Air Pressure Experiment

Fun air pressure experiment.
-You will need a cup completely full of water, two straws, and scissors.
-Put one straw in the water and cut it so that it sticks out of the water by only about 1/2 inch.
-Angle the straw upwards so that the air coming out of it passes right over the top of the straw in the cup. Keep blowing and blowing. This will make the air move faster over the top of the straw in the water. As a result, the air pressure above the straw in the water will decrease, and when there is less air pressure above the straw, what do you think will happen?

Try it and see ūüôā

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*This experiment came from Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day

Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day: Exploring Creation with Zoology 1

We’re Making Butter

We had the pleasure of NanaDale teaching us how to make butter out of whipping cream, last week.DSC_1579 First you pour the whipping cream into a shakeable container…then you SHAKE (about 15 to 20 minutes).DSC_1570

Once the liquid becomes a cream, we banged/hit the container against the ground, knocking the milk away from the butter (you can also use a cheese cloth).DSC_1585

We removed the milk and added some salt. DSC_1591

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9 Reasons Siblings Should Teach Each Other

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember;
involve me and I’ll understand.” -Chinese Proverb

Help

If you are homeschooling more than two grades at a time, I encourage you to read the nine reasons to have older siblings teach their younger siblings, listed below.

1. Hearing the same statement from a different person can trigger a light bulb.

2. Having the older student teach is reaffirming they know the information.

3. The child is more apt to remember the information they are explaining to their brother or sister.

4. It frees mom/teacher up to help another child needing special attention.

5. It creates stronger bonds between siblings.

6. It boosts the child’s confidence when they are able to teach a subject to their brother or sister.

7. It promotes creative thinking in the child that is helping their sibling.

8. It encourages independent learning from mom/teacher.

9. It creates special memories!

Daily Homeschool Schedule

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” -Benjamin Franklin

Fourth day into our homeschool year and things are running smoothly. This would not be the case, if I hadn’t spent time planning out our daily schedule. I have been homeschooling for four years, but this is my first year to teach three different grades at the same time. I knew that I would need a game plan. After searching online, I found Daily Homeschool Schedules by Confessions of a HomeSchooler…Erica has even posted a Word Doc that is editable. I was able to download the schedule and customize it for each of the girls. I then put each of their Daily Schedules in a paper protector and they are able to cross off their assessment once completed. If they finish early, they can take those extra minutes for free time or choose to work ahead. I plan to share each of the girls schedules in the future. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment.

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Prov. 21:5

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’14-’15 School Year Curriculum

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2014-2015 School Year Curriculum

DSC_1282The Artist (4th Grade):
Bible: Apologia “Who is God”
Math: Teaching Textbooks
Science: Apologia (Zoology 1)
Writing: IEW Ancient World
Grammar: First Language
Reading: Sonlight Collection
Read-Alouds: Sonlight Collection
Spelling: Spelling Power
Writing: Handwriting without Tears
Spanish: Rosetta Stone
Activities: JBQ & Piano

DSC_1257The Singer (2nd Grade):
Bible: Apologia “Who is God”
Math: A Beka
Science: Apologia (Zoology 1)
Grammar: First Langauge
Phonics: A Beka
Reading: Sonlight Collection
Read-Alouds: Sonlight Collection
Spelling: Spelling Power
Handwriting: Handwriting without Tears
Spanish: Rosetta Stone
Activities: JBQ & Piano

DSC_1322Little Hummingbird (Kindergarten)
Bible: Apologia “Who is God”
Math: A Beka
Science: Apologia (Zoology 1)
Grammar: First Langauge
Phonics: A Beka
Reading: Sonlight Collection
Read-Alouds: Sonlight Collection
Handwriting: Handwriting without Tears
Spanish: Rosetta Stone
Activities: JBQ

 

Spiderman/Hulk
Run, Jump, & Run Some More…hehe
1st Day of school

Our First Day of School ’14-’15

1st Day of school Four weeks off and we our back at it. Yesterday was our first day of school and it went great! I had individual schedules laid out for each of the girls which helped the day run smoothly. I’m very optimistic about this school year and I am very excited about having all three girls together for the first year.

DSC_1372DSC_1368 I had special goodies on their desk when they entered the school room this morning! Just a few simple things, but stuff that brings huge smiles to their faces.

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A big THANK YOU to The Johnson Family…we ALWAYS need pencils. I can’t remember how many times I heard last year, “I can’t find a pencil!”

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I often get asked, what does your toddler do when you are teaching the girls? Well, he’s all over the place, but one of his learning activities consist of the Preschool Prep Company Presents “Meet the Colors”, “Meet the Shapes”, “Meet the Numbers” and “Meet the Letters” DVDs.

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I pray everyone enjoys their school year and don’t forget to HAVE FUN!!!

Our Morning Snapshots

“But the fruit of the Spirit is….joy” Galatians 5:22
This is my joy!

A and JJ staying dry under the awning at Starbucks.

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K picking out her shirt for school…excuse her messy closet…we are still working on keeping things neat, including our closets!
Picking out a shirt
JJ playing on the Leap Pad while A works on her English paper.
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V decided to do her school work on the couch this morning…whatever works ūüôā
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Happy Thursday Everyone! I hope you make it a GREAT DAY!!!

Just a Peek…

IMG_4824One of the reasons I started this blog last year was because people kept asking me, “how do you do it?” “How do you homeschool three kids with a newborn?” Well, here’s a little peek into one of our mornings at the Boy’s Home. Alayna is taking a math test (multiplication and division), Victoria is working on special sounds “sw” and “str”, Kayla is at her VPK class, Josiah is taking a nap, and I’m couponing!

I am big on multitasking! There’s just not enough time in the day to do one thing at a time! So, here I am able to sit by Alayna and clip coupons for our grocery visit today (by which I saved over $70), while she works on her test. Our homeschool table/desk is nice because it provides enough space for independent study, but also encourages group work.

Disclaimer: Though the picture above portrays a calm setting, this is not always the case!

Tuesdays (Homeschooling) Tip

For today’s homeschooling tip I’m going to keep it simple…Don’t compare! It’s easy to compare, we all do it. Women compare their bodies, men compare their cars, kids compare their toys, dogs compare their bones with other dogs, etc.

By comparing we can add unnecessary pressure (stress) to ourselves and our children.¬†Kids learn at different rates.¬†This is something I had to learn and something I have to remind myself of sometimes.¬† It’s okay if our children don’t learn to read until their ¬†nine. So what, who cares, as long as they learn. Learning is not a race. We should strive on creating a joy for learning and developing secure confident children.

Don’t fall into the trap of comparing, no one wins in that scenario.

2013-2014 School Year Curriculum

2013-2014 School Year Curriculum

The Artist (3rd Grade):
Bible: Grapevine Studies
Math: A Beka
Science: The Young Scientist Club
English: BJU
Reading:¬†My Father’s World Reading List
Read-Alouds: My Father’s World Reading List
Spelling: Sequential Spelling
Writing: Handwriting without Tears
Spanish: Rosetta Stone
Keyboarding: Typing Web (first year trying out this free website)
Activities: JBQ & Piano

The Singer (1st Grade):
Bible: Grapevine Studies
Math: A Beka
Science: The Young Scientist Club
English: A Beka
Reading: A Beka
Read-Alouds:¬†My Father’s World Reading List
Spelling: Sequential Spelling
Writing: Handwriting without Tears
Spanish: Rosetta Stone
Keyboarding: Typing Web (first year trying out this free website)
Activities: JBQ & Piano

Little Hummingbird
VPK 3 days a week

Nino Lindo
Run, Jump, & Run Some More…hehe