Sunday, May 1, 2016

Birthday boy, Emulsions, and Tasty Acids and Bases

The last two weeks I feel like I've got more on track with school. Although now I feel like I'm running until summer.

I will be going to Florida for a short trip in a couple of weeks. Then I will be going to Arizona in the beginning of June for a complete educational assessment for Hyrum. I will also get tested to become a Barton Dyslexic tutor and I will also get my dyslexic screening certificate.

And of course we're MOVING, or at least there's a good chance of that.

In other words, I need to get done with school ASAP. No problem j/k.  STRESS!!! Finish our math books? Finish ancient history? Whew. Okay, I can do this!

We have been learning quite a bit about medieval times. We went to the lake to make sand castles as our activity, but no one was that interested, and the results were less than amazing

We also have been studying ancient Africa, which is mainly stuff about oral traditions since they didn't keep very many written records. We were supposed to make puppets to tell african stories with, but my kids wanted to make stuffies instead.

We also touched on info about Genghis Khan, but I think I might have to talk about him a bit more for there to be any lasting impression.

As far as science goes, last week we talked about emulsions and we finished up our crystals.  I had the kids make crystals out of borax which worked REALLY well, but they ended up looking EXACTLY like our sugar crystal candy that was ready for them to eat that week. Thankfully we had no incidents of kids trying to eat the borax!!!

Last time I taught about emulsions and colloids, none of the kids had any clue what I was talking about by the end, so I had a few youtube videos do my teaching for me this go around, and we were all happier and smarter for the change ;)

We made fun glue art as one of our experiments.

This week's science was pretty much the lamest science of the year. It was basically "Acids are sour, here's a lemon. Basis are bitter, here's a tums."

Well, maybe not that bad, but I didn't mind the relaxed lesson myself.

Of course, perhaps one reason I was so relaxed was I had already done a huge social event that week in the form of Daniel's BIRTHDAY!  He's 7 already! He wanted a minion party, and I got out my computer and we pinterested out a pretty successful incredible Minion party!

So every week my boys go to robotics where they learn programming as well. This is a definite highlight of their week. They love it SO much. Cayleen sent me pictures to show record their efforts. THANK YOU CAYLEEN!!!

And last but not least, we went to the Family History Fair that the town put on. It was really impressive. Especially since it was put on by our tiny town. I was so amazed at all the work and accomplishment. And check out my little men who look like they came straight out of the 1900s:

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Candy Shop Wars

Look at me! I'm posting after just one week!

This week has been as bad as last week in the school department. I didn't even do science. I blamed it on the fact that "real school" is out for spring break, but really, I don't even keep track of things like that. In fact, I sent my kids to Westwind for their weekly classes on Wed, forgetting they were closed! Hyrum came back all bloodied up because he biffed it going down the hill on his scooter, poor guy.

But this week, Maxwell has been learning a lot...about how a Candy Shop works!!! Auntie Bear has opened a real deal amazing Candy Shop!

They opened on Friday, but Maxwell has been biking over there all week long to get ready. He is SO into this, and SO excited about it all. He calls himself their youngest employee and he is all business.

He is constantly coming up with ideas on how to help their shop, and he came to me practically glowing on Thursday before it opened and said "i've been daydreaming about the shop. I can imagine it crowded and I walk through all the people because I know where I'm going and then I turn around and say "I work here, how can I help you." and then the real crazy stuff happens."

This has been coinciding with our family reading. I may only/partially get basics in lately, but I still read to my kids!  And what have we been reading you ask? "CANDY SHOP WARS" obviously! Such a fun book all about a candy shop and magic candy.

We finished it, but thankfully it has a Sequel, and.....get of the main character's name is.....  LINDY!!! Of course, Lindy is actually Belinda, who was the major antagonist of the last book and may or may not be evil this may not be flattering, but it's very fun.

And since I don't have any photos to show school accomplishments, here are some photos to show where all my effort has been going.

You want to buy my house now, don't you? Well good news! You can!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Getting the House Ready

Ugh, I swear I am going to write in this EVERY WEEK from now on.

I am so dang tired though. We have been getting our house ready to sell....yes you heard that right. We are moving. Well, we plan on coming back to Cardston though.

I love Cardston. I love a small town where life is so simple and easy to have good good friends for our whole family. I love the homeschool situation here. i love my friends. I love my family. I love my house. I even love the small town gossip and nastiness because in the end, you have to see these people face to face all the time. Everyone realizes that everyone is human and trying their best, and people get over things, and you begin to love again.

