Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lego's and Learning

I found some fun printables for Lego’s at Lego’s Family Time fun website! Each month they release 3 new building instructions. The thing I like is that they are step-by-step printable instructions! Perfect for workboxes!

We downloaded the donkey from December, it was a great project with easy step-by-step instructions that he did very well following!

"Much like one can listen to and appreciate music, dabble with making sounds on an instrument, play music from the score or indeed improvise or ‘jam’ with others in a band – the LEGO System works in a similar way. We can play from the ‘score’ (building instructions), or we can compose our own music or jam with others (free building alone or together)." Taken from the Lego site.

Games are for learning....

We played the Scrambled States of America today. I love this game for many reasons. The first one is obvious - learning the states and capitals. Second is the location of the states. Third, forth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth is measuring, counting, directions, syllables, letters, colors and vowels. That sure is a lot of stuff out of such a small box! The best part is both of my kids love to play it. I really should take it out more - I even learn from it :-)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mom, I LOVE this book!

What great words to hear! I hope to hear them more often in the years to come. Ryan was excited - he read the book, "I'll Teach My Dog 100 Words" this afternoon. For him, this was a novel. It is the longest book he has ever read and he did not complain once - Yahoo! He also did not have trouble reading most of the words which was another great accomplishment! This young man has come a long way this school year and I am so proud of him.

Monday, May 10, 2010

School Dad's Way

There are some things I just don't think to 'teach' the kids. Dad does fun school. The practical school. The cool school. The I did not know I was in school - school. What does Dad 'teach'? He teaches the boys how to cast a fishing line, hook a worm, paint a wall, carve with a knife, change a bike tire and the list goes on and on. Some things Dad's just 'teach' way better than Moms! Go Dad!