
Christmas is nice.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Story: Car Washing

I put the gloves on.
I washed the cars with soap.
I sprayed Dad and he didn't want to be sprayed.
I sprayed all over his hair.
Dad was mad.
Dad said "Don't do that again."
I scrubbed the cars with a lot of soap.
Dad had so much soap in his grill.
There were waterfalls on his grill.
I sprayed Mum's car with the hose and soap.
I sprayed some of the gravel.
I sprayed myself with the hose.
I got soaking wet outside so I came in the house.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Story: Cooking

We cook with marjoram.
We cook with plums.
Wash your hands before cooking.
Then I go cook.
Then we check our cookbook.
I go in the pantry and then I get a can of chickpeas.
And then I get some olive oil.
Then I go upstairs to cook.
I put the can and olive oil on the counter.
Then I get the can opener.
Then I put the can opener on the can and put the blades on it.
When you open the can you find a sharp thing on it.
Then you wash the lid.
Then we throw the can and lid into the recycle.
Then we get the seaweed out. The one with the ripples on it.
Then I eat some of the macro kelp.
Then we put it in the curry.
Then I get the olive oil out.
My Mum pours the olive oil in the measuring cup.
Then I get out the chocolate chips.
I open the package and see a whole bunch of them.
Then I pour them all in the pot.
Then I get a new package and open it.
Then I pour one in and I close it up.
Then I open cinnamon.
I smell it and it smells good.
Then I pour it in the pot.
Then I get the nutmeg out.
I smell it and it smells good.
Then I pour it in the pot.
Then I get raisins out.
I eat one and it tastes good.
Then I pour a whole bunch in the pot.
It's curry!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Story: Playing Rokenbok

I play Rokenbok.
I take a load of Rokenbok balls and I dump them into the two conveyors.
I put a load in the boxes, then I push the button and it goes up, up, up into the sky.
And then it goes down into the sorting machine!
I take another load of Rokenbok balls and I dump them into my barn.
Then I open the gate and then I let them out of the barn into a big mess.
Then a vacuum sweeper picks the balls up and dumps them into the conveyor again.
And then the balls go into another sorting machine!
Then a loader picks them up and he dumps them into the monorail.
The monorail goes around and around the bend and then it dumps the balls into the orange sorting machine again!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Story: Playing at the Beach

I make sand castles.
I build a cove.
I dig out ooey gooey mud.
I forgot to build my starfish.
I be my me.
I played with my boat.
My boat went so fast it spit out some water at me.
I eat pizza while I'm there.
I eat a smoothie while I'm there.
My shovel glowed purple sparkles and pink sparkles.
My starfish turns yellow.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Story: All About Reptiles

Crocodile skin is very scaly.
They can eat people.
Good thing there are no crocodiles in Canada.
Rainbow lizards are pretty neat.
They crawl up the hill fast.
The snake ate the chameleon.
Snakes peel out of their old skin.
Turtles lay their eggs at the beach.
Baby turtles crawl out of their eggs.
Some of the baby turtles got eaten.
Some turtles are so heavy that they are stronger than a car.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Math: Sums with 9

Math Mammoth 1: Sums with 9

Story: Waterfalls

The waterfalls go down the rocks and into a cupholder.
They go into a drain that pushes the dirt on the rocks like cement.
It's pretty neat.
The waterfalls go down the stairs.
The water comes from the hose.
I work very hard with my little trucks.
The trucks scrape the dirt.
All the dirt goes into the drain.
All of it.
The waterfalls go between the trees.
That waters the trees.
Isn't that clever?
Next, the waterfall goes around the feather.
Soon we'll have two feathers.
All the feathers are pretty much gone.
We need to go to the beach to find a feather.
The sand is bright and gold.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Story: Swimming

The T-pools are very deep!
The pirate ship is shallow.
I can do rocketships.
I splashed my friends with water.
I did a side glide!
I did a back float in the deep water!
The bubbles were fun.
I splashed out of the pool to make a river.
I did a front float.
I kicked to get a poodle noodle for my friends.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Story: Playing Outside

I slide down my slide!
I climb on my climbing wall.
I mow the grass.
I colour the patio.
I moss scrape.
I be my me.
I run around with soccer balls with Dad and other people too.
I sand-sift sand.
I make fires sometimes with Dad in the fireplace.
I rake leaves with Dad.
I throw balls on the roof.
I eat chives.
I play in my sand turtle.
I get ready for waterfalls.
Sometimes I say "I can scrape roads."
I sweep the patio.
I can count all the animal shapes in the sky.
I chop wood.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Painting: It's Me!

