Week In The Life (Every Second Counts)

July 22, 2014

Alright, we are finally ready for our summer transition! It seemed like we would never get here. What a productive year we’ve had so far and the plans are ready for lots more come fall.

Using what is left of summer as a check point I am really happy with our progress thus far. I do see some trouble areas that needs a bit more time however overall both girls have worked really hard and deserve to enjoy their free time to explore more of their own interests.

Beginning with the girls discovering a new 3DS game they wanted. The girls pretty much do their own shopping and pin whatever it is they want to my Post It Pinterest board. When we are able to afford it they choose what is of more importance and both girls were ready for a new game. Tomodachi Life was that game. It has been the game of choice for days and both girls rate it right up there with Scribblenauts (and that is saying a lot).

Mathematics: Though we are always playing a quick game here or there through out the year, summer opens up more time to pull out the longer ones, play more than one hand together as a family, and being that I am always scouting for new games now would be a great time to introduce one or two. :)

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Speaking of time we finished our measurement of time lessons with seconds.

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Language Arts: The girls copied the poem in their notebooks. Little Sis finished High Tide In Hawaii and I read the Research Guide Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters.

Science: We watched Bill Nye’s episodes on Earthquakes and Storms.

Social Studies, American History: We had conversations on when Hawaii became a state, its capital, along with the history and culture.

We finished watching the television series That 70s Show together as a family. Each year we pick a television series to watch and discuss as a family.

We do not shelter information from our children. We do not force feed information down their throats either. Both girls can choose not to watch if an episode gets too intense or uncomfortable (this goes for anything we may watch). We have had many, many, many open conversations from doing this and all of our girls can (and have) talk to us about *anything*.

Yes I am the parent that watched the movie Thirteen with our then 13 (now 24) year old daughter and *not* because I think I am a cool mom but because Papa and I want our children to get correct information from us not their peers. (Reminder to self, time to watch that with Sky.)

The previous year we finished Roseanne taking us through the 90s, now we have started Family Ties taking us through those 80s.

P.E. Walking Away The Pounds

The Arts: We watched Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (loved it!) and Ponyo once again. We also watched part one of The Nostalgia Critic’s Disneycember.

From the Kitchen:
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Grilled tortilla pizza. I use gluten free tortillas but you could use pita bread too. Let cook on low about 8-10 minutes depending on how crunchy you like your crust.

From the garden:
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Sunflowers, fried green tomatoes, grape tomatoes added to our summer “salad bar”, and breakfast burritos are in rotation. I eat the red pepper, jalapeno egg mixture with hot sauce and a bit of shredded cheese without tortillas.

Peace for the journey.

Week In The Life (The Sound Of Musicals)

July 11, 2014

Such beautiful weather we’ve been having here in the Hoosier state! It made for a perfect 4th of July holiday weekend.

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Which leads me right into,

Social Studies, American History (yep changing the line-up a bit which is destined to mess me up entirely): We watched the Crash Course July 4 special video.

Language Arts: Sky read aloud Junie B. Aloha-ha-ha and Little Sis started Magic Tree House High Tides In Hawaii.

Independent reading, Little Sis started the Kitchen Princess manga again

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(she has already finished that book) and Sky still has her nose in fan fiction which I knew would eventually lead her into writing her own stories. “Mom I could right better stories than some of these.” I believe she can too. Little Sis has been writing her own stories as well.

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Mathematics: Copying the measurement of minutes poem,

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more review and games.

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(Little Sis is the Sorry Champ.)

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Science: Besides spotting the first hummingbird of the season in our backyard, we watched Bill Nye’s episodes on the Earth’s crust and volcanoes. We also made a simple bug motel in our garden.

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Now to attract those Ladybugs.

The Arts: We watched Disney’s musical of Annie and Mary Poppins.

P.E. Besides Walk Away the Pounds we received our winter’s supply of firewood.

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Little Sis helped Papa load the wheelbarrow while Sky and I stacked.

