Monday, October 24, 2011

Big Ambitions…

So, we are going to try writing a novel.    In a month.  
Noah often says that he would like to write a novel.  He says he would like to do a lot of things.  When I read about this opportunity, I had to let him try.  So beginning November 1, 2011  Noah will begin writing a novel.  For this particualr program.  He already has some parts of a story he's working on typed out on his Ipod Touch.  I tell him now, to beginning to get all those thoughts rolling around in his brain into order! 
We are going to use this as our guideline:  NANOWRIMO: Young Writers.  And National Writing Month is November 1-30th!
This may be ambitious on my part, but I set his word count number to 18,000 words. 

I will keep the updates coming. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Visit to a Rock Quarry

This was a neat field trip, I’ll admit.  It was fascinating to see all the layers of rock in the earth, and they are still drilling – with plenty more for many years to come.

This past weekend we went to Vermont to a Rock Quarry Open House they had in Middlebury. 

Noah is very interested in rocks of all kinds.  He loved this place!  They had a scavenger hunt for kids to do, all kinds of different rock displays, and even microscopes set up so you could see what the rocks looked like. 
…And Noah’s favorite part
….pounding rocks. 
His least favorite parts, (which I found out later)
… the scavenger hunt.  They were given a paper with questions listed on it, and they had to go find the answer.
He, apparently would rather just break up rocks.  We stayed there quite a while.
We went with his cousin and my sister.  There were many kids there, so Noah and his cousin shared the hammer back and forth.
Noah is showing me his hands, cause they were sore after he carried half the quarry out with him.  I told him that if he wanted them, he had to carry them.  It’s a wonder the bag held!  
…not overly enthusiastic to be leaving the quarry. 
The thing that impressed Noah the most??   They use rock (calcium) in toothpaste. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Notable Noah – Making breakfast

Noah wants to learn how to cook.  So, we are starting with basic things first.  Pancakes, grilled cheese, etc…
Today, he wanted to make the eggs for breakfast.  Which is good since we have eggs most every day.  He did a great job. 

He is dancing to the music. 
He says, “Cooking eggs was so fun, he wants to make all the meals for the family!”

Monday, October 3, 2011


I must admit teaching art is not my favorite.  In fact, if I could skip it I would, but I can't so that is why I am using Erica from Confessions of a Homeschoolers Art Unit study.   She is so creative. 

I would have a hard time getting "the artist" lessons in without this study.  So, our first artist to study was Pablo Picasso. 
Here is Noah's first try at a "Picasso - like drawing"  (or rather second- I made him go back and do it agian when he didn't listen carefully to the directions the first time.) 

He is rather proud of it. 

He calls it "Stained-glass man".  If you want to know how he created this drawing then visit  The Art Fairy. She gives step by step instruction.  We used colored pencils, instead of regular pencils though. 
  Next up.....Van Gogh.

Noah's 4th grade reading list

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