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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.

Please feel free to follow along....

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Summer Science Camp

This week, the kids had 3 days of a Social Skills Science Camp. It was interesting! It is geared for kids with special needs and their siblings. They learned about 3 different body systems while practicing the social skills of taking turns, cooperating, and learning about hygiene and good manners. It was a good class and I'm glad we were able to take part in it.

Day 1, we learned about the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM:

The instructor is teaching about the
different parts of the Digestive System.


Using stethoscopes to listen to
intestinal gurgling sounds called peristalsis.


They made "vomit" by mixing together 2 crackers, 1/2 banana, shredded carrots, baking soda, and vinegar to simulate what happens to food inside the stomach.

It literally looks like vomit. Ewww.


They blew up balloons and let them go to simulate the sounds of flatulence. Ha ha! They had such fun with this.

Pushing thick oatmeal through a panty hose leg to simulate food being pushed through the small intestines.

Day 2, I didn't get too many pictures, but we learned about the CIRCULATORY SYSTEM. They made the different parts of blood, listened to heart beats, and learned about veins and arteries.

Here, they put celery into a glass of food coloring
and left it there for a couple of days to see how veins work.

On the last day, they learned about the RESPIRATORY SYSTEM:

They made "snot." Their faces tell the story on this one.


They went outside to drop Mentos into a bottle of diet Coke
to simulate how pressure builds up before we sneeze.
A sneeze can travel up to 100 miles per hour!

They used balloons and a water bottle
to show how our diaphragm helps our lungs work.
 
and, they blew through straws into water bottles to show lung capacity.
Some of them got their faces very wet. Hee hee.  




Monday, June 9, 2014

Puppets for Jungle Safari VBS Program

Last week, our church had Vacation Bible School every morning from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Our family was thrilled to be able to help out this year with our puppet ministry. It was a lot of work, and very tiring, but also a lot of fun.

This year's theme was Jungle Safari. The curriculum did not have any puppet scripts to use for the opening session, so we searched online to find skits and songs that would match each day's lesson.

Day 1 - God is Our Creator (Covers the 7 Days of Creation)
Day 2 - God is Our Provider (God's provision for Elijah)
Day 3 - God is our Protector (Daniel in the Lion's Den)
Day 4 - God is our Savior (Salvation story with Toadly the frog)
Day 5 - God is our King (music about serving our King)
 
In order below, you will find the 5 puppet acts we did.
 
If you are interested in knowing where we found our scripts and songs, please leave a comment, or contact me via e-mail.
 
Enjoy!


 
 
 
 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

2013-2014 School Year FINISHED / Random Pictures to Share

I have apparently "dropped the ball" on blogging about our school year. Here we are, finished with our main curriculum for this school year, and I haven't posted anything new since February! Maybe I can do a better job of posting next school year. In the meantime, here are some random pix from the last three months of some things we have done. I hope it doesn't take too long for your computer to download all of them...

 
SCIENCE

February 4th
Dissecting beans

February 12th
Labeling the parts of a flower

April 10th
Putting a carrot in food coloring to see how the water gets absorbed


May 14th
Microscope Class at a Nature Center


 
HISTORY

February 11th
Hasty Pudding - believed to have originated during the
French and Indian wars.
Made with 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup cornmeal, 2 TB butter, and 1/2 tsp. salt.

March 20th
Russian Manyick Cake
Made this while learning about Catherine the Great.

April 24th
Following directions with a compass.
Did this while learning about Lewis & Clark

May 13th
Samuel Morse and the development of Morse Code.

 
FIELD TRIPS
 
April 23rd
Live theater production at a local University

April 30th
Tour of local Ambulance Department

April 30th
Tour of local Volunteer Fire Department

May 15th
Trip to a horse barn to learn about and ride horses.
EL is pictured here. She was nervous, but enjoyed it.

JJ on a horse. He loved it.


MISCELLANEOUS
 
May 8th
JJ using the laptop to do Math, Reading and Spelling on K5 Learning

EL using Daddy's computer to do her K5 Learning

March 25th
JJ received his Arrow of Light - the highest
award for a Cub Scout to receive.

April 5th
At a Balloon Launch for Autism Awareness Month
 
APRIL 13th Puppet Ministry at our church


April 16th
A visit with Grandma & Grandpa, and my brother and his family.
Pictured here is Grandma & Grandpa Mac with the grandkids.


MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS
 
March 21st
Both kids saw their Allergist and had some testing done.
JJ is still highly allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and also shellfish
He is no longer allergic to eggs

April 18th
EL had a Sleep Study done.
She has mild Sleep Apnea.

May 18-23
A trip to visit family up North and help Grandma S.
as she underwent surgery to clean out a carotid artery.


After we came home from helping Grandma S., we finished up our main curriculum for this school year, then purchased a family membership to the local pool. We will continue working on some Math and English throughout the Summer.

Have a great Summer! I will try to post pictures of some of our fun Summer activities as I am able.