This blog currently serves as a journal of what one particular community member, Uriel Fury, has been doing. The journal is updated infrequently. This journal is for friends, family, community members to know what we've been up to at a glance. It might also help us when it comes time for portfolio evaluations.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

November 26th - December 23rd, 2012

Watched
Let's Play videos - Minecraft, Minecraft MOD reviews, Super Scribblenauts Unlimited, Happy Wheels, & Fez - YouTube
Literal Trailers for movies & games by Tobuscus - YouTube
Wilhelm Scream Compilation video - YouTube
Homestarrunner.com
Video Game Reviews by PBGamer, Nerd(3), RinryGameGame, & SkyDoesMinecraft - YouTube
Yogscast - YouTube
Vlog Brothers - YouTube
CupQuake baking videos - YouTube
Bravest Warriors - YouTube
Netflix - Beakman's World, Angelo Rules, Jessie, Johnny Test, & The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron
Vi Hart - SnowFlakes video - YouTube


Played
3DS - WarioWare D.I.Y. (WWDIY), Super Scribblenauts, & Pokédex
PS3 - Little Big Planet 2 (LBP2)
Computer - Minecraft
Online - ISO Ball, Electric Box 2, LEGO Builder, Light-Bot, & Pursuit of Hat
iPad - Angry Birds Star Wars
Kindle Fire - Bad Piggies, Draw Something, 100 Floors, GridBlock
Homemade- Battle Game, a word game, & Antique Hunters
Board Games - Candyland
Light-Bot, a programming game
Read
Gift/Toy Catalogues
Game Notes, Plans, & Schematics
Snap Circuit Instruction Books
Game Informer Magazine
Menus
Gun Safety Comic & Brochure

Word game E made up
Researched
Shrews
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
How to properly pronounce 'Larynx'

Discussed
Wilhelm Scream, Castle Thunder, & other movie sound effects
Jury duty & why W had to do it
Contour & Caricature drawing
Light Therapy for people affected by lack of sunlight (like Alaskans)
Lye & Hydrochloric Acid (plumbing problems & extreme measures of solving them)
Roman warriors were paid in salt -- origin of "worth your salt"
What is 'twirling'? (baton & fire)
Circuits & Electronics
Winter Solstice
Recreated Pac-Man game board via astro-lite
Wrote
Gift wishlists
E-mails to friends
Notes, Plans, & Schematics for video game designs & short films
Game instructions
Rules to Antique Hunters
Listened
Literal Trailers for movies & games by Tobuscus - YouTube
Smashing Pumpkins
Music made in the studio by William, James, Dave, & Bob
Music E made using WWDIY

Created/Built
Level Designs & Creation, Characters, Music, & Short Films using LBP2
Music & Microgames using WWDIY
Board game with W (Antique Hunters)
Caricature & Contour Drawings
#1-#12 Snap Circuit Extreme Projects (plus a homemade designs)
Recreated Pac-Man Board


Snap Circuit Projects

Went/Community
Java House
Sushi Tomo
AAA Office
Hanging out with Gyres & Cian
5th Annual Winter Solstice Dinner & Party at the Parhams

Health/PE/Safety
Gun Safety Comic & Brochure
Discussed W's wallet getting stolen & having to cancel bank cards
Helped pack bentos & make grocery lists
Dancing
Notes for a game E's working on
Other
Helped with putting away groceries
Learned 'Invisible Deck' & other card tricks w/ W
Helped host our 5th annual Winter Solstice party

Quotable
"Why don't more people wear footed pyjamas? I mean, they're the perfect outfit!"
"It's not a macrowave; that would be terrible -- giant radiation going everywhere!"
"I'm a Snaptician!" (while working with Snap Circuits)
Juggling Chainsaws

Sunday, November 25, 2012

October 29th - November 25th, 2012

Watched
Let's Play videos - Portal, Minecraft, Happy Wheels, Scribblenauts Unlimited, PBGamer vids, Tobuscus vids, CupQuake vids, Northernlion vids, and AtomicMari vids - YouTube
Psych - Netflix
Yogscast & YogsLab - YouTube
Various game reviews - YouTube
Wreck It Ralph - movie - AMC Loews Theatre
iCarly - Netflix
CupQuake crafting videos - YouTube
Homestarrunner.com
Dresden Files - Netflix
Prototype This - Netflix
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Netflix
Total Drama Island - Netflix
Eureka - Netflix
Warehouse 13 - Netflix
Alphas - Netflix
Smash Lab - Netflix
The Gumby Show - Netflix
Sgt. Frog - Netflix
One Way Out - Netflix
Life's Funniest Moments - Netflix
Smosh Pit Weekly - YouTube
Vi Hart videos - YouTube


Played
WarioWare D.I.Y. - 3DS
Minecraft - Computer
Whizzball - Online
Contour - Online
Steamlands - Online
ModNation Racers - PS3
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
Doodle Screw - iPad
LEGO Creationary - iPad
Electric Box - iPad
Calculator games (playing w/ square numbers)
Singing Fingers - iPad
Where's My Water - iPad
Star Wars Lightsaber Duels - Wii
Super Paper Mario - Wii
Smule Magic Piano - iPad
Draw Something - KindleFire
Triple Town - KindleFire
Wonder Putt - Online

Read
LEGO Club Magazine
Game Informer Magazine
Ranger Rick Magazine
NatGeo Kids Magazine
Happy to be eating Nugget in a Biscuit
Researched
Toby Turner aka Tobuscus for our Nugget in a Biscuit adventure
Bento boxes - looked at lots of pictures for inspiration and menu/shopping list ideas

Discussed
Square numbers
Nutrition fact labels
A whole bunch of stuff, but I didn't write any of it down :-)
One of the many things we tried during our Asian food taste test
Wrote
Notes, plans, & schematics for games
Short story (wrote & illustrated)

Listened
Musical pictures made using Singing Fingers iPad app
Music played on Smule Magic Piano iPad app
Music made using Smule MadPad Remix Studio iPad app
Music made using Smule AutoRap iPad app
Dubstep and other electronic music at Thee Cassini Division (W's music studio)

Created/Built
Musical pictures made using Singing Fingers iPad app
Music made using Smule MadPad Remix Studio iPad app
Music made using Smule AutoRap iPad app
Beatboxing
Level design and creation - Little Big Planet 2
Microgames - WarioWare D.I.Y.
Race tracks - ModNation Racers
Drawing (pen & paper and KindleFire app)
Helped Mum make some watercolour artist trading cards (ATCs)
watercoloured ATCs
Went/Community
Yokoso
AMC Loews Theatre
Java House
Five Deer Hill (the Gyres' home)
Romp n Roll, Glenshaw, PA - Steel City Roller Derby home bout
Hokkaido - Thanksgiving dinner :-)
Hanging out w/ River @ Five Deer Hill
Health/PE/Safety
Waiting on his Orabrush (tongue brush) to arrive
Dancing
Walking
Helped revise menu of foods he likes to eat
Helped make shopping lists
Getting more adventurous with food (ie Nugget in a Biscuit & Asian Food Taste Test)

Other
Massively awesome food experiments (must check out these two posts): Nugget in a Biscuit and Asian Food Taste Test
Helped William celebrate his 33rd Birthday!

Quotable
"I just calculated that this vanilla Tootsie Roll is 2 1/2 Skittles long."
"Oh, so square numbers are numbers you can actually make a square out of! So cool!"
Nugget in a Biscuit plate

Sunday, October 28, 2012

October 1st - October 28th, 2012

Watched
Let's Play videos - Basement Collection, Braid, Minecraft, Minecraft Mods, Papa's Tacoria,  - YouTube
2008 Parham Family Slideshow & Music Video - DVD
Vi Hart videos - Doodle Music, A Song About a Circle Constant, What's Up with Noises?, and What Was Up with Pythagoras? - YouTube
Pucca - Netflix
Lore In One Minute videos - YouTube
Mythbusters - Netflix
Smosh Pit Weekly - YouTube
Eureka - Netflix
www.homestarrunner.com
Dear Dracula - Hotel TV
Scooby Doo - Hotel TV
Adventure Time - Hotel TV
M.A.D. TV - Hotel TV
Regular Show - Hotel TV
The Troop - Netflix
Vlog Brother videos - Top 10 Animal Power Moves - YouTube
Terra Nova - Netflix
LEGO 365 Slideshow - Blog
Lost - Netflix
Psych - Netflix
Indie Game the Movie - Netflix
What's Invisible? More Than You Think - YouTube

Played
Little Big Planet 2 (LBP2) - PS3
Bad Piggies - KF
Minecraft - Computer/iPad
TNT Robots - Online
Castle Keep - Tile-based Board Game
Blocks
Skywire VIP Shuffle & other www.nitrome.com games - Online
Cooking Mama - 3DS
Electric Box - Online
LEGO Builder Game - Online
Angry Birds - KF
Doodle Train - iPad
Aqueduct - iPad
Completed Level in Aqueduct
Read
Ranger Rick - Magazine
Ask! - Magazine
NatGeo Kids - Magazine
LEGO Club - Magazine
GameInformer - Magazine
www.XKCD.com

Researched
Hexaflexagons and Martin Gardner
The Scoville Scale
Habanero and Ghost Peppers
Scoville Rating Scale of Peppers/Capsaicin

Discussed
Various different types of sided dice (and how certain numbers of sides can't exist) - polyhedral dice
Rolling Pin Rods
'chalking it up' vs. chalk
Concepts of Time
Geodes


Broken Geodes
Wrote
Notes, plans, and schematics for video game designs
Journaling
Math puzzles and games
1x2x18=54

Listened
NPR in the car
Science Friday - NPR

Created/Built
Drawing - KF
LBP2 - characters and levels
Titles for NES-type games E's remaking in LBP2

Went/Community
Java House
Brooklyn, NY
Manhattan, New York City, NY
Chinatown, NYC, NY
Sheraton Hotel, Brooklyn, NY
Forsyth Park, Chinatown, NYC, NY
Fairtown Trading Inc. (Asian Grocer), Chinatown
Natalie's Bakery Inc. (Asian Bakery), Chinatown
Middletown (Harrisburg), PA
Best Western Plus Harrisburg Airport Inn & Suites
Whole Foods

Forsyth Park & Playground, Chinatown

Health/PE/Safety
Outside Free Play
Walking
Dancing
Tried a lychee smoothie and lychee gummies in Chinatown
Discussed safely walking around crowded busy city streets
Lychee fruit gummies

Other
Helped babysit our 2yr old friend Mabel
Explored and broke open geodes
Researched, discussed, and celebrated National Flexagon Day by watching Vi Hart videos pertaining to hexaflexagons (Hexaflexagons, Hexaflexagons 2, Hexaflexagon Safety, and Flex Mex) and making several of our own hexaflexagons
Happy Hexaflexagations!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

September 3rd - September 30th, 2012

Watched
Let's Play videos - Minecraft, Wii games, Universe Sandbox for Steam, Spelunky, and Portal - YouTube
Jimmy Two Shoes - YouTube
Eureka - Netflix
Cake Boss - Netflix
Futurama - Netflix
Smash Lab - Netflix
FRED 3: Camp Fred - Movie - Netflix
iCarly - Netflix
Fanboy and Chum Chum - Netflix
Mythbusters - Netflix
Spongebob - Netflix
DC Cupcakes - Netflix
Prototype This - Netflix
Suite Life of Zach and Cody - Netflix
Yogscast - YouTube
Farscape - Netflix
Warehouse 13 - Netflix
ParaNorman - Movie - Theatre

'veggie master' veggie burger E ordered at Denny's
Played
WarioWare D.I.Y. - 3DS
Minecraft - Computer & iPad
Little Big Planet 2 (LBP2) - PS3
Lemonade Frenzy - Online
Huebrix - Online
New Super Mario World - 3DS
Pokedex 3D - 3DS
Infamous - w/ William - PS3
Bad Piggies - Kindle
Words with Friends - w/Michele - Kindle
Triple Town - Kindle
100 Floors - Kindle
Worlds of WarCraft - Created board game
Outside play - bubbles, sidewalk chalk, Frisbee, creek, trails, and playground
E on the trails at the park the day before his 9th birthday

Read
Pass the Celery Ellery - Book
Polka Bats and Octopus Slacks - Book
The Robots are Coming - Book
The Blood Hungry Spleen - Book
Cowboy and Octopus - Book
NatGeo Kids - Magazine
Ranger Rick - Magazine
LEGO Club - Magazine
Ask! - Magazine
National Lampoon's Favourite Comics of the 21st Century - Book
Gamer Informer - Magazine
LBP2 News - PS3
Personal Twitter Feed - Online
Handwritten notes and plans for video game creation
Various menus

Researched
Ziggarats
Kilometres/Miles and conversions
Minecraft Note Blocks and how-to use them
Creating more complex circuits in Minecraft using Redstone Repeaters

Discussed
How gyroscopes work
Adding decimals
Oven usage and safety
Twitter and social networking in general
24 hour vs. 12 hour clock and methods of telling time
How 3D movies are made
How stun guns work

Wrote
Lots of notes and plans for video and board game designing
Poem - "Candy Streets"
Tweets
Labelled and wrote instructions for the board game Worlds of Warcraft that he created
Candy Streets, by E

Listened
LBP2 community created songs made using the LBP2 music sequencer
NPR in the car
Various music on Michele's Pandora account

Created/Built
Created a font
Microgames - WarioWare D.I.Y. - 3DS
Levels and characters - LBP2
Board Game, "Worlds of WarCraft"
Character Skins using Minecraft Skin Studio - iPad
Pictures with 3DS
Raised font created by E

Went/Community
Sushi Tomo
Citizen's Bank
Target
Game Stop
Giant Eagle
Oriental Market
Whole Foods
Loafers Bread Co.
Pet supply store
Denny's
War Memorial Park in Sewickley, PA
D's 6-Pax and Dogz
Oh! Yeah Ice Cream and Waffle Shop
Mad Mex
AMC Loew's Theatre
Java House
Olive Garden
Rite Aide

Health/PE/Safety
Discussed oven usage and safety
Discussed lowering headphone volume
Walking in the neighbourhood and to corner store
Internet and social networking safety
Soaking up the sun in the hammock
Outside free play
Discussed using an alarm clock again

Other
Created and set up Twitter account
Celebrated E's 9th birthday with a gathering in the park with friends
Received and Kindle Fire for birthday from Grandparents; spent time setting it up
Helped sort video game design notes and plans, place them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder for easier storage and reference (the following two pictures are of the front of the binder and of a random page from it)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

July 23rd - September 2nd, 2012

Watched
Let's Play videos - Minecraft, Portal, Portal 2, Jelly Escape, Happy Wheels, and Mario ROM hacks - YouTube
Electric Company - Netflix
Jimmy Two Shoes - YouTube
Yogscast - Minecraft Mods - YouTube
Psych - Netflix
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody - Netflix
Mythbusters - Netflix
Various YouTube videos
Cake Boss - Netflix
Sgt. Frog - Netflix
The Garfield Show - Netflix
Warehouse 13 - Netflix
How to Train Your Dragon - Movie - Netflix
A Town Called Panic - Movie - Netflix
The Troop - Netflix
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Movie - Netflix
Jr. Detective Agency - Movie - Netflix
Angel Beats - Netflix
Beakman's World - Netflix
T.U.F.F. Puppy - Netflix
World of Quest - Netflix
Various Community-made short films on Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
Alphas - Netflix
Futurama - Netflix
Shrek Forever After - Movie - Hotel TV
Adventure Time - Hotel TV
Storage Wars - Hotel TV
George Lopez Show - Hotel TV
Jeopardy - Hotel TV
Regular Show - Hotel TV
Level Up - Hotel TV
The Amazing World of Gumball - Hotel TV
Powerpuff Girls - Hotel TV
The Misadventures of Flapjack - Hotel TV
Ninjago - Hotel TV
A.N.T. Farm - Netflix
Artist Trading Card (ATC) E made for Erika Davis-Pitre
Played
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
LEGO
WarioWare D.I.Y. - 3DS
Castle Keep - tile-based board game
Rory's Story Cubes - dice-based game
Chess w/ James - board game
Foosball w/ James, Laura, & Violet - tabletop game
Doodle Devil - iPad
Hangman w/ William & Michele - iPad
Slice It - iPad
Casey's Contraptions - iPad
DrainWorks - iPad
Make 24 - iPad
Whizzball - iPad
Fruit Ninja - iPad
Paint with Time - iPad
Singing Fingers - iPad
Drums w/ William - iPad
IAAIRAI - flash-based hacking game - Internet
Minecraft - computer
Various Flash games - Internet
Wheels and Zombies - Internet
Elemental Balance - Internet
Let It Glow 2 - Internet
Various games from http://www.physicsgames.com
Invented dice game - dice-based game
Yahtzee - dice-based game
Linkity - card-based board game
Marbles & Marble Run
Hide and Seek
Qwirkle - tile-based logic/strategy game
Bananagrams - tile-based word game
Scribbles! - Internet
Timeline: Inventions - card-based History board game (such a good game)
Rory's Story Cubes
Read
Menus
Minecraft mod instructions
Garfield Minus Garfield
Northeast Unschooling Conference program brochure
NatGeo Kids - magazine
LEGO Club - magazine
Ranger Rick - magazine

