January’s Science Experiments

We cut out a round troll and put it on a pencil. We made a track for it to roll down. It sort of worked. It didn’t really roll. It more slid.
January's Science Experiments

We put a piece of clay at the inside top of two jar lids and taped them together. Then we made it roll on its own including appearing to defy gravity by rolling up hill.
January's Science Experiments

We built a styrofoam boat by gluing two plates, a bowl, and a cup together. Then we stuck a bendable straw into the bottom of the cup and sealed off the hole. We let it dry overnight and then floated it in a tub of water. We poured water into the cup and watched the boat move around the tub due to the force of the water coming out of the cup through the straw.
January's Science Experiments

We filled a clear cup with water and placed it on a white sheet of paper in the sun. We were very delighted when a rainbow appeared on the paper.
January's Science Experiments

In a dark room we shined a flashlight through a prism. This made a rainbow on the wall. The little boys were especially fascinated by this.
January's Science Experiments

We poked a hole in the side of a shoebox and put a pencil and a ball inside. We could not see the pencil and ball when the lid was on, but could when the lid was off because we need light to see. We poked a hole in the lid and shined a flashlight through the hole. With the added light, we could see the objects.
January's Science Experiments

We shined a flashlight onto a book (Kindle) held a few inches above a blank piece of paper. We observed the umbra and penumbra of the shadow.
January's Science Experiments

We made a kaleidoscope using a paper towel tube, some clear plastic formed into a triangle, plastic wrap, waxed paper, and some sequins. It worked really well. Then we covered the clear plastic with aluminum foil and switched the sequins with tissue paper confetti. It didn’t work nearly as well that way.
January's Science Experiments

We put a pencil in a glass of water and observed how the water made the pencil look broken.
January's Science Experiments

We held a glass of water in front of paper and observed how it made the print look bigger (this would’ve worked much better if we had a smooth clear glass).
January's Science Experiments

We blew bubbles using dish soap and water. We observed how the light reflecting off of them made rainbows.
January's Science Experiments

We shined a flashlight into a mirror and observed how it reflected and lit up the wall behind the flashlight.
January's Science Experiments

Explode the Code Silliness

Why is it Explode the Code provides so much amusement to my kids? I mean, I know some of the sentences in it are meant to be funny, but it’s always something serious my kids laugh at.

This morning Adrian was doing one of those pages with questions and then you mark yes if it is true or no if it is false. The sentence was “Is golf fun?”

Adrian emphatically said, “No! Some people think it is, but it is NOT!” while marking no.

And then he cracked up.

Weight, Eating, and Exercise at 9

Fritz is already struggling with his weight at just 9 years old. He’s got genetics working against him, but he’s doing so well trying to stay in shape.

Weight, Eating, and Exercise at 9

His weight problems really started when he was in public school for a semester two years ago. He’d always been very active, but in school he was just sitting for at least 6 hours of the day. Then a few months after he started being homeschooled again, he got pneumonia and had to go on steroids. What started with a little weight gain turned into packing on pounds rapidly with those steroids. He’s had to be on steroids at least once more since then, too. And he’s a boredom eater.

He is not happy with how it feels to carry around the extra pounds so he asked for help in trying to get rid of them. So we came up with a plan.

Weight, Eating, and Exercise at 9

Fritz is not restricted from any food. If we’ve got it in the house, he can have it. However, if he wants to eat something, he asks himself if he is bored or actually hungry. At dinner, before he gets seconds, he asks himself if he is still hungry or if he just wants it because it tastes good. He loves carrots, so I’ve always got some in little plastic containers in the refrigerator for him. He also loves popcorn, so we got a little air popper that does 1/4 cup of kernels at a time and also fun flavors of seasonings to go on the popcorn. The majority of his snacks now are carrots or popcorn. (We did talk to his pediatrician at his well visit in September and she was very happy with and totally approved of all of this.)

Around the beginning of the year he said he wanted to exercise as well (he already does taekwondo 2-4 times a week for an hour each time). Ani found an app (7 minute workout) for him. She set an alarm for 2pm every day to remind him to do it. He’s done his 7 minutes of exercising at least once a day every day since the 3rd.

Weight, Eating, and Exercise at 9

He is losing weight very, very slowly. He’s also developing some little muscles from the exercising. Most importantly, he is feeling better, healthier, and making habits that will serve him well in the future.

