Saturday, November 22, 2014

Homeschooling and Life: End of September - November 22, 2014

Yes, I'm still here. It has been a while. Here is a look at what the past two months have held for us.

We started Book 2 of the Harry Potter series

Doodles set the table for our "dinner party"

Bug is using this book for part of his science studies.

Bug is working on science.

Bug learned how to use a protractor to draw and measure angles.
We made pumpkin juice as part of our Harry Potter unit study.

We studied beetles.

We learned about mandrakes in Herbology class.

Bug is hard at work on science.

Bug decided to see if he could get a drink through a long connection of straws.

It worked!

Bug did an experiment to illustrate how water changes landforms over time.

Bug started reading Book One of The Kane Chronicles

My hubby brought these home. Someone gave him these acorns that came from the northern part of  the United States. I added them to our nature table.

Bug did a science experiment to illustrate erosion.

Zoe wants to do school, too!

Another science experiment

Halloween: Walter White (Breaking Bad), Sugar Skull (Day of the Dead), and  Flower Fairy

My Sugar Skull makeup

Bug on Halloween

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!