Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mark is 16 Years Old

 My Irish boy and his new Newsboy hat.

 The duck call candle blow-out
 Mark and Luke with an Oreo cake
 Becky serenading us all. 
 The "final four"  Grace-14, Mark-16, Luke-10 and Kim-9
 Partners in crime
 Kimberly, Becky and Dan
 My Irish  boys and a few photo bombers
 Right before Dan almost killed Mark with a Poi ball
 These are very cool...
Grace-14

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Borax Snowflakes

 We've started a unit about winter and snow...and hoping for some significant snow ourselves.  
I decided to help the kids make borax snowflakes.  
First you need to cut a pipe cleaner into three equal parts.  Bend into a 6 sided "snowflake".  Tie a string to the pipecleaners and the other side of the string to a pencil. 
 Make sure the edges of the pipecleaners don't touch the bottom or sides of the jar.
 You now need Borax and boiling water. 
 Add 2 cups of boiling water to the jar...stir in 6 tbls of borax.
 Stir....not all the borax will dissolve--it is a super saturated solution.
 Put your "snowflakes" into the jars...wait 24 hours.
 The next day we had crystals everywhere.
We were careful not to shake the jar as we carried them to the table. 
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The big reveal!
 Amazing crystal snowflakes.
 Ta Da!!!!
These are very, very hard...and last a long time!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Miracles of Jesus & Crafts

 "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4;19
 We are enjoying this Tomie dePaola book;The Miracles of Jesus, and I'm trying to come up with a craft for every story.  
 Today's story was the Catch of Fishes. 
 I printed out two copies of each picture of St. Simon Peter, St. James and St. John. We glued these pictures together for the project is as nice from the  back as from the front. 
We taped the picutres to the middle of a double layer of tulle, and then glued two  Popsicle sticks to the top and bottom of the tulle. We used clips until the glue was set.
 Luke working hard.



 Making the fishes.
 Almost finished..just hot gluing a ribbon to hang out crafts.

 All done!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Breakfast Science....Iron in our Cereal

 Today was learned all about the vitamins and minerals in our food.  Especially the iron in our breakfast cereal.   
 We used Total cereal, which has 80% of the daily allowance of iron per serving..which is one cup. 
We put one cup of cereal in a good ziploc bag and add a cup or two of water.  Squish and mush and and turn the cereal to a soup. 
 When the cereal is dissolved run a strong magnet along the cereal...slowly, back and forth.  
Ta Da!!!  Real iron...right there in our cereal.  We next tried Chex cereal which has 40% of the daily allowance of iron...we only found a teeny tiny bit of iron in the cereal soup. 
Science rules!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Winter fun???

 We got our first snow today...but a few days ago it was still in the 40's and 50's.   Perfect weather for playing outdoors with new Christmas gifts. 
Disclaimer:  Kimberly's bike is very old