A Couple of RightStart Math Games

Short chain game.  You can just make out the starting numbers on the mini-whiteboard next to Skeeterbug.  I had to watch the video on this one to figure out how to play it.

RightStart Math Games ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Add the two numbers together and choose the card with the answer (ignoring the tens).  So in the first pile 1+8=9, 8+9=17 (drop the 1), 9+7=16 (again dropping the 1).  There are four chains.  You choose your cards from those piles on his left, you can only choose one of the top cards.

RightStart Math Games ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolRightStart Math Games ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Meanwhile Jitterbug sat nearby working on a platypus puzzle.  Cute smile.  He worked on this puzzle over and over and over that day.  He even took it to bed with him.  Hasn’t touched it since.

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When you are done you can arrange the chains so they fit together.  Each pile flows into the next. 

Short Chain Game ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

The next day we did the long chain game but I don’t have a picture of it finished.

RightStart Math Games ~ Our Aussie Homeschool Here’s the video to explain it better.

 

Jitterbug’s favourite game right now is Skip Counting Memory.  This is nowhere near his level and he doesn’t even know the names of all the numbers.  But he’s learning.  He saw me playing it with Skeeterbug and wanted a go.  He enjoys looking at the patterns on the envelopes.  He asks me to play it with him nearly everyday.  He really likes memory games right now.

RightStart Math Games ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolRightStart Math Games ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Here’s another video to explain the game.

RightStart makes a games manual that you can use without using their whole curriculum.  It’s available in their supplements section here(I’m not an affiliate, just like their products!)

Egypt- Part 2

Continuing with our Egypt studies for geographies.  Click here for part one.

I needed an easy meal to go with Egypt so we made mummy hot dogs.  This is the first time I’ve had hot dogs since moving here.  (Sausages are more common here.  Way more common.)  When I opened the package my mouth started watering.  It’s not like I’m a huge hot dog fan but the smell, well…I never realised it was one I’d missed.  They don’t have that convenient crescent-dough-in-a-tube here but I had some puff pastry in my freezer so I used that.

Mummy Hot Dogs ~ Our Aussie Homeschool 

I used cut up black olives for eyes.  I should have rotated these hot dogs more while they were cooking.  They look a bit wrinkled, don’t they?  Not nearly as pretty as the picture I linked above.  Still good, though.

Mummy Hot Dogs ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We also had cheese pyramids.

Cheese Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool 

Kiwi chariot wheels.

Kiwi Chariot Wheels ~ Our Aussie Homeschool 

Camel poo.  (You thought it was mouse poo, didn’t you!)

Camel Poo! ~ Our Aussie Homeschool 

We watched some videos about the Suez Canal.

We looked up information about the animals from Expedition Earth for Egypt and hung their pictures up on the wall.  Skeeterbug’s favourite was the horned viper.  It can open its mouth extra wide so that its fangs are pointed straight at its victim, and folds up its fangs when not in use.  (Do you see they typo in the printout?  Ha!)

Egypt Animals ~ Our Aussie Homeschool 

We’ve been using the bits and pieces from Expedition Earth to create a lapbook.  See Egypt over there on the right?  This will be a huge lapbook once we are through our country studies.  I’m trying to figure out how to bind the various folders together.  They are taller than A4 so won’t fit my binding machine.  I may have to punch the holes by hand.  Ugh.

Geography Lapbook ~ Our Aussie Homeschool 

We played some online games.  The boys really liked this mummy game found here.

Mummy Game

A large listing of other Egyptian online games can be found here.

I think that’s it for Egypt.  Other activities can be seen here as part of our ancient history studies.  We are now on to the United Kingdom, we just didn’t get enough during the Olympics.  :)

Egypt- Part 1

Our geography studies have been overlapping our history studies.  We just finished up looking at Egypt, though we will have more to learn while we continue to study ancient history.

We played a couple of Egyptian games from here (scroll down to Egyptians, there are lots of great resources on this site).  I found these on someone’s blog but can’t find the link.  The first one is called Seega.  You start with the x’s lined up on one side and the o’s lined up on the other.  You can move your pieces in any direction but you can’t jump another piece.  The first one to have their pieces lined up (in any other location but the starting line) wins.

Seega- Ancient Egyptian Game ~ Our Aussie Homeschool Seega- Ancient Egyptian Game ~ Our Aussie Homeschool
The next one was Mehen.  The idea is to move your pieces to the centre and back again before your opponent’s lion can eat them.

