Friday, September 25, 2009

I'll Huff & I'll Puff...

The video's not the best quality, but here's our theatrical rendition of The Three Little Pigs!

This Little Piggy

Okay, so my plans for posting each day through our unit study didn't exactly happen. Eh, that's alright! We've been busy learning & having time to blog :) That's my story & I'm sticking to it! So, let's catch up on what we've been going hog-wild about (ay! I kill me).

(And, I'm omitting all things non-swine in this run-down. We do math, bible study & calendar time every day, no need to tell you that again...)

Thursday the 17th
- We read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. LOVE that book :) It was lots of fun talking about point of view and character with this vs. the original three little pigs.
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- We finished building our houses. SO fun!! We had a house of straw, a house of sticks, and one of bricks. These were made with boxes and were super easy to do. Here's a little scrapbook page of our fun:

Friday, September 18th
- It was a co-op day, but in the evening we had a pig-themed movie night. We watched Charlotte's Web (the cartoon version), and had pigs in blankets, pretzels, and pears for dinner. For dessert, I made pig-cakes:

We loved these so much, that they'll be making another appearance later in our pig study :)

Monday, September 21
- We read one of our favorite pig books (and a newer one):

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These are SO much fun! Of course, we talked all about cause & effect, and real vs. pretend, and we absolutely ate pancakes!!
- Lots of fun online games & coloring activities at
- Our art project today (and science lesson) was a little tie in with cause & effect and the 3 Little Pigs. We did some huffing & puffing (with straws) and created "blow" art.

Tuesday, September 22nd:
- We reread discussed the Five Senses and then re-read If You Give a Pig a Pancake. I gave Camille Sense cards (with silly little illustrations for each of the five senses). As we came to each new thing that the mischievous little pig did, Camille held up card(s) that each thing represented. Clear as mud? It was lots of fun.
- Today, was lots of math, and lots of reading. We read several books, did lots of counting & figuring and played with money. I *love* play money and have an awesome set that I just love! It was definitely worth the extra $$ for the super-cool play money set!

Cash Pax Money Briefcase Set with Activity Book
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Wednesday, September 23rd:
- Today we read, read, and read some more.
- We discussed how in literature, animals are often given real-life characteristics. As we read stories of "messy" pigs or "dumb, lazy" hogs, we noted how these characters were alike or differed from the real animals. It was interesting how many of the pig stereotypes (i.e. messiness) were used so often, although we learned that pigs are actually pretty clean animals.
A couple of our faves from today:

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- We read lots of books on manners & did some fun games with manners.
- Then, we hosted a "Perfectly Posh Pink Pig Party!" with 7 of Camille's little friends! It was so much fun :) Our pigcakes made another appearance & the party was a blast :)

What a fun way to end our unit on PIGS! To be honest, there are a few things that I'm going to wrap up next week, and I still have a video of our production of The Three Little Pigs to post, and we'll be heading to a farm next month to check out some pigs in person....but for the most part, this pig is cooked!

Thanks for following along :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Three Little Piggies

Today was our third day in our unit study on PIGS. Fun, fun, fun!!

- Calendar/ 100s chart
- Prayer & Bible Study
- math
- Phonics work - A & E
- Reviewed the Pledge of Allegiance and watched Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance on YouTube. Really great :)
- Review stuff we've learned so far abo pigs
- Played "Catch the Pig" - - a silly little game on Facebook - LOL!
- Read The Three Little Pigs from Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales. Great classic version & I love the illustrations
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- I had Camille read and take a little reading comprehension quiz on the story. Her first multiple choice page! HA!
- We talked about real pigs vs. the characters, and discussed some of the traits that the characters had that are shared with real pigs (i.e. the third pig being smart).
- Today was totally an art day. We made the three little pigs and the wolf, and began construction on their houses. We'll be putting on a little show later - - stay tuned :)

It was a kind of short day. I seem to have picked up the virus that Brandon had over the weekend, and every muscle in my body aches. No fever or anything else....just exhausted. I'm praying this passes quickly & so thankful that I'm a SAHM - afternoon nap to the rescue!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

This Little Piggy

Tuesday (Day 2):
- Calendar/ 100s chart
- Prayer/ Bible lesson
- Math
- We sang this fun little song to Lily who giggled and laughed the whole time.
- Read aloud: PIGS - Camille read this easy book to me - - we discussed more about pigs.