From the garden: Our garlic is ready to be cured.

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This is half our crop so far.

Peace for the journey.

Week(s) In The Life ( Zoo-rific)

July 4, 2014

Well a few months ago, because spring had been so dry here, I predicted drought. Boy I couldn’t have been more wrong. I think I needed to water our garden twice so far this summer. It has rained at least once a week. The temps have been beautiful! Todays high mid 70s. It has put a bit of a damper on the girls swimming though. However they did manage to sneak in a few days.

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So not being on my blog for awhile I noticed my pictures added from Flickr only show the links for some reason. I tried to fix some but honestly I really just don’t have the time to fix them all. I don’t really know why now all of a sudden it might have changed.

Anyways we had a lovely little break. I decided that we will finish up a few things these next few weeks and then take the rest of summer off, still keeping a bit of routine with reading aloud and math review. I mean we started in January and almost have our 180 days in already. Honestly it works out great this way, this is when we are the most busy outdoors and being that we never stop learning anyway. Why not?

I think after all these years of homeschooling we have finally found *our* groove. Homeschooling is so different in many ways. It’s not just school at home, been there tried that even if it was Waldorf school. It’s not unschooling, or not schooling because you are in some ways “schooling”. No matter how pretty you package it up or try to sell it, this is the 21st century and school is part of society. Being at home there are *many* different ways to learn a subject. My youngest learned to read while playing Animal Jam on the computer, I didn’t need worksheets. However they still need to learn to read or do long division even if it’s just to get a GED.

It’s a whole different concept of combining life skills with learning. I know why schools came to be, and for many they are the only way some children stand a chance of receiving an education and some children truly want to go to school, but that ship has sailed (grow and evolve, all things must pass). It’s saying HEY wait a minute, we don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. We have a choice.

Don’t get me wrong homeschooling is hard. Sky is going to be in 8th grade, 8th grade! It has taken me all this time to find what works best for us. Some days I think what the hell am I doing? Who do I think I am? But they are learning, they are learning to survive in *their* century. They are learning WAY more than I ever did at their age and that keeps me pushing on. I see a new generation of children in our future. A generation of free thinkers and life changers and that makes it worth it to me. :)

So what have we been doing besides swimming, uhem ?

Language Arts: Reading Coraline, and listening to the Snow Queen.

http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/198/the-snow-queen/

We wanted to see how much of Frozen was from the tale being I had never read it myself and honestly it wasn’t one of my favorites. The girls rate it a 5 out of 10. It had a lot of possibilities but they fell flat in my opinion. Maybe I’m being a bit too hard or we are just spoiled by Lewis and Baum. Let’s just say we like the movie Frozen better.

We loved Coraline and watched the movie afterwards. We all agreed there were parts we liked from the book better but also we thought parts from the movie worked better too. We gave the book and movie 9 out of 10.

Sky created her character (for the story she is creating) 6 page “wiki” while on break.

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Mathematics: Moving on measuring time with hours,

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and games.

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More review for Sky and The Tables for Little Sis.

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Science: Bill Nye science guy episode on the moon and the zoo.

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P.E. Walking Away The Pounds.

The Arts: Besides the movie Coraline we watched Disney’s musical The Newsies, Shirley Temple’s Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm (which had nothing to do with the book other than the character Rebecca living somewhat on a farm), Saving Mr. Banks (This movie gets a 10 from me but Mary Poppins is my 6th most favorite movie and 3rd favorite musical. Yes I am all about lists and ratings. :) ), and Thor 2. Also the girls and I have been getting in with the series Yu-Gi-Oh which Miss Sky discovered.

From the Garden: We are almost ready for a batch of fried green tomatoes, my most favorite food. Everything is doing great, our soil is beautiful and lots of lighting bugs and bees have been surrounding me while pulling weeds. No praying mantis or ladybugs yet. I am wondering if it is because of the rain. We are hoping to build a ladybug home in our garden soon.

