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Saturday, February 11, 2017

More Changes

This has been an interesting school year, so far for us.  Being sick from Christmas and a lot of January, did not set us back, but it did make me think a lot about the future.  While I still am not certain what caused the incident, the puzzle pieces are falling into place, and hopefully it won't be as serious as I feared.  I was hoping to already be back in the work place, but until it is decided that I will not be needing labs, and test, with Dr visits, frequently, I just think it is better to wait.  My kids, and husband have been wonderful, as well as friends, and family.  It is scary when you are young to anticipate a serious illness.  Learning experiences abound, for all of us, and people say homeschool kids get no experience with life.  Ha, we are living life everyday, real life, not drama life!

DJ decided this past week that he wanted to do Chemistry and Geometry on FLVS, rather than with me.  I actually think this was a good decision.  I do not understand Geometry.  I mean I can get through it and probably get an A, if the formula is right in front of me.  But, to teach it, it just wasn't working.  Though we tried several resources, he just felt due to the time issue of being in 11th grade it was his best option.  Chemistry is just really hard, and a lot of info, again he felt it was better to have an actual teacher he could have access to.  I completely agreed with him, and was proud of him for taking the initiative.  So, he is in both classes on FLVS now.

Nothing new with Caitlin except for Drama, which she is really liking.  I am proud of her for stepping way out of her comfort zone to try something new.  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Homeschool Chemistry Lab Using Acrylic Beads

I did not realize I had already posted about this, a couple of posts ago. But, I didn't post it as a Chemistry Lab, as we did today with my high schooler, and my middle schooler. Most of our Chemistry labs will be geared towards household items, and not so much mixing of chemicals. So, first, I wanted to make sure they both understood what a physical change was vs a chemical change. My son has to write everything down to count as a Lab. So, here is the procedure.

We used an old toaster oven outside, for ventilation purposes. Melting plastic stinks and is quite toxic.

You can see the bag of acrylic beads below. There are a lot of them. They were a gift to my daughter several years ago, that just never got used.

We used the tray that came with the toaster oven, lined it with parchment paper, then filled three metal cookie cutters 1/4 of the way full with the beads. The blue and white bunny is my daughter's. She was a little more meticulous about the selection of her beads.

Set the oven on 450, and bake beads for 20 minutes. Do not do this indoors, unless you like to inhale deadly fumes.

When done discuss the results. As my kids could tell the melting of the beads from their original form into the second form was definitely a chemical reaction. However, we had a great deal of discussion, and finally agreed that when the melted beads were removed from the oven and allowed to cool, that was a physical reaction because they were still the same makeup of the melted beads, but went from liquid to solid. We will drill holes in these and make sun catchers.




Friday, January 20, 2017

Finally Back From Christmas Break!

We are back from Christmas break, and had a great first week. I was quite ill for most of our break, so I am real happy I decided to take that extra week. If you have a child taking Chemistry, and you would rather not blow up your house with a traditional Chemistry kit. You can try finding cooking Chemistry experiments, or use from the videos below. We made up one of our own that I will share in a later post, when I get the directions together, and some pictures.















Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Break!

Yay we are on Christmas Break!  So, of course I am catching up on grading and report cards, right?  Wrong~  I am doing way more fun things than that, lol.  I will do those though, just not today.  We have a very busy week with choirs and band, parties, and of course Christmas.  My son has given permission to share his solo of Mary Did You Know, but he is doing my favorite O Holy Night, on Christmas morning.  So, I will just wait til then.  My little one is singing in a choir tomorrow night, but I can not share hers here, because other children are in it, and I don't do that.


I think my camera has died, so I only have this image for now.  I am thinking of Easter already, lol.  If you make, and sell crafts, you have to keep ahead of the game.  Anyway, we have all these plastic beads from when my daughter was making friendship bracelets.  That didn't last long, and I decided to try a Pinterest thing I found where you melt the beads.

So, I got my old toaster oven out on the back porch.  You need ventilation because of the fumes.  I didn't find the smell all that offensive, but I was outside, so that might be why.  You have to use metal cookie cutters, plastic will melt.  I had these from when we did Easter cookies one time.  The big bunny head broke, and those white beads were different plastic and barely melted.  The other bunny, and carrot, as you can see came out quite nicely.  Today, I did a small heart, two Christmas trees, and redid the bunny head, which came out perfect.  I tried a teddy bear, but the cutter must have been too old because it broke.  The hearts and trees will become earrings, and the bunnies and carrots will get holes drilled in them, and made into sun catcher planters, or wind chimes.  I only filled the cookie cutters about a 1/4 of the way full, one I did half and could not get it out of the mold.  450 degrees for 20 minutes is all it took.  You can make any number of things.  I will now be on the look out for other cool metal cookie cutters.



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