Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Science Project


We are studying Swimming Creatures on the Fifth Day by Apologia this year in science.   When I was moving the school room to the never used dining room, I though getting a small fish tank would be a nice addition to our room.  Little did I know I was starting a hobby that was going to grow fast.  We bought a little 5 gallon tank and a betta fish. Kiddo picked a fallen city theme.


Kiddo loves his fish tank he turns on the light every morning feeds his fish and talks to him through out the day.  I have even caught him reading to the fish from the books on fish he had to have to study about fish.

Then we started looking at fish tanks on you tube and reading a message board on the hobby of fish keeping. You can see where this is leading right.  We wanted/needed a bigger fish tankSmile We fell into this hobby completely and Kiddo is so enthusiastic about learning about fish it was  easy to indulge him with it. So we started looking for used fish tanks on craigslist I thought it would be easy to find someone getting rid of their old tank.  I had no trouble finding used tanks but after watching for a few weeks I noticed a trend everyone around here is selling 55 gallon tanks! Now I am all for a larger tank but 55 gallons or larger seemed too much.  (I say that now, LOL)

Petco was having a $1.00 a gallon tank sale so we went with that and purchased a 20 gallon tank.  Kiddo had it set in his mind he wanted a 20 gallon tank with black gravel, a black background, tiki themed with a big school of neon fish and two ghost shrimp.  He knew exactly what he wanted. 

He and Dad built a wood stand for the tank and put the tank together this weekend.  We will not be adding fish for a while, we are going to cycle the tank with a fishless cycle.  As part of his school science project, he will be monitoring the water with a test kit and learning all about ammonia, nitrites and nitrates and how they are essential parts of the water cycle to keep fish healthy.  He will be charting the fishless cycle to know when it is safe to add the fish and then monitor the water periodically to maintain a health tank. 

My idea for a 5 gallon fish tank for a school pet has turned into a interesting hobby and learning opportunity for Kiddo, have to love homeschooling.



We spray painted the back of the tank black for a completely black background. Added black gravel for the substrate.


Kiddo helped build a simple but sturdy stand out of 4 2x4’s, It was also painted black.


He helped put the tank together and picked the placement for the decorations.


The bubbling red volcano is his favorite thing ever, so he says.  He also picked a tiki mask and a little greenery.  We will be adding just a few more things to give the fish hiding places.


The hood we got has a moonlight mode with blue lights.


We attached the cords to the back of one of the legs so you don’t see all the cords.

We can call our new fish tank a science project, a new hobby, insanity or all three combined. We will be learning and having fun no matter what.



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We lost our first betta fish Kicker, it was very hard on Kiddo, he was sad and still talks about him.  We did get a new crowntail betta his name is Blaster and is doing great in his 5 gallon home.


We have slowly over several weeks filled the 20 gallon tank with different type tetra fish, neons, red flame and glo fish(which look awesome with the blue night light) .  We have 15 fish in the 20 gallon tank and it is full. 

We are enjoying the tanks the fish are fun to watch and have so much personality.  Kiddo is doing great about feeding them, helping to clean the tank and check the chemical levels.  


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Weekly Review 5 & 6

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I am combining weeks because week 5 I can sum up with food poisoning. I was sick for a week it was horrible.  I have to brag on Kiddo though, DH was out of town and he did a great job taking care of me.  He brought me an ice pack and water.  He played by himself quietly and he fixed his own lunch. He even did some of his school work with me just mentioning it.  We took the week to read a lot, watch Liberty Kids and the Story of America.

This week we have been reviewing the past 5 weeks.  He is through chapter 6 in science, Telling God’s Story and chapter 5 in Latina Christiana.  It has been a fairly easy week since it has been all review.  I can not believe we have completed our first 30 days already, it flew by. We have a few field trips planned for September and are busy with gymnastics and piano.  We have not decided if we are going to do fall bowling league or not.  I like it but every Saturday for 16 weeks can really interfere with family time on the weekends, we will see.

Hopefully I will have something more interesting next week to report.  Have a great weekend. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Weekly Review Week 3 & 4



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It has been a busy two weeks here with school, piano lessons, gymnastics starting and insomnia.

The workbox system is working wonderfully, I am so happy about that. He has not griped about the work much and likes only having one or two things per drawer to do before moving on.  Breaking into small amounts makes it seem so much easier. 

The trouble we have been having with spelling is getting a little better. We are doing sequential spelling and I have switched to a dry ease board instead of the student book.  If he can spell the word correct orally he does not have to write it down and if not he writes it out until he gets it correct.  


Last week we worked on an Olympic lapbook and other fun Olympic activities.  We played Olympic bingo during the opening ceremonies to find certain flags, graphics, words, etc. that was fun.



We made an Olympic torch from tissue paper and foil.  We are keeping a medal count for a few countries he picked during the games.



We separated M&Ms and made a cake with the Olympic circles. 



We have been watching as many events as we can find time to.


Finally an open spot in the boys gymnastic class opened so he started gymnastics this week. I still have no idea why he wanted to go back to gymnastics instead of TKD but he loved it. 

I got in my last order (I think) of curriculum, I love getting a box of goodies.  I was happy to find so many good buys in the bargain section of  I was able to get a few damaged books for a good discount.  The books that were discounted were barely bent or dented.  I was able to save $40.00 on books I needed to purchase. I also purchased Apologia edition 1 of General and Physical Science books(they are on clearance for $9.99).  While we are not ready for them I thought they would make good reference and reading books for Kiddo who loves all things science.  He and DH have already found an experiment they want to try.


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012