Personally I have found the holy grail of jeans. Seems I am a YELLOW, this is LB code for the fact that I am lacking in hips or if you're being less charitable.. my waist is not waisted, in fact it's the same size ( or just about) as the fullest part of my hips. ( Might you be a RED, or a BLUE?)
Silly me.. I never did understand why I could get jeans that fit in the hips then I could not button them, or if they could button they flapped around my hips like sails in the wind. And guess what?.. seems I am also a petite!.. at 5foot 5 I wear a petite!.. But who cares!... my jeans fit.. in fact they fit so well that i went back and bought 3 more pairs!
Best of all since getting them I have had 3 people stop me to ask where I got my jeans since they looked so good!.. two of the women were MUCH smaller than my rather generous size 16 self and were disappointed to know that they would not be able to get any for themselves. But if you happen to be a 14 or above, make your way to Lane Bryant and find out your true shape.. you will not be sorry!! My pair are the trouser cut, dark wash and were $44 a pair. Better yet there is a coupon right now on the website that give you $25 off of $75 or $50 off of $150.
We use multiple different formats to showcase our learning. To the far left of the above photo he used mailing tags to draw examples of the two main types of microscopes that we studied. We secured these in with a brad so the cards swing apart for easy viewing. In the center we used a blue CD envelope with clear window to hold the drawings of what the kids saw through the microviewer. In the zebra paper-flap book there is an example of graphed micro drawing ( why zebra paper?.. why not??) Barely visible under the the flap book is a small plastic envelope in which we put index card on which we list our vocabulary words from the unit. This makes for an easy way to review words and play simple memory games with the cards.
What you can't see above due to rather crap-tastic photography on my part is the fact card on Robert Hooke, an actual slide that was preped and attached in the book and a labeled diagram of all the parts of a microscope.
Below is the front of the folder with a graphic of one of the early microscopes built by Robert Hooke. Each boy went on to add other personal art to the front cover. I believe dripping blood was a popular thematic choice ( but not mine!)
Today we got to work in earnest on our Classification unit. We started off by talking about Carl Linnaeus and his gift to us of the system of Taxonomy that is still pretty much the standard used today. In doing that we studied some basic systems of sorting and classifying. We used buttons for our purpose since wide slew of wild animals was not at our disposal! I found this lesson on line - Dichotomous Keys.. http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Process_Skills/SPS0002.html
Currently we are out by the pool and the boys are enjoying one of the last nice swimming days of the year :)