Good Morning!! I'm now humming the tune to Do Re Mi from The Sound of Music! But that's exactly what comes to mind when I consider what we're working on this week! In my reading of on of my favorite books on homeschooling, The Well-Trained Mind, the concept of starting lessons at the beginning of history is introduced. This makes perfect sense to me in terms of how I want to teach my children about the evolution of our planet, our world and our people. I feel that it's very logical to start at the beginning as so many things hinge on what came before.
I explained this concept to the children today, I demonstrated it and then we used it in practice as we discussed The Big Bang Theory. I guided them through the concepts that they will need to know for our upcoming quiz and later, a test! Yes, a test! I will be quizzing them on the planets along with some of the facts about the Universe.
|her favorite yoga pose! lizard on a rock!|
|Our Phoenix bird ;) Helped them remember that the capitol of Arizona is Phoenix!|
|he LOVES our Land Cruiser!|
|D.E.A.R. time in the fort!|
When we got home the kids were excited as I saved our science for last! It was an easy project today - making galaxy dough! This is nothing more than homemade play dough colored black with food coloring but this time I had the children make the entire recipe. I usually make the dough and have them color it but this time they found the right measuring devices and ingredients. I explained to them how to combine the wet and dry ingredients separately and then to incorporate them together in the pan. They were not keen on how much stirring it takes to get the dough to form but they persevered and loved the results! I had bright purple, chunky glitter for them to incorporate into it along with moon and star gems, nubby beads to represent planets and black stones for comets or meteors.
|our daily board!|
As I cleaned up and played with the baby the kids went off into their newly built fort for some play time. Kendall and I had Mother/Daughter book club at a local library. It was our month to host. We chose the book Mandy by Julie Andrews. It's a beautiful book and I introduced it to Kendall last summer and she fell in love with it. Kendall wrote discussion questions and lead the discussion with the other girls in the group. We then served a snack and lead a planned craft - garden terrarium necklaces. The kids had a great time and loved the craft.