Completed wet on wet watercolour

Same painting at an earlier stage: author's self portrait

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Story: Doodle Jump

I get high scores in Doodle Jump.
I see weird guys.
All the Doodle Jumps are a little bit different.
Doodle Jump spits out soccer balls.
Some of the platforms look a little different.
Some are clear, some are blue, some are red and then they bomb.
Doodle Jump jumps on springs.
Doodle Jump collects coins.
I jump in rocket ships.
Doodle Jump jumps on trampolines.
I see rocket packs.
I see planets in Doodle Jump Space.
All the planets look a little different.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Story: Salmon Spawning

We saw salmon swimming.
They were trying to get upriver.
All of the salmon were stinky.
Seagulls eat salmon eggs.
I crawled in a giant tree log.
Some women were painting pictures of the trees and river.
The river was flowing downstream.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Story: Halloween (Part 2)

We carved some pumpkin faces.
We lit the candles on the pumpkins.
I counted to one hundred seeds.
We ate the seeds.
They were good.
I Trick or Treated with L__.
My costume was a dragon.
People gave me candy.
The candy might have been in a machine.
People gave me a bag of stuff.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

Small Pumpkin -- Home Garden
43 cm around
13 cm tall
19 lines
light orange
269 seeds

Medium Pumpkin -- G Farm
60 cm around
17 cm tall
26 lines
medium orange
57 seeds

Large Pumpkin -- G Farm
73 cm around
21 cm tall
23 lines
medium orange
264 seeds

Large Pumpkin -- M Farm
73 cm around
21 cm tall
24 lines
dark orange
378 seeds

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Painting: Red, Blue and Yellow

Wet on wet watercolour with red, blue and yellow.

Story: The G__ Farms Party

I saw a big pumpkin on the roof.
It was funny.
I had a hayride.
We picked pumpkins.
I peed in the portapotty.
I went through a corn maze.
There was a lot of corn in the corn maze.
I went on a train.
There were skeletons in the tunnel.
The train on its wheels went clickety-clack.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Story: Halloween

We go Trick or Treating!
We light pumpkin lights.
The gnomes give me a present.
I'll wear a dragon costume.
We make cupcakes.
I colour pictures to bring to people.
Witches are on their brooms at Halloween.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Story: What we do in our backyard

I play baseball with Grana.
I crush brown maple and arbutus leaves.
I get ready for waterfalls.
I cut the grass.
I play with a soccer ball.
I chop wood.
I cut down dead tree branches with Daddy.
I throw balls on the roof.
I watch all the birds fly by.
I play in my fort.

Math: Sums with 7

Math Mammoth 1: Sums with 7

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Painting: Three Colour Experiment

Wet on wet watercolour in three primary colours.

Self Portrait

There are several pages behind the face that detail the author's name, personal info, family info, and what makes him special.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Story: Things we do every day

We eat breakfast.
We see the new house get built.
I think of stuff every day.
I like everything about my house.
I eat lunch every day.
I play outside.
I eat dinner.
I like eating dessert.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Painting: Primary Colours

Wet on wet watercolour: first painting with all three primary colours

Story: Poisonous Things

We don't eat pipe plants.
They are poisonous.
Frogs are camouflaged behind rocks.
We can't step on them.
Mushrooms look funny.
Mushrooms might be gooey.
Some chemicals we don't use on our hands.
Chemicals might make you sick.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Story: Puddle Jumping

We splashed in big puddles!
We talked to people.
My boots didn't hurt.
We saw a chestnut tree!
I saw the starfish!
I saw numbers on the way back.
We walked a long way back to our house.
I had never seen the electrical plug box before.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Story: Spooky Forests

We have pipe plants!
We have deer on the other side of the fence.
I play with dusty dirt.
I throw rocks sometimes!
We have a compost.
Owls are in the trees.
The forest is dark at night.
There is only one scary creature.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Story: A Dressup Day

We wore fancy clothes.
We had dinner.
I had split pea soup and pumpkin pie.
I coloured pictures.
I gave pictures to people.
We played with LEGO.
The LEGO had tiny pieces.
I played with my lawnmower!
It was a fun Thanksgiving Day.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Story: A Special Day

We went to the museum!
We watched two movies.
We were in space.
We saw dinosaurs.
They roared and stomped.
People dug for dinosaur bones.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Story: Swimming Day

I like the square pool.
The diving tank is deep!
The flippers are hard to get on.
My flippers go faster than the whole world.
My machine that has one gear spits out a shower.
My friends are nice.
My friends swim very well.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Story: Bugs in Canada

Ladybugs sit on plant leaves!
Bees make honey.
Flies are dirty.
Ants crawl on our patio.
Caterpillars have sticky feet to climb down wood.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Story: Animals that Fly in the Sky

Eagles grab fish with their sharp talons.
Herons can fly.
Seagulls land on the beach!
Robins lay their eggs.
Hummingbirds look at our flowers.
Crows sometimes eat arbutus leaves.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Story: Animals that Live on Ice

Penguins snuggle up with their families.
Polar bears roll down slopes.
Caribou run so fast.
Our wooly mammoth makes weird sounds!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Story: Great Plains Animals

Wolves eat gazelles.
Buffalo make dust from rolling on the grass.
Elephants cut through grass.
Stinky pigs play hide and seek.
Lions eat elephants.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Story: Ocean Creatures

Fish swim in the water.
A shark is dangerous.
Whales breathe air.
Seaweed sits on shore.
Sea urchins eat the base of kelp.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Story: Silly Animals

Crocodiles have skin like barnacles.
Squirrels climb trees.
Bears eat fish.
Wolves hunt for food.
Monkeys eat figs.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Drawing: My Family

Pencil Crayon family portrait.
"Daddy is making a frowny face to make me laugh!"

Friday, September 7, 2012

Story: Backyard Animals

We have a cat in our yard.
We have many birds in our yard.
We don't want deer in our yard.
We want squirrels in our yard because we like them climbing trees.