Friday, February 17, 2017

E is for Experiments With Candy Hearts

We had several bags of candy hearts leftover from the last two Valentine's Day celebrations. We decided to utilize those candy hearts in an experiment this year. We found printables available for FREE (at this time) from Curriculum Castle at Teachers Pay Teachers. You can create a FREE TpT account and search for freebies.

Sink or Float Experiment
First, we completed the sink or float experiment. Alyssa poured a 1/2 cup of water in a plastic cup. Then, she made observations and predictions about what would happen if she added a candy heart to the cup. Would it sink or float in the water? Why? Next, she observed what happened after the candy hearts were dropped into the water and drew her observations. She recorded and confirmed her predictions. The candy heart sank to bottom of the cup, because it was denser than the water. We also discussed the amount of air that could be trapped in the candy heart. If there was a lot of air trapped inside the candy, then the possibility of it floating to the top would have been greater. This was a fun Valentine's Day review activity!

Dissolving Candy Heart Experiment
The next experiment was a dissolving activity. We discussed the meaning of the term "dissolved." Alyssa filled four plastic cups (all the same size) with four different liquids. The liquids we used were water, white vinegar, Lemon-Lime Twist soda, and Canola oil. She labeled the liquids on strips of paper to place in front of each cup. She predicted which liquid would dissolve the candy heart the fastest and slowest. Then, she explained her reasoning for her predictions. Two candy hearts were placed in each cup. Alyssa made a few immediate observations. Then, she waited at least 20 minutes before recording her final observations. She confirmed that the type of liquid DID matter when dissolving candy hearts. Her observations proved that vinegar was an acidic liquid and dissolved slightly faster than the soda. The candy heart in the soda dissolved faster than the water and the heart in the cup of oil dissolved the slowest.
Setting Up the Experiment
Candy Heart Observations
Drew Oil Observations on the Back

I hope you enjoyed your visit today. Give these experiments a try and use up those leftover bags of candy hearts. Have a great day!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Descriptive Writing: Monster Illustration Descriptions

Our Here to Help Learning subscription expired before we could complete the last writing unit project. I didn't want to renew the subscription for just one book project so I decided to do something else for the rest of the year.

The first project will focus on is Descriptive Writing and the use of strong quality adjectives. We will discuss the importance of Word Choice and Adding Details.

First, I read aloud a monster description that lacked many details while she drew an illustration. I showed her my original illustration and our drawings did NOT match. We discussed the importance of adding details and being more specific when our writing descriptions. We also discussed the importance of "showing" rather than just "telling" when we write. 

The next step was for Alyssa to illustrate her own unique monster. She came up with a very interesting character.
Alyssa's Monster Creation

Then, she looked at her illustration and webbed adjective phrases to describe her monster on a concept web organizer. The name of her monster was written in the center bubble. 
Monster Adjective Phrase Webbing
I asked her to plan out complete sentences using a 5 Senses Chart or Plan Sheet. She compared her illustration and web to her five senses chart making sure the descriptions matched.
Five Senses Plan Sheet
She will gradually work through the writing process. Next on our agenda are the revision and editing steps. She'll revise her paper for word choice and edit errors until she ends up with a ready-to- publish final draft.

This is a really fun activity. I used to complete this projects with my students when I taught at a public school. They always get a kick out of seeing all the creative monsters. Another add-on if you are teaching more than one child at home is to ask a child to read aloud their descriptions while the other children draw it. This helps your child decide if their writing was descriptive enough and whether they used enough details. Pairing up children would also work. Just don't let them see each other's monsters. Have fun! :)

I found writing printables from several different online freebies when I Googled Monster Descriptive Writing.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

C is for Cheese Krapfen

We received our Home School in the Woods HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance and Reformation and have been working through the stops. My daughter and I learned about popular food eaten during this particular time period. 

The student creates a booklet of Renaissance Feasting which contains a handful of interesting recipes. Alyssa chose several that she REALLY wanted to try with me. We recently made Cheese Krapfens which are a type of cheese biscuit or donut. The recipe called for more flour than required. It also used 2 cups of fresh Parmesan cheese.   

To be quite honest, we weren't sure what to think of them. Partly, because we are extremely sick and our taste buds are off right now. We definitely felt like they tasted more like a biscuit than a donut. I think we were hoping they would taste like Red Lobster's biscuits but of course they didn't. They had a strong cheesy, yeast flavor. We enjoyed the process more than the end product for this recipe. Although, it was a neat experience tasting food that was eaten during the time period. 

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Friday, January 27, 2017

B is for Bagged Adjectives

Bagged Adjectives is one Grammar activity that I love using when teaching children about adjectives. First, the child chooses an object to place inside the bag. It can be any item found around the house or classroom. Brown or white paper lunch bags work well with this activity. Then, the student writes a list of adjectives describing the object on the front side of the bag and reads it aloud. Next, other people will try to guess the object inside the bag based on the adjectives stated aloud. You can even add on a Yes No Question Game where the other children can ask up to 10 Yes or No questions about the object for additional clues. That's it . . . super simple. I highly recommend the use of thesauruses for this activity to enrich vocabulary skills.
Sealed with Tape
Object Inside the Bag
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Friday, January 20, 2017

BookLook Review: Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional: A Year of Devotions for Brave Girls

My daughter begged me to review the Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional: A Year of Devotions for Brave Girls Like You! written by Jennifer Gerelds and Tama Fortner. The book is illustrated by Aleksey and Olga Ivanov. It was published by Tommy Nelson: A Division of Thomas Nelson Publishers. We own all the other books from the Brave Girl Brand except for the Brave Girls Holy Bible.