But we....mostly Dustin....feel like it God's plan for us to sell. So we are fixing everything up....which is just making me love my house more.

Hopefully we'll get it up to sell in the next couple of days.

So school has taken a back seat. (Didn't I say that in my last post!?!)

We couldn't do science one week because we redid our floor that day.

The next week we learned about solution strengths, freezing points and boiling points.

We did a new experiment and it WORKED! I was super stoked. So, it's where you take water bottles and put it in ice that is colder than freezing for awhile. The ice crystals haven't formed in the water bottles, but when you disturb the water, it immediately forms.


We also burned a five dollar bill  that was covered in alcohol. But the book was thinking US bills and I had Canadian bills, and although it didn't catch on fire, it DID melt the plastic quite a bit....uuughgh.

That weekend was General Conference. I was so impressed with Maxwell. He took notes to whole weekend long. That was inspired by Auntie Naomi, who has a little fireside with the kids at the end where all the kids tell something they really loved and wanted to share with the group....See why I love Cardston?

Anyway, he drew this in his notebook at well:

Oh and by the way, Easter was the weekend before this. We had a easter egg hunt at Becky's. It was wonderful until we went into her basement but to get there we went down a mudslide.

William wore his "Dragon Coat." He insists on wearing this when ever a coat is needed.

At science this week we learned about Chromatography and Crystals. Chromatography is awesome. Check out these fun photos:

With crystals I actually bought geodes this year. So fun. The kids loved smashing them open.

I love Marcus' face! Hahaha

We also started my famous rock candy again. So many people can't get this to work because they don't have a good recipe, so here's mine to share with the world.

And yah, so that's it. Some science, no history and bare minimum with the essentials. Blah. Now that we are going to start showing the house, science makes the house so dirty so Dustin is wondering if I can do science somewhere else....I'm just tired thinking about that.

Good bye for now, I will see you NEXT WEEK!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sickness and Snails

Wow, I have not been on top of things this year. I'm averaging one post a month, not one a week.  Oops.

Well, for what seemed like forever, at least one person in my family was sick. It took a lot of steam out of school, and science came to a halt.

But we did accomplish things.

We did do history.

We continued to talk about Rome, and we focused on the gladiators, the colosseum, and death by games.

We have this coloring book that turns into a colosseum as our activity, and it is the most morbid colouring book you will find. I forgot to take pictures, but there are animals eating people and gladiators stabbing each other. Here you go children, have fun!

The whole gladiator concept is very disturbing to me. I remember four years ago when we studied this, I had just read "Hunger Games" and was geeking out at the parallels of history and fiction.  Thank goodness for CG or we might have them today, who knows!

We also talked about Constantine, christianity becoming legal, and the Nicene Creed. I read Classical Conversation's take on the Nicene Creed to myself and chuckled at such a drastically different perspective on things. I certainly am grateful for the prophet Joseph Smith and for clarity on what the Godhead is.

We made mosaic crosses for our activity. It was nice to have a talk with my kids about the godhead, and how we differ from other religions, and a talk on the cross and what is means to others, and why it's not all over our churches.

We also learned about Beowulf, Justinian, and Camelot, although we didn't do any activities for these. A good child friendly version of Beowulf was one written by Katz.

We also talked about Paganism in the form of LEPRECHAUNS!!! Yes it's that time of year again, to make traps for leprechauns. Maxwell started his traps days before hand and was very focused on making his trap such a nice place for his leprechaun that he wouldn't want to leave.

Daniel made his all by himself too, and it was pretty cute as well:

Hyrum wasn't interested in making traps that much. He isn't interested in crafts unless I guide him through, and the traps were supposed to be unguided. William also did a trap, but wasn't interested in esthetics either. He just was interested in paint, paint, and more paint.

We did eventually all get over our sicknesses, and we had a clean bill of health to do science last week. We learned about soluable and insoluable. We made "lava lamps" out of oil and water. They look cooler on Pinterest.

And we also had a snail focused week or two. It all started when Maxwell read the book "Sally Snail." It sounds like a book for a kindergartener, but it was really a book that was advanced enough, that I was quite proud that he read it.


It described the significance of snails, and this got Maxwell convinced that he wanted one....or two ...or more. He made a habitat for them, complete with a background that he made himself on photoshop.

And then he made another home for them, and then another. Sad thing is, the only snails for sale around here need a warm aquarium, and none of his homes he made fit the requirements, so we are still a snail-less house.