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, carve 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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