Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up–Goodbye October

We’ve been on the road a lot this week taking family members to various doctor appointments, so we’ve been doing a lot of car schooling.    I learned that sitting in the lobby of a major medical center isn’t particularly conducive to school work, as it’s very busy and distracting..not to mention random people feel the need to come say “what are you working on”.   Day two of car schooling we sat in the van in the parking lot and worked on lessons while we waited.

We typically don’t “do” Halloween.  We do hand out candy, but we don’t dress up and go out.  Instead we stay home and watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”, bake cookies and play games.   We did however, car pumpkins this year, because I found them at an amazingly low price and thought it would be fun.   The kids really enjoyed it.

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Language Arts:  Lindsey has still been having some issues of wrapping her mind around the abstract idea of parts of speech.  This week I made her a colorful little grammar book out of manila folders cut in half and stapled together.   Then I wrote out the different parts of speech on each page, and had her go through magazines cutting out pictures and/or words to go with each item.   Then we reviewed and worked on sentence diagramming and she really got it!

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Science:  This week we’re learning about different types of mixtures, how they respond to each other and the technical terms.   I’d seen this idea on Facebook and thought we’d give it a try.  1/2 cup of milk in a pie plate, add a few drops of food coloring and then put dish soap on a q-tip and insert the end in the milk…watch the soap chase the fat (and the food coloring away).

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We learned about heterogeneous mixtures, by making chocolate chip cookies.   Go me!

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We also learned about homogenous mixtures, and we made homemade butter out of heavy whipping cream.

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For poetry and art I went with Edgar Allan Poe, because well, he’s creepy and it fit in well.   I read the girls the “Tell-tale Heart”, which totally creeped them out.  Then we read “The Raven”.   Funny thing was halfway through the reading, these two HUGE black crows came and sat on the neighbor’s garage roof, and it totally freaked the girls out.  Heh, heh heh…

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I hope you have a great weekend, be safe and don’t eat too much candy!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Shakespeare Era Maps–Field Trip

Our little town has lots of interesting things to offer, things you wouldn’t expect in a little town.   One of those things recently was an art exhibit of authentic  16th & 17th Century maps of the world.    The art exhibit was “A Tribute to the Works and Times of William Shakespeare”.

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I didn’t photograph all the maps, but here are a few that I found particularly interesting.

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I loved that this art display had a sitting area with map books to peruse.   Olivia really enjoyed this aspect of the display.

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Then Lindsey discovered that if she stood in just the right spot she could use her magnifying glass to focus the suns power onto one of the books.  She looks quite happy with herself, no?

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Her sister then started to follow in her footsteps…I decided we should leave before the fire trucks were needed, ahem.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Lights In A Dark World

Sometimes, I think we make the gospel too complicated.    Those “kid songs” we learned as preschoolers really do hold so much truth. 

Jesus loves me, this I know.  For the Bible tells me so!  (You were singing it in your mind, weren’t you?)   It really is THAT simple.   Knowing He loves you, and accepting what He’s done.  Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but HE is STRONG!

Likewise living the Christian walk is often overly complicated.   Another song quickly comes to mind.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!!  (You did it again, didn’t you?)

Shine Your Light

It really is as simple as letting Who is on the inside of you shine out into the world around you.   That may mean holding your tongue when you want to let it fly.   That may mean giving up your seat on the morning commute to someone who NEEDS to sit.   That may mean shoveling the neighbors snow.  It may mean giving a smile to a stranger.  It may even mean leaving the comfort of home and going to a third world nation to hold an orphan in your arms while singing “Jesus Loves Me”.

Showing the love of Jesus, and shining your little light isn’t nearly as hard as we make it.   The biggest thing is remembering to slow down and do it.

Dayspring has a lovely new product line called the Everlasting Light Collection.   These lovely home accent pieces and jewelry are just the right little reminders for you or a friend or family member.

I especially love the little necklace and bracelets that simply say “shine your light”.   How easy is that?  In today’s dark world, it’s a challenge, but the light chases away the darkness.

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Shine your light!!  We need it more than ever!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Picasso

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain.  He studied art in Barcelona and Madrid before finally settling in Paris, France in the 1900’s.  Along with Henri Matisse he is considered to be the greatest artist of the 20th century.  

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Picasso went through several phases of art including  the Blue Period, the Rose Period and his most famous contribution to modern art, Cubism.

In honor of Picasso’s birthday today, we decided to delve into Cubism.

First we drew the outline of our subject with pencil.  Once we were happy with the way that looked, we used black permanent marker to trace over it.

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We all used tempera paints to fill in the face, and the girls used tempera on the background as well.

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I veered off course at this point.  Instead of using tempera paints on the back ground, I used making tape to line sections of my painting and then used water colors to fill in.

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Lindsey’s painting is a combination of her two ballet instructors, who are mother and daughter.  Grins.

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Olivia just continues to amaze me with her artistic ability.   She even mixed her own colors to get the desired depth to her painting.

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Picasso continued to paint, even on April 8, 1973, the day he passed away.   I hope my girls continue to be creative all their lives as well.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up–The Sick One

At the end of last week, poor Lindsey developed a really bad headache, which we attributed to over exertion at ballet and lack of water intake. By midnight of the same night she had a high fever and still the killer headache, nothing else.   The situation deteriorated over night, and a quick trip to the doctor on Friday showed that she had strep, even though she had no sore throat.   This was one of the longest, most miserable weekends I’ve had in years!  By Monday the fever was gone, but the headache persisted.

We found that laying down was better than being upright, and cold, tight compresses on the head helped too.   This was how most of the early week was spent for this one.

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Thankfully by midweek the wee one was feeling better and was able to rejoin us in our lessons.  She’s still been light on food intake and activity, but I think we’re on the upswing now.

Science:   This week we learned about acids and bases and chemical reactions.   We worked on a few fun experiments along the way.

We bundled up and went to the park to collect water samples from the fish pond, lake and the little stream that runs through the park.  We tested the pH levels in each of these areas.

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Once we finished testing the waters, and feeding the swans, we headed back home to test vinegar and lemon juice.  To prove that acids are sour, I had the girls taste the undiluted lemon juice (I can’t believe they fell for that!).

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We determined that the fish pond and lake were alkaline, the stream was neutral and of course the vinegar and lemon juice are acidic (snicker).

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We also worked with chemical reactions…Mentos and Diet Coke.  Olivia just barely got out of the way on this one (rats.)

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Math:   Olivia is loving geometry.   She really likes working with the little 3-d shapes I found over the summer.   These really do help her visualize the concepts much better, and she’s a hands on learner.  This was a lighter week for Lindsey, and she got to review making change (and yes she’s doing her work in her night gown and bath robe).

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History:  We spent time on the sofa reading a few books about the Industrial Revolution.  Next week we move on to inventors and their gizmos.

That’s about it for the week.   I hope all is well in your home!

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