Researched/Discussed
Parsecs
Corundum
Krull
Silicone, Plastic, and Rubber
Overbites
Pig Latin
Syllables
The Scale of the Universe (This site is so cool!)
Acronyms and Initialisms
Electromagnets
Genealogy, Family Trees, and Names
Silent Auctions and Bidding
Liquid Nitrogen
E made an electromagnet with William at NEUC
Wrote
Notes
Various lists
Labelled creations
Playing card ATCs E made
Listened
NPR in the car
Ruby, The Doors, Eryka Badu, and others in the car, during road trip
Music created w/ Singing Fingers and Drum iPad apps

Created/Built
Music w/ Singing Fingers and Drum iPad apps
Little Big Planet 2 Characters and Level Designs
Drawings and Schematics for LBP2 levels
Micro video games w/ WarioWare D.I.Y.
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)
Dice games
Marble runs
Cooked Pasta
Made Sushi
Electromagnets w/ William
Liquid nitrogen ice cream
Marble Run in the Playroom at NEUC
Went/Community
Whole Foods
Coffee Buddha w/ the Gyres
Burger King
Java House
Sushi Tomo
Five Deer Hill (the Gyres' house)
AT&T Wireless Store
Qdoba
Lane Bryant
Taj Mahal
Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill, NJ
Cherry Hill, NJ
The Pop Shop, Collingswood, NJ
Collingswood, NJ
Haddon, NJ
Sheraton Colonial Hotel & Conference Centre, Wakefield, MA
Wakefield, MA
Northeast Unschooling Conference (NEUC), Wakefield, MA
Dunkin Donuts
Salem Willows Amusement Park, Salem, MA
Salem, MA
Northeast Unschooling Conference Picnic, Salem, MA
E and J playing together at the NEUC Picnic
Northeast Unschooling Conference Activities
Helped Michele set up the Art/Craft Room (sorting & setting out supplies)
Attended Opening Remarks and Welcome Speech
Spent time in the Playroom and Game Room
Attended Dad's Q&A Panel to hear William speak
Participated in Funshops (NEUC Science Museum, ATCs, Media Swap, and Making Sushi)
Participated (and won something) in the Silent Auction
Shopped at the UNtrepreneurial Fair
Attended the NEUC Picnic at Salem Willows
Helped make liquid nitrogen ice cream at the NEUC Picnic
All the pictures taken by Michele from NEUC can be found here. *This post will be updated with a link to the pictures taken by William when his are available.*
Dad's Q&A Panel at NEUC
Health/PE/Safety
Discussed flossing and brushing
Swimming
Walking
Outside play and games

Other
Tested new Minecraft wireless LAN capabilities
Got a hair cut
Managed money and bidding in a silent auction
E gets a fauxhawk hair cut (and has such a sweet smile)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Educational Objectives 2012-2013


Proposed Educational Objectives by Subject Area
For Elijah Parham’s Home Education Program, 2012-2013
[The affidavit must include] “an outline of proposed education objectives by subject area...
The required outline of proposed educational objectives shall not be utilized by the superintendent in
determining if the home education program is out of compliance with this section and section 1327.”

-- PA Home Education Law
The primary educational objective for Elijah Parham’s home education program is to continue to use the resources available in our community to provide a well-rounded education based on Elijah’s interests and abilities. We will continue the approach that has worked well in the past, choosing specific topics as we go, based on interest and academic readiness. Because of the flexibility offered by home education, specific topics listed in these objectives are only examples, which can and will be changed based on Elijah’s evolving needs and interests; we will take advantage of whatever interests, opportunities and resources seem appropriate at the time.
READING/WRITING & SPELLING
  1. Elijah will read fiction and non-fiction books for studies in literature and history, as well as for personal pleasure.
  2. Elijah will also read non-fiction books and magazines, especially as a part of his studies in video game design and science.
  3. Elijah will use writing as needed in pursuing his interests, using a variety of formats, such as journals, stories, letters, and e-mails.
  4. Elijah will use various resources to determine the correct spelling of words he wishes to use in his writing.
ARITHMETIC
  1. Elijah will increase his mathematical skills and understanding, though both formal and informal methods. Topics may include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; percents; graphing; measurement; and geometry.
  2. Elijah will use mathematical concepts in free play, using materials such as LEGO, pattern blocks, tangrams, Kapla blocks, and games.
  3. Elijah will use measurement, geometry, and other mathematical concepts in practical situations such as cooking, video game design, and handling money.
SCIENCE
  1. Elijah will study one or more topics in life science, earth science, and /or physical science.
  2. Elijah will learn specific scientific content related to the topic he is studying though reading, visits to nature centers and museums, observation, and/or experimentation.
  3. Elijah will continue to develop his general scientific skills, such as observation, measurement, making predictions, and drawing conclusions. Taking notes and collecting and analyzing data will be highly encouraged.
HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY/CIVICS
  1. Elijah will learn about various periods of US and Pennsylvania history through reading, research, and visits to historical sites and museums.
  2. Elijah’s geography studies will be integrated with his history studies. When studying a particular culture, he may use maps, learn about the physical features and resources of the area, and discuss how the physical environment and resources influence(d) aspects of the culture such as architecture, diet, and clothing.
  3. Elijah will be exposed to different cultures through avenues such as food, music, and dance; travel; and multi-cultural literature.
  4. Elijah’s civics education will be integrated with his history studies. When studying a particular culture, he may learn about its method of government, and how it compares to and in some cases influenced our own.
  5. In addition, current events will be discussed and explored as needed.
HEALTH & PHYSIOLOGY/SAFETY EDUCATION/PHYSICAL EDUCATION
  1. Elijah will continue to learn about various aspects of safety, including the dangers and prevention of fires.
  2. Elijah will continue to learn about taking care of himself, including the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and the advantages of good nutrition and other health practices.
  3. Elijah will have regular physical exercise, through active play, walks, swimming, dancing, and other activities. The emphasis will be on lifetime fitness.
MUSIC
  1. Elijah will be exposed to a variety of musical styles, through recorded music and by attending live performances.
  2. Elijah will use music sequencing programs to create electronic music to accompany his video game designs.
ART
  1. Elijah will use a variety of media and techniques to make creations of his own choosing.
  2. Elijah will continue to develop his drawing skills and use them in designing and creating comics, concept schematics and story boards for his video game designs.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

May 28th - July 22nd, 2012

A sampling of the stuff we've been up to over the last 8 weeks.


Watched
Let's Play videos - The Binding of Isaac, Portal & Minecraft - YouTube
Yogscast & Yogscast - YouTube
Mythbusters - Netflix
Psych - Netflix
Wizards of Waverly Place - Netflix
House of Anubis - Netflix, Amazon Prime
America's Funniest Home Videos - Netflix
VlogBrothers videos - Jokes, Jokes and more Jokes - YouTube
CrashCourse - Taxonomy - YouTube
The Minutemen - Movie - Netflix
X-Men Animated Series - Netflix
Brave - Movie - AMC Theatre
GLaDOS Siri video - YouTube
Futurama - Netflix
Word Girl - Netflix
True Jackson VP - Netflix
The Electric Company - Netflix


Played
Lego
Little Big Planet 2 (LBP2) - PS3
Minecraft - Computer, iPad
Spongbob Diner Dash - iPad
Horseshoes - Lawn game
Binding of Isaac - Steam
Rush Hour - Puzzle board game
Various Online Games (mostly Flash based) - Online
Roblox -Online
Wingeria - Online
Contour Game - Online
Bingo - Board game
7 Little Words - iPad
Electric Box - Online
Aqueducts - iPad
Scrabble - Board game
WarioWare D.I.Y. - 3DS
Yamodo! - Drawing/Writing game
Fruit Ninja - iPad
Nitrome.com
Played doughnut shop with calculator - Pretend play
7 Little Words
Read
Game Informer - Magazine
Field Guide to Luck - Book
NatGeo Kids - Magazine
Lego Club - Magazine
The Brick Journal - Magazine
Ranger Rick - Magazine

Researched/Discussed
Ipecac syrup
Minecraft splash screens & their meanings
Difference between 'imminent' & 'eminent'
Cork trees
Croissants
Calculator alphabet & spelling
Leet
Converting minutes into hours & visa versa
Talked about our up coming Unschooling conference
Interrobang
Moon mod and Tekkit mod for Minecraft
Marshmallows
Fahrenheit, Celsius & Kelvin
Rube Goldberg Machines
Neat temperature scale we found
Wrote
Directions to game
Kept score on paper for a few games
Wrote skit for Lego characters
Wrote/Drew plans for LBP2 levels
Secret messages in hieroglyphics at Natural History Museum
Wrote/Drew comics

Listened
NPR in the car

Created/Built
Various Lego weapons
Skit for Lego minifigures
LBP2 levels, characters, objects & movies
WarioWare D.I.Y. microgames
Various drawings, notes & gaming plans
Comics
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)
Helped set up index card box for gaming notes & plans
Plans for a LBP2 level
Went/Community
Memorial Day BBQ at Christina, Ted & Chad's
Picked up CSA w/ M
D's 6-Pax and Dogz
The Sharp Edge
The Harris Grill
Playdates at Kristilee's w/ Cian
Claddagh
Taj Mahal
Java House
Burger King
Friday's
AMC Lowes Theatre
Barnes & Noble
Forth of July bonfire & fireworks at the Gyres
Breadworks
Tokyo Sushi Buffet
Natural History Museum
Jack Stack Pool
Subway
Lincoln Bakery
Rite Aid
Target
Whole Foods
Coffee Buddha
Bonfire at the Gyres
Health/PE/Safety
Swimming at neighbourhood pool
Walking around neighbourhood
Helped make grocery lists & shop
Helped w/ various food prep & cooking
General Outside Play (sandbox, water hose, digging)
Dancing in the rain
Napping in the hammock
Cloud watching
Firefly watching & chasing

Other
Helped w/ Studio clean up

Sunday, May 27, 2012

April 30th - May 27th, 2012

Watched
Let's Play videos - YouTube.com
House of Anubis - Nickelodeon
The Avengers - movie
Special Effects videos - YouTube.com
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends - CartoonNetwork.com
Battleship - movie
Mythbusters - Netflix
America's Funniest Videos - Netflix
MAD TV - Netflix
Super Mario mod videos - YouTube.com
Cake - Netflix
Sgt. Frog - Netflix
Skunk Fu - Netflix
Reaper - Netflix
A.N.T. Farm - Netflix
House of Anubis - Netflix

Played
Nitrome.com games
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
Lego
Wii Sports - Wii
Homemade Lego board game - board game
Dominoes w/ Michele - game
Mine Shift w/ Bethany - tile-based board game
Rory's Story Cubes - story dice game
Angry Birds - iPad App
Doodle Train - iPad App
Various Online Games - Internet
Minecraft - Computer

















Read/Researched/Discussed
Valve Employee Handbook (would be a fantastic place to work!)
Ranger Rick Magazine
National Geographic Kids Magazine
Homophone, Homonyms et al (quite the Pandora's Box)
"The Thinker" statue
Puns & Double Entendres
Pittsburghese
IPA for English



Wrote
Directions to a homemade Lego board game

Listened
Science Friday - NPR
Community music from LBP2 online community
Roll a D6 - music video
"TNT" - A Minecraft Parody of Taio Cruz's Dynamite - music video



Created/Built
Plants vs. Zombies in Lego
Drawing
Music w/ William
Music using LBP2 Music Sequencer
Comedy Routines
Homemade Lego board game
Level creation and design for LBP2
Made, broke and ate Candy Glass

Went/Community
Sushi Tomo
Picked up CSA
Bean-Thru
Half Price Books
Tokyo Sushi Buffet
DB Mongolian BBQ
AMC Waterfront Theatre
Taj Mahal Indian Buffet
New Dumpling House
Java House
Starbucks
Qdoba
Trader Joe's

Health/PE/Safety
Discussed exercise
Discussed visiting the chiropractor
Contemplated how much sleep we all needed
Decided to get and use an alarm clock
Walked around block w/ Michele
  
Other
Set up new alarm clock

Sunday, April 29, 2012

April 16th - April 29th, 2012

Watched
The Troop - Netflix
Sgt. Frog - Netflix
Let's Play Minecraft videos by YogCast - YouTube
Spotlight Vlogcast by Indie Statik - YouTube
Jimmy Two-Shoes - YouTube
Soul Eater (an anime) - Netflix

Played
Minecraft - Computer
Plants vs. Zombies - Computer
Peggle - Computer
Bejeweled 2 - Computer
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
Various physics based games on physicsgames.com - Online
Equate - Board Game
Lego: Ninjago - Board Game
Lego: Creationary - Board Game
ModNation Racing - PS3
Castle Keep - Tile-based Board Game

E playing Lego: Creationary





















Read/Researched
What does 'linguistics' mean?
Ranger Rick Magazine
Lego Club Magazine
Hanna Andersson Catalogue
What do 'elijah', 'uriel' and 'parham' mean?

