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Our Volcanic Eruptions

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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!



I LAVA YOU!

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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 be…

Reflections of our first year schooling at home

Here's my top ten list of things I've learned this year:

10. Yes, its okay to stay in pajamas while we learn. I started off the school year saying we would get dressed. But this being our first year of homeschooling...I think its one of the things my daughters love best. Who cares right? After we learn, we get dressed and get out the door to wherever we gotta go! Not every one of my homeschool friends do this and that's okay, too. Its the beauty of homeschooling...we're flexible!
9. We stay up a little later than we probably should. My daughters are all the time saying, "Regular school kids are probably in bed." Sometimes we just like to spend more family time together and with my husband sometimes working late - we stay up late. We don't do it all the time...they do have a bed time of 10:00 on school nights. They are happy with that time, because its 2 hours later than when they were in public school. However, there are sometimes that we do have to make …

PREPOSITION DANCE

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We are in the middle of a two week Spring Break - but my oldest daughter decided to learn about prepositions this morning (on her own). So she found this song on youtube.com and then put her own special dance moves to it. I had to share it!

Word Family Charts

Late last year, I posted a blog post about using plastic eggs for word fact families. You can find that blog post HERE. Someone approached me and didn't know what words to put on these eggs. So here is some word family charts that you can access and use some of these for your plastic eggs. Enjoy!

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