From the kitchen: My most favorite new breakfast, green eggs and ham omelet.

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Spinach, feta cheese and ham.

I learned some good news and bad news about my food sensitivities. One I can have lactose free dairy products which includes a few hard cheeses but there are a lot more foods added to my can’t eat list like legumes, soy, onions, garlic, apples, honey, high fructose corn syrup, and broccoli along with the dairy and gluten. It’s called the low FODMAP diet. I ate soy to replace the dairy and we ate lots of beans but my body just can’t digest them causing me all kinds of pain. I am in the elimination period and feel the best I have in years. I have been off my prescription acid blocker now for 2 months. Not even needing TUMS. I have been taking an acid blocker for over 5 years. Finally, finally getting answers!

Here I am once again learning how to cook a new way. :)

Peace for the journey.

Week In The Life (Our Days Are Numbered)

June 17, 2014

Hope all the dads out there had a happy father’s day. (I haven’t forgotten about you either dad :) )

With all the female homeschooling bloggers sometimes dads don’t get as much recognition for the role they play. Homeschooling is hard, I am glad to have Papa’s support.

Language Arts: They girls copied the peanut butter fudge recipe into their cookbooks and copied the days of the week poem by Elsa Beskow from the chalkboard.

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Sky finished the American Girl, Rebecca series and worked on coined words. Little Sis read Owl At Home and Grasshopper On The Road.

We will be taking 2 weeks off, with the exception of the girls picking out our next read-aloud (always reading something we are), for me to get caught up with some reorganizing and cleaning. I wanted to hear Arnold Lobel once more before boxing up the books the girls have outgrown to make room for the new ones. Bye, bye Elephant and Piggie. I can’t wait to introduce you to my grandchildren.

I mentioned always reading, Sky is reading her way through the Sailor Moon series.

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Little Sis I’m sure will pick up on her independent reading as well.

Mathematics: Blink solitaire, games and more review. This is pretty much how our summer will play out. Working on basic multiplication with Little Sis while Sky works more on long division and multiplication review.

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(She blinded me with) Science: We watched Bill Nye’s episodes on farming and plants and observed Friday the 13ths honey moon.

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140612-full-moon-friday-thirteenth-honeymoon-science-space/

Social Studies, American history: After finishing the Rebecca series we had yet another hours long conversation about striking, the union, and the women’s rights movement. We learned about Clara Lemlich and her leading the 20,000 people strike against the shirtwaist factories and watched the PBS Triangle Fire documentary. We also watched the Dear America, Dreams In The Golden Country episode again. It really brought the Rebecca series alive.

P.E./ Health: Walk Away The Pounds

The Arts: We watched the 2005 King Kong movie and the Nostalgia Critic’s Old VS. New episode of the movies. We also did our own comparisons. Before leaving our New York studies you know I couldn’t pass up watching my favorite musical West Side Story. :)

Home Economics: The girls decided to make Muddy Buddies again.

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While looking back over my blog it seems we eat lots and lots of sweets, which we do all have a sweet tooth which is why we always have them around. I did however want to mention the girls are working on the dessert portion of their cookbooks right now. As they grow so will their cookbooks and the entrees they bake.

Little Sis finished her sewing project.

Now getting that out of the way I do want to mention a few more of our favorite “no bake” treats that take us through the heat of summer. From the kitchen:

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Kettle Corn, which is my personal favorite. I don’t really have a “recipe” it’s just kind of go with the flow type of thing but it comes to about 1/2 TBSP coconut oil, to about 1 TBSP sugar per 1/4 cup of popcorn. Oh and a whole lot of shaking the pan making sure not to let the sugar burn, why I only do 1/4 cup of popcorn at a time. Add 1 kernel to the oil for your “tester”. When it pops add rest of corn to the pot and sprinkle with sugar (shake, shake, shake pan over medium high heat). Quickly remove popcorn from pan into bowl once popping slows down and salt.

