Saturday, January 7, 2017

Da Vinci: The Genius

 This week we went to a special exhibit at the science museum on DaVinci.

The first part of the exhibit had models of things he had designed, like this bike.
 
This was an emergency bridge that didn't need nails or rope to hold it together.  There was a small version you could try to put together, too.
 
Jack and a jack.
 
The mirror room!
 

There was also a section of models you could try out.
 

Another area was about his art.
 


The section I thought was the most interesting was on the Mona Lisa.
 

There are actually four different paintings layered on top of each other.  The third painting was of Lisa Gherardini.
 
Even though it's been though that the Mona Lisa was a painting of Lisa Gherardini, you can see that they are actually separate paintings.
 
This is how the Mona Lisa would have looked when it was painted.
 
On the left you can see the original colors and on the right you can see how it looks today.
 


It was a really interesting exhibit!
 
We did take some time to check out other parts of the museum, too!
 

I'm glad we went Tuesday because if we had waited until Friday like we had originally planned, we would have missed it due to the weather!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

100 Read Alouds

Audio Books
1. Breadcrumbs
2. Masterminds
3. The Pepins and Their Problems
4. Turtle in Paradise
5. James and the Giant Peach
6. Fuzzy Mud
7. Stella by Starlight
8. Above Average
9. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
10. Christina's Ghost
11. Nooks and Crannies
12. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
13. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
14. Sarah, Plain and Tall
15. Skylark
16. Caleb's Story
17. Mary Poppins
18. Room One
19. Troublemaker 
20. Dominic

Jay & Jack's Read Alouds
1. George Washington's Spy
2. The Tiger Rising
3. Brixton Brothers: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity
4. Hatchet
5. Go Jump in the Pool
6. Beware the Fish
7. The Iron Man
8. The Secret of Wildcat Swamp
9. The Jungle Pyramid
10. The Witchmaster's Key
11. On the Wings of Heroes
12. 100 Cupboards
13. Interstellar Pig
14. The Boy Who Reversed Himself
15. Blackbriar
Family Read Alouds
1. Treasure on Superstition Mountain
2. Revenge on Superstition Mountain
3. Have You Seen Hyacinth Macaw?
4. The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine
5. The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy
6. The Ghost, the White House, and Me
7. Crenshaw
8. May B.
9. Grandma's Attic Vol. 1
10. Grandma's Attic Vol. 2
11. The Cricket in Times Square
12. Grandma's Attic Vol. 3
13. The Magic Half
14. By the Great Horn Spoon
15. Radio Fifth Grade
16. Minn of the Mississippi
17. The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit
18. Grandma's Attic Vol. 4
19. Who is Bugs Potter?
20. No More Dead Dogs
21. Sixteen and Away From Home (Grandma's Attic Vol. 5)
22. Owls in the Family
23. Eighteen and On Her Own (Grandma's Attic Vol. 6)
24. Who Can Open Michelangelo's Seven Seals?
25. Caddie Woodlawn
26. The Jungle Book
27. Soup
28. Nineteen and Wedding Bells Ahead (Grandma's Attic Vol. 7)
29. The Tree in the Trail
30. Criminal Destiny
31. Caddie Woodlawn's Family
32. Mr. Pudgins
33. Henry Reed, Inc.
34. The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic
35. Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head
36. Return to Gone-Away
37. The Penderwicks
38. Soup & Me
39. At Home in North Branch (Grandma's Attic Vol. 8)
40. New Faces, New Friends (Grandma's Attic Vol. 9)
41. The Screaming Statue
42. Ruby Holler
43. Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle
44. There's an Owl in the Shower
45. Little House in the Big Woods
46. Family Grandstand
47. A Week in the Woods
48. The Children of Noisy Village
49. Little House on the Prairie
50. The Boys' War
51. Moon Over Manifest
52. Lunch Money
53. Fair Weather
54. On the Banks of Plum Creek
55. Amber Brown is Green with Envy
56. The Great Gilly Hopkins
57. Here Lies the Librarian
58. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up
59. Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon
60. By the Shores of Silver Lake
61. Stonewords: A Ghost Story
62. The Family Under the Bridge
63. The Teacher's Funeral
64. No Talking
65. A Long Way From Chicago

We spend a lot of time reading aloud and our goal this year was to read 100 books. We finished #100 Saturday afternoon around 1:30!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy 2017!

 Happy New Year!  If you're on Facebook, these pictures will look familiar, because they're the exact same ones.  My camera is not working on my phone, so I used Jack's, and I haven't downloaded the rest yet!

 This year we pretty much did our same thing with our bags.  (So nice to have a better place to put them than we had last year!)

 At 5:00 we made kinetic sand.

 6:00 was dinnertime and we made fondue!

 We also went through the memory jar.  Lots of good memories this year!

 At 7:00 we did several Minute to Win It games.  This one was where they were trying to catch cotton balls the other one was throwing.

 In this one they set up an obstacle course and then had to complete it backwards with only a handheld mirror to help them.

 At 8:00 we went to our neighbors' house for a while to their party.


 We came back home a little before 11:00, which was when they opened Suspend.  This game is a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I should have gotten the junior version!

 Just before 12:00 they got their last surprise of the evening...

 a Hatchimal!  I was out Christmas shopping when my friend texted me that they had them at ToysRUs, so I ended up getting one.  Jack had mentioned to me several times that he would like one, so it was fun to get to surprise them!

We made it to midnight!  I was hoping to go right to bed, but we had to stay up to see the Hatchimal break out of his egg!  Happy 2017!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

4H Christmas Party (& More!)

Jack has had a busy fall in 4H!  At the beginning of the year he ran for Junior Representative and won!

Helping with the bulletin board at the county extension office.
 
The Most Green contest!
 
Selling paper clovers at Tractor Supply Company for National 4H Week
 
Parking cars at the fair to raise money for the club
 
Making tutus for Joy in the Cause
 
He made this game for the fall festival!
 
They got to have a cookout, too.
 
And there were lots of fun games!
 
Learning safety skills
 
Helping out at a Cloverbud meeting
 
Our congressman, Jim Bridenstine, came to talk to the kids about Veteran's Day.
 
Making a smoothie on the blender bike
 
Packing food boxes at the Salvation Army
 
He was interviewed when we did this...
 
...and he made the news!
 
Last week they had their Christmas party with a Dirty Santa game.
 
A visit from Santa!
 
They even had a snowball fight!