Thursday, April 18, 2013

Homeschool Thursday: math and science

Some days our schooling feels a lot like our refrigerator door:  a bit chaotic, but full of good things.  There was a point in my life when I wanted a stainless steel fridge, with nothing on the door (ok, sometimes I still want that..) but mostly I appreciate this ever changing collage of artwork, photos, to do lists, and favorite quotes.  

This week we did a little impromptu kitchen science when we all realized Kale had never seen a "mini volcano".  When Wylie was Kale's age experiments with household ingredients were one of his favorite things to do.  For his 4th birthday we gave him a hand made science set with his own beakers, thermometer, funnels, and huge containers of vinegar, baking soda, and food coloring for experiments.  What he'd asked for was a Bunsen burner, but he still liked it.  Kale isn't so interested in that sort of thing (yet anyway) so he had never experienced the wonders of baking soda and vinegar.  We didn't get all sciencey with this but just let it be what it was, again and again and again..with red, then blue, then yellow, etc.  Pretty fun.  

With the older kids we've been looking at nature, studying some edible plants in the wild, and thinking about moving onto a study of birds. 
We finished our study of Leonardo DaVinci and moved onto a bit about Leonardo Fibonacci.  I don't think this will be long study, but we read a nice book from the library, watched a few YouTube videos (This one was our favorite), worked out the sequence mathematically, and made some or our own Fibonacci spirals.  We're waiting for some flowers to open to do some searching for numbers in nature too.  
 kitchen table mid morning
 Always a bit of writing going on here, fortunately with excitement and no fuss these days.  I love this early spelling and handwriting.  Think I may save these books for nostalgia.  

1 comment:

  1. I keep meaning to build a volcano here, since we are enamored with dinosaurs these days, it may be the perfect time to give it a try. The story is very cute, is that Juni?


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