Thursday, May 31, 2012

Z Man's Basebal Pitching

I love these pitching picture of Z Man and his opponent. Their baseball league does not keep score at Z Man's age which is very different than what we were used to in TN. It is to encourage the boys to keep it fun and not get too competitive. It is ok, but I come from the school of thought that competition is fun! I believe great moral character can be developed when you learn to loose and win. Life is hard, it is a challenge, and some times you will get knocked down, I don't believe we should shelter kids from this fact, but teach them how to get back up. Although, the lack of competition was a disappointment, what I did like about the league is they started kid pitching mid season. Z Man pitched for his team most games and the best team- team blue (the Yankees) had a great pitcher also.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Color Wheel

This activity is really alot of fun. Although, it was for the younger children, my older ones enjoyed it too! You can download the color wheel at Mama Jenn.

The Setup

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Montessori Grammar

I love to use Montessori Grammar for a weekly review. Most grammar programs cover one subject at a time, spending alot of time with nouns and verbs. While some children (and adults) never learn what a conjunction or preposition are. Moreover, they do not know how to use it properly. By simply taking a couple of sentences a week, labeling each word with a grammar symbol provides a necessary review.

Below is all the items my Beloveds use for the Montessori Grammar. I love Montessori Grammar because I would like to think the green crescent that represents "Preposition" was inspired by the lengthy time Maria Montessori spent in Pakistan and India, living with the Muslims.

These little containers from Dollar Tree are perfect to hold cards, map pins, and Grammar symbols. The Grammar Symbols, Booklet and Sentence workmat is available free for download.

The spray bottle and towel is important necessity when using a wet erase marker.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Park Quest

We love to be outdoors: swimming, hiking, fishing, exploring nature, you get my point. Being cooped up inside is to chaos, as being outside in nature is to peace. . . and I love PEACE.

Our new awesome homeschool friends told us about a wonderful perk of living in Maryland: Park Quest. Maryland Department of Natural Resources sponsors an outdoor adventure "where a family becomes a team" as the motto goes. 23 Maryland State Parks will offers free entrance to 1000 families to complete a an adventure quest. Quest can be anything from canoeing to an Island, riding your bike along a mountain trail, or going on a mock archaeological dig.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Baseball Snack Bags

I have been making a elaborate snack bag for Z Man ever since he was in Peewee football at age 5 and I love doing it for the children. They love seeing their names and I love seeing their smiles.

Edreco All Star & Parent vs. Coach Game

Edreco had an all day Softball fun day with the All Stars Game that Big A was chosen for and the Parent vs. the Coaches game that Humble Dad played for. We barbqued and had alot of fun watching and playing baseball.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Good Day of Baseball

Although this post is called a good Day, it really is a collection of Baseball and Softball pictures from a couple of days. The name of the post describes one particular day when Z Man had a game at 10am, Big A had an All-Star game at 12pm, and then Humble Dad had a Parent versus the Coaches game at 4pm. It was a packed day full of great ball playing and when I got home I wrote a poem based off a song from my youth by Ice Cube "It was a Good  Day"

            Just waking up in the morning, gotta Thank God. I don't know but today seems kinda odd.
            No traffic driving to Z Man's baseball game. He pitched a great inning and
his hitting was just the same.
            Big A sliding into home won her a spot on the All Star Softball team. The only girl
out there in hijab representing like a Queen.
            Our coaches had a bar-b-que with no hog, while my boys were in the creek
catching baby frogs.
            Humble dad wasn't going to let his kids have all the fun. He played the parents 
versus the coaches game and made a home run.
When all the official games from 10am to 6pm were through, I got on the field
and showed them what I can do.
Darkness fell so ball time was done. We left the park at 10pm, darkness means
talk time has begun.
I gotta say "Today was a good day!" 

