Creation Scavenger Hunt

The boys went on a scavenger hunt today to find things from each day of creation. For the first day (light) Fritz chose a cell phone (it lights up) and Adrian chose the window (since light comes through it).
Creation Scavenger Hunt

For day two (dividing waters) Fritz chose the bathroom sink and Adrian chose the refrigerator (since it dispenses water).
Creation Scavenger Hunt

For the third day (grass, herbs, and trees) Fritz picked a little green plant and Adrian picked his sister’s cactus.
Creation Scavenger Hunt

For the fourth day (sun, moon, and stars) they both chose the sun.
Creation Scavenger Hunt

For day five (water and air creatures) Fritz picked birds and Adrian picked fish.
Creation Scavenger Hunt

For the sixth day (animals and people) Fritz chose Lola and Adrian picked himself.
Creation Scavenger Hunt

For day seven (He rested), the boys pretended to sleep.
Creation Scavenger Hunt

Map Work

In History today, we learned about megaliths in Europe. It just happens we actually saw an amazing one, Poulnabrone, in Ireland three years ago. Fritz barely remembers it and Adrian doesn’t at all, so we pulled out the book I made using the pictures I took on our trip to look at it.
Map Work

We found some European countries that have megaliths in them on our big world wall map.
Map Work

Then we opened up our huge, amazing atlas for the first time. We found Salisbury, England, the location of the most famous megalith, Stonehenge. (We also glanced over at Ireland and discovered Nan’s tiny little town is even labeled in our atlas!)
Map Work

One Week Down…

We have completed our first week of the 2016-17 school year. Personally, I think we should go back to summer break. It went by way too fast! But we have to wait until May for that.

My observations of the week:
1.) We need to get back to work as soon as possible after lunch. That break really messes with our momentum. (Side Note: This is the first year we’ve needed to regularly continue after lunch to finish school.)
2.) 5:30 in the morning comes way too soon. And Cameron needs a nap after seminary because of that.
3.) On their own work before lunch and together work after works well because of #2, but we really need to work on #1.
4.) I’m still happy with our curriculum choices.
5.) Adderall is awesome. Or, rather, it makes school so much smoother for Adrian.
6.) I need to try to get all of the all together work done by Thursday. We had a whole lot to finish today.

Back to School

We started back to school yesterday and so I of course took their pictures and asked them some questions. See how they’ve changed from last year!

Back to School

Adrian, age 8 years 2 months, 3rd grade

Favorite food: Pasta with Parmesan
Favorite movie: The BFG
Favorite book: I don’t know
Favorite song: I don’t know that either
Favorite subject: Experiments
Favorite thing to do: Play video games
Favorite color: Yellow
Wants to be when he grows up: Marine Biologist
Height: 4’1″
Weight: 57 lbs

Back to School

Fritz, age 10 years 1 month, 5th grade

Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite movie: The BFG
Favorite book: Artemis Fowl
Favorite song: Heathens by Twenty One Pilots
Favorite subject: Latin
Favorite thing to do: Video games
Favorite color: Dark Blue
Wants to be when he grows up: Cancer Researcher
Height: 4’6″
Weight: 81 1/2 lbs

Back to School

 

 

 

 

 

Cameron, age 14 years 10 months, 9th grade

Favorite food: Food
Favorite movie: I don’t know
Favorite book: Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein
Favorite song: I don’t know
Favorite subject: The one that doesn’t exist
Favorite thing to do: Sleeping
Favorite color: Pink
Wants to be when he grows up: I have no idea
Height: 5’11″
Weight: 140 lbs

Back to School

 

 

 

Ani, age 16 years 6 months, 12th grade

Favorite food: Popcorn
Favorite movie: Rise of the Guardians
Favorite book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Favorite song: On Purpose by Sabrina Carpenter
Favorite subject: Psychology
Favorite thing to do: Taekwondo
Favorite color: Orange or green
Wants to be when he grows up: Own a taekwondo place
Height: 5’3 3/4″
Weight: 110 lbs

 

 

 

Bonus: Heather, age 38 years 4 months, teacher
Favorite food: Salad
Favorite book: Harry Potter series
Favorite movie: Miracle on 34th Street (original version)
Favorite TV show: Psych
Favorite song: Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
Favorite subject: History
Favorite color: Purple and sometimes green

Not Back to School Day 2016

Tomorrow we’ll hit the books, but today, while everyone else went back to school, we celebrated Not Back to School Day with a trip to the San Antonio Aquarium.

