Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2018-2019): Our oldest child, EL, finished her formal education in May 2017. She remains at home due to her special needs, and continues to learn with us when she is able. JJ is in 10th grade this year. We intend to homeschool him through High School, and are using a variety of different curriculum choices to complete this goal.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saudi Arabia, Vet visits, Hummus, etc...

We've had an interesting week taking numerous "field trips" to the Veterinarian's office. Our cat, Aggie, got really sick with pancreatitis and needed to be injected with fluids several times, due to her being dehydrated. She seems to be getting better now, thankfully. The kids and I sure would miss our Aggie Cat. She is always near us during the day while we are doing school. We love her very much.

In between the trips to the Vet, we finished learning about Saudi Arabia this past week. One thing the kids learned is what the Arabic words mean on their flag.

"There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet."

The kids colored a worksheet that had this flag on it and, underneath, they wrote in big letters:  NOT TRUE! 

We found out that Hummus is actually a Saudi Arabian recipe. We didn't make it, because no one in my family likes bean dip except me. I might eventually give it a try, just for myself. Here's the recipe:

15 oz. can garbanzo beans (save the liquid)
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 clove garlic, cut into halves
3 TB lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
pita bread, cut into wedges

Put the saved liquid, sesame seeds, and garlic in a blender. Blend on high until well mixed. Add beans, lemon juice and salt. Blend until smooth. Serve as a dip with pita bread.

We also learned about camel's feet, and how they are specifically made to walk on sand without sinking too much. We did an experiment with a pencil and a quarter to show how the pencil eraser sinks into salt (i.e. sand). But, if you tape a quarter to the end of the pencil, it is much harder for it to sink in. Here you see a picture of Road Runner doing the experiment.

Other Science topics included: Pollution, Acid Rain, and Global Warming. Here, Coyote was drawing pictures of some of the things that cause pollution.

On Thursday night our family attended a Blue & Gold banquet for the Cub Scouts. We enjoyed a nice meal, and Coyote received his Wolf Badge and several other awards. This isn't really related to our school work, but I guess it could be considered "community involvement," or an extra-curricular activity. In any case, we are proud of the work Coyote did in order to earn his awards.

On a closing note, just wanted to mention that I recently made a couple small changes to this blog. One is the addition of TABS near the top of the blog page. One tab says HOME, the other MEET THE CLASS. What you are reading right now is considered the HOME page. Click on the other tab to read more about our family.

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1 comment:

  1. You have been awarded The Stylish Blogger Award :)


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