Science-ing Around

Today we cracked open one of our science experiment books and found some cool things to try. In our first experiment, we made mixed food colors “magically” separate. You can see it looks like the two colors on the coffee filter are being pulled apart. I’ll explain what’s going on here. We mixed two food…

Janu-Weary

  January has not come or gone gently. But, it’s been a good busy. I’ve found myself in the very bizarre position of helping to facilitate a high school Sabbath School class. It’s odd because leadership/speaking positions are very uncomfortable for me and my kids are so young still that I don’t have confidence in…

Home Made Marshmallows

During our third day of home school, we decided to make home made marshmallows. I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl. I got out all the ingredients and measuring devices and had Ian (the others lost interest after the first scoop of sugar) do the measuring work (I sneaked…

He’s Got the Wipe Stuff

The *most amazing thing happened yesterday. I heard Isaac yelling from the bathroom. I assumed it was the usual, “I’m ready for a wiiiiiipe!” I took a giant breath and poked my head in the door. Isaac proudly beamed, “I just wiped myself!!” Wow! He had been steadfastly refusing to try for all time. I…

Sun Fire

While eating breakfast, the morning sun rays made me think of getting out our “window” blocks and some white paper. I showed the boys the cool colors and patterns that appeared on the paper when the sun shone through the blocks, but they were only briefly interested. Isaac used them to make a garage for…

Bricks and Bones

Today, we started the day with a chicken bone experiment. It was so enthralling (not) that I failed to take pictures, but I’ll describe it. I prepared for the experiment yesterday by suffering through some delish barbecue wings during my I-give-up-it’s-a-pizza-night meal. We examined the clean bones and discussed the roles of their components: Calcium,…

Watch Your Tempera

We’ve been on an impressive “clean house” streak lately, so today I was motivated to pull out our kid concoctions book. I have most of what we need for experiments in one bag. ┬áThere is clear dish soap, shaving cream, sponges, drink mix, food coloring, balloons, starch, gelatin and corn starch. I keep all the…