Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Moving Muscles

As we continue to learn about the human body, we moved into a lesson on muscles.  First, Miss M did an experiment involving a paper arm and yarn muscles.  By measuring the muscles, she learned how each half of the pair shortens to bend or straighten the arm.

Next, she opened and closed her fist as many times as she could in 30 seconds.  After a quick 10 second rest, she did it again.  We discussed how she was able to do it fewer times the second time, because her muscles were tired.  Then she tried to see how long she could keep her arms up in the air without support, and we discussed how eventually her arms got so tired that she had to lower them.

We ended by watching the Magic School Bus Flexes its Muscles (we got the video from our library, but I have linked to the episode on You Tube).  All in all, a fun lesson on muscles work.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

There's A Teen in the House

The Boyscout turned 13 on Sunday.  It is hard to believe that my sweet little firstborn babe is already a teenager.  Of course, he has been anxiously awaiting this day for weeks!

 Before he woke, we saran-wrapped his bedroom door and filled the space with balloons.  When he opened his door in the morning, he was showered in balloons.

He opened his presents and then celebrated his day by going to a Dallas Cowboys' game with Daddy.  When he got home, we had his requested dinner and a cake that Miss M and The Bug had helped make for him.

We couldn't be more proud of the sweet young man we have been blessed to raise.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Texas Alphabet

We did the first of our lessons about Texas this week.  We read the book Texas Alphabetby Laurie Parker.  Then Miss M made her own alphabet book.

She folded a piece of construction paper long-ways and then cut 5 flaps on one side, making a flip book.  Each flap was labeled with one letter in "Texas".

Underneath each she brainstormed and drew a Texas item.  She decided on a tornado, bald Eagle (more than 1,000 of them migrate here each winter), phloX (x's are hard to find), the Alamo, and sunshine.

She enjoyed this project, and learned a little bit about our state along the way.  I expect we will be working on one Texas-related project each month throughout the year.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Drawing Nature Objects

We are continuing on with our art lessons using Artistic Pursuits.  In this lesson, Miss M was tasked with drawing an object from  nature.  She chose to draw a starfish and a seashell.

After she had drawn her initial picture, I challenged her to examine them in closer detail using her magnifying glass.  She then went back and added the small hairs onto the starfish legs.

The end result:

She is very excited for the next time we take a nature walk so she can practice her new skills in her nature journal.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Popcorn and Milk Experiment

We are reading Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder right now.  In one part of the book, Almonzo mentions how you can fit a full glass of popcorn into a full glass of milk.  Of course, we had to try it for ourselves.

Start with one glass full of milk and one full of popcorn.

Slowly transfer the popcorn into the milk glass a few kernels at a time.

Miss M found the resulting mix quite disgusting.
 See the results - both fit into one glass without overflowing.

 Miss M and I discussed why this worked with popcorn and wouldn't work with a glass full of rocks, for instance.  This was a simple little experiment, but one even The Bug could enjoy.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Playing in the Rain

We have had some much needed rain the last few days, and Miss M and The Bug have been having a great time playing with their new umbrellas.

Monday, September 10, 2012

All About Bones

Miss M is studying the human skeleton for science, and did some fun activities to go along this past week.  First, she glued a skeleton together using the pieces from her lab book.  (We are using REAL Science Odyssey Life this year.)

 Next, we played a game of Simon Says using body parts.  Here she is tickling her ribs.

My wonderful mother made Miss M this large felt body to use with this unit.  She was careful to make sure it was accurate down to the number of ribs and and the way the arm bones connect.  Miss M LOVES this, and she has put it together every day.

I saw this project for a hand x-ray from Making Homeschool Fun, and knew Miss M would love it.  I used chalk instead of paint to do the outline, and then Miss M glued Q-tips for the bones.  This was so much fun!

We have really enjoyed studying the human skeleton, and will be moving on to muscles this week with more fun activities.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tot School: Camping

Tot School 
The Bug is 27 months old

This past week our theme was camping.  We were still working on the color green, a diamond shape, the letter A and counting 1 to 10.  Our Bible concept was God Created All Things.

We read Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and then The Bug did a sort for day and night animals.  This was his first sort of this kind, and he really enjoyed it!  I printed the sorting page from here.

We did several items from the forest tot book at 2 Teaching Mommies.  The Bug colored several forest scenes in specific colors,

did an animal matching game,

matched heads and tails of animals together,

and dot stamped a letter T for Tent.  He really likes these, and is very careful to make sure each circle gets colored.

We read Duck Tents by Lynne Berry and then we had a pretend campout using his sister's tent and our forest animal puppets.  Finally, he used glue and Qtips to make a picture.  This doesn't relate at all to camping, but they were supplies his sister had out when he woke up from a nap one day.

I had planned to make smores, but couldn't find any gluten-free ones for The Bug to eat.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body

We finally made the trip to the local science museum to see the Grossology exhibit.

This was good timing because Miss M is beginning to study the human body in science.  The tour started with discussing the various ways the human body eliminates gasses.  This was a LOUD section and The Bug decided he was done with that, so he and I wandered the rest of the museum while Daddy, The Boyscout and Miss M toured.

Examining excrement.
Shooting germs into a giant nostril.
All about your skin.
Inside a giant  nose.
When they were done we did a quick tour through the dinosaur exhibit and headed home.

Inside a dino footprint.

Examining fossils.
This was a fun way to kick off our human body unit.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A Nile River Model

We are up to early Egypt in our history studies and have been studying the Nile River delta.  We learned how the Egyptians used the flood cycles to help water their fields, and the made our own version of the delta.  (This idea comes from the Story of the World Activity Guide.)

 First, we added dirt to a foil baking pan.  Miss M made the Nile River out of aluminum foil and rocks.  We added some pyramids from our Ancient Egypt toob and some rocks to represent the mountains. 

Finally, we added water and flooded our delta.  (I added blue food coloring to help the kids see the river better.) 

We added grass seed to our dirt, and will continue to flood the river once a week.  The goal is for our grass to grow.  I'll post the results in a few weeks.