Sunday, September 21, 2014

Homeschooling and Life: September 8-21, 2014

We have had a good couple of weeks. We are working steadily and learning a lot. We are also still enjoying our new puppy. Here's a look at our recent life:

Baby Girl's ABC "work" to go with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

As part of our Harry Potter unit study, we learned about snow vs. sleet vs. freezing rain.

We read about Christmas traditions since they celebrated Christmas in The Sorcerer's Stone.

We also drank hot chocolate for our "Christmas" celebration.

Bug is studying earth science, and we looked at how the earth "bulges" at the equator.

Then we did this activity to see why it does.

Doodles wrote this paper about goblins for her "Care and Feeding of Magical Creatures" class in our Harry Potter study.

Bug is using this book for science.

Bug wrote his creature paper about unicorns.

Our composer for this month

Bug did this science activity to learn about earth's axis.

Bug is currently reading Book Four of the Percy Jackson series.

Clip art from one of Doodles' forensic science books

This is Bug's sketch of a unicorn for his research paper.

This is Doodles' "quick essay" comparing Voldemort to Satan.

Bug's eggs for a science activity to demonstrate earth's movement

We learned about squids as part of our Harry Potter study.

More about squids

We worked on logic puzzles as part of our Harry Potter unit.

Baby Girl's current reading book. We are really loving Sonlight P3/4.

Bug learned about circles in math this week.

He enjoyed using his compass.

We finished reading The Sorcerer's Stone and watched the movie. Then we enjoyed this delicious butterbeer!

Friday, September 5, 2014

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


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) 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!


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!