Mary was proud to design the card!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Caramel candy melted
Emily's funny look below is because - as she said - "I was trying not to smile too big because I had caramel in my teeth."
Organic chocolate chips melted with a tad of butter
Mary was having fun playing in the dish water...and washing a few things.
Posted by Vicki at 9/26/2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
We bought one of each type of apple we found at a local grocery store.
I think we came home with 11 different types.
I'll spare folks the many photos.
I told curious bystanders in the store, "Oh. We're on a field trip."
Some of our varieties are:
Tango something or other
Pink Cripps (?) - gotta check on that one
Way to go Johnny Appleseed!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
"Mom. My lip hurts.
Not my down one.
My up top one."
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Then we headed to a skating rink to celebrate another birthday - Anna's.
Anna's birthday - she's on the left.
Jenna's on the right.
They lived in the same orphanage as babies and were adopted at the same time by mutual, single schoolteacher friends.
These are the bowls of Pho lined up
-- for breakfast or lunch or dinner
The girls love this stuff any time.
Molly preppin' breakfast.
She's really the instant soup fixer at our house.
Notice the hot pot on our very short counter in above photo.
Lots of nostalgic items from my childhood - and a few aquired from close friends or family.
This brand is found in the organic, health food area of grocery stores.
It's got a better reputation than Ramen noodles.
Anyhoo - it's a fave at our house.
Vietnamese in origin - not Chinese.
She's covering toilet paper rolls --flattened -- with scrapbook paper.
Connected on a ring.
She's going to write about her impression of Sojourner Truth...using words such as courageous.
Like I've said - no flat piece of paper book reports with recalled information.
Instead - What did YOU "take away" from this story?
Friday, September 18, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The precious teacher said Mary got this award because she is such a good helper. Awwww.
She's come a long way.
I'm already scheduling my 1 year post placement visit, report, and photo submissions.
These are required by the Chinese government.
I've had 2 with Mary thus far. I have 3 more reports due after this one.
Maybe at 2 year mark, an in between one, and then 5 years.
Same for Molly.
Did pretty much the same with Emily.
I've got so many government ties on two continents -- I'm gonna be a double naught spy one day.
Just like Jethro Bodin!
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
The 3-D flowers below are made with real leaves and stems from a Crape Myrtle...
And wrapping tissue scrunched into the shapes of Crape Myrtle blooms.
I love it!
I told the girls, "We ain't doin' no stick-in-the-mud-type science projects!!!
That's my Ellie Mae Clampet interpretation.
I told them, "I want you to use your creativity.
Use a variety of materials -
No flat piece of paper with boring reports.
Find something you're studying that really interests you - and focus on that.
Let's go find it.
And then you decide how you want to present your findings."
I think Molly got the gist of the conversation 'just right'!
Don't tell my mother I borrowed her wrapping tissue without asking.
Uhm...those male and female pronouns are real kickers for my little English Language Learner.
Pretty funny, tho!
Friday, September 11, 2015
...with the 2 end 'egg holders' cut off
There are 5 counters on the top row
kids have to develop in their understanding that if 1 more counter is added to the next row...
they don't really need to go back and count the top 5 again.
But they will.
Time and time again.
Add 2 counters on the next row...and ask, "How many counters do we have now?"
They'll still go back and count the top 5 before giving the new total.
You can add 3, 4, 5, and keep going.
They'll still count the top 5 and add on the new ones.
This all necessary to them developing in number sense.
Eventually - it all falls into place.
But it takes exposure
In different circumstances
With hands on learning
Over and over and over
Posted by Vicki at 9/11/2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Yup. Thanks to Janice...we're back in the iron business.
An orange and white Sunbeam!!
She said she had several at the house.
Seems her hubbie tends to toss them (put them aside) once they sputter water on his nice, crisp shirts.
Can't say I blame him.
But then again -
I don't have any nice, crisp shirts.
I'm starting to get the urge to do some ironing
Teach the girls how to iron.
Let's see how long THAT lasts!
Emily is getting labels ready - to identify 4 aspects of the leaves...dealing with the veins, outside shaping, and 2 other parts that I seem to not remember at this moment.
Posted by Vicki at 9/10/2015