The kids have been hard at work making claymation characters. Mom made a practice character, Dad took it apart to teach the kids how to make their own. Then each kid got to make their own characters with bones. We started with characters with no arms as they are an easier place to begin.
Then the kids each got to practice a walking sequence with their character. Creating the walking sequence consisted of taking a picture, moving the character, and repeating over and over until you have the desired number of pictures.
What resources do you use when you are preparing for emergencies?
There have been many events occurring around the globe in the past few days and I have been following many of them with great interest. Some of these events affect us directly and others indirectly, but I prefer to be informed so I can make the best decisions for my own family.
Using Technology To Prepare For Emergencies
I have found myself using technology to keep informed about the things happening around the globe and having access to technology (internet, computers, tablets, cell phones, etc) has helped to give me information that I need to prepare for and survive an emergency or natural disaster.
Here are some of the resources that I have been using to follow the emergencies (earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes) of the past week.
If you have access to the internet, then you have access to all these free resources that can give you important information in the event of an emergency.
Sometimes it is not always possible to visit a zoo and see the animals. We don’t even live near a zoo, although we do have a few fun places near us (like: Undersea Gardens, Ocean Discovery, and Butterfly Gardens) that the kids enjoy on occasion.
I thought since we can’t go to the zoo, we can visit a few animal cams and watch the animals at our leisure. Pull up a chair and enjoy the animal cams with us.
Malachi is 8, soon to be nine and he is so excited. Well, soon being August and I don’t know what is special about nine, but he is looking forward to it. That wasn’t what I wanted to talk about today though.
Malachi loves army men, knights and castles, and Star Wars. He got some Star Wars Lego for Christmas and he has carted it around the house in a small bucket just about everyday. If he is not playing with a bucket full of Lego he is setting up a battle scene with his army men, but that is a story for another day.
On this day, not today, but the day he took this picture, he was making a movie with my camera. Not just any movie, Lego stop motion animation. Malachi is creative with the camera and takes interesting shots or whatever he is shooting. He had his whole movie set designed in Lego and the characters were having quite the battle. Let me tell you, any day around here sounds like a war zone with our boys and their mouth noises.
I loved this shot that he took because it is a really creative angle (with daddy in the background). Apparently some of the characters were already taken down in the gun fight.
Malachi loves taking pictures, he always has. It has taken some training and discussion for him to learn what is appropriate and what is not, but I am pretty sure he could grow up to be a photographer. Well, he could be a photographer unless he decides to direct movies or be a foley artist (because he is really good at that too).
I want to be the mom who encourages her children to follow their dreams and for some of them this involves technology. How do you use technology in your homeschool? Leave me a note in the comments or write a post and leave your link in the comments.
We have been working hard on a fun site for our kids to view all of the bible verse animations that we are making and we wanted to share a sneak peek of it with you.
We have purposely kept it simple and easy for little ones to navigate. Hosanna, our three year old daughter, loves to watch the animations on the iPad. We watched her navigate the site and tailor made it so that it would be easy for anyone to use.
Note: We are working behind the scenes to create a separate parent’s/educator’s area and we’ll let you know when that is ready for you to use.
Come on over and have a look. We would love to hear what you think.
It is also Tech Tuesday, so don’t forget to link up your posts about how you use technology in your homeschool.
Today we are talking about places to listen to stories and books online.
I had no idea that there were so many places online where my children can listen to books being read. Listening to books online does not take away from reading to your children, but it gives them even more exposure to words.
Check out this list of places to have stories read to you online:
I also went on an Internet hunt for iPad Apps to research and investigate further. I found a couple of individual apps that were reviewed by Apps for Homeschooling (awesome site, by the way) and some other great apps.
In our science lesson yesterday we did a short introduction to the periodic table. We had a nice and colorful periodic table in our book and I was able to print one out from here – simple black and white periodic table - for their notebooks.
I thought it would be fun to take a little detour from our book (Our Planet Earth) and visit two sites that will tell us a little more about the periodic table in interesting ways.
Today I wanted to share about one of the ways we use our iPad.
Jonah has been making these wonderful Lighthouse Memory Club animations for the kids and we have all been learning our memory verses. You will be hearing more about the Lighthouse Memory Club as time goes on, but today I just want to show you this PDF that we use.
We wanted a quick and easy way to review our memory verses every morning, so Jonah set to work and came up with a nice little PDF that we can use on our iPad.
I apologize for the fuzzy pictures – I had a 3 year old hanging off my arm while I was trying to take them.
So Jonah is working on a series of memory verse animations (I said that already, right?). All of these characters are in the animation. It will be available on DVD sometime in the near future.
Each family member is a character in the animations – doing voices. Jonah has more than one character that he does voices for (man, can he do voices!).
This PDF that Jonah made is like a little book that you can turn the pages of – or make text bigger on.
Jonah and I have worked on the colorful graphics together. There are cute graphics, but no moving parts for this PDF.
Each of the kids associates their character with their memory verse. I wonder what is going to happen when we go to do the next set of verses?
They all love their characters, but practising lines over and over again is not always fun.