Friday, March 28, 2014

Hiking at Beavers Bend

Today we took a little afternoon field trip to Beavers Bend State Park & hiked the South Park Trail.  We found one geocache too!  It was nice to be out & enjoy God's creation!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Coolest Science Experiment EVER!

We are loving Evan's 9th grade Apologia Biology course!  
Yes, it's HARD and yes, he has a TON of very difficult 
vocabulary words & concepts to learn.  

But the experiments are AMAZING!

He finished his experiment on OSMOSIS this week, and it was so
 fascinating that I have to share his summary report with you!

 We put an egg inside of a mug filled with vinegar for 24 hours.  That made the shell of the egg come off. 
 After the 24 hours, we took it out of the mug, and put it inside of a mug filled with Karo syrup. 
 It made the egg sink in because the syrup drew out the water portion of the egg white material.  
 This process of particles passing through a semi-permeable membrane is called OSMOSIS.   

 After soaking the egg in Karo Syrup for 24 hours, we placed the egg into a mug filled with distilled water. 
 This made the egg swell back up!  It filled the egg with water through osmosis again! 
 It actually made the egg expand 14% larger than its original size. (The green ribbon was the length of the original circumference of the egg!  It gained some weight!)

  The original circumference of the egg was 14.5 cm and the circumference of the egg after the distilled water was 16.5 cm. 
 It felt like a water balloon!  (So he just had to throw it to see what was inside!)
This experiment taught us the principle of osmosis!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

First Winter Snow

We had the threat of a really bad ice storm this weekend, but instead we got a bunch of cold wet rain!  

But last night, right before we went to bed, it started snowing!
 We didn't get much...but it was so pretty! 
 My camera captured Eric's cold breath!
 Although it's still in the low 30's, the snow started melting this morning!  
 Poor Eli is shivering!
 And Ethan slept so late that most of the snow was melted before he got up this morning!
He kept saying, "Please don't melt!"

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Reindeer Painting

Ethan got to experience his first painting class at Atlanta Local Color today.  
We're so thankful that Aunt Shellye invited him to go!  

He painted a Rudolph!

He enjoyed drying the paint at "the beauty shop!"

Although he was "a little nervous" at first, he amazed himself ...

and by the end of class,  
he informed me that he never wants to miss another class!

So proud of you, Ethan Daniel!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Turkey Treat

Ethan & I had fun creating a festive Thanksgiving treat for breakfast today.  
This was a Pinterest find that turned out well!

 We simply used a can of cinnamon rolls for the bodies...
  and a can of crescent rolls to create the feathers, beaks, and feet.
 We baked them and then decorated them with the icing and sprinkles that we had on hand.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

You're A Grande Ole Flag


Today was such a fun church day!  In addition to it being "Friend Day," we also had a salute to our Veterans.  Then we had a wonderful sermon about "Real Men" and a fabulous church-wide luncheon!

For Friend Day, our church had a goal of 250 in Sunday School, but God exceeded our goals!  We had 271 in Sunday which was about 100 more than last week!  And in our Sunday School class, we had TWENTY!  We were thrilled!  We've been averaging 7!  We are praying that everyone will continue to come EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY!

This was Ethan's first time to sing with the JAM (Jesus And Me) Choir.  He had so much fun singing "You're a Grand Ole Flag!"  The pictures are little blurry but the expressions on his face are priceless!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Ethan's Poems

This morning, this little man amazed me.  He does this quite often actually!

Each morning, after the boys and I do our Bible, History, and Literature together, they each go to their rooms to do their other assignments.  Ethan's first task is to complete his Daily Agenda.  We got this idea from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  He enjoys each activity, but he especially likes reading his "Family Ways" and his poems.  Honestly, since we recently moved, I have been trusting that he is completing his Daily Agenda on his own.  It gives me a few minutes to change out laundry, clean up the kitchen, or print out lesson materials.

Last year, we used the kindergarten curriculum from the Institute of Excellence in Writing.  In their Primary Arts of Language curriculum, they introduce a new poem each week.  At first, honestly, I thought this was a little silly.  But as we progressed through the year, I noticed how much Ethan enjoyed reading, illustrating, & reciting the poems.  They also used the poems to teach phonetic rules.  Each day, he would circle or underline different rhyming words, certain words using short vowels, "squealy e's," etc.

When I was planning his curriculum for this year, I wanted to be able to introduce more poems to him.  After some research, I found how helpful memorizing poetry is for language development.  I found a list of poems appropriate for first graders to learn, so we've added one each week to his Daily Agenda.

So...this morning, when I heard him RECITING some of the poems I've placed in his binder, I was amazed! It just shows that REPETITION is KEY!  He reads every single poem every single morning.  And now he knows several poems by heart!

He was quite happy to make a video reciting two of the poems.  He used the little space heater as his "microphone" and he even decided to make a grand entrance on the second poem. :)  He's quite the entertainer!