This devotional book is suitable for tween girls between the ages of 7-12. My daughter doesn't actually know that I received this tween devotional yet. I plan on giving it to her as a gift soon. I read through many of the devotions during the review period. She is going to absolutely love this book! It is written in a similar format to their book series. She is currently using a Brave Girl devotion. She writes out her SOAP (Scripture/Observation/Application/Prayer) after reading the devotion. I ask her to think about what God is saying during her readings and apply it to her life.

At the beginning of the devotion, there is an introduction based on 2 Corinthians 3:12, "We have this hope, so we are very brave." The introduction reminds the reader that we are all brave. The foundation or emphasis was on how God used ordinary Bible girls who followed His lead to accomplish amazing things in this world. The author also reminds the reader that God's love is what makes us strong and brave.

They will also read the "Meet the Brave Girls" section which contains information about each brave girl: Hope, Glory, Honor, Gracie, and Faith. The characters are relatable. I am sure your daughter will relate to one or more of the girls in some way or another. Alyssa will most likely relate most with Faith who is a homeschooled perfectionist and Glory whose parents are divorced. There are several paragraphs describing each character's personality and character traits.

At the end of this "Meet and Greet" there is a "Youth Group" section encouraging children to work and worship with others. I appreciated the statement, "But together, we're even stronger - which is a great part of God's plan." This little reminder resonated with me after reading it. It reminded me that I need to work with others to accomplish God's plan for my life. I am hoping it will motivate my daughter to get more involved at our church and to worship more with others. I believe this devotional will help her develop a closer relationship with God and will inspire her to serve others as her faith grows.

The devotion is dated on the side but excludes the year so it can be used any year and can be started on any day. The creative titles sum up the devotion.

Each Daily Devotion Includes:
  • Referenced, Italicized Scripture
  • Short Devotional Story
  • Prayer Pointer 
Scattered throughout the devotion are Brave Girl activities including but not limited to true/false quizzes, thought-provoking questions, multiple choice questions, surveys, and what would you do scenarios. This is my daughter's favorite part of their books. It really helps her connect with and apply what she's learned to life.

I highly recommend this children devotional for tween girls between the ages of 7-12 yeas old. We are huge Brave Girl fans and have loved every single book we've utilized so far. The positive devotions will help guide tween girls through this crazy world we live in. Brave Girls 365 Devotional may just be that special gift you want for a child you love. It's definitely worth checking out!

Amazon $12.63
Thomas Nelson $16.99

I received a complimentary, free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers Review Program in exchange for an honest, unbiased review on my blog. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

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A is for Armand Acrostic Poem: A Literature Unit Activity

Alyssa recently finished the book, The Family Under the Bridge, written by Natalie Savage Carlson. She wrote a Character Acrostic Poem about the main character, Armand, as one of her final Language Arts projects. Acrostic poems are one of our favorite types of poetry and can be easily added into your studies.

An acrostic poem lists the letters for the subject or topic vertically down the paper. Words or phrases are written describing the subject beginning with each letter.

She brainstormed ideas before writing her poem. My daughter wrote the letters A - R - M - A - N - D down the left-side of the paper vertically.  Then, she wrote her descriptions beginning with each letter and added an illustration of the main character. Today I will share a photo of the completed activity. Have fun creating main character acrostic poems!  The illustration can show character development and changes for dynamic characters. In our story, Armand was a homeless hobo living alone under the bridge. He made a huge transformation at the end of the story. :)

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Starting Another Wonderful Year on the 2017 Homeschool Review Crew

Many of you know that I have served on the Homeschool Review Crew for several years. I was thrilled to be invited back again for the 2017 school year. The homeschool curriculum we've received and the virtual friendships I've made have been an absolute blessing.

The homeschool bloggers on the Homeschool Review Crew come from all walks of life and each individual blogs about a variety of topics. Please grab a drink and click on each blog button below. You may find a new friend to follow and I know you are bound to find interesting material to read. Enjoy!

Let me present to you . . . 
Several members of the 2017 Homeschool Review Crew.

Footprints in the ButterEvery Bed of RosesDouble O FarmsFamily Faith & FridaysCircling Through This LifeAt Home: where life happensHomeschool Coffee BreakA Net in TimeGypsy RoadCounting PineconesOur Life ~ Home and SchoolTots and Meluvnlambertlife.comDelightful LearningMom's PlansA Learning JourneyThis Day Has Great PotentialWeiser AcademyAs We BloomHomemaking OrganizedMountain of Grace HomeschoolingA Stable BeginningHome Sweet LifeThrough the Calm and Through the StormOur Worldwide ClassroomA Glimpse of Our LifeSan Gabriel FarmTrout WifeCastle View Academy homeschoolCreative Madness MamaDoodleMom's Homeschooling LifeGift of ChaosMcClanahan 7Cross Rhodes AcademyApron Strings & Other ThingsApron Strings & Other ThingsMama’s Coffee Shop BlogThe Country HomemakerGod's Writer Girl's BlogHomeschool Review Crew

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