Thursday, November 12, 2009

Homelearning Snippets at Syrendell....

What have we been up to lately?
Crafted a pencil holder out of wood
Explored chemistry (iron filings and magnets, oxygen/fire, observations)
Visited the Folsom Zoo Animal Sanctuary

Rehearsed on saxophone at jazz band
Wound our handspun, naturally-dyed yarns onto shuttles to prep for weaving
Attended gymnastics class

Attended tap, jazz and ballet classes

Took a clarinet lesson

Played made-up games with balls and sticks

Danced the Tinikling (Filipino)

Tried on costumes with cousin and rehearsed with professional ballet dancers for the upcoming Nutcracker Ballet!


Grandma said...

Enjoyed reading about what you have been doing, you are a busy and happy family!

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Always nice to see what you are up to. What fun with the ballet!

Jen said...

Wow - no wonder you guys are so busy! Looks like everyone is having so much fun. The dancing looks like such fun!

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Sarah said...

Thanks for your note on my blog. I enjoy reading yours as well!

Acorn to Oak said...

Wow! So many fun ways of learning! :-)

RunninL8 said...

What a beautiful rich world!

Jenn said...

looks like you've been having a lot of fun!! wow...would love to be there and share in some of those moments! :0)

Kathleen Scott said...

I want to go to your school. Love the way you keep the fun in learning. And lessons that make sense in every day life will stick.

I've sent links to some of your posts to friends for inspiration on activities for grandchildren. Thanks for sharing.

Unrelated but I've been thinking of you. My prickly pear cactus has cochineal, a fuzzy parasite. Not good for the cactus but it was used centuries ago for making brilliant red dye. I'd harvest & send you some if I knew what to do.

Tan Family said...

Hi Kathleen! Thank you for the nice comment. Cochineal makes a lovely dye. If you have any dried up cochineal, we'd love to have it! Email us at and we will send you our mailing address. Thanks for thinking of us.

s t a c y said...

I've danced the tinikling! We haven't done it with the kids yet, but that's a great idea to use dowels (that's what it looks like you're using).

My husband is from Cebu (Mandaue City). We went to visit when my first son was two, before my second was born.

Salamat! :)

~Stacy (Mama-Om)

Tan Family said...

Hi Stacy! Yes, we used dowels for the Tinikling. They work very well. Rick is from Binangonan in the Rizal Province (although he's lived in the US most of his life). I visited the Philippines a few time when Rick was there for medical school. I remember seeing professional dancers do the Tinikling...amazing! It's a fun, rhythmic activity for kids. Salamat!