Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been up to in our homeschool so far this school year. Since I blogged very little this past fall, and none at all over the holidays, I thought I’d post an update on some of the fun activities we’ve done. Earlier in the school year when we were learning about physical and chemical changes in Science, we did an experiment where we made Oobleck (re: Dr. Suess) which was a green goo made from cornstarch, food coloring, and water. It was one of several we did while studying this unit, but by far the messiest and most fun.
Drama Queen playing with the Oobleck
At the beginning of the school year we studied volcanoes and earthquakes, we made two different models of volcanoes. One of our own creation using homemade play clay, and the one pictured below that we made from a kit I picked up at a yard sale last summer for $2.00.
I’ve found that yard sales and thrift stores are great places to pick up useful items for homeschooling. Some things, like this volcano kit, are brand new items that kids got for gifts and never used so their moms sell them at yard sales really cheap. It’s a great way to save money when you’re homeschooling and living on one income as we are.
Here’s the mixture after Drama Queen poured it into the mold.
Drama Queen painting the volcano.
Adding the baking soda to make it erupt.
Voila! Our volcano is erupting!
Another fun activity that is new to us this year is Girl Scouts. We discovered a homeschool Girl Scout troop in our town that Drama Queen has joined and I am going to begin the training to become an assistant Troop Leader. This troop has been active for the past six years and has girls ranging in age from 6 through 16(Brownies, Juniors, and Cadets), we meet the first and third Tuesday afternoon of every month.
So far this year Drama Queen has participated in a Fall party where she dressed up as a scarecrow, and she taught the other girls in the troop (for a leadership project) how to make a cookie turkey(using Oreo cookies, Hershey’s kisses, candy corn, and icing) at Thanksgiving. She’s also helped to decorate, and rode on, the float for our town’s annual Christmas parade (our troop was the Hillbilly Jug Band, complete with a live rooster in a cage), and has now begun the time honored tradition, selling Girl Scout cookies!
Drama Queen in her Girl Scout vest at the Christmas party
Drama Queen decided she wanted to try playing basketball this year, so she has gotten involved in playing for our local Recreation Department. She had never played before and was pretty lost in the beginning, but she has worked hard and learned a lot.
The other girls have been very kind to her, most of them have been playing since they were very young and are more experienced, but they have helped her and encouraged her. It really touches my heart when I go to practices and games and see the way the other girls try to help her learn, they’ve not made fun of her or been rude to her. As a mom, that means a lot!
Ready for her first basketball game ever!
Drama Queen in action on the court.
This is just a sampling of some of the things we’ve done so far this year, we’ve been busy learning and having fun. We’re back in the groove after Christmas break and looking forward to learning lots of new things and finding more cool projects and experiments to try.
Have a great night!