Homeschool Photo Journal Part 2

A few photos and memories captured from our last week of homeschool life…

We are slowly wrapping up TOPS Radishes (a science selection from BookShark 3). It has been so much fun! I highly recommend this resource if you are looking for a hands-on way to learn about plants and don’t mind committing to around 30-45 minutes of work each day for three weeks. Here are the results of our “toxic stress” experiment. Rose put some seeds in vinegar, some in salt water, and some in freshwater. She correctly predicted that the freshwater ones would grow best, but was a bit surprised that the others didn’t grow at all. This experiment really brought home the hazards of acid rain and too much salt in soil!


She also did a neat experiment on phototropism by creating a foil “radish” and bending its leaves the way she thought a radish seedling would react to light. Sure enough, both seedlings were tipped towards the sunlight coming in through the windows within just a few hours.

Here’s another neat experiment where she placed a little seedling on the inside of a damp cup and traced over it with marker. Within a day, we could see how the seedling had moved, the roots slowly tipping down and the unfolding cotyledons, or seed leaves, slowly starting to unfold.

And now our radish experiments are done! I just need to figure out some way for her to store all of her lab papers and little notes ~ we may hole punch them and create a little booklet. She didn’t want to get rid of any of her fledgling seedlings, so we spent the morning planting them in various containers because it isn’t quite warm enough for them to be outdoors. Here is our laundry room radish garden in all its glory….

Hopefully we will get at least radish or two for salad! We are scheduled to do TOPS Corn and Beans next, but we’ve decided to hold off for a few weeks so that we can hopefully plant those seedlings outdoors afterwards.

In other news, my boys build this awesome squirrel lounger. I think we may need to get some proper yellow corn for it and move it a bit lower because we haven’t had any squirrel visitors yet. But isn’t it cute? This is a project from The All-New Woodworking for Kids, which they are using for their art curriculum this year (little review here).

Nothing to do with homeschooling, just a cute dog picture….

Three of my four took the National Mythology Exam. They report that it went well. This is something we have been doing for years and that I hope we will do for many more.

My boys and I started Unit 3 of First Form Latin, which I was super excited about, because I get excited about things like that. We are focusing on nouns, which is nice for a change. I reviewed this program here. I still love it.

We’ve been making maple syrup, too! This is our first batch and we’ve been adding to it all week. We usually get about 2 gallons of syrup from 10-12 maple trees. Sadly, two jars from our first batch got broken in the freezer and I am not sure we will be able to make up for it. The weather has been unseasonably warm so I’m expecting a short season.

Finally, some pretty hyacinths and a read-aloud James and I are finishing up, one of my favorites from BookShark 6!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a wonderful homeschool week!

Homeschool Photo Journal

Just a few photos from our last week of homeschool life…

An easy jelly roll, a.ka. “Lincoln log”, for Lincoln’s birthday! We also attended a wonderful virtual field trip about Lincoln with Field Trip Zoom. I highly recommend this resource! This month we have also done virtual field trips focusing on the American Revolution and Mars, and I am looking forward to sitting down sometime this week and picking a few to do for March.

One of our read-alouds right now is The Hidden Treasure of Glaston ,one of my favorite read-alouds from BookShark World History 1.

For fourth grade memory work…Rose memorized (most of!) the Gettysburg Address and is quite proud. I got her an illustrated picture book version and she just read it to herself once a day until she had it down. She loves memorizing things and I have been using The Well-Trained Mind suggestions for history memory work for her this year. Now she is working on memorizing the American presidents with a set of flashcards (these are available from Rainbow Resource, but Christian Book has the most up-to-date set).

Also with my fourth-grader, we just started using Maestro Classics. She had listened to all of the Classical Kids CD’s several times so we needed something new. I have been listening with her and these are great! We chose to start with Swan Lake. I will hopefully do a little review of these soon, maybe after we finish our next one, Peter and the Wolf.

She and I are also working our way through TOPS Radishes. This is my second (or maybe third?) time through this curriculum and it is a family favorite. You do need to commit to doing it every day for nearly a month (they give you a schedule to follow) but it is so engaging for the kids and well worth the time. We have radishes growing everywhere and we’re both learning so much! She started by sprouting 20 radish seeds in a juice carton. She used those to track growth rates and learn about the different stages of the sprouts.

She’s also been doing experiments such as finding out what happens when some plants get more light than others….the yellow plants sprouted under foil while the green had exposure to sunlight – quite a difference!

This week, we also made some easy paper lanterns. We made these for Chinese New Year, but they’d make a fun decoration any time.


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