Discussed
Why do they call studying languages linguistics?

Wrote
Words to a song about a gamer nerd
Labelled bags for our bulk food purchases at the food co-op
Wrote & illustrated instructions to Spin-Jisto, a made up game.
Illustrated instructions to Spin-Jisto, created by E




















Listened
Music by our friend Joy's band, Joy Toujours & The Toys Du Jours
Cat Power - album: You Are Free

Created/Built
Level design in LBP2
World map creation in Minecraft
Various Lego creations
Mod design and creation for ModNation Racing
Made up a Lego game called 'Spin-Jisto'.

Went/Community
Kristilee's house
Mad Mex
Java House
Trader Joe's
East End Food Co-op
Starbucks

Health/PE/Safety
Outside play all day w/ Cian
Helped make Red Bean Chili
Helped make grocery list and shop for food

Other
Scooped and measured bulk herbs and spices at the food co-op

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mid-February - April 15th, 2012

So, it's time to play catch up, somewhat. I've got a new laptop, so I can actually type up things, unlike with the iPad! Here's a little bit of what we've been up to since mid February until now.

Watched
Let's Play videos (Minecraft, et al.)
Vi Hart videos
Netflix (various animated children's cartoons)
Psych
Monk
Animated Ghostbusters
Mythbusters
Skunk Ninja
iCarly
Tin Tin (series)
Robocop - Movie

Played
WarioWare D.I.Y. - 3DS
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
Minecraft - iPad and Computer
Physicsgames.com - online
Mine Shift - Tile-based board game
Angry Birds - iPad
Fruit Ninja - iPad
Rory's Story Cubes - Dice-based story game
Lego Creationary - iPad
Whizzball - iPad
Doodle Find - iPad
Tamagotchi Connection 2 - 3DS
Carcassonne - Tile-based board game
Bingo - Board game
Peggle - Computer
Iggle Pop - Computer
Plants vs. Zombies - Computer
Minesweeper - Computer
Various logic-based games - iPad
Wand Charades
Word With Friends (with M) - Online
Played around with bento making app - iPad

tasty bento box designed by E















Read/Researched
Game Informer - Magazine
Ranger Rick - Magazine
Greek alphabet (wikipedia)
Vitruvian Man
Leonardo da Vinci
NatGeo Kids - Magazine
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5 and #6 - books
Lego Club - Magazine
Map seeds for Minecraft - what are they and how do they work?
Looked up words: sett, weka, djinn and mew

Discussed
Malcolm X Assassination
Opposites
Ideas for the craft room
How EverNote works
Grandparents moving to Oklahoma City, OK
What 'photosynthesis' is
Grammar - 'drink, drank and drunk'

Wrote
Instructions for the game Carcassonne
E-mails to grandparents and parents
Instructions for the game Minesweeper

Listened
Pandora - various music styles/musicians
NPR - Science Fridays, Talk of the Nation, BBC News
Slavic Soul Party - Tecknochek Collission
Red Lauan Tree - (William's album)
Skywire theme song

Created/Built
Dice-based board games
Music using the music sequencer on LBP2
Level design on LBP2
Pottery (vase and bowl) using Pottery Lite on the iPad
Made pancakes
Made a smoothie
Acted out bloopers from made up movie entitled "This is Magic"
Took pictures with iPad and digital camera
Tan-gram-wich (sandwich cut into tangram shapes)

vegan grilled cheeze tangramwich




















Went/Community
MadMex
Starbucks
Burger King
Java House
Trader Joe's
East End Food Co-op
D's Six Pax and Dogz
Barnes and Noble
Tokyo Sushi Buffet
Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant
Oriental Market
Lotus Foods
Citizen's Bank
Ephesus Pizza
Target
Sushi Tomo
Qdoba

E took this pic at Starbucks




















Health/PE/Safety
Discussed food and Refrigeration
Grocery shopping
Picked out food at grocery store
Made and used a shopping list
Helped with food prep in kitchen
McDonald's Playplace

Other
Google History set up
YouTube Subscriptions set up
Gmail set up and usage