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Shaving Cream Painting

Weston and I tried a new painting technique using shaving cream this week. We squirted shaving cream in a baking pan and then dripped food coloring across the top. We used a straw to swirl the colors around until we liked them. Then we pressed card stock paper down onto the top of the shaving cream, counted slowly to 10 and peeled it up. We counted slowly to 10 again and then used a credit card to scrape off the shaving cream. We put our paintings on our drying rack over night before hanging them up to enjoy.

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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Space and Our Solar System

DSC_1496We spent this week having fun learning about space and our solar system. We read several stories of the first moon landing. We watched Nasa videos of how the rockets are recovered after liftoff – by boat with divers (Weston’s favorite part.). We learned about the International Space Station and watched a short space walk video. We learned about stars and constellations and shined constellations on our ceiling using a flashlight. We observed the stars from our roof several nights in a row and found real constellations using the Night Sky app. We learned about the planets in our solar system and made our own model solar system hung from our living room ceiling. Weston made his own planet book. We watched several Magic School Bus videos about the solar system, stars, and gravity. In the video on gravity, we learned why astronauts can make the cool big leaps across the moon that Weston envies. We pretended to be astronauts leaping around the apartment. We made name rockets and practiced writing the letter ‘Rr’ for rocket and the number 5. There was also lots of lego rockets and pretend astronaut play.

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We played with homemade “galaxy” slime made with clear glue, food coloring, glitter, liquid starch. It was a big hit and fun for all of us. It was played with several days in a row and has been the biggest hit since Weston discovered he could stretch small strands to make pictures. We also used a straw to blow bubbles.

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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Commissary Shopping

So one adjustment we’ve had to make being here in South Korea is food prices and availability. Osan’s commissary does not have as extensive an inventory as our previous one in Washington and we are limited by not having a car for large scale shopping off base even without considering the language barrier. Some things we purchase off Amazon and others we’ve chosen to forgo for our time here or make a substitution. There’s also the added complication of port strikes and import bans that delay food shipments from America. Over the last few weeks the supply of American fresh chicken, eggs, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, and other dairy products have all been negatively influenced. As far as prices go, many items (mostly canned or boxed foods) are comparable prices to when we were in the States. Other items (meat, some dairy and some produce) are also more expensive here. While Weston and I grocery shopped today, I snapped a few photos of some normal items for us (minus the asparagus because I just can’t bring myself to pay that yet.) I missed getting a picture of the butter sticks. The cheaper brand is still regularly around $3 for a pound.

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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Human Body

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Weston enjoyed our human body studies so much we spent a bit more time learning about the body systems before moving on to our next book.

We watched several Magic School Bus videos about circulation and respiration, digestion, the immune system and cells. Some of these we’d already watched when talking about Madeline, but we covered them again. We read in our human body book. We played with a new iPad app called My Incredible Body. We also added more body systems to our body tracing – lungs, a heart with red and blue yarn for blood vessels, and a brain. And of course there was lots of questions, answers and discussion too.

I compiled all our photos from our body tracing below so they could be all in one post.

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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

A Week of Fun

Photos and a video of some fun from this past week.

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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The Glorious Flight

DSC_1411Our most recent school book was The Glorious Flight, which tells the story of Louis Bleriot, the first person to fly over the English Channel.

We learned about several other aviation pioneers, including Charles Lindbergh, the Wright Brothers, Ruth Elder and James Banning. We found the English Channel on Google Maps and found Louis Bleriot’s home of Cambrai, France. We also mapped Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic. We then mapped our own flight across the Pacific Ocean from Seattle, WA to Seoul, South Korea. We read about the history of aviation in our Flight book by DK Publishing (we love their reference books.) We watched several videos of the Wright Brothers, a 100 year anniversary flight celebrating Bleriot’s crossing the channel, and the Magic School Bus episode “Taking Flight.” We demonstrated the concept of lift by blowing across the top of a piece of paper and seeing it rise. We had a fabulous time playing with paper airplanes. We even made an airplane launcher with paperclips, rubber bands and an upside down chair. We measured how far our paper airplanes flew and compared the different designs. We tried to make a balloon powered zip line that turned into a balloon airship for transporting lego people. We also talked a little about the human skeleton and added bones to our Body Inspection cut out because in our book Louis Bleriot broke several bones during his first attempted flights. We stopped by the static airplane display on base during an afternoon walk. And last but not least, Weston chose to use some of his dollars to purchase an airplane model from one of the BX kiosks. He and Andrew assembled it together and it’s been making frequent flights around the apartment.

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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Soccer, Baseball and Bowling

Some fun soccer, baseball and bowling photos and videos from this past week.

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Posted by on February 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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