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Saturday, September 19, 2015
m is for milk (year 2, week 2)
The letter order that we're using jumps from "a" to "m" so that kids can begin spelling right way. Already, Dragonfly realized that she can spell "mama" and "am."
After our big weekend, we woke up sick today. We spent a lot of time watching movies and snuggling. The kids begged me for some "Mommy School," so we did a bit.
And then the kids broke my computer. So, I made this:
My parents bought us a "kids' table" off of Craigslist. It was in good shape, but I wanted to add some interest to it. I had read about Duck tape brand's peel-and-stick chalkboard vinyl and decided to give it a try. It was very easy to use and the kids really like writing on it. Since white chalk is the only writing instrument I allow the kids to use, they should get a lot of use from it.
Bible study day for mom and socialization day for the kids.
I don't remember what we did this day. I do remember letting Dragonfly stay up for a little while after her brother's went to bed and letting her make hot chocolate for the first time. It was a good "practical life" activity and good practice at following a sequence of directions. She was pretty proud of herself.
We did some milk experiments today. First, we did the famous "milk, food coloring, and soap" one that is all over facebook. We tried two different types of milk, whole and buttermilk, so see how differently they reacted to the soap. It was fascinating but I should have done more build up to the experiment, showing them how water and food coloring normally react.
We also made butter! First we tried it in a jar, which the kids had no patience for. Then, I put it in a bowl and mixed it with my hand blender. We made it pink because that's the color Dragonfly picked (and what's the point of making homemade butter if you can't make it a fun color) The kids loved it.
Resources: milk taste test
label a dairy cow
shapes for punching
animals and their byproducts
farm word wall/spelling words
Ideas: milk a cow/goat
turn milk into butter
turn milk into ice cream
farm marble maze
chicken scratch spelling
farm play mat
grain silo small world play
how yogurt and eggs are made videos from Youtube
washing a horse
"Life on a Dairy Farm"
"An Edible Alphabet"
"Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type"
Labels: 2nd year of homeschool