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Sugar Coated Almonds. In a skillet mix 3/4 to 1 cup sugar with 1 TBSP cinnamon and 1/4 cup water. Add 3 cups almonds. Continue stirring until sugar gets nice and bubbly then allow to cool on wax paper.

Last but not least our favorite summer dinner.

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We purchase our year of chickens from the farm baking 2 at a time using the dark meat. I boil the backs for broth and make soup or shredded BBQ with the meat. I take the boneless skinless chicken breasts and freeze them in a marinade to grill in the summer for salad. I set it up salad bar style and add baked potatoes so everyone can eat however they like. The dressing is a Balsamic vinaigrette from the cookbook Feeding The Whole Family. As the veggies come out of the garden they get added in the rotation.

From the garden: Our plants are doing well. I planted carrots in container pots filled with top soil and this year we will be planting spinach, radishes, and turnips late summer to have a “fall” harvest crop. I am also going to try chamomile and mint in containers for my tea. Caffeine free for over a year!

Peace for the journey.

Week In The Life (Separating Is Part Of The Solution)

June 10, 2014

Hello June!

It seems weather is running a bit behind schedule. May here in Indy is known to be rainy but this year June is kicking off to a wet start, not to mention the windows are still open and no air conditioner (yay). I for one am glad, Spring here up until these last few weeks has been dry. June our garden loves you!

Language Arts: The girls copied the last 4 months of The Garden Year poem.

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No root or vocabulary words this week as they also copied The New Colossus poem by Emma Lazarus, thanks to Miss Sky reading book 5 of the American Girl Rebecca series.

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Book 5 starts with Rebecca’s brother’s Bar Mitzvah celebration, this started a 2 hour conversation on gender discrimination and women’s rights.

When first starting this series Miss Sky wasn’t exactly thrilled to be reading it but as the series unfolds the girls are really enjoying it. Miss Sky: “This series is going to lead us right into women’s rights, I can’t wait.”

Sky did work on clipped words and Little Sis learned about diphthong words as well as finish book 3 of the Jewel Kingdom series. After she finishes each one she says, “I think this one is my favorite.” :). They also added the Muddy Buddy recipe to their cookbooks.

Mathematics: The girls played the Grocery Game.

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We cut food items out of a weekly circular, added prices, making sure to have taxable food items too, and glued them to index cards. The girls each took turns picking out their items while one was the cashier. Little Sis counted out the correct money and Miss Sky counted back correct change in her head using the method I showed her.

We also watched Bill Nye’s episode on Time learning about the International Date Line, time zones, and speed of light.

Science: Beside saying good-by to Cosmos :( “So mom what are we going to watch now?”, continuing with mixtures we learned how to separate solutions using filtration

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(dirt, water and a coffee filter)

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and evaporation.

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(a few spoons of salt and warm water)

We covered the salt water mixture with plastic wrap, after testing its saltiness, and placed it directly in the sun while we watched Bill Nye’s The Sun episode. Then we went out and the girls tasted the mixture’s condensation and discovered it was not salty. I asked why, because the water from the mixture is evaporating with no place to go. Then we took off the plastic wrap and let the sun do its work.

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(After about 3 days in direct sunlight)

We did the same thing with sugar and water.

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If I ever do this again, next time I will leave out the food coloring.

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Social Studies, American History and Geography: We learned about the history of Coney Island

as well as the fashions of 1914 thanks to my Vintage Fashion board on Pinterest. We also learned the history of the Statue Of Liberty.

World History: We learned about the Colossus of Rhodes statue which brings me to…

The Arts: Salvador Dali’s painting of Colossus of Rhodes. We watched Mary Pickford’s Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm on YouTube and had a Hobbit marathon watching The Desolation of Smaug as a family.

Okay personal opinion? Did Peter Jackson need to break this movie up into 3 parts? No, did he add a love triangle and more that’s not in the book? Yes, does the CGI kick ass? You betcha! You can tell he put a whole lot of effort into these movies and know what? I like them. :)

Home Economics: Peanut butter fudge

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times two with a batch in the freezer, man this stuff doesn’t last long around here.

P.E./ Health: Besides Walk Away The Pounds, we had a park day filled with play and trails.

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Peace for the journey.

Week In The Life (Breaking The Cycle)

June 2, 2014

There are a few things I have observed this week. One, the weather here has been beautiful and the girls have been distracted. Who can blame them when I myself am distracted. So this means moving toward lighter weeks.

Two, sticking to reviewing math while doing more “hands on” science projects is working. Being able to work on math problems they are already familiar with frees up more time to talk about things they are not.

Note to self, Hey this pace is working for ya so don’t try to cram everything in all at once! Now to actually remember this, well that is a different story.

Language Arts: The girls copied the Rice Krispy recipe into their recipe book and copied part two of the Garden Year poem.

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Little Sis’s memorization of the months is coming along nicely. Her vocabulary word of the week was clutches, she worked on antonyms and synonyms, and started book 3 of the Jewel Kingdom.

Miss Sky’s root word was medi ,she continued working on words adopted from other languages, and read book 4 of the American Girl Rebecca series.

Mathematics: I mentioned review which has helped me get an idea of where Miss Sky needs a bit more time. I also started them playing Blink solitaire. This is actually a warm up to help get them focused on their work and has been helping. We also watched Bill Nye’s episode on probability.

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Science: Cosmos, I loved last night’s episode on climate change. It fit right is with our CO2 projects. Not trying to give away my age but I do remember Jimmy Carter’s presidency and his talks on solar energy from the 70s. I can’t believe we are having these same conversations in 2014! I wonder why America is not number one in science.

We watched Bill Nye’s episodes on Chemical Reactions, Earth’s Seasons, and The Water Cycle.

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I put some water in a Ziploc bag and taped it to our window to help explain how Earth’s water supply is constantly being recycled. With the girls already understanding the 3 states of matter we talked about evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and accumulation.

I poured a glass of water on our driveway outside and the girls measured the puddle with chalk.

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It took our puddle 20 minutes to evaporate back into the atmosphere.

Social Studies, American History: Continuing with movie history we had fun learning about the actresses Mary Pickford, Theda Bara, and Helen Badgley.

Home Economics: The girls made Muddy Buddies

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and Little Sis is learning how to sew while waiting for Sky to finish up her work.

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She drew the picture on burlap with markers.

From the kitchen: Sun tea,

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one tea bag per cup of water. Sit out in the sun 2-4 hours, refrigerate right away. There is a chance of bacteria growth when making sun tea but I was raised on it and have never had any problems. On real hot days don’t leave out longer than 2 hours and always make sure to refrigerate.

From the garden: We added straw to our garden this year to help control weeds and to help keep moisture from evaporating as quickly. The best time to buy straw is in the fall and letting it sit until spring. This helps it compost quicker and not spread as many seeds, from the straw, causing more weeds.

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Our garlic, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, sunflowers, and peppers are coming along nicely. We still need to plant broccoli and spinach.

Peace for the journey.

Week In The Life (Where Have All The Flowers Gone?)

May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day.

Papa and I both history lovers have viewed a lot of war movies together, some definitely not suitable for children. However one in particular has became a family Memorial day tradition in our home, The Fighting Sullivans will leave a lasting impression that is for sure.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fighting_Sullivans

As far as our week well,

Language Arts: Continuing with our measuring time theme the girls have moved on to months copying the first 4 months of The Garden Year poem by Sara Coleridge.

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Miss Sky worked on both words adopted by other languages and oxymoron’s with her Latin root word being lev. Little Sis’s vocabulary word was solemnly.

Miss Sky read book 3 of The American Girl Rebecca series and Little Sis finished book 2 of The Jewel Kingdom.