- Rhyming words - What Rhymes with PIG? (handwriting, spelling)
- Pig Sayings - We talked about different phrases and their meanings, i.e. "hog heaven," "happy as a pig," "going hog wild,"etc..
- A Happy Pig Rests - learning percentages & graphing. Did you know that pigs rest about 82% of the time?
- virtual farm tour @
- painting with "mud" - - chocolate pudding finger paint (art)

This was pretty funny, actually. I had Camille sit at the table with her eyes closed as I brought her "mud" to her. When she opened her eyes and saw pudding there, she could hardly believe it. She sort of looked at me in disbelief, then dug in. The pudding was cold at first, but she didn't let that stop her! This was so much fun :)

While my little piglet was busy in the mud, I finished up my Fall banner and hung it and then put some more decorations out. Oh, I seriously LOVE fall & am so ready for it to get cooler!!

Camille was pretty hyped up on chocolate pudding, but it wasn't quite time for Lily to get up from nap, so we headed outside with our nature journal and colored pencils to see what we could see. There are some eensy, tiny mushrooms that have sprouted up in the front garden bed, so we had a little impromptu fungi lesson. I had Camille sketch those and we observed them at their different stages which was really quite cool! Kudos to for the inspiration!

Of course, in our garden observation, we found snails (which Camille excitedly put into families again) and a little lizard. Strange, but the lizard didn't hold much fascination as the snails are really prime targets these days! -- And, I got a fair amount of weed-pulling done during this study and got to spend some awesome time talking to my girl.

Once Lily woke, we ate lunch, hit the library - where Camille proudly told the librarian that she was learning about pigs - and visited the thrift store. I scored some awesome finds that I've already begun spray painting. More to come.....

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Few Recent Pages

Nana needs a scrapbook fix - - here ya go:

Catching up....

Well, that's a little misleading. I'm not gonna catch up, cause honestly, so much has gone on since my last post. We're busy, busy, busy and so it's likely best if I just jump right in where we are today!

Last night, was super-fun at the Couch house. Our little ScoobyDoo fan has been anxiously awaiting the new ScoobyDoo movie which premiered on Cartoon Network last night. We made a whole "movie night" of it, and even had bone shaped sugar cookies. YUM!

During the movie, Camille was wiggling her loose tooth to the point that it was *almost* ready to come out. She was so scared that it was going to hurt, and she cried and freaked out a little bit. We offered to pull it for her, but she ran away to the upstairs bathroom and yanked that little thing out herself! She's now lost 2 teeth - - both bottom middle. She's the cutest little thing with that little gap in her teeth ♥

Several people have asked about what we're doing with homeschooling, and so I thought it might be fun to share what we're doing each day with this new unit that we started today. I'm going to try and post each day for the next two weeks and share our unit study with you!

Monday (Day 1):
- Calendar work/ 100s chart
- We begin our day with Prayer & Bible lesson
- Math
- KWL - what we know, want to know....and later what we learned about PIGS
- Read "All Pigs are Beautiful" and "Who am I?" books on pigs
- Added a fact book on pigs to our PIG lapbook
- Short science lesson on solubility with oil & water - experiment w/ oil, water & sugar
- Practiced drawing a pig with pencil & paper, then we drew a pig with oil pastels and completed the project with watercolors - discussing the insolubility of the oil pastel and the "relief" when painted over.

**done for the day**

But the learning didn't stop there- -
- Before lunch, Camille caught & played with 22 tiny snails in the backyard. We talked about their bodies and what type of habitat they needed (and that they would, in fact, die if she put them in the pool). {science, math}

- She also picked some veggies from the garden :)
- After lunch, we found a lizard in the backyard that had fallen in the pool. We caught him(or her) and put him in the habitat that we have. We observed the lizard for awhile and Camille did an entry about him in her nature journal. {more science, art, narration}

- Mommy got to do some crafting - - project to be revealed later {sanity}

- This was all before 2:30, so there's no telling what the rest of the day will bring. Right now, both the girls are having rest time. {peace, quiet, JOY!}

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Zhu Zhu Pets

So Camille has been talking non-stop about this toy that she's been seeing commercials for. It always happens that I'm never in the room when the stinkin' commercial comes on, and of course, she *has* to have one of these things. So yesterday, I was getting out of the shower and she yells that THE commercial is on. I come to check it out, but it's ended. Travesty of all travesties.

So, I ask her if she remembered what the little thing was called. zoom zoom, or something? She couldn't quite remember. I asked if she could remember how it was spelled. Bad mommy for making such a terrible inquiry. She was completely beside herself. Not knowing the name of the blessed toy and certainly not knowing how to spell it. Precious Lord, help us.

So, being the computer savvy gal that I am....I googled it ;) zoom zoom - - was a loose translation of Zhu Zhu. Apparently these little robot hamsters are the next Cabbage Patch Kids. They're cheap, they don't poop....I'm game. And, why am I telling you all this you might ask?!?
Cause I'm entering a drawing here: Maybe you'd want to check it out to. And, just so we're understood - if you win, I get your hamster. It's really only fair cause you wouldn't have known about the contest if it weren't for me ;) LOL!