Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Aquarium

New 40 gallon aquarium with 20 gallon tank on bottom shelf.

The little fish that started it all. 

Last year I talked about how I thought a 5 gallon aquarium with a betta fish would be perfect project for our study of Apologia's Creatures of the Fifth Day in science. Who knew that would lead to a hobby that would grow by leaps and bounds.  We started with a 5 gallon tank and one betta fish, who is happily living in Kiddo's room now.  Kiddo wanted a bigger tank for more fish and we got a 20 gallon tank that is a tetra and glow fish community tank.  Now we have started a 40 gallon beach/coral theme tank, no decision on the type fish yet we all have a different opinion. I completely blame Apologia for this new hobby we have gotten into to:)  It is a family hobby and we all are enjoying it.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Weekly Review



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Have you ever had one of those weeks where you are so glad it is over? This sums up our week.  I am so happy it is Friday and we survived the week.

Kiddo has had an attitude that makes me scared of the teenage years this week.  Not sure what is going on, he is not sleeping well and his allergies have been acting up, I hope this is the problem. I hope it is not the beginning of some 9 year old phase.  He has been full of attitude, quick to get frustrated, not listening etc. basically a rough week for everybody.

We have a rule no videos games or computer fun until school is done.  He broke that rule twice this week. So I am doing something I saw on pinterest once he earns the computer and media player back.



He is going to have to earn the right to play minecraft, watch videos etc. after school work is finished. We are pretty relaxed here but rules are rules and they must be followed.  I hope this solves this issue before it becomes a real issue. Plus I think it is a great idea to get chores done.  I will let you know how it goes next once he gets his privileges back.

School this week was a success just to finish our work this week.  He is happy to back doing Story of the World. I am not sure what I will do for history next year. We might do free reading and a geography program I think it would be great to spend a whole year on just geography. We started division in math this week, it took him awhile but he is starting to get it. He is loving chemistry. This weekend we are going to work on conversions and different measurements, I think his Dad is liking it as much as Kiddo is. Kiddo likes the science, his Dad likes showing him the math.

This weekend I am going to start redoing the office/craft room. Every since we took it apart to make the school room in the dining room it looks like a tornado went through there and I have avoided working on it long enough.  It will house most of school books, reading books, and crafts.  I am trying to keep the school room neat with only current curriculum in there since it is the first thing you see when you walk in the house.


School Room


Have a great weekend.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Weekly Review


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It was our first week back after the holiday break. It went fairly well with only a little grumbling.  It was a light week, my goal was to finish around lunch time so he had time to play before afternoon activities and he got used to a schedule again.

We started on Story of the World 4 and he built the Crystal Palace using minecraft including exhibitions indoors. He did a great job. 

We started on Chemistry with Apologia we are going very slow we read just the first 5 pages this week.  We did an experiment on air mass and watched Kahn Academy on the metric system.  I am working on a measurement activity next week using a variety on containers. 


Air mass experiment. 2 balloons, yard stick, string. You balance the yardstick and balloons on the back of chair then you blow up one balloon to show that air has mass and yardstick will not stay balanced.


For Christmas Kiddo got a microscope he has a lot of fun with it.  This week we went to local Greenway to get materials to examine under the microscope.  Water from the river, moss from a tree, and he collected some rocks and sticks. We will have fun next week seeing what all we can find in the water(probably gross me out).





I hope your back to school week went well.  Have a great week.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Beach

It is a dreary rainy day here so here are some beach pictures to remind us of the sun. Happy Wednesday.