A Few Kidisms

Adrian
*Is it the law to have to learn to read? If not, I don’t want to do it.
*How are you doing in school, Fritz? I’ve already defeated one subject.
*Why is 6 basically 9? Why does 9 get all the attention?
*What was the first season ever?
*That taekwondo class was a lot of work.
*We have to go back to school? Well, at least we had a good New Year’s Day.
*I like to destroy things. What’s wrong with that?
*Shapes do not belong in math. Shapes are not math. There is no such thing as chemistry! [he meant geometry, but forgot the word]
*Can you put the heat on? It’s really cold in here. [it was 77 degrees in the house]
*[after getting accidentally glutened] Me: That gluten was pretty yucky, huh? Him: No, actually it tasted very good!
*Yesterday I had the last laugh, but today gluten did! [pause while I started laughing] I have no idea what that means but I think I said it right because you’re laughing.
*Him: I was in your belly 12 days! Me: No, actually, it was 42 weeks. Him: Oh. That’s a lot more days than I thought.
*[after his father picked him up and gave him a hug] This never gets old!
*Him: When I woke up this morning it was very loose so I took it off. Me: Took what off? Adrian: My tooth! [that was how he announced he had lost his first tooth]
*I once tried to breed a chicken with a cow [on Minecraft]. It just wasn’t working.

Fritz
*[referring to the big taekwondo bag Cameron got for Christmas] A bag? That is the lamest thing ever for Christmas.
*40 is not even close to old. 100 is old. Daddis [70] is getting close to old.
*[Fritz built something with his Magna-Tiles and Adrian wanted to destroy it] Okay, but you have to admire it first.
*[I told him he’d be the man of the house with his father and older siblings at Fall Nationals] You know I’m only 9, right? It’s more like boy of the house!

And a bonus from the big kids
Cameron: A consequence of being tall is you are always looking down at people and that makes you feel bad.
Ani: Yeah, well, when you are short you are always looking up at people and that makes you feel bad, too.

Second Quarter Wrap-up

It’s hard to believe another 9 weeks of school have passed since we completed our first quarter of the school year. That means we’re halfway done.

This quarter was a bit complicated since we started it with the big kids returning from Florida after Fall Nationals and then we spent the next two months with me mostly on bedrest and then recovering from surgery. School got done on the couch or my bed a lot, but we made it through and we’re back to doing school at the table and Cameron’s call caught up from when he got a bit behind when he was sick before Christmas break.

So here’s where we are at at the end of our second quarter…

We made our way through the end of the 1800s and are currently learning about World War I. We learned a bit about the home country of a man we take taekwondo with so that was a cool bonus. We learned a bit about the Russian Revolution (Ani – Anastasia – is named for one of the Romanov daughters). We learned about Thomas Edison, gravity, and have started learning about light. We learned some more Latin vocabulary words. We learned about Norman Rockwell and Rembrandt and enjoyed several of their works of art. We listened to works by and learned about Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky.

Cameron completed Little Women and read The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, The Time Machine and War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, and he is currently reading The Call of the Wild by Jack London. He has been going over some deep grammar concepts including gerunds and infinitives. He wrote several literary analysis and biographical sketch essays. He is nearly done with the 18th lesson of Math-U-See Algebra I. He has continued with formal logic, writing in cursive, and has completed 8 lessons of vocabulary.

Fritz finished reading The Moffats and has read Anne of Green Gables and Black Stallion. He just started King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. He is in the 16th lesson of Math-U-See Delta. He is getting very good at dictation. He’s making progress on narration. The sentences he can diagram now are quite complex with direct objects, indirect objects, multiple prepositional phrases, and more. He’s learned even more vocabulary words and his cursive writing is improving.

Adrian is getting better at reading and now needs very little help when reading his verses (Old Testament) during family scripture reading time. He’s in the 16th lesson of Math-U-See Beta. He has almost finished the second Explode the Code book. He is thrilled to have finished his first level B Spelling You See book which means tomorrow he starts using the colored pencils to mark passages like his big brothers. He is getting good at figuring out which two letters put together make which sounds (ck, ch, sh, th). He’s learned more about parts of speech and added adverbs to his list. He learned more cursive letters. He is extremely good at answering questions about a passage he has listened to and then condensing it into a very short narration.

And as for grades…

Cameron
History – A
Science – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – B (82%)
English – B (86%)
Logic – B (86%)
Latin – C (75%)

Fritz
History – A
Science – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – A (92%)
English – A (97%)
Latin – A (91%)

Adrian
History – A
Science – A
English – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Latin – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – A (97%)