Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall/Autumn, Homeschool Stylz

We did a bunch of fall craft and activities to usher in the season :)

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First we built ourselves a scarecrow in a pumpkin patch, out of colored construction paper and cut-outs I had gotten from Dollar Tree over the years..
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and learned all about pumpkins. Yes, gotta love them visual aids.
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We also learnt some songs and rhymes, and you managed to remember all the words to "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater" better than I could :)
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and made an apple print tree!  You had been asking me for a while now, to do potato prints, and I thought that making an apple print tree would be quite fitting for the season. I drew some templates for the tree trunk and leaves, and you painted them in.
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As for a Jack-O-Lantern, you drew a face on a little pumpkin that we had, and I did the carving. I had gotten a set of little flickering LED lamps for this very purpose.  You were so excited to turn off the light to see the glowing face. Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of it before it got mouldy. Bleh.
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We also decorated a window with Halloween gel clings.
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Meanwhile, we Columbus Day came up and we learnt a little bit about him as well. 
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Multiculturalism

I come from a country with several main ethnic groups, and we have many different public holidays that celebrate that diversity.

Today, we learnt about Diwali, or as I called it back in Malaysia, Deepavali.

We didn't go in depth into the whole celebration, but touched a little bit on the different aspects of it.   We did some activities to go along with it, and all in all, I think it was a pretty good introduction to the celebration. You had a lot of questions, as we had never touched on Diwali before, and I tried to answer them to the best of my ability.  We also looked at information on several websites and watched a couple of videos online to learn a little bit more.

Rangoli Art ala Chalk Pastels
Tracing our hands and feet and attempting some Mehndi/ Henna Art

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jaxon Jaxon Pumpkin Rider

We were at United Supermarkets tonight and came across the hugest pumpkin of the season not counting the record breaking one at the fair.  Of course we had to jump on to it and take pictures. And you being the great  big ham that you are, had to pose in hammy ways.