We had one of those stellar homeschool weeks when the kids were overjoyed with learning and could not wait for more. It sure does a Mom's heart good to call "school time" and the kids RUN to the table. So, what was the excitement all about, you ask? Well, this whole year is going better, using my new schedule. The kids just have more time to really get into a subject when we spend a whole week on it, instead of 20 minutes each day the way I did last year in order to fit in 8 or so subjects (the basics sometimes took more time). So now the first hour and half (or so) of school is reading, writing, math, and literature. Then we move on to our weekly theme topic ~ history, science, music/Bible study or art. The time is open ended so that the kids can just enjoy and learn the material in depth. Next, we spend a few minutes doing occupational, speech or vision therapy. Lastly, if time allows, we do one of the following ~ geography or sign language.
This was science week and we are starting chemistry! We are using Real Science 4 Kids. I love this program. We are also using the Basher books for chemistry. My son is obsessed with the Basher books and reads them over and over again.
They started the week off making Oxygen atom models.
The kids then made a Periodic Table shadow box with elements or things made out of elements that they found around the house.
They experimented with magnesium ~ sparklers!
They made molecules out of marshmallows and toothpicks. (I see that some of the labels got a bit messed up in the picture.)
Lastly, we pulled out the microscope, which always causes great excitement. The point was to look at and compare sugar and salt. However, we did that and then looked at all of our pre-made slides as well.
Besides science, we almost finished Mary Poppins for literature. It seems like we have been reading this book forever, but we simply got side tracked with some other great books. We are back on track and should be finished next Tuesday. The literature activity for Mary Poppins was making stars. The kids loved this, and we may make a whole bunch to decorate our Christmas tree with this year.
In the Rest of Life ~
We finished up birthdays with my Dh celebrating his 40th. Little Red Riding Hood also got her last two gifts in the mail. Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa, and Miss Kristi!
She loves the Analogy Crossword puzzles!
I hope you all have a great week. Please go over to Homeschool Chick to see more weekly wrap ups.