Sunday, October 18, 2015

Plugging Along and Learning Big

I am still a newbie at this school thing, but it feels good to hear your kiddo preach what she has learned or to see the focus and excitement of new ideas. 

Fruit Loops and Ixl math problems in the mornings. We subscribed to this at her insistance, but she is finding it isn't to her liking. I'm still thinking Teaching Textbooks when summer rolls around.

Keeping up with outdoor time and field trips, we discovered a cool pumpkin farm in Elgin. Look at this monster!

 This was my favorite learning thing there. Squirrel got to make homemade cornmeal from an ear of corn.

 Grinding the kernels off the stalk....

Grinding the kernels into meal. Then we took it home and made cornbread out of her hardwork! Totally pioneer of us. 😊

A little fun with baby pumpkin slingshots!

Then we took our pumpkin loot home for a little unit study and put them in order smallest to largest...

Then she learned to do some estimating on their weight in ounces, comparing weights in her hands and then seeing how close her guesses were on the scale. She was pretty good!

Finally, checking on the test of whether a pumpkin will float or sink... guess what? They're flaoters, big or small.

Squirrel is rocking her math, both carrying in addition and borrowing in math. We are up to 3-digit problems for both!

Science is the absolute favorite though. We focus primarily with Apologia Flying Creatures, but we are finding ourselves unafraid of wandering off on a new subject. I found a great book at Five Below full of experiments. We chose a few weather experiments to work on. First, freezing water. Here, our cupful of ice. We checked our water in 30 minute increments to see how long for it to freeze (Squirrel fingers poking at the water slows the process a bitπŸ˜‚). 

We froze a few caveman toys in our water for an added bit of cavefun. Here our mammoth slowly finds his way out after centuries entrapped in ice and cold darkness.

First, when only his tusk showed itself. We also measured how quickly the ice melted in 30 minute increments taking data notes on her observations.

While the ice froze, we made a tornado bottle to see how objects are affected inside the spinning storm. 

Finally, yesterday we went to Chisholm Trail Days not far from home. We saw many Indian and cowboy relics and artifacts brought from the museum nearby.

Here, a man shows Squirrel one of the toys girls played with on the Chisholm  Trail... spinning the small ball beneath makes the hens peck the seeds above. Fun.

This toy was used to make the horses move left or right depending on the direction of the stick on the noisemaker.

Branding her first steer.

Indian dances are beautiful and mesmerizing.

Made her own bandanna!

Squirrel on a miniature horwe.

Playing in the shady creek at the park there, having fun with new friends.

Silly selfies.

Lastly, we saw a recreation of a cattle drive with cowboys driving the longhorns down the trail.

This morning, working in her Just Write Book 1, with Gummy, her toothless unicorn at her side.

More adventures await....!