Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Eggspert Fridays

My kids love competition. They are fierce when it comes to competing (a bit too much at times). Our Fridays are test/ review days. To bring in the fun factor to testing, we now play games with this new educational device I recently purchased... the Eggspert!

It's so fun to watch my kids try earning points by being the first to push the buttons. It gets wild and Hillarious! Some of our biggest laughters during school come from this friendly battle. I'm amazed that my 7 year old keeps up with the oldest two, and he actually almost won last time. Somehow, he was the fastest button pusher!

During the game, I ask questions  regarding what we learned during the week: History, Bible, Latin, memory verse, Math drills, Science, etc.. Sometimes they're silly questions too, because I love making my kids laugh. I'll even ask easy questions (like 2+2, or "who is Elsa's sister") for my littlest, just so she can participate & be rewarded with points on the board. The older kids cooperate well  when I cue them to let the youngest push the button first. Eggspert reminds me of the "Steal the Bacon", a game I used to play with my students in schools. Then again, Eggspert is nice to have for a small class of 4, so they can all compete at once. Also, there's something magical about pushing buttons that make kids focus in a super intense way. I suppose it makes them feel a little like they're on Jeopardy. ;)

Here are some photos of my kiddos ready to slay some questions.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Building an Arch

So fun to build! The Romans were brilliant engineers.

Our arch wedges:
Just after putting in the center keystone:
Finished arch!
 (Complete with a cute peekaboo face)
Kids' favorite part: 
They'll get to eat lots of jello for a while.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Roman Arch Bridge

Straight bridge: 

Pennies represent how many soldiers the bridge can hold without collapsing. 

48 Roman 'soldiers' fell into the river:

A straight bridge supported by arch/es, developed by Romans:

This arch-supported bridge held many more soldiers, along with chariots and horses 
(dimes, nickels and quarters):

...even supported a giant pink pig with wings...

...which the kids found to be hilarious! 

These smiles and laughters make it all worth it! 
Homeschool ROCKS!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Nose: Sense of Smell

We're studying sensory organs.

Today was about the nose & the sense of smell.

The activitiy: Taste test

We learned that the majority of our ability to taste comes from the sense of smell in the nasal cavity, connected to the smelling bulb in the brain. The odor molecules (i.e. from food) is released in the air, enters the nostrils, then dissolved into the mucus in the nasal cavity. The tiny fibers in the cavity detect the dissolved particles in the mucus, sending messages to the brain, indicating which smell it represents. 

Did you know that an average nose can detect 3000 different smells? Scientists don't know exactly how this is done (they do have a theory though).

Isn't God so smart?!!

This is why when we have a cold, we can't taste food very well. Extra mucus is developed in the nasal cavity, and the smelling fibers are not able to detect the odor molecules as well.

Here are some pics of the eager taste testers with thir sense of sight "turned off"...

Here are the different food types we used to taste test (lunch).
Happy to have all their senses turned back on!

Toys in the Roman times

Roman children played with handmade terra-cotta rattle toys that were formed into animals, and studded with jewels.

Our book instructed to make a pig, but these kids had other favorite animals in mind. I love that they were creative in shaping the animals just from the images in their heads. 

My littlest made a snake because she's fully entertained 
by how I always react to creepy crawly things.
My big girl made the cutest cat, giraffe & tadpole. (Not sure if the Roman ever saw giraffes. They saw elephants during the Punic Wars, but giraffes? IDK)
My oldest made a safe version of a cobra & of course, the U of O mascot. Go Ducks!
Snakes seems to be the theme... this one is all coiled up & rather adorable looking. 
Made by my little boy.
I couldn't resist making one. :) I'm a dog person, so I have no idea why I made a cat.
This pic is just for fun. 
My little girl always likes to pose as Elsa. 
She is such a ham! 
Takes after my oldest as you can see.
Finished products.

This activity reminded me that less is more.
Kids can get caught up wanting more, the next best thing,  the newest Legos set, collections of this and that...

Adults are no different. 

Once again, I'm reminded that the time we spent together is really where it's at. We don't need to spend a lot of money, but by taking the time to be creative, we can come up with simple ways to build, create, and share together... 

I'm going to purpose to pay more attention to simple daily things my children want to do as a family... planting, watering, making meals, washing cars, crafting, woodwork, art, etc.

Glad today's craft brought more meaning than I expected. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Quotes of the day:

"Disneyland is a junk yard compared to Heaven!" (by my 9 year old during Bible discussion) Amen sister!

Then there was this one.

"I bet no teacher has to deal with a naked 4 year-old running around with a bloody nose on the 1st day of school."

Yes, I actually said this out loud today. :(

Thankfully, my older kids bursted into laughter hearing what I had just said. I'm sure my heart wasn't in the right place when I said it, so I'm glad they got me to laugh, to keep calm and chillax.

(Thank you Jesus for the innocent hearts of children, their unconditional love for one another, their ability to forgive their flawed parent, their sweet unknowing and wise ways in diffusing mom's bad attitude, esp. with their contagious  laughter.)

I just love being a Mom.

Many reasons why, but the one I was reminded of today was that...

My children make me a better person.

Definitely a work in progress!