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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.

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 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.

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Here’s the mixture after Drama Queen poured it into the mold.

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Drama Queen painting the volcano.

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Adding the baking soda to make it erupt.

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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!  

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  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!

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Ready for her first basketball game ever!

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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!

Love, Velvia

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Drama Queen and I have been studying life in Colonial America in homeschooling lately and have found some really neat projects online to go along with our studies.  One of them is candle making, which we tried our hand at yesterday.  It was a lot of fun and a huge mess, but it was a great experience.  

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Here is Drama Queen shaving the wax from old candles we had around the house.  We used old crayons for the color, which of course, had to be pink!

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Drama Queen is melting the wax in a coffee can set inside a pot filled with boiling water. 

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Here she is dipping the string into the hot wax and then into cold water.   She had to dip it quite a few times in order to make the candle the size she wanted.  Her arm was tired by the time she finished.

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Voila! the finished candle.  We got tickled with the way the candle turned out, it looks like a bright pink carrot!

Homeschooling can be so rewarding and a lot of fun, and some days are wonderful.  Of course, there are days when I want to throw in the towel, but I know God has called me to this and I want to do my best.  Things go so much better when I just relax  and let Him take control!!

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia 

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Spring is on the way and all I can say is Hallelujah!!  Even though we don’t experience extremely cold weather here, I am ready for it to warm up and stay that way.  It was beautiful today, but still a little chilly for my taste, the high today was in the mid fifties.  Now I know anyone who lives in a colder climate will laugh at me for thinking that temperature is chilly, but I’m a southern girl born and bred, and anything under 65 degrees is chilly to me!

I love all the seasons and the things that are unique to each one, but when one season ends I’m ready for the next one.  I am excited about spring, I’m ready to turn off the heat and open my windows and let the fresh air in.  I love the way my house smells when I’m able to air it out, it’s time to make my list for spring cleaning and get started. 

My sweet DIL Beth brought me a bunch of pink tulips today, I put them in a vase on my table in the breakfast nook.  They brighten up the house wonderfully,  nothing says spring like tulips.  She and I, and the kids had a great afternoon together.  We met Phillip for lunch at Chick fil-A and afterward let the kids play in the play area.   We came back to the house so the little ones could nap, and Drama Queen could finish her school work for the day. 

Drama Queen has had a more difficult time than usual staying focused on her school work the past couple of days, and it dawned on me today that she probably has spring fever too.  I can’t really fault her for that,  I need to incorporate some special spring projects into our homeschooling to perk us both up. 

Spiderman and Ladybug were in such cuddly moods today, I love it when they’re like that, I take full advantage of all the hugs and kisses!  When Spiderman woke up from his nap he said “Nana, I need you to hold me”, so that’s exactly what I did.  I snuggled with him until he was ready to get down and play.   I know these moments will not last long enough,  so I’m trying to savor each one.

Ladybug grows more precious with each passing day, she is learning new words daily.  Spiderman is potty training and gets stickers on his chart every time he potties, so every time Ladybug sees stickers she says “tick-ur”, it is so adorable.   She has the cutest facial expressions, I think she may become a ham, just like her dad!

Well, I’m off to bed, have a great night!

Love, Velvia

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It’s funny, I usually make New Year’s resolutions (at least mentally) but rarely end up keeping them.  This year I think I’m going to set goals instead of making resolutions and since I’m blogging about them they’ll be in writing.  I’ve always heard that writing down your goals is one of the best ways to insure you accomplish them, so here goes.

GOALS FOR 2008

1. Make sure that my relationship with God is the most important one in my life, if not for Him I would have no life.

2. Be more disciplined with having my quiet time every morning. (one of the best ways to accomplish #1) 

3. Allow God to direct our homeschooling every day, be prepared and organized but be open to the Holy Spirit moving in our lives on a daily basis.

4. Call, email, and/or write my family and Hubby’s more often, especially my mom.

5. Learn more about blogging so my blog will be more interesting, and hopefully, I will be able to minister to or encourage others through it.

6. Be open to whatever God wants to do in my life on a daily basis, I have a tendency to want to stay in my comfort zone, and I’ve got to allow Him to move me out of that way of thinking and into His will.

It’s difficult to imagine that another year is coming to a close and that a new year is beginning.  I wonder what 2008 will hold for myself and my family?  I know that whatever comes our way, good or bad, God will be with us through it all.

I pray you have a blessed New Year!!

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