This week Joe and I studied about our solar system, outerspace, rockets and the moon. We read lots of good books. (I've added them all to my Shelfari, so make sure and check it.)
Joe made a cool spaceship and pom-pom alien. He has been playing with this all week!
We made moon craters using pie pans filled with a mixture of salt and flour, then covered over with moon dirt--cocoa powder. Joe and Hanna took turns dropping different objects--marbles, buttons, quarters--onto the moon, removing the objects carefully with tongs and examining their craters.
Afterward, one of our lizard friends got to walk on the moon. An out of this world experience for him, I'm sure.
In Hanna's Science she finished up an experiment she's been working on. She placed lima and kidney bean seeds in ziploc bags with a wet paper towel and sealed them shut. She placed each of the bags in different places--the fridge, the closet and taped the last two onto a window that got a fair amount of sunlight. Her hypothesis was, "I think the bean seeds in the window will grow the best, because to grow a seed needs: warmth, water and sunlight." She observed each of them daily for twelve days and recorded her observations on a growth chart.
We were surprised at the result. It differed from her hypothesis. Here are the beans that were taped to the window:
Here are the seeds from the fridge--they did nothing, which is what we expected.
Here are the seeds from the closet. They grew the most. We also observed that kidney beans grew much better than the lima beans--we didn't expect this either.
Here is a cool picture of the inside of one of the kidney bean seeds. Hanna told me this is the plumule in the middle of the two cotyledons. She says the plumule will become the first leaves.
Lastly, for Science we mapped our tongues--bitter, sweet, salty and sour using water in 4 different cups with sugar, salt, lemon juice and a little bit of a crushed children's Tylenol tablet mixed into the cups for each sensation. We used Q-tips to dab the mixtures onto our tongues. This was fun!
Joe is making huge strides in his reading! He is blending, reading any 3 letter word you put in front of him, some four letter words, and beginning to recognize sight words! I cannot tell you how proud I am of him! It is the best feeling I've ever had teaching him to learn to read. I was so scared I wouldn't be able to do this. Teaching my little ones to read is what I've been worried about more than teaching high school subjects or anything else in our homeschool journey. This is a huge blessing and relief to know that I can do this!
Our new maths--Singapore for Joe, and Life of Fred for Hanna are going super! They both enjoy them and are learning.
I pulled out Joe's geoboard and had him make shapes on it. He hasn't used it in quite some time.
We really had a great week of school. We had fun learning together, got lots accomplished and it wasn't too much. I think I am finally finding a good balance for the amount of work, crafting and projects that we do. I am looking forward to getting some new materials in the mail over the next few days for Joe in the areas of Science and History. We only have 4 more weeks left in our school year, and it has been a wonderful first year!