Friday, April 04, 2008

Homeschool Odds and Ends

I thought I would post pictures of a few of our activities this week.

We made this book entitled The Five reasons for exploration as part of our unit study on New World Explorers. I've talked about this in a past post, you can read it here. It will be part of a large lapbook we'll put together at the end of the study. The boys also each made a map of the 7 continents and 5 oceans. *I enlarged my pics, for some reason they won't enlarge when clicked.

This was an easy experiment about the reaction of fat and protein (in milk) when mixed with liquid soap. It's simple enough to do with younger kids (just watch out for the food dye), but still interesting to the older ones. To me, simple is good! You can find the instructions here.

I picked up this little table and chair set this week at the thrift store. I thought it would help my daughter focus a little better if she had her own little work place. It has containers for crayons and pencils, and one of those slats that holds down big sheets of art paper. She loves it.

All three of my kids like helping to make things in the kitchen. The younger two are still at the pouring and stirring stage, but my oldest can do a little cooking on his own. Since he can fry an egg, I let him make a cut-out egg and toast. I think it turned out pretty good (the heart is for his sister). I told him he can pick out a dish to make for a meal next week, he's pretty excited about that. I figure I should encourage his interest in this area. And since it's my son making it, I will have to eat it, diet or no diet.

I'm wondering if he could handle a 4-cheese lasagna.....

*If you homeschool, you might appreciate this link I found, it's a spoof on the recent California homeschooling ruling, and very funny:)


Marva said...

Great activities! I love the table and chair set too. We are loooking for something similar for the boys. Their speech therapist thinks it would help. Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Mrs. Darling said...

I dont see a link to the spoof.
Love the table.

Oh I found it.

Nikki said...

Please encourage your boys to cook! It is so helpful to have a husband who feels comfortable in the kitchen. When we got married, John was a better cook than I was.

MyKidsMom said...

Marva: so nice to have you stopping by again!

Mrs.D: a little slow on the uptake there...;) Wasn't that spoof funny though?

Nikki: If my hubby hadn't known how to cook when I was pregnant and hooked up to IV's(at home) for 6 months, they would have starved! OR eaten an awful lot of mac & cheese, LoL. I have risen up and called my mother-in-law blessed quite a few times!

Marbel said...

Cute table! Love the projects too. Thanks for stopping by!

kerri @ gladoil said...

I like the table too! Bright and cherry!

I'm very concerned about that article about Sacramento! I guess I'd better make sure my kids don't do any homework in the library or exhibit a suspicious level of politeness...