Tuesday, August 19, 2008

2 days down 160ish to go!


Well, we had another productive school day today. Our curriculums (Jonathan and Madi-- My Father's World 1850-Modern times and Jake-- My Father's World first grade) jump right in with activities and experiments. Jake got to make cornstarch playdough and then mold a "pottery jar" out of it. (in old times, pottery jars were used to hold scrolls, the Bible was originally written out on scrolls) Madi, also, made a pottery jar (heart-shaped). Jonathan and Madi's science this year is Chemistry and Physics with tons of experiments. Today we made plastic out of milk. Apparently the casein in milk is in long strands and when you heat the milk and add some vinegar, the casein separates into lumps that can be molded and will harden. For a "sensory girl" like me, this is really cool! We also got to make meringues while watching how the egg white changes when it is whipped. The meringues are a little flat, but Jonathan and Madi liked them (Jake and I like a treat with a little more substance!). Both of these "chain reaction" experiments came from Usborne's 100Science Experiments. And no, I am not so creative as to come up with all of this, it is part of the curriculum.

For those of you out of state (Cindy is the only one who comments, but I suspect I have other lurkers at least occassionally), Fay's path changed, so inspite of the fact that it is pouring at the moment...it is really no big deal. Public schools are closed today and tomorrow, but the weather isn't even as bad as a typical summer thunder shower.

9 comments:

StephieK said...

That looks great everyone! Who knew that you could turn milk into plastic?! Too cool.

Christy said...

As a homeschool mom myself, I love all the hands on stuff. We never made plastic in conventional school!

ann marie said...

I am glad the storm did not hit, but I'm glad Anthony gets one more day off. You did have a productive day. Pretty neat stuff.

cindy said...

How cool is it to make plastic out of milk?! I think I'm going to check that out; Tucker loves that kind of stuff! Sounds like you guys had a VERY productive day!! (and I'm glad Fay went by you :)

Randi Sue said...

Jake looks like he is having fun. Actually, they all look like it, but I bet you are having more fun than any one!

Tiffany said...

I am jealous! You are doing great so far, this school year should be a lot of fun for you. Your kids are all at great ages that lend itself to getting a lot done. I can't wait to see all the pictures and posts of your days.

Melissa said...

Loved the picture! It's great to get started and have productive days.

Emily said...

It looks like Fay may come our way next. Hopefully it won't be bad for us either.

It sounds like you have had a good week of school so far. The experiments sound really neat.

Smith Schoolhouse said...

corn starch play dough- right up your alley! Remember the old days of dough & goo?