Sunday, May 29, 2011

Alligator Greater!

Adventures in numbers and puppets!



Home school at my house often involves two things: big projects and workbooks. Today, we've decided to incorporate both. She has been progressing rather well in math lately. We work on basic addition using number lines, groups of objects, and whatever else we can think of to hone in her adding skills. Lately, we've been working on the place values of ones, tens, and one hundreds. While she's great at recognizing two and three digit numbers, the concepts of tens and hundreds place, and what they represent were a little difficult to understand at first.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

One Girl's Trash is Another Toy's Treasure

This year my daughter and I have been talking quite a bit about the three R's of the environment. We have reduced our garbage output by keeping a tally sheet above our garbage can and recycling bin. When we took one out to the big bins, we would make a tally mark, and count it up by the end of the month. We found that, since we began observing it, we started recycling much more than we were throwing away. We've explored other ways of reducing and recycling by walking our neighborhood with garbage bags to clean up the litter, growing a nice vegetable garden, and we've built a fairly large composting bin that we add to on a daily basis.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Kitchen Chemistry!

A lesson in Acids, Bases, Ph, and SLIME....

Keeping things fun and interesting in my house often relies on the sacrifice of cleanliness and order. Personally, I think this is a great way to live life. However, if you wish to keep slime, liquids, and Ph testers off of your counters and floors, you may want to consider laying some newspaper down, because things are about to get really messy!

A LESSON IN ACIDS, BASES, and PH 

We began our school day with a discussion on acids and bases. Most liquids have either basic or acidic traits, and many of the liquids we are exposed to on a daily basis are geared toward Ph neutral (around Ph7). If you need a refresher on what acids and bases are:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Roses Are Red

In celebration of our beautiful spring weather in Arizona, my daughter and I decided to focus our newest project around flowers. We have picked them, pressed them, planted them, painted them, and painted with them. Those projects were all very fun, but we wanted to try something new.

We have been trying to gather some edible flowers, and while searching online for information on them, we came across this recipe for candied rose petals. Keep in mind, that you can use this recipe for any type of edible flower. They will make beautiful additions to cupcakes, cakes, or will be great simply as a snack. The preparation and recipe is really easy to follow, and your house will smell like roses while they are drying!