kirchara: "Tell me what you see." "I think it's called a map." -- The Demon Lexicon ("I think it's called a map.")
Geronimo Stilton: Mighty Mount Kilimanjaro

Geronimo Stilton, who works for the Rodents Gazette, journeys on an adventure to Mount Kilimanjaro because it is one of Bruce's deadly challenges. They buy a lot of stuff such as sleeping bags, camera, flashlight and extra woolen socks. Mount Kilimanjaro is 19,340 ft. above sea level.

A Picture book of Amelia Earhart by David A. Adler

Amelia Earhart lived in the U.S. in the early 1900s. She flew across both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. She died while proving that women can fly planes and were up to the challenge in the air. She crashed somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Lucy, Edmund, Eustace and Prince Caspian are on a ship sailing in the middle of nowhere because Caspian wants to find his father's friends. Eustace starts writing in his little book, e.g. "E. [Edmund] is buttering up to C. [Caspian]."

Voyage of the Dawn Treader, ctd.

Caspian, Lucy, Edmund and Eustace are on Felimath Island. They're looking for one of the seven lords. Some people kidnap them to sell them as slaves. Lord Bern buys Prince Caspian because he reminds Lord Bern of King Caspian.
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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda wants to stay in the village instead of moving to Spain with her heartless parents, because she likes Miss Honey and wants to stay with her and help her out. She gets everything she wanted because her parents doesn't care one bit about her.

Curious George, various books/adventures

When Curious George explores the aquarium, he sees a bunch of sea creatures, climbs into a penguin tank, and accidentally lets the penguins out of the exhibit. Suddenly, a penguin chick loses its balance and almost drowns. George grabs a rope and dives in to save the penguin chick.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Lucy and Edmund talks about Narnia, which their cousin Eustace likes to bully them about. The three of them stare at a picture of a Narnian ship until they go inside it and arrive at Narnia.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader, ctd.

Edmund, Lucy and Eustace are on a ship sailing to the unexplored place beyond the Lone Islands. It's been more than one thousand years since Edmund and Lucy were King and Queen in Narnia. Eustace is seasick in bed and keeps insulting everyone. Lucy is going to use the cordial so Eustace will stop being seasick.
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J is eight years old and have started third grade. His daily homework includes reading for 20-30 minutes and answering "What did you read about?"

I'm taking the opportunity to have him write mini book reports (2-3 sentences).

To help him organize his thoughts, we're using the story sequence chart from IEW*'s Teaching Writing: Structure and Style Unit III: Summarizing Narrative Stories.
I. Who?

II. What do they need or want?
What do they think?
What do they say and do?


III. How is the need resolved?

I ask him the questions and write down his answers. He has learned the “-ly” adverbs and the who-which clause dress-ups.

J just finished Roald Dahl's Matilda; his first mini book-report is about the book’s ending. We're taking a break from the Hobbit and picked up Narnia again with Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

* Institute of Excellence in Writing

03/50 learning moment ☆ 03/100 moments in multiples of 50 words
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This year I prepared late for Christmas advent, so I don't have anything planned for the first and second.

Useful resources:

- Mr. P's advent paper strips, for writing out "Read Bible story" instructions.
- The Toymaker's movie tickets printable: Golden "tickets" printed on heavy yellow paper, then cut with wavy line scissors.
- Tiny advent boxes from Mr. Printables' Christmas Advent Calendar Street
- The Toymaker's Christmas crafts, including a Christmas pencil box. Here's her other pencil boxes.

Inside the advent boxes )
kirchara: An orange peeling. "I'm burlesque." (Burlesque orange)
I came across June Oberlander’s Slow and Steady Get Me Ready in a blog post about making room time CDs for little ones. We had the opportunity to try out one of the activities* earlier today.

Instead of making a cardboard egg puzzle, we simply used colorful plastic Easter eggs. I set one egg on a "wall" (a heavy book standing on its side), then made the egg fall and come apart while singing this rhyme:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Could not put Humpty together again.

My two-year-old M quickly took over, making the eggs fall and "break" and putting them together again. When the eggs fall, he would exclaim "Oop!" because M is one dramatic toddler.

For extra verisimilitude, you/your kid can decorate the plastic egg with goggly eyes/sticker eyes and mouth.

ETA 04/13/15: M put playdoh in one end of the plastic egg to make it a wobbly egg. After Humpty fell and broke, he said "egg!," and gave it to me to "eat." X-D

* Age 2 - Week 1

02/50 learning moment ☆ 02/100 moments in multiples of 50 words
kirchara: "Tell me what you see." "I think it's called a map." -- The Demon Lexicon ("I think it's called a map.")
This year my five-(and a half)-year-old will probably be getting three Christmas gifts. (None of the teeny-tiny Advent surprises costs over $1, except for going ice skating.) His 11-m.o. baby brother will most likely be more interested in the wrapping paper *g*

I hope I have enough variety in here and not be too materialistic.

I made the tiny boxes from Mr. Printables' Christmas Advent Calendar Street, black and white on pastel cardstock. I put two of the unusually sized advent treats on The Toymaker's pencil boxes. Should've gone with a Christmas pencil box instead, but I only browsed the website's holiday section today. Ah well, green elephants pencil box is cool.

I wrote the "Read Bible story" instruction on Mr. P's advent paper strips.
The golden "tickets" I printed on heavy yellow paper using The Toymaker's movie tickets printable. I then used wavy line scissors to cut out the tickets.

#17 ticket: Make a gadget (Skip counter) is a Math toy. The trebuchet is cool, but first I need better glue options or putting it together will be an exercise in frustration.

Chocolate = one Lindt truffle.

What's inside the advent boxes )
kirchara: Fingers on page (Fingers on page)
I've been using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons with my five-year-old. We started when he was four (and in preschool), and we're currently on lesson 52.

I felt uncomfortable relying on his kindergarten teacher to teach him reading, and I was right. The reading abilities of the 26 kindergarteners are all over the place—the six-year-olds understandably being a lot more advanced. (My kindergartner has a summer birthday.)

Most of 100 EL's example sentences are nonsensical, so I come up with sentences/passages for him to read. We will keep on with the book until lesson 70ish.

01/50 learning moment ☆ 01/100 moments in multiples of 50 words
kirchara: An orange peeling. "I'm burlesque." (Burlesque orange)

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

This is to motivate me posting =)

All the lunchboxes posts and most of the learning moments posts will be public.
I'm willing to add non-empty journals.

I'm still undecided on whether the lunchboxes will be posted on DW, Tumblr or SnapDish or what.
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