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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Break and the Real Story of Thanksgiving

We are on Thanksgiving break this week, and its a good thing too. I had so much to do to prepare for. For years, the kids, and I have watched a historical video covering the History of Thanksgiving. I think the one below is our most favorite. It talks about a lot of the traditions, and myths of the holiday. Though I think we should be thankful everyday, be extra sure to be thankful on Thanksgiving. If you are travelling, be safe, and try to remember those who have no family and are all alone. Maybe stop in and say hello to someone you wouldn't normally. Have a great one!








Saturday, November 12, 2016

Ions, Molecules and Compounds Chemistry Videos

It was an odd week of homeschooling this week.  Our schedule was changed 3 different times.  We did not get in our work day, that will be next Tuesday.  We did get to see the election process finally come to an end.  Too bad I have to do it again in 4 years, when my 12 yr old will be in High School.  DJ has been reading through his Chemistry textbook and the lesson is Ions, Molecules and Compounds.  I am hoping next Friday, he will be able to test on it, and do the lab.  Most schools are coming up on the end of their first quarter, but because we didn't start back to school until the third week of Sept.  our first quarter does not end until the beginning of December.  I am considering starting to let my son research some local jobs so he can make a little extra money, and learn some skills for having a job.  The application, resume and interview process are much more meaningful if you actually get a job at the end of the process.  Below are some videos on the current Chemistry lesson.










Sunday, November 6, 2016

Homeschool Week in Review 10/31/16-11/4/16

We had a full and normal school week last week, with hours and subjects. On Friday we got to get in Chemistry lab #2, heating and using test tubes properly. Because, I have opted not to have a real chemistry lab in my home, I have visions of explosions, we are using online labs, and answering questions in the lab manual. The video below, along with this reading article, fulfilled the job.  DJ already moved on with the reading chapters, prior to the lab.  Sometimes the labs come later than the chapter tests. 

This next week, we only have a 2 1/2 day school week.  We will be taking Thursday, to do a much needed work day for my Mom, and Friday is Veteran's Day, a regular day off for us.  Do you know the history of Veteran's Day?  You would be surprised how many people don't know how it came to be.  I will be doing a post later in the week, on this topic. 


We did not get to go to the Marine Ecology Event, I won't go into details, but it just wasn't meant to be this year. 







Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Vertical Angle Thoerem: Geometry

Awful fancy words for something that isn't too awful to figure out. We hit our first snag with Geometry, this week. You can guess what it was. I never took a formal Geometry class, a hundred years ago, it was just part of regular Math class. But, after watching the short video below, and the reading in the textbook, I was able to figure it out. I must say Math Help is an awesome website. I think their price is high, however, if you really can not teach your child Math, and they really need Math, it might be worth the investment. We aren't there yet, but I have come pretty close. I am saving the video, so my son can watch it a 100 times if he needs to get it.

The weather has been amazing this week. We started our morning one mile walk back up. I try to do it every day. I use Charity Miles app, to keep track of my progress, and you can pick a charity to donate money to just for walking. I have been using it for a while now, and I love it! Check it out in your app store.







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