Mathematics: Besides sticking with our review the girls played more Money Master from Math is Fun with Little Sis playing Add and Remove and Miss Sky playing make change, and of course games. Miss Sky and I did rock, paper, scissors probability from education.com.

http://www.education.com/worksheet/article/rock-paper-scissors-probability/

I found out I must not like paper as I threw rock and scissors equal amounts.

Science: Continuing on the trail of acid, bases, the 3 properties of matter, touching briefly on the water cycle, and still conversing about Dirt The Movie we did the Pretty Flower experiment from the book Science For Fun Experiments with our peonies.

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This experiment helped explain how water is carried up by the flowers roots, stem and dispersed through the flower turning the water into a gas. Did you ever wonder what happens to the water from the flower vase?

This also helped explain and brought up a wonderful discussion, if soil is Earth’s skin and the roots of plants are like veins carrying nutrients up into the plant then the plants eat whatever we put into our soil. Which leads to us eating whatever is in our soil. Not just on the outside but inside the fruit or vegetable itself, why organic is the better choice.

But with Earth constantly recycling our water supply, yeah we could be drinking dinosaur spit :) , then even though our garden is organic we are still getting pesticides from people who spray their farms and lawns every time it rains.

We did the same experiment with celery and watched Bill Nye’s episode on flowers.

We also mummified an apple.

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5 days later

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The mummified apple weights less because the salt mixture soaked up all the apple’s moisture.

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/dailylp/dailylp/dailylp102.shtml

These topics brought out our DK Science Encyclopedia.

Social Studies: American History: We watched movie shorts from Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. It is no wonder actor’s careers didn’t last long back then hurting themselves for a laugh. I much prefer Laurel and Hardy not because they were better but it hurts me watching Keaton perform some of his stunts. We are enjoying our movie study very much. :)

World History: Miss Sky: “Mom did Egyptians drink wine? I know the Romans did.” Papa: “I think Egyptians drank beer.” Me: “Well let’s pull out the Living Long Ago book and have a look.” We were eating breakfast.

P.E./ Health: Walking Away the Pounds.

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Home Economics: With the return of the heat the girls made gluten and dairy free Rice Krispy treats.

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They taste best the next day after sitting and I love them with peanut butter spread on top. Yes they are another pretty popular “no bake” summer treat.

From the kitchen: The best vegetable broth!

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We love our chicken and beef broth and now we have vegetable broth for meatless nights.

http://www.homegrown.org/profiles/blogs/vegetable-stock-thats-deep-and

The Arts: We finally watched the movie Frozen as a family. It was actually Little Sis, while flipping through The Art Book, that said this painting is in Frozen (the girls watch song clips of movies on YouTube before we watch the movies.). The painting is The Swing by Jean-Honore Fragonard. Yay for our home library.

Peace for the journey.

Week In The Life (What’s The Matter?)

May 19, 2014

Everything! Okay took that one from Bill Nye. :)

I have a lot to list this week so be warned.

Language Arts: The girls copied the recipe for cookie dough bites into their recipe books.

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Both girls spotted and corrected my mistakes on the board. I could say it was a test but then I would be lying. Little Sis: “Mom don’t you mean chocolate chips, not chocolate chip cookies?”. Miss Sky: “Mom it’s bona fide not bana fide.”. Yeah, I love my little editors.

Little Sis’s vocabulary word of the week was mirage and Miss Sky’s root word was fid. She also learned onomatopoeic words and the prefixes homo and hetero.

Little Sis started book 2 of the Jewel Kingdom The Sapphire Princess Meets a Monster and I read the Magic Tree House Research Guide Mummies and Pyramids.

Mathematics: Continuing review both girls also played Money Master games from Math is Fun.com. Little Sis worked with adding up change and Miss Sky worked with giving change back.

Little Sis also learned greater than, less than by separating heads from tails and adding the change. Sky found the ratio of heads over tails as well as the mean, median, and mode.

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Little Sis is still at her Nitendogs 3DS game buying food for her animals and saving up $1000 to purchase a new home.

