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This week (and next) we are working on bugs and insects. Lots of Eric Carle inspiration here folks and the girls are loving it!
The books we read over and over and over are: For activities we started with: Playing with our caterpillar felts. The girls reenacted the Eric Carle Story using their kitchen food. Big C also had to order the pieces by "age" telling the story of transformation. And they just played with them making them talk and such. Then we did fingerprint ants. These are Big C's she even drew the antennae and legs! (They are supposed to be in tunnels). Then we made a glue web. Squeeze white glue in the shape of a web. Let dry and voila! Little C's fingerprint ant. She did not like paint on her fingers. Played with our fly, spider, and web. Talked about how spiders trap flies and drink their blood. Again they made her talk and named her and made her friendly. Made caterpillars out of playdoh. Big C also made an egg on a leaf and a cocoon. Then they played play …
This year the Hubs and I are traveling to Pennsylvania for his graduation from Penn State's MBA program and after much deliberation we have decided to leave the little ones behind. With that being said we still wanted to spend some quality family time together and thus decided to have a 4 day "staycation"! Our 4 days started out with a trip to Newport Beach - this being Little C's first time at the beach since before she was walking it was quite the new adventure! Both girls loved the sand and eventually the water but most of all the people! We met some lovely people from Canada and Colorado and had a ton of fun all day!
Big C buried in sand! Daddy's Myan Ruins castle! Little C loved the sand - and had it everywhere! Sand angels! Didn't wait two seconds before digging in! Next we visited the La Habra Children's museum. We also went art supply shopping at Target and tried to get daddy a suit and shoes at the Brea Mall. OCTA Bus at the La Habra Children's Mu…
There has been a lot of talk recently about an article shown here. In short there was another study done in which they "prove" that homework isn't needed. Grades apparently don't increase with homework and there is no correlation to success from homework.
One school in my area has decided to do away with science homework all together beginning next year. They feel it is the teacher's job to teach the students during the day and that the kids will be fine and understand the materials.
I beg to disagree.
Kids benefit from homework for many reasons. My oldest daughter is a natural student and brings home great grades without putting forth too much effort. She completes her homework daily and she and I both see a benefit to it.
She would probably still get good grades but not great ones. In many subjects especially math there are often a couple of problems that she just doesn't understand. She attempts her best at them and then we talk about how to so…