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, March 3, 2012

Pictures from CTG Weeks 16-20

Much has been happening at our house during the past few weeks, so I haven't had much chance to update this blog, although, our schooling has definitely continued. We have had some great days with school, as well as some days I wish had never happened. But, overall, we are happy with the progress we are making in our goals. Here are some pictures I'd like to share of some of the things we have done since I last wrote...

Here, we tried to make "match rockets" by using a wooden match, aluminum foil, and a paper clip. The match was supposed to have launched as the heat from the flame ignited it. But, we tried it 4 times and, each time, it just went "poof!" and then went out. No launching. It was a bit disappointing. But, at least we tried. And, when Coyote noticed the pile of used matches on the counter, he decided to put them to good use by making a mini campfire and roasting mini marshmallows! (Yes, I was there the entire time with him and made it a point to remind him that WE DON'T PLAY WITH MATCHES unless an adult is there to supervise.) He enjoyed his gooey marshmallow treat...

We learned about the parts of a cell...

Along with that, we used an egg to give an example of a cell. We soaked a raw egg in vinegar overnight and then gently scrubbed off the shell. What was left was the membrane (outer part of a cell), and we were able to see the yolk floating around inside (the yolk being the nucleus, and the clear fluid the cytoplasm).

We continued learning about and practicing telling TIME, and made our own clocks out of paper plates.

We also learned about birds and their feathers, and how they sometimes use them to camouflage themselves to hide from their enemies. The kids drew and colored their own birds and hid them around the room for me to find them. Here, you can see two of the birds hidden among our stuffed animals.

We have also had an introduction to Greek gods and godesses, and the story of the Trojan Horse; and we have learned about Joshua, Ruth, Samson, and Samuel from the Bible.

In the next few weeks, we will learn about King Saul and King David, as well as continue learning about ancient Greece. Spring fever is beginning to make its appearance, so hopefully we'll be able to stay focused. We still have at least 13 weeks of studies before we can take a Summer break. 

1 comment:

  1. I hate when experiments are a bust but LOVE the mini campfire. Great idea!


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