Thursday, November 15, 2012

I look up in the sky...

This week we learned about clouds! Surprisingly, my oldest seems to be very interested in weather and gets it very easily. When talking about how clouds form - she really understood it and seemed to think it was very cool. We started out with talking about the process and I had my own little drawing on the white board. We talked about evaporation and how we get rain, snow, sleet, and hail.

We set out a cup of water outside and marked with a dry erase marker to see our line of where we filled it. Once it evaporates, we will be able to see how much and where the water originally was.


We ended the week learning about the different types of clouds. After reading about the cumulus cloud and how it can turn to what's called a cumulonimbus (LATIN WORD: NIMBUS) she asked me, "Is that what can make a tornado?" Lo and behold, in the next paragraph of our unit - that's what it talked about. She thinks she can be a weather predictor now by watching the clouds! I love the enthusiasm when they learn, that's what makes me love my job. ;) We did a craft to go along with the different types of clouds with cotton balls. The girls tried to make the different types of clouds with the cotton balls. Then they wrote whatever they wanted about clouds. My oldest wrote a poem and my youngest wrote about her favorite type of cloud. Pictures are below.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We Voted!

Thought I would post pictures of what we did on election week! Our candidate didn't win, but it was great to see how involved the girls got with this election.

Their father taught an election unit to them the whole week. He's very into politics, so when he came home from work - they would sit down and do their file folder on the election.


They also did a "Race to the White House" file folder game. My husband played the moderator.

Then of course, they voted in their own online election through currclick.com. We also went to vote as a family. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

MAD SCIENTIST!

Since its Halloween week, we've decided to conjure up a few experiments!

First experiment - Acetic Acid mixed with Sodium Bicarbonate
Our reaction certainly looked like a wizard's potion. We just used 1/2 a cup of vinegar as our acid and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. The result...Carbon Dioxide! The girls loved to see it bubble up. We talked about how the vinegar and baking soda were in a "duel" with one another to try to neutralize each other, resulting in the bubble reaction of carbon dioxide.

Second experiment - Making a Polymer
SLIME! The girls had a great time making this. It was very easy with a borax and water solution mixed with a glue and water solution. The girls have played with it all afternoon. They also love seeing it take shape to anything. They've had fun stretching it and seeing it shape itself. We got our directions from http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistryactivities/ss/slimerecipe_4.htm.
Now for the SCIENCE part.... This POLYMER is unique because it has qualities of both a solid and a liquid. It can take the shape of its containers like a liquid does, yet you can hold it in your hand and pick it up like a solid. As you might know, solid molecules are tight together, liquid molecules spread out and break apart (drops) POLYMER molecules CHAIN themselves together (they can stretch and bend like chains) and that makes them special. Jell-O, rubber bands, plastic soda bottles, sneaker soles, even gum are all forms of polymers.

Third experiment - Walking Water
Easy as it looks! We added a pigmentation agent to the water - yep that's food coloring, just used fancy names today. ;) And the siphoning begins! It takes a long time, but its really cool to see the water go from one glass to the other.
Our discussion after this ended with a Bible scripture of the day..."Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you." There's nothing wrong with having a great time on Halloween and even throwing some science into the mix - but when it comes to witch craft, I wanted to make sure the girls knew its was nothing to dabble in. After all there's a big difference in science and witchcraft. Even if one of our experiments looked close to a wizard potion. ;) Visit last year's October blog post here!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Egypt and Pyramids

We were doing our Mystery of History (which we love) and we learned about the Egyptians this week. The girls seemed to really have an interest in the culture and the pyramids. We were lucky that we got to do a field trip - thanks to the online VIRTUAL world. ;) We did an online virtual tour through http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/explore-ancient-egypt.html.

