Monday, May 20, 2013

# Valentine Fun

Today is bittersweet for us.  As you’ll see below, the boys and I have been having lots of fun celebrating Valentine’s Day.  However, today is Mahayla’s 13th birthday and she’s sick.  She and I were supposed to be going to CIY Believe together later this afternoon with the Jr. High youth group, too.  Oh well, there will be plenty of time for celebrating birthdays and worshiping our Lord when she’s better.  I just hope I can convince her of that.

On the happier side of our day, see what the boys have been up to…

Caleb’s Activities

Candy hearts are a fun tool for finding area and perimeter.

They're also fun for creating patterns.

We worked on using Excel to create a bar graph from a handful of candy hearts, too.

You can find the area/perimeter sheet and patterning sheet on my Homeschool Launch page.  Look for The Measure of a Heart and Candy Heart Patterns.

Another fun math activity was Pascal’s Heart Triangle from Mathwire.com, where you can find several great ideas!  We also did a fun language arts activity called Heart Idioms.

Eli’s Activities

Have you heard of Confessions of a Homeschooler??  If you’re a mom of a preschooler, head over there right now!  She has SUPER ideas and FREE reproducibles that go along with the letters of the alphabet and seasons or holidays.  I can’t tell you how wonderful her ideas are!!  Just about every idea below came from her Valentine’s ideas and resources.

We sorted candy hearts into color groups.

We used candy hearts to make a physical bar graph.

Eli wanted to paint his graph while his bubby made the spreadsheet graph.

These patterns to match were wonderfully challenging for Eli!

Candy hearts come in handy once again!

Add glue and glitter to anything and Eli is HAPPY!

Usually, we have a fun V-Day themed meal, but none of us have been much in the mood for eating this week.  I’m hoping everyone is well by Sunday because the big kids are supposed to take part in preparing a spaghetti dinner for all the adults at church as a Valentine’s service project.  I hope your Valentine’s celebrations are healthier than ours!