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

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017): We will be using a variety of different curriculum this year, with Notgrass' Uncle Sam and You as our main History, Bible and Literature focus. Our oldest, EL, is in 12th grade this year, but has special learning needs due to autism. JJ is our youngest, an active boy with Tourette Syndrome. He is in the 8th grade.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Fish, Fins, and Dried Corn

I don't have much to share this week. We still did our usual amount of school work (with the exception of Wednesday when we took a "sick day" due to JJ's cold, and also had a check-up with my doctor), but I only managed to take a few pictures.
 
Our SCIENCE focus was on FISH this week. Here are the Art projects the kids did, with the use of cardstock, colored pencils, goldfish crackers, glue and a black marker...
 
JJ's picture


EL's picture

A worksheet we did about the different types of fins on a fish. They each had to cut fin shapes out of construction paper and glue them to the fish, then label them. The kids each did their own worksheet, but this one is EL's.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: How do the front fins help the fish?

ANSWER:  They help it go up and down in the water, and help it to slow down.

For HISTORY, we continued talking about Colonial Days, and the founding of each of the first 13 colonies. We focused on Maryland this week. And, we talked about the way the colonists had to preserve their food for the winter months. One way they did this was by drying and smoking their foods. The Native Americans taught them how to dry corn and store it in the ground. So, we made some of our own dried corn in the oven and tried it for a snack.
 
Place some thawed corn on a baking sheet and put in the oven at 175 degrees for about 4 hours, or until crunchy.

Eat as a snack!

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