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.