We have been continuing our study on Ben Franklin. Our experiments for the week were air pressure and then making a kite (after flying the home made one, the kids flew a kite we had for awhile but never got around to flying it).
After having last week off of school, we are back into the swing of things! We have continued our studies on Ben Franklin! Goosey made her own paper from a paper making screen that we had and then used her stamps to stamp on them (her version of a printing press).
Next we made an armonica which fascinated everyone!! It went really well with the documentary that we saw about him!
We begun week 30 this past week and have started to cover events leading up to the Revolutionary War. I have added a lot of extras for these next 7 weeks of TOG. This week was learning more about Ben Franklin. We have been watching a really neat documentary about him, a PBS DVD titled Benjamin Franklin. It has a wonderful website connected to it as well...Ben Franklin. In the documentary, sentences and phrases were quoted from Ben Franklin's autobiography which tied in really well to what Speedy is reading for the week.
We have also been reading books on Paul Revere and I even brought out the good ole' school house rock video! For Paul Revere, I thought we could make some tin can lanterns as our project. Throughout the years, I have come across them on websites and in books and I always wanted to give them a try but we never did, so this time since my kids are older, we decided to give it a go! Goosey made hers by punching holes with a nail in a tin can (you need to freeze ice in the can the night before which makes it easier to punch the holes through). Then when she was done, she put a candle in the inside.
We are beginning our unit with Ben Franklin experiments! I've assigned Goosey to look through The Ben Franklin Book of Easy and Incredible Experiments and then choose at least 2 experiments to do throughout the week. Her favorite this week has been separating pepper from salt using a balloon charged with static electricity. She mixed salt and pepper together on a plate and then took a balloon and rubbed it on a wool coat we have. When she placed the balloon over the plate of salt and pepper, the static electricity that built up, pulled the lighter particles of pepper up. She did this experiment quite a few times!
Switching gears now, I have always had the best of intentions to use timelines with my kids and even was successful for about a year or so when they were much younger (we had a timeline with pictures going all around the border of our school room and then we moved and no longer had a room to dedicate to school, sigh). So began my struggle with time lines! For awhile I searched the internet for all sorts of different ways to present it in a condensed form but never found anything that really appealed to me so I gave up on timelines! Yesterday however, I came across this really neat idea on timelines here! Not only how to keep them contained in a small space but what to include in them! I like how she uses photos of book covers that they have read and other simple pictures that can be found online! So this week my goal is to have a set of timeline sheets ready to go in a binder so we can begin! :o)
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Curriculum we are Using...
Rosey-17 year old
-Sonlight British Literature
-Math U See Pre-Calc
Goosey-14 year old
-Tapestry