Archives for October 2013
Science BookBag – Atoms & Electricity
- Atoms: Building Blocks of Matter (Encyclopedia of Discovery and Invention Series) by Timothy Levi Biel
- Atoms (Kidhaven Science Library) by Don Nardo
- Electricity (Way It Works Series) by Neil Ardley
- Science With Batteries (Science Activities) by P. Shipton
Africa BookBag – Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, & Ethiopia
For our first lab, we recreated the unpoppable balloon. In this simple lab, we became amateur physicists. Anyone would enjoy this lab. We initially tried to use some small nails, but that proved to be a bad idea. Miss Sphinx then suggested a toothpick. Another fail. That’s when I stepped in and offered up a straight pin like the materials list called for in the first place. A video that we watched on YouTube used skewers but we didn’t have any on hand.
For our next lab, we became chemists and played with yeast yet again! Yeast is cool! We discussed how the same logic behind the rising of baking bread would (or wouldn’t) apply to our balloon as we tried to blow up our balloon without using our mouths. Beware, the balloon does not instantly grow so you’ll have to check on it from time to time as opposed to watching it. This is actually one of the labs you can complete early on and watch throughout your lab day.
And for our grand finale, we made a balloon-powered car. There are a variety or methods online to complete this lab. It can be as simple or complex as your heart desires. For the sake of time and sanity, we went simple. We used an online guide, but altered it to our liking. With a car low to the ground, we noticed that the more air we blew into the balloon, the more it drug the ground and hindered movement by our car, so we stacked Lego’s tall enough to avoid that issue.
Today was yet another fun and productive Sphinx day, we hope you enjoy yours as much as we enjoyed ours!!
Young Sphinx made a stink about enhancement (what we refer to homeschool as) today so I used my powers of persuasion to get him interested by letting him make a video while he did a math lab today. We played some multiplication games at multiplication.com and allowed him to record himself using screenshare and Google Hangout to upload the video directly to YouTube. He also used his multiplication chart and Math Fingers to help solve the problems. All’s well that ends well. Now it’s time to read a book or two at our favorite online book site.
Not every home education day will go as planned. This is why flexibility is so important. Instead of flipping out and losing valuable learning time fussing about sticking to our schedule, I tend to improvise at times and still get the work down. Albeit it may not be exactly what the day called for, it still ends up being important to my children’s enhancement and education. So if you ever find yourself needing a moment, take it, and know that you can come back to your plans at any times. After all, isn’t that why we chose to homeschool in the first place?