We've been using Apologia Botany in science, and it's been great. The projects are doable, fun, and have been relatively quick. The only one that took a little more time is the light hut for growing plants. I'm hoping we'll benefit from it! We sowed a variety of flower and vegetable seeds. We already have some emerging seedlings!
Of course, there was a failed science experiment. If I had a dime for every failed experiment...
The carrot was supposed to grow new leaves, but clearly it just shriveled up to look like Beetlejuice!
We are also working on our bean growth chart to see which bean will grow the largest: the one taped to a sunny window, the one inside a dark drawer, or the one in the cold refrigerator. So far, the one in the dark drawer has the others beat by a long "shoot." (haha)
Here, the girls are experimenting with paper towels to see how non vascular plants absorb water.
I must say, I am loving the colonial/revolutionary time period! The kids enjoy most of it, too. Some library books that we really enjoyed reading include: Benjamin West and his cat Grimalkin and Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride. There was also picture book called The Boston Tea Party that my kids loved because it had little cartoon mice on each page, doing their own thing that related to the story. They just thought that was hilarious! Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the author.
We made Johnny Cakes one day. Katie and I liked them; Emily did not. Nothing unusual! We put homemade chunky applesauce on top - YUM!
We completed a Daniel Boone lapbook, which I will write a detailed post with pictures on that when I get a chance. And we have all the materials ready for an American Revolution lapbook, as you can see here!
Something I thought would be fun is to get a chest of some sort, and put various history related things into it, when appropriate. The idea is that the girls would open up the history box and pull out a piece of history, so to speak. After looking all over the antique mall, I ended up finding the box below at Hobby Lobby. So, it's not really old, but it looks like it could be, and it was way cheaper than anything I found antique shopping!
So far, the girls pulled out a draft of the Declaration of Independence, Colonial money, and lapbook elements. I may drop a book or two in there from time to time - whatever will fit that goes with our lessons on a particular day or week. I just love this idea and hope it evolves into greater things! I'm even thinking that some sort of large clay pot would make a great botany project pot! And if you're learning different countries in your history lesson, why not get a suitcase to put fun things in?
We are plugging away at other subjects, too, but those aren't as much fun to show & tell! Really, how many pictures do we need of our kiddos doing math and doing language arts?
Last Friday, we went to a production of Rosa Parks, which was well done and very educational. The weather was a little sketchy that morning, but cleared up before we left. I'm so glad we got to go!
And Friday night, we went to Winter Jam! We got to hear 10 Christian music artists do their thing for God, and tell their stories! It was truly amazing. I wish I had gotten pictures of the girls there. I don't know why I didn't think to take at least one of them.
Hopefully, I'll get my act together and blog on a regular basis. I really do enjoy writing, and reading other blogs!
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