On this particular "good day" it was also my day to do snacks for Z Man's team and it has been a tradition for me to make gift "snack" bags, I have been doing it since peewee football in 2010.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Water Cycle- {wordless}

Pride of Baltimore II

Big A and Z Man had the pleasure of touring the Pride of Baltimore ship in the Baltimore Harbor with other homeschoolers. Before the war of 1812, the British had seized many US ships leaving the US Navy with only 17 seaworthy ships. To make up for the lack of ships, the US commissioned a large number of privateers. The Pride of Baltimore is a privateer ship that fought along side of the US Navy against the British. Their compensation for taking over British ships was the gold and other valuables on the ship. An important fact that Z Man remembers is that the ships needs a narrow tip to make it fast. He also told me about the simple machines they use to pull up the anchor. Big A also added that to hold cargo the bottom of the ship has to be wide, because speed is important they could not build a heavy cargo ship. There were three teachers who rotated three groups of children around the ship. One of the teachers had an especially fun part where they played tug a war game to represent the pulleys.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mothers Day at Yankee Stadium

We were in New York for a cousin graduation and another cousin was going to a Yankee game. We thought we tag along, it happened to also be Mother's Day. So I spent my mother's day at the Yankee ball park, who would've known?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

College- A Natural Pursuit

Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot
I am always astonished by comments made about doing well in school and going to college in the African American community. Not that I don't understand where these comments are coming from, today there are more African American males in prison than there are in college. Yes, many Athletes forsake college for the money that being in the Pros can give them. But it wasn't always this way, I was not the first African American in my family to go to college. My grandparents went to college and moreover we have a history of intellectually superior African Americans in this country, such as Benjamin Banneker. Although, it is a nice reminder, my children don't necessarily need the pep talk about the importance of college at their majority Black sports award ceremony. The goal of homeschooling is not going to college for us, but if they do decide to travel that road, it will be a natural pursuit.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday Muffin Day

We made Strawberry Muffins today. We used a strawberry shortcake recipe that was dense but delicious.
You can find the recipe here: Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ballet Recital

Lil A has been a ballerina even before she began taking actual classes. She twirls and leaps around the house regularly. We encourage this outlet of energy in many ways through books and play, when a class became available after moving to a new State we jumped on the chance to enroll her. She has enjoyed the class tremendously and we enjoyed watching her first performance.

Liberty Road Baseball- Spring 2012

There were many good things about the Liberty Road Baseball league from the baseball parade and the Negro League Hall of Fame in Baltimore to just having fun playing ball. However, this league is anti competitive at this age. For my serious baseball player, which Z Man is very serious about his game, it wasn't the right match. But it was good for him to see that baseball players are not all white, and he had some really good African-American players on his team.

Negro League Baseball

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Arabic & Green Reading

I wish I could tell you that I can read Arabic or that I was just even a little bit proficient. However, 4 out of my 5 children know more Arabic than I do. Lil A will probably pass me up next year when she begins Quran classes. Most of my children can read Arabic, they just don't know the vocabulary and that is where Rosetta Stone comes in. We have Rosetta Stone Arabic Level 1 and my goal is for my Beloveds to start to understand what they are learning in Quran. They attend Quran school 4 days a week, 2 hours a day and we are very happy with the program. But with most programs, they key is learning to read Arabic and memorize surahs, not in understanding the Arabic language. The problem with doing the Rosetta Stone is that because I don't understand, I can't really tell how much they have learned. After one of them completes Level 1, I can give you an update of how well the program worked out.

Garden Challenge Update

We are participating in a Garden Challenge and we first posted about it here: Gardening & Grilling. We've eaten strawberries from our garden and we have plants that have grown from seed. So far so good, however, it has been a challenge to keep up. Weeding is ridiculous in our flower garden, these weeds are Relentless! We have a dead tree and my beloveds have been helping me break off the branches so they don't break off on our cars. They worked so hard, even the neighbor commented on how great my children are as I did not know this:)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


We can't see Atoms but we know they are there. How do we know: Two Experiments from  Chemistry Level 1

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Stamp Game

We have used these blocks for so many things. I bought them 12 years ago and they are still getting alot of use: 
Lil A: Number 1-10

Most recently, we have been using them to do the Stamp Game that is in the Montessori Curriculum. The regular stamps have the actual numbers on them 1, 10, 100, 1000, however I thought it was the color that truly matters. I have been using Montessori For Learning Stamp Cards and I also use the Stamps with Z Man's Singapore Math 2.

Numbers 1-10

Mix the numbers up, and let them organize them from 1-10
Lil A has been using many different ways to get the numbers 1-10 down concrete. Most of the ways are Montessori inspired, by altering the spindles and counters work she was able to get the concept hands on. 

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