Science: The girls learned the 3 states of matter, liquid, solid, and gas as well as compounds, elements, and heterogeneous, homogenous mixtures and the PH chart.

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We watched the study Jam videos from Scholastic

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/activity/matter-9-studyjams-interactive-science-activities

and the Bill Nye episodes on Atoms and Molecules and Matter.

We made root beer floats showing the 3 states of matter,

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we made lemonade explaining homogeneous mixtures and a Chex trail mix explaining heterogeneous mixtures.

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My recipe for Chex trail mix: Vanilla Chex, Enjoy Life chocolate chunk chips, peanuts, gluten-free pretzels, and dried cranberries.

Fresh lemonade: http://myfrugaladventures.com/2013/05/perfect-homemade-lemonade-recipe/

We also made Oobleck. Is it a liquid or solid?

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2-3 cups water, 1 box cornstarch, food coloring of choice. Keep mixing until you get Oobleck.

Let’s see another spectrum of light

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and we watched Dirt, the movie. I highly recommend just to hear Wangari Maathai tell the story of the hummingbird and I love Vandana Shiva anyway.

Cosmos, Enheduanna, Gilgamesh, project Diana, radio waves, and climate change.

Social Studies: American History: We finished the Perils of Pauline and our History Museum had Civil War days.

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When they fired the cannon Sky said it reminded her of what her brain feels like when watching Cosmos. I have to say my brain sounded like that several times last night. :)

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A Major’s tent,

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and history of the Gatlin gun. You were lucky if during combat you could get off 3 shots a minute until this invention which shot 20 rounds a minute.

We also learned the science of embalming.

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From the kitchen: The girls made honey lemon cookies

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in which they report dough good, cookies okay.

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It is all about texture with this family of mine.

P.E./ Heath: Walking Away the Pounds

The Arts: We watched the original movies King Kong and The Mummy as a family.

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Peace for the journey.

Week In The Life (“Don’t Soil Yourself”)

May 12, 2014

Hope all you mamas out there had a wonderful mother’s day. Yesterday here in Indy started out beautiful then quickly turned to storms, hail, and tornadoes. We very much needed the rain though. We’ve had a pretty dry spring here and I am predicting, though hoping I am very wrong, drought in our corn belt state but enough gloom and doom.

Language Arts: Sky read book 2 Rebecca and Anna, Little Sis read Mummies in the Morning from the Magic Tree House series, and I read The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt.

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The girls copied the last season poem, winter and Little Sis’s word of the week was forged. Miss Sky’s Latin root word of the week was culp. She also learned about idioms. Both girls are fans of the Amelia Bedelia books so this pretty much a review for her.

Mathematics: more review for both girls and games.

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3DS Nintendogs plus Cats was Little Sis’s game of the week were she earned over $800 to finally purchase a cat she named Snow.

Social Studies: World History, we watched the WW1 Crash Course video from the series and the movie War Horse as a family (thanks Dad :) ). This movie carries a PG-13 rating due to some intense war scenes and may not be suitable for sensitive children but if you are looking for an accurate WW1 movie I highly recommend this one. Besides Hiddleston and Cumberbatch (typing over fangirl screams) the horse will tug at your heart.

American History: deep discussions about immigration and how scary it must have been to move to a new country. Discussions about my great-grandparents who immigrated from Belgium in 1910 with my grandparents being first generation Americans.

We watched the Crash Course video of America’s involvement in WW1 and listened to the song The Grand Old Flag on YouTube. We are also enjoying the Perils of Pauline serial. Though the series we are watching came out later in the 30s you can still get a feel of the times. We also had fun learning about the actress Pearl White from my home state of Missouri.

Science: I will start with Cosmos and Michael Faraday’s inventions of the electric motor and electromagnetism. Only 3 episodes left :( .

This week we dug deep into the topic of soil testing the PH (pun intentional).

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We found out our soil’s PH was alkaline probably due to us composting our wood ash (whoops). We also did an experiment to see how much clay, sand, and silt was in our soil.

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We added a mixture of peat, top soil, and sand onto our soil before planting our potatoes, onions, watermelons, and sunflowers hoping to bring down the PH (and no more composting wood ash).

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I used the worksheets from Education.com.

http://www.education.com/worksheet/article/soil-composition-1/

The Arts: We watched the 3D animation of Peter and the Wolf (available for streaming on Netflix).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0863136/

We have a CD of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf so the girls are already familiar with the music. Sky and I happened to catch this animated version on PBS a few years ago but Little Sis had never seen it. Another beautiful animation but again it does show the wolf eating the duck so it may not be suitable for sensitive children.

P.E./ Health: Walking Away The Pounds.

From the kitchen: due to the warm weather, and not using the oven, the girls took the opportunity to fill the freezer with eggless chocolate chip cookie dough bites.

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These are one of the girls favorite summer “no-bake” treats.

Whew, peace for the journey and…..

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Week In The Life (Acid, Acid, CO2)

May 6, 2014

Carbon dioxide, rainbows, and birthdays equals another full week. :)

Language arts, Sky started the American Girl series Rebecca as a read-aloud continuing on our trail of Russia, Jewish culture and now immigration. Little Sis finished The Jewel Kingdom, The Ruby Princess Runs Away and I read Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat.

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The girls copied an autumn poem, continuing with our measurement of time theme, and Little Sis’s word of the week was dormant. Miss Sky’s Latin root word was luc and she continued working on analogies.

Plus Little Sis has been write, writing away in her new journal.

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Mathematics, including the measurement of time, we did a week of review practicing what they have learned thus far and worked a puzzle.

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300 pieces is the perfect amount right now being challenging enough to take a while but also being able to complete it in an afternoon (especially if it is raining). I popped in some music and away we went which brings me to….

Social studies: American history, I searched our music collection for what was playing during the 1900s (1914 the year of the Rebecca series to be exact) and could only come up with the CD Songs Played On The Titanic. There was a few songs mentioned in the series like Take Me Out To The Ball Game and Animal Fair so I pulled them up for a listen on YouTube. Being silent movies were just beginning I figured lots of piano music. Our favorite silent movies that would fit in perfectly here is Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid and The Circus.

We also watched the movie An American Tail (thanks to Sky’s interest in Don Bluth’s animation) which brought up discussions about immigration and Ellis Island.

World history, we watched David Macaulay’s Pyramid (from Netflix) and the YouTube series Crash Course about Egypt.

Science, working out of a book I found at Goodwill titled Science for Fun Experiments by Gary Gibson we made a chemical indicator using red cabbage and tested different acids and alkalis.

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The acids turned our indicator solution red and alkalis turned blue.

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Next we found out what happens when we mix an acid and base together creating carbon dioxide.

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We also made a CO2 sandwich outside right before the rain came in.

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http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/puff-pop-how-to-make-a-co2-sandwich

We were able to actually see the gas rise out of the bag once exploded, it was pretty cool.

After the rain mother nature produced a most beautiful spectrum of light (or both a reflection and refraction of light in water droplets in the Earth’s atmosphere) right outside our door.

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I love when she cooperates like that.

Once understanding what carbon dioxide is and how it is used the girls made their most favorite science project ever

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chocolate cake. The recipe is a chemical reaction of vinegar and baking soda (or CO2) baking together.

Cosmos where we learned about carbon dating, Pangaea, continental drift, Marie Tharp, and the Atlantic mid ocean ridge.

The Arts, we watched the musical Cats again after reading the book. We were able to understand and appreciate it even more.

Health/ PE, Walking Away The Pounds where Miss Sky had made it to 2 miles.

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From the kitchen, thanks to Papa, the most awesome gluten and dairy free cake ever.

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It was my birthday treat. He used King Arthur’s gluten free yellow cake mix substituting vanilla Silk and Earth Balance for milk and butter. I see this cake and fresh strawberries in our future very soon. :)

Peace for the journey.


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