We made a pumpkin vomit green goo, caught Chris cheating, dissected a black walnut, started an on-line math program (thankyougod!), found out we own $5 in late fees to the library (yikes) and I got to read a riveting essay on how to survive a zombie apocalypse. I am a well informed human now, and I'm totally not being sarcastic here, Cody did an amazing job on his essay. Oh and we are using GuitarSmith for music and I am hoping to win an XBox 360 with Kinect to supplement our PE instruction. It's getting cold here and I'm ready to hunker down and hibernate. I'm hopeful (fingers crossed). So, here is our week in photos!
|Chris working on his write and draw journal|
|Cheater, Cheater Pumpkin Eater!|
|Aren't they cute!|
|Our supplies for our Pumpkin experiment (active dry yeast, hydrogen peroxide, dish soap & food coloring)|
|(Left) 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of dish soap, food coloring (Right) active dry yeast dissolved with hot water|
|The victim - Cody's pumpkin|
|Cup with hydrogen peroxide mix is inside the pumpkin, Cody is pouring the yeast mix|
|And here comes the foamy goo|
|It's a larger example of what happens when you put peroxide on a cut to clean it|
|Chris working on match at basketball practice|
|Cody for the rebound|
|Derrick, Coach Dino's son, explaining the free throw|
|Chris all snuggled up and reading|
|Timer! Very important homeschooling tool in our house.|
|Chris using Aleks (he's doing 3rd grade math because that's where the program starts.) He's trying his best!|
|Cody on GuitarSmith trying to master "Satisfaction" by the Rollin Stones|
|Chris heading out for a Pokemon battle|
|Cody dissecting the black walnut|
|Split open with the nut removed|
|Did you know that it's the black walnut that is used in stain? I didn't know that until about a week ago.|
|Trying to crack the nut open|
|Trying to smash the nut open|
|Taking it outside worked!|
|There is the meat|
|The carnage on our driveway|
|Chris raking a leaf pile to jump into (more about this below)|
|Yep, it's pretty awesome|
(Regarding Aleks), when Cody first came how with the instructions and requirements last year, around this time, I was in total shock. It was this program that became the catalyst to make me take seriously the prospect of homechooling him. When I first logged into the program to install it onto my computer it had a tab for homeschoolers and I thought to myself "Why is he using a homeschool program when he's in a math class at school?" It's a good program and I like all of the features.
Be sure to click over here to read more about homeschooling support in Cook County; here to read more about getting your homeschooler physically moving to starve off medical issues in the future; here for information about the Homeschool Explorations program with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County AND lastly here to get more information about the homeschooling programs offered at Irons Oaks in Olympia Fields.
For the month of November I'll be participating in the BlogHer NaBloPoMo challenge to post once per day for the month of November. I'm pretty sure I can do it!
Lastly, I caused some concern with this post. Just to clarify, it was part of this series over at Simple Homeschool. My dad was so concerned that he called me, from Texas, to make sure that we were doing okay.
Have a great weekend, see you next week!