Not Back to School Day 2016
The first hallway of the aquarium includes displays of dinosaurs and one of those interactive games projected on the floor.

Not Back to School Day 2016
Most of the aquarium exhibits are interactive, but a few are not. The shark egg was fascinating because the little tiny shark inside was wiggling all over the place.

Not Back to School Day 2016
This critter, and axolotl, was a bit terrifying.

Not Back to School Day 2016
I think a megaladon could’ve eaten the boys in one gulp.

Not Back to School Day 2016
We petted and fed the stingrays.

Not Back to School Day 2016
This teeny tiny baby stingray was adorable and so incredibly soft.

Not Back to School Day 2016
We also fed the koi.

Not Back to School Day 2016
And the sharks.

Not Back to School Day 2016
The big birds were beautiful. I’ve never seen one as pretty as the red one. The green one was doing its best to unlock the door and escape from the cage.

Not Back to School Day 2016
I was surprised at how the iguanas feel. Their skin isn’t at all how I imagined it.

Not Back to School Day 2016
Fritz likes to get up close and personal with the animals. I’m glad there was a thick sheet of glass between him and the Burmese Python (and that he’s not Harry Potter).

Not Back to School Day 2016
Cameron had his fortune told by a creepy pirate. Not quite Zoltar, but still pretty cool.

Not Back to School Day 2016
There was a whole conversation about who would be the second female mermaid. Littlest brothers will do anything you tell them.

Not Back to School Day 2016
We fed the caiman. One wasn’t interested at all, one was suspicious of the food hanging in front of him, and the other gobbled it right up.

Not Back to School Day 2016
We all got to pet a caiman.

Not Back to School Day 2016
The parakeets were awesome. So many of them looked like the ones we used to have, Mickey and Goofy

Not Back to School Day 2016

Not Back to School Day 2016

Not Back to School Day 2016
The parakeets swarmed all over us to get the birdseed we got to feed them.

Not Back to School Day 2016
Adrian hung out with the tortoise roaming around the gift shop.

Not Back to School Day 2016
The little guys played in the I-Guana Jump area. They had a great time.

Not Back to School Day 2016
After we left the aquarium we went to Golden Corral for lunch. Cameron ate a ton (amazing what a tall, active teenage boy can eat at one time!) and the boys got cotton candy, so it was a wonderful meal all around.


Check out previous years’ Not Back to School Days: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2015. (I missed blogging about Not Back to School Day in 2011 and they went to public school in 2013.)

So this happened…

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I tested for my black recommended belt on Thursday.

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I passed!

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For the first several months we took taekwondo, I didn’t believe I’d ever make it this far.

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Turning around and seeing myself with a black belt around my waist was pretty awesome.

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This makes 5 of the 6 of us (Adrian is a green belt now on the “some day I’ll get my black belt” track – 2 or 3 years to go for him).

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First degree testing is in December… less than 4 months away!

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A Year of Science Bags

I learned years ago that unless I put science supplies together in weekly bags, I am not likely to do all the experiments planned. Last year, I planned to do three weeks at a time, but then I was getting ready to have surgery and not knowing how recovery would go, I went ahead and assembled the bags for the rest of the school year. It helped so much having things ready and waiting that this year I decided to put them together now so everything is ready before the school year even starts.

A Year of Science Bags

There is one bag for each week of school/chapter in REAL Science Odyssey Biology 2. That means each bag holds supplies for 2-3 experiments.

A Year of Science Bags

Each bag has a card listing what additional supplies we need for the experiments. Sometimes those supplies are on the shelf (too big to fit in the bags), sometimes they are things in the kitchen, and sometimes they are things we use day to day.

A Year of Science Bags

The bags fit nicely in the bin. Each week, we can just grab the bag from the front and get to work. Super easy.

A Year of Science Bags

Not everything I ordered has arrived at this point (should be here Wednesday), so I have a “cheat sheet” telling me what I need to add to the bags. It also lists what I need to buy (perishables), grow (radish plants), or find (dead insects) for certain weeks. I’ll probably transfer that list into my Bullet Journal so it’s always handy throughout the year. It feels nice to be all ready for the whole science year like this.