Friday, October 19, 2018

Fire Safety Week, Art Class, Cell/DNA replication, and More...

Welcome to my "play it by ear" made up as we went  I knew that we needed a relaxed week.  I needed a relaxed week.  So I experimented.  I had somewhat of a mental plan of what I knew we NEEDED to cover.  And we went with that.  We had a few travel around things scheduled.  So I printed math practice sheets to work on skills they are working on in their Teaching Textbooks.  I even pulled out the Lego blocks that I keep aside just for math.  Caty is working on double digit addition/subtraction with carryover/borrowing.  These really helped Joey in that area.

With Lydia, she worked on more lessons in her Teaching Textbooks and we also played this game a few times.

I'm experimenting with the scrubby yarn and cotton yarn to make dish clothes.  They do not take too long to make, I just need to keep experimenting with the right size.

Caty really loves a local respite center that offers camps and nights out.  She has been to several of their events.  Well this week was a Give Back event.  The group made dinner for a local homeless shelter.  Caty and I volunteered to make desserts.  So Tuesday morning we made 60 servings of desserts - brownies and rice krispie treats.  She really enjoyed getting to go and visit the shelter and serving chili and corn bread.

Caty is really into wolves right now.  So some of her required reading with her new wolf stuffie from Columbus Zoo.  (We also had a discussion about marsupials at the zoo.)

Lydia had her first online Zoology class.  I'm really hoping this gets better.  We love the art teacher we have been using, but I almost fell asleep listening to this zoology course!

It's Fire Safety Week!!  A local homeschool group set up a fire truck being a nearby library branch.  It was great.  The girls were able to speak with the fireman and climb all over the truck and push/pull whatever buttons and levers they wanted to.

While watching videos, the girls worked on some fall projects that I picked up at Michaels, just for fun.

At the library, we checked out a bunch of books that the girls added to their required reading list this week.  (You are going to see lots of pictures like this....the girls are reading chapter books also, but I'm finding more short reads for them to devour up.  Sometimes there's a theme, like this week.  Sometimes I just see a stack at the library and add them to their bags.)

That night the girls had an art class at a local art studio.  They did night time trees.  Lydia really enjoyed this.

Swim practice is underway and it is wearing out the girls...which is good.  Caty is getting great exercise with each practice.

Lydia has Quarter Horse Congress this she had two practice sessions to work on her classes.

In Science we worked on Cell Reproduction.  One of our experiments was watching yeast grow.

Then we looked at it under the microscope and watched it also.

They also did paper DNA replication models.

We watched the Ameoba Sisters several times to really grasp this subject.  I really like these videos. They are cute, but informational.  We are using these a lot!

Lydia's Outschool Art class this week was on drawing/coloring a piece of art from Victor Vasarely.  I really like this teacher.  Her classes are reasonable and she works very well online!!  Lydia project, almost finished.  She wants to shade some of the white areas yet.

I did History a bit different this week.  We used the audio book for Story of the World V2 A LOT!!  We would listen and discuss the chapters in the van.  I matched up audio books about Joan of Arc and Marco Polo and even Ghengis Khan (the Who Was series) that we listened to also.  When at home, we watched videos about this time period.  Their job was to build a castle with LEGOs.  Caty did not like this, and is working on a castle in Minecraft.  I'll post pictures when she is done.  She's creating a dungeon system also.  But Lydia did enjoy the building.

In Geography club this week, we visited Costa Rica.  The seafood soup was not a hit.  Neither of the girls liked it.  But they at least tried it.

Caty worked on a Pumpkin Snickerdoodle recipe that was converted to no-extra sugar.  When baking she messed up the butter measurement, so Joe said they were a bit dry.    But she said she loved them.  We'll be posting the recipe next week.  I'm working on that post for her.

More required reading in their pile....I LOVE Jan Brett books.  We are going to do a bit more with these two stories, and more Jan Brett books.  At the end of November we are getting the opportunity meet Jan Brett!!  It's going to be so fun!  They also read in Medieval Tales by Mary Pope Osborne.

Not bad for an "unscheduled" week.  I will catch up with my "scheduling".  In the meantime, it's going to be a couple more weeks of "unscheduled" activities with Outschool classes thrown in.  Next week we will be looking more at Fall/Autumn science, and more History on the Go with math thrown  I really want to relax more in a few subjects, but improve skills that are lagging in other subjects like writing.  Writing is a HUGE subject area, and lots of tears are involved.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated ....  I have a few ideas that I will be working with to incorporate writing more.

I hope everyone had a great week....See everyone next Friday!  Linking up with other moms at:

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Heirloom Audio Productions - St. Bartholomew's Eve Audio Review

Heirloom Audio Productions

We recently had the opportunity to review the newest audio drama from Heirloom Audio Productions, St. Bartholomew's Eve.  This has been a wonderful addition to our history studies!!

St. Bartholomew's Eve

In the story of St. Bartholomew's Eve, we were introduced to young Philip Fletcher.  Philip is an Englishman who has decided to stay with his aunt in France to help the Hugenot cause.  

Throughout the historical tale, we heard daring adventures and we were kept on the edge of our seats.  The difference between a regular audio book and listening to a G.A. Henty audio drama is the presentation.  For two hours, you hear a chorus of famous voices make you feel as if you are back inside 1500s France.  It is as if you are living the adventure and fighting and facing sorrow right along with Philip as he struggles to understand why the Hugenots are facing such persecution and hard times.  And even why God would allow this to happen to people.

St. Bartholomew's Eve includes the famous voices of Brian Blessed, Elizabeth Counsell, Andy Anderson, and David Shaw-Parker.  

We are actually studying this time period in our history studies.  So I was very excited to get a chance to listen to St. Bartholomew's Eve.  Since we have had the opportunity to listen to several other of the Heirloom Audio Productions, I knew we were in for a great adventure.  

St. Bartholomew's Eve

St. Bartholomew's Eve run roughly 2.5 hours.  So not an overwhelming length for a book.  That is a trouble we face when listening to audio books, the length is too long and the kids lose interest.  But this audio adventure was a perfect car ride length for one of our recent road trips.  

We were able to hear what it felt like to be under siege for their religious beliefs.  The thoughts that people feel at sudden loss in the time of war was heartbreaking to listen.  But while listening to this all, we were able to discuss why religious persecution takes place.  And why we study history.... to learn from past mistakes so that we hopefully do not repeat them.  The emphasis that was placed on placing their trust in God for strength was a great reminder for us all, even though we are not facing the struggles that these characters were facing.

St. Bartholomew's Eve has been one of our favorite Heirloom Audio theater stories.  To bring this time period to life is not easy, especially without the aid of the visual presentation of a movie screen.  Yet Heirloom Audio Productions was able to do it yet again.  In fact, we will be listening again to this story this week, since we enjoyed it so much.  

Heirloom Audio Productions of G.A. Henty books are a wonderful addition to any studies.  Be sure to check out their site.  They can whisk you throughout many time periods, all with the emphasis of sparking a love of Christian history in your student and family!

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review St. Bartholomew's Eve audio theater.  Visit the link below to read how they used this in their homes, and what they thought of it.

St. Bartholomew's Eve {Heirloom Audio Reviews}

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