We finished up the week with the girls going over to their Nana's house and surprising us with a cake of the map of Egypt. They also made a pyramid on the map. I couldn't be more proud of my girls.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stonehenge

We timed it perfectly to learn about rocks in science and Stonehenge in Mystery of History. You can find our ROCK lesson here. Its hard to imagine standing up 28 ton slabs of rock and making a perfect circle. The girls went rock collecting and tried to guess what type of rock their rocks may have been and then tried to stack up their own rocks to make a perfect circle like Stonehenge. Then we pulled out the dominoes and made our own version of Stonehenge, although dominoes aren't that easy either with falling and making a perfect circle...so imagine having 28 tons of a rock slab that's not a perfect rectangle. :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

We did our lesson with CANDY and made ROCK stars in the process!

The three types of rocks are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. To make sure we understood how these types of rocks were formed, we used candy!

Igneous rock is formed when melted rocks cool and become hard. So why not demonstrate that with some fondue chocolate (one of my favorite things)??

Sedimentary rock is formed with layers of mud, sand, and animal remains that slowly turn into rock. So we used a Snickers bar to demonstrate this.

Metamorphic rock is changed by pressure and heat. So we added a little of our own pressure to some flavored Tootsie Rolls.

You know the girls loved this lesson! They got to enjoy it.

To finish it all off, they did their own music video with the song we all know the tune of, "We will Rock You". The words of the songs are posted below as well.
We will we will rock you! We will we will rock you!
Volcanos erupt with lava so hot, it cools and hardens and its igneous rock cuz rocks can change...all over this place... they weather, and melt, and get rearranged!
We will we will rock you! We will we will rock you!
Rock gets weathered into tiny tiny rocks, layers and layers get piled on top. It gets compacted, its elementary, this rock will become sedimentary.
We will we will rock you We will we will rock you!
Any type of rock under heat and pressure becomes metamorphic and thats for sure cuz rocks can change, all over this place... they weather, and melt and get rearranged.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ziggurats and the Tower of Babel

Who knew ancient history could be fun? We're loving Mystery of History. We enjoyed this week learning about Sumerians and their Ziggurats and Cuneiform tablets and the Tower of Babel. They made their own Cuneiform writing and they loved looking at pictures of their Daddy at the ziggurat in Iraq.
The kids found it very interesting that the world has about 5,000 different languages. We believe it all started from...THE TOWER OF BABEL! We did our own Tower of Babel with marshmallows all while listening to FOREIGN languages in music. We didn't have a clue to what languages we were listening to or what they were saying, but it was a great way to demonstrate confusion! We also learned about the Hebrew word "babel", which means confusion. We also get the word "babbling" from that - a toddler babbling can be so confusing! We found humor from that lesson.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Inventions

This week we learned about Thomas Edison, Eli Whitney, Benjamin Franklin, Louis Braille, Alexander Graham Bell, John Deere, and Henry Ford.

The girls loved the book, Louis Braille - The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind. They never wanted me to put it down when reading it. We read it for school and for bedtime.

With learning about Benjamin Franklin, we couldn't possibly put a key on the bottom of a string and fly a kite to discover that same electricity he felt. But we did experiment with static electricity by doing these experiments found here.

With learning about Alexander Graham Bell we did the thing we used to do when I was a kid. :)
The kids also had to come up with their own inventions to tell us about at the end of the week. They weren't allowed to tell each other what they were working on and they weren't allowed to tell me. This is a project they did totally on their own, with the exception of me or their dad having to put a nail or screw where they wanted it. My oldest came up with a stuffed animal airplane and my youngest came up with a purse hanger. Yes, I know - those inventions aren't that original, but its the thinking and the working with their hands that I liked. At the end of the week, they gave their presentation.
We also did a lapbook.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I Have LATIN Lovers!!

