Friday, September 5, 2014

Homeschooling and Life: Week of Sept. 1-5, 2014

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We had a bit of a hectic and crazy week: a new addition to the family (a puppy), a vet visit for the new little one and our 6-year-old sweetie dog...and we ended up having to ride in hubby's UNairconditioned hunting truck because my van wouldn't crank (had to replace the battery)...so that's one mom, plus kids, plus dogs...FUN...and then we had doctor's appointments out of town yesterday. Whew! In spite of all this, we did manage to get schooling done. Above is a video of our experiment with "dragon scales," which are knows as orange peel to Muggles. We are really having a blast with our Harry Potter unit study. And here are the other highlights of the week:

Bug works on fractions, decimals, and percents.

We found this spider today. The web is beautiful.

We drank chamomile tea as part of our herbology study.

Bug and Doodles sketched chamomile plants and wrote the scientific name.

Doodles' sketching of goblin armor for her report

This is the book we used to make paper airplanes. Since we read about Quidditch, we decided to make things that could fly.

Bug works on his airplane.

Doodles works on her airplane.

This week's Harry Potter vocabulary.

Introducing the newest family member!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Homeschooling: First Two Weeks of the 2014-2015 School Year

We had a very good start to the year. I hope things will continue to go smoothly, but I'm sure we'll hit our share of bumps in the road! Meanwhile, here's a peek at our year so far:

Hogwarts Welcome Letters: Harry Potter Unit Study fun!

Bug reads the map of Hogwarts

Week 1 Vocabulary

Doodles dissects the owl pellet



Bug dissects an owl pellet


Bone from inside the owl pellet

More bones




We located some of the places mentioned in the first Harry Potter book

Time for math

Doodles is enjoying her Forensic Science class


Bug loves to relax while he reads Percy Jackson

We drank lemon juice so we could make a face like Aunt Petunia's in Harry Potter

Our experiment to determine whether we are Magic or Muggles...

we're all Magic!!!

Bug and Doodles are doing research for their papers. 
Quick Essay Time

Baby Girl loves to hang out with Bug while he reads.

Bug and Doodles look at the globe to identify locations in Harry Potter

We read about storms in the North Sea.

Bug's science book

We also read about pigs, since Hagrid magically made a pig's tail appear on Dudley.

Bug reads his history book for co-op.

Baby Girl gets in on all the action!

We ate sausages and drank tea, like Hagrid served Harry.

We studied stalactites and stalagmites.

We are using this book to learn about the creatures mentioned in Harry Potter. Bug and Doodles are also writing reports on some of the creatures.
The ingredients for goblin slobber...

And here it is!


Eewww..........

Blindfold taste test - featuring both good and bad tastes, just like...

Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans.

Bug looks up his vocabulary words.

We read about twins, because of The Weasley twins.


Bug did an experiment to discover the preferred foods of insects.

Incidentally, we discovered this gecko that had been stripped to the bones by ants.

Bug does research for his paper about unicorns.

The flies preferred syrup.


The ants also preferred syrup.


The ants also enjoyed sugar water.

Bug uses his Hogwarts map to answer questions.

Bug learned about how scientists estimate the number of stars in our galaxy.



Baby Girl does some "cooking."

We tried these snacks, since they are similar to the pumpkin pasties eaten by Harry and Ron.

We drank this "magical sleeping potion" that contains the herb chamomile.

Bug learned about prime numbers.

We changed our seasonal nature table to autumn...a little early, but I couldn't wait!

Autumn is almost here!