Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tea and Heat

Wow, I totally sounded down in the dumps in the last two posts. I've been feeling a little behind life, but I'm not THAT bad. I will try to be more up beat.

So for science we learned about heat.  I tried to talk about a lot of different aspects of heat because this is our only lesson on heat this year. But I think the main thing they took away from it was conduction and insulation.

We burnt a chip and talked about calories as a form of heat as one of our experiments.

This will be our last class of the year. I told everyone I couldn't host another week until after the holidays because we were going to have another family living with us. That family (the Heather McKay family) has now elected to stay somewhere else for the holidays, but I'm not going to teach another science anyway. Simplicity.

But I do love my class. Here's a picture of my group:

And we FINALLY had a tea party in honour of the Boston tea party.  (for some reason it feels wrong to spell the Canadian way when talking about the Revolution. Haha )

We used eggnog instead of tea---it was more convenient and I said "we are patriots who are boycotting tea!" That works, right?

So we finally started reading "Last of the Mohicans." It's so weird. I've been so used to reading Canadian history this year, about how the Hurons are the heroes. The Hurons are our friends. They Helped Canada survive, and in this book (which takes the English side) the Hurons are the enemies. The Hurons are to be feared. Perspective  hummm.

So for the past semester, Maxwell and Hyrum have been taking an art class. I think they have really enjoyed it. They've done a lot of different kinds of mediums and styles. This week was their art show. Here's a picture from the show. Maxwell's is the one of the dragon.

And we had our alternate school Christmas party. I LOVE OUR HOMESCHOOL GROUP!!! I feel so blessed to be part of this organization. The people who are our facilitators really love us, and we love them. Heather Burton had us all play "minute to win it" games, and Hyrum and I won the ribbon wrapping game.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Plugging Along

Not much to show for this week. I didn't do history, although we've read some books, including most of the Felicity series.

We learned about ramps and pulleys for science. It was a bit of a loud queotic science, but I think they learned a bit. Here's daniel with our pulley. I need to get a bait and tackle pulley system for next  time around.

We did do reading writing and arithmetic. Maxwell and I have started working out before his time. He and I need to get into shape a bit.

And yep, that's all to report. Maybe it's because I have a baby that won't let me sleep, but I feel 10 steps behind life lately. I'm tired.

We did go to Christmas in Cardston which I helped a bit with. It's fun to see the trees I put lights on. We bought one of the auctioned trees. I was sold on the missionary tree when I saw this drawing done by a sister missionary: