Homespun Homeschool Week #29

Week 29 of Homeschool: We explored hydraulics by building a mechanical claw and an elevator, found South America East on our maps, smashed geodes and discovered crystal formations inside, learned how to persuade a reader, explored mirror illusions by building a trick mirror box and mirror-flipping goggles, learned about the liberation of South America, marked key words in our Bibles, learned about types of clouds, practiced writing key signatures and learned how to find relative minor and Major keys, studied Latin 5th declension noun endings, read a book about a lighthouse and made our own, learned about the gladiators of ancient Rome, gave a presentation on coding with Scratch, learned about the parts of an orchestra and looked at orchestra seating charts, practiced writing adjectives in a silly story called “Finlandia,” listened to Peter and the Wolf and compared classical orchestral music to pop orchestral music (Bolero vs. Bittersweet Symphony), and hung eggs on our Easter tree!

Homespun Homeschool Week #28

Week 28 of Homeschool (Spring Break!): We learned about Joseph Haydn and his travels, identified the rocks we found sluicing at Black Chasm Cavern, located the countries of South America West on our map, read in Spirit Flyer Book #4, learned about the British North America Act, started working through Mom’s college book Tonal Harmony (Field), performed an experiment to see the eroding effects of moving water, worked on Latin 4th declension noun endings, listened to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in Eb, 3rd Movement and discussed, performed an experiment to observe the effects of slope on erosion, learned about weather fronts, worked on memorizing the Circle of Fifths, made our own sandstone with sand, sugar, water, heat and cold, took a look at the water cycle, performed an experiment to create rain-like condensation, performed an experiment to demonstrate how rain falls from clouds, and learned about the life cycle of an ant!

Homespun Homeschool Week #27

Week 27 of Homeschool: We started reading book #4 in the Spirit Flyer series, found Canadian Waters on our maps, started writing a silly song called “The Odd Table,” learned about the exploration of Canada, went to the Inspire Lending Library and played Math Games with friends, performed a series of tests to learn about minerals, had fun learning how to create and crack all kinds of codes, made globe maps showing 5 circles of latitude, folded the pages of Sense and Sensibility to form the word “LOVE,” then started reading it, looked at the helping and linking verb “to be,” learned about Bach’s life, then listened to a piece and discussed what we heard, read more chapters in Moby Dick, and went on a field trip to Black Chasm Cavern, where we went sluicing for stones, and stepped deep into the earth to see a world filled with millions of Helictites!

Homespun Homeschool Week #26

Week 26 of Homeschool: We learned about the early people of the Americas, made a thaumatrope like the ones used in Victorian times, studied Latin 3rd declension noun endings, built a box with layers of filters and little fishy’s to create polarized light, learned what a linking verb is, got to be the umpire in t-ball, learned Latin prepositions, made an Ames room to create optical illusions, went to our cousin’s birthday at Chuck E Cheese’s, learned some parts of the atmosphere, drew an impossible triangle and created our own fractals, and visited a Roseville fire station where we got to hold the jaws of life, get in a fire truck, and try on a real fire-fighter uniform!

Homespun Homeschool Week #25

Week 25 of Homeschool: We learned about the Anasazi, made pop-ups of the 4 levels of Ocean Zones, read about Alexander the Great, learned how to write addition problems using plus and equals signs, wrote silly poems, reviewed the area of a circle, grew crystals on glass with Epsom Salts, water and dish soap, found the cities of Mesoamerica on a map, learned how to tie Gordian Knots, met some beekeepers and learned all about honey and how it is made, looked at chord patterns using only white keys, learned “ou” words and looked some up in the phone book, studied Latin 3rd declension noun endings, and went to Fairytale town!

Homespun Homeschool Week #24

Week 24 of Homeschool: We finished reading book #3 in the Spirit Flyer series, learned Spanish names for animals and played a match-up game, painted upside-down like Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel, learned about the wars of the Ancient Greeks and built a model of the parthenon, wrote a presentation on our overnight field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, started reading Moby Dick, built Wordblobs, finished chapter 1 in The Fellowship of the Ring, discovered our dove had returned and built a new nest in our entryway (more babies soon?), started writing words, and started t-ball!




Homespun Homeschool Week #23

Week 23 of Homeschool: We learned about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln for President’s Day, built structures with toothpicks and marshmallows, worked on our reading with rhyming candy hearts, looked at terms of contrast in 1 Peter, painted in the style of artist Clementine Hunter for Black History Month, spotted a Red Shoulder Hawk in our backyard, performed an experiment to see how air pressure holds up a glass of water, read a love letter from Theodore Roosevelt to his fiancé (President’s and Valentines Day!), performed an experiment to prove that air contains oxygen, then another experiment to see how cold versus hot temperatures change air density, read about the armor of God and made our own, and created a  spin art machine with a box and circuit!


Homespun Homeschool Week #22

Week 22 of Homeschool: We studied ancient Sparta and Athens and made some Spartan warriors, learned some new helping verbs, read Harold and the Purple Crayon and made our own crayon creations, learned some parts of a volcano, read Captain Underpants, performed the first 11 magic tricks from the book 101 Cool Magic Tricks, took a look at naturally occurring rock arches, and build our own using Jenga blocks, play dough, craft sticks and books, read several chapters in Spirit Flyer Book #3, exchanged Valentines at CC and Fusion, worked on our spelling, and started writing a new play called Sans Serif!




Homespun Homeschool Week #21

Week 21 of Homeschool: We learned helping verbs, inspected soil for forms of life, learned how to identify rocks, read in our Spirit Flyer book #3, learned the area of a rectangle, looked at a chrysalis, a blade of grass and a decayed leaf under the microscope, found African Waters on the map, worked on reading and writing, studied our Latin first declension noun endings, learned about the Medes and Persians and Cyrus the Great, practiced ordering numbers, learned the 4 kinds of volcanoes, studied the civilizations of Mesoamerica, and ate like Hobbits for a day!


Homespun Homeschool Week #20

Week 20 of Homeschool: We studied metric measurements, learned about Prince Henry of Portugal and created a music box version of the CC song, learned each continent highest mountain and which is the shortest and the tallest, read Katy and the Big Snow and made our own snow plow, studied our Latin first declension noun endings, used flip books and number stacks to practice addition, learned the geography of the Middle East, grew crystals, learned about the re-civilization of Ancient Greece and wrote our names using the Greek alphabet, read the story of Jonah and made our own Jonah and fish, learned about the Robinson Projection Map and how to use it, read 1/2 of book 3 in the Spirit Flyer Series, and made hot cocoa cupcakes from our Raddish Kids box!