Mehen- Ancient Egyptian Game ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We built a pyramid out of sugar cubes.  We used two boxes of 100 each.  Since they were over four dollars a box and I thought $8 was enough to spend on this project we had to come up with a way of stretching them.  We built our bottom layer of an 8x8 square of cubes.  The next layer of 7x7 we just outlined.  Then we filled in the empty space with cheap white flour (the kind I keep on hand for making playdough).  That helped to keep up the outlined layer.  The next layer was 6x6 and so on.  We glued down each layer using white craft glue.

Sugar Cube Pyramid ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolSugar Cube Pyramid ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We had to pack the flour in pretty tightly for it to work.  The tip I read was to use white sugar but I didn’t have any.  The white flour was a good substitute but harder to pack in.

Sugar Cube Pyramid ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We had enough sugar cubes left over to make a couple of baby pyramids.  We let this dry overnight and the next day carefully added some sand around the pyramids.

Sugar Cube Pyramid ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We added a piece of felt for our Nile River and the pieces from our Ancient Egypt Toob.  And suddenly we had an Ancient Egypt sensory bin!

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I grabbed our copy of Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile.  The first time we read it I think I only read it to Skeeterbug.  The other two were fascinated and hung on every word.

Bill & Pete Go Down the NileBill & Pete Go Down the Nile

The sensory bin has been revisited several times.  Ladybug especially enjoys walking the figures up and down the pyramid.  I love to listen to the dialogue she makes up for them while she is playing.  (She’s wearing the same shirt, but this was taken on a different day.)

Egypt Sensory Bin ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

That same afternoon we made sculptures from marshmallows and toothpicks.  I would have loved to use grapes for a healthier version but it is not exactly grape season here.  The idea was that we were going to make pyramids like they did here but on a smaller scale.  Once we got started I realised my kids are a bit young for something that ambitious!  We still had fun experimenting.  See the mini-pyramids on the table?

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Jitterbug experimented with different 2D shapes.  He kept asking, what’s 3 make?  What’s 4 make?

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Ladybug busied herself with eating marshmallows. ;)

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Look!  A pyramid!

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Skeeterbug’s final sculpture:

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

My geometric shape of some sort:

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

I have more but I’m having trouble uploading the post so I’ll split it into two posts.

Template Woes & Social Media Buttons

My blog template has a mind of its own.  My background disappeared for a couple of weeks.  We finally got that figured out but I still can’t get all of the text colours to be what they are supposed to be, and what the template says they are.  Sigh.

But I did add some pretty buttons.  See them over there, on my sidebar?

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RSS feed, Pinterest, Facebook, and Email.  I use Pinterest quite a bit.  I do not use Facebook often, even on a personal level, but I do intend to share links there occasionally.  I have not joined Twitter.  Do not plan to ever join Twitter.  But I may eat my words one day.  :)

I got the social media buttons here for free.  Go take a look, there are many styles to choose from and she gives easy instructions on how to install them on your site. 

King Tut

We’ve finally picked back up with our history studies after a lengthy break.  This week we learned a little about King Tutankhamen.  Our favourite picture book was Tutankhamen’s Gift.

Tutankhamen's Gift

We also loved The Search for Tutankhamun by Niki Horin.  We absolutely pored over the copy we found at the library, and then we were lucky to find a used copy in great shape.  Looks like you can find some used copies from Amazon here.

The Search for Tutankhamun by Niki Horin

Each page has a feature to interact with.  It might be a folded up letter in a pocket, a little booklet to open, or a pop-up.

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This page has a pop-up of the tomb with each of the rooms and various items found inside.

The Search for Tutankhamun by Niki HorinThe Search for Tutankhamun by Niki Horin

Then we made an Egyptian headdress using these templates.  We just coloured them in with markers.

King Tut Headdress ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolKing Tut Headdress ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolKing Tut Headdress ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Jitterbug cracked me up with the poses he was doing.  He was tapping his fingers on his arms and narrowing his eyes at me.  Must be his interpretation of being a pharaoh.  ;)

King Tut Headdress ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

After we finished these we watched this DVD I found at the library- Horrible Histories Awesome Egyptians.  It was about 20 minutes long and though it was a bit annoying it tied in perfectly with our King Tut studies.

Awesome Egyptians [DVD]

Skeeterbug also read Tut’s Mummy: Lost and Found detailing how his tomb was found.

Step into Reading Tuts Mummy: Lost- and Found

A great way to ease back into history.  We’ve also been doing some Egyptian activities for geography, so there is more to come on Egypt.

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