Salve!! This past week being our first week of starting school back, I wanted to start my oldest in Latin. I just remember being in school and having a friend that sat behind me in English honors in high school and every time there was a word introduced she knew the answer. She would raise her hand and say the answer and complete it with, "I know that because of taking Latin." Its because of that memory that I wanted my children to take Latin. The plan was for my 9 year old to learn the Latin and my 7 year old to sit in with us. However, it turns out - they were both very interested and they love it! I was lucky and blessed to have the program "Song School Latin" recommended to us by a friend.
It works great! It works with songs from a CD. My kids want to listen to the songs over and over again. Then at the end, my oldest does the activity in the book, while my youngest colors Latin coloring pages that I found online. You can find them here. They are FREE and they go along with EVERY lesson in the book. My youngest has made her own folder of all her coloring pages.
There are also videos and games to go with each review lesson in the book at headventureland.com. These are great resources! My oldest has her own notebook that she has done on her own and she has copied down the songs because she likes to study them at night in bed. She loves it so much that she has gone ahead in lessons and copied down the songs. She thinks she is ahead, but of course, she has to learn the pronunciation, too. I'm so impressed with this book. We are definitely sticking with Latin, but now I am going to have to figure out what comes next after this book. Any suggestions? Vale for now! (Goodbye)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Back 2 School

It's that time again!! The kids are still tucked away in their beds and I wake them up in 15 minutes. They are going to have a nice breakfast waiting for them on the dining room table to start their morning off right. Today we open up new curriculum and new subjects. They start Latin this year along with new books! They are very excited! I just wanted to show some pictures of what their first day will be looking like when we start. The "Back to School" fairy has visited them. She even left glitter on their gifts and on her note. I can't take credit for this. I got this off of pinterest.com, but feel free to follow me on there and go to my homeschooling board and you can find it, too.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

President McKinley?

Honestly, if anyone were to ask me to name a President, I would NOT have said, "President McKinley!" We were lucky to get to take a trip to Ohio to visit my sister and while we were there we went to the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in Canton, Ohio. I was thankful for the trip with the girls, we learned a lot about a President that I knew very little about. A little education while on vacation was nice. My favorite part? We got to be at his grave site. I told the girls, "We are at a President's grave" - how often do you get to say you visited a President's grave?? I also learned that the media made his death seem like it was due to an infection, but the real truth is - he was assassinated. The bullet which shot through him became infected and that's why he died. Very interesting!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spelling with Shaving Cream




After the girls did their spelling words, I let them just draw pictures on the table. They had a lot of fun! Not to mention, it kept them occupied for a while. :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Our Volcanic Eruptions

I know I just posted a blog this week about our volcano week, but I had to post pictures of our eruptions yesterday. We had some friends over for our volcano eruptions and we also waited until my husband got home from work, because you know how men like to "blow things up". :)

First volcano did its normal thing with the baking soda and vinegar. I just posted a picture with friends. Chris, my husband, took a video on his phone, but unfortunately, he has his phone so I can't retrieve it.

The last pictures are of Chris doing the Diet Coke experiment with mentos. If you haven't heard of this, you are missing out. I wish we would have had more bottles and more mentos to keep trying it to see how high we could have gotten it. All you do is put a pack of mint mentos in a 2 liter of Diet Coke. Then you have an EXPLODING REACTION!



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I LAVA YOU!

We learned about volcanoes this week and the girls LOVED IT! We did a lapbook, built a volcano, and even woke up one morning and watched the Magic School Bus Blows Its Top. You can find this video here. We still have one more day of our school week though. So we're going to erupt our volcano and then also do the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment. The girls have wanted to do this for a while and I've been waiting for the perfect occasion. You may say that a volcano doesn't really shoot up that high, but it does. A volcano can shoot up as high as 300 feet! At the end of the week, I look back and say, "Wow - I love watching the girls learn." Kylee said she wanted to be a volcanologist when she grows up. I know that could change in a couple of weeks, but I was glad to know she was so interested in what she learned this week. Today I even gave them a certificate of appreciation awarded to them for becoming an outstanding "Junior Volcanologist." Pictures are below of our week and also instructions for the volcano. :)




Instructions for volcano:
• Bottle, can be snapple, plastic soda, just about any size
• A Cardboard box
• In the bottle, have your kids mix together 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup baking soda, three tablespoons dishwashing liquid, and a few drops of red or orange food coloring.
• Pour in 1/4 cup of vinegar, and stand back. Everyone can watch the volcano erupt.
Ingredients for making the dough:
• Six cups of Flour
• Two cups of Salt
• Two cups of Water
• Four tablespoons of cooking oil