samantha liz

September 2012 archive

Hola Dino, soy Lupi!

We signed up for a two week free trial to Speekee TV yesterday and I have to say, the kids have really been loving it. It’s a video-based Spanish immersion program with a 40-week suggested lesson plan accompanying it.

Yesterday, we watched “El parque”. When I say we watched it, I mean they must have played it at least 5 times and then we watched the little excerpts that go along with it at least a dozen more times.

Especially the puppets Lupi and Dino.

The lesson plan suggests that day 2, you are to make puppets like Lupi and Dino. Yeah, we were all over that today.
We gathered our supplies and made our puppetsThe kids ran around the house collecting items they thought would make for perfect puppets, and we came up with these cuties.

They then begged to make a video with them. They had one specifically in mind, so they went right to work, watching it, and practicing their parts.Practicing their parts.

Without further ado, here it is.

Oh yes, the kids are really loving Speekee TV. You will certainly be seeing more of our adventures with it here! So stay tuned.
Silly puppetters.

Disclaimer: Speekee TV has no idea who I am, and didn’t pay me to write this. We just truly enjoyed it so much that I felt like I had to share the love. 😉 Te quiero.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Recap.

On friday we ended our Dinosaur study at the DMNS! The kids were super excited when daddy stayed home on a WEEK DAY and we got to drive down to Denver to see real dinosaur fossils.Obligatory Prehistoric Journey Signage Pose.

The kids happily posed next to their favorite prehistoric creatures. I’m totally not surprised on the ones they chose.DMNS Prehistoric Journey

We also saw volunteers working on the excavation of a Mammoth body fossil in the Earth Sciences Lab, Thomas was enthralled with the Mammoth fossil that they had on display that was already uncovered.Mammoth Spotting.

As we were nearing the end of the displays, Molly spotted these and ran to them. “I want to take a picture with the PONIES!” She didn’t once mention that they were, um… fossilized prehistoric pony bones, so neither did I.Molly saw these and ran over. "I want to take a picture with the PONIES!" She didn't once mention that they were, um... fossilized prehistoric pony bones. ;)

Not too long after we were posing with Stenomylus, circa Early Miocene, 20 million years ago. {While daddy got a shot of Thomas with Daeodon, a prehistoric warthog}Posing with Stenomylus, circa Early Miocene, 20 million years ago.

Then we headed over to the wildlife exhibits where the galapagos tortoise gave Thomas the creeps. Marcus, on the other hand, just kept pointing and calling, “Tuttle!”The galapagos tortoise gave Thomas the creeps, Marcus, on the other hand, just kept pointing and calling, "Tuttle!"

Molly spotted the insects exhibit, or as Molly said, “OOhh! Butterflies!”DMNS Insects, or as Molly said, "OOhh! Butterflies!"

A quick potty break for the kids was in order by then, and I caught this lovely self portrait in the bathroom mirror as I was waiting, you know, to prove that I was actually there too.Proof I was there. ;)

From there we decided that it was time to explore the cosmos. On we went to Space Odyssey. Where, appropriately enough, Molly spotted the Butterfly Nebula.Butterfly Nebula

…and the Spiral Galaxy. Spiral Galaxy

Marcus loved the astronaut on the ceiling as we explored the Space Odyssey. Thomas and Molly even got to make craters by dropping large marbles into sand.DMNS Space Odyssey

Our last stop was the Gem and Minerals exhibit. Although it was super dark in there, I can’t help but post these shots of Molly. DMNS Gems & Minerals

All in all, it was a great trip. While we were there, I asked the kids to pick something to cover next. Thomas said, “Hmm, well, I guess canaries would be cool.” followed shortly after by Marcus yelling, “BIRDS!”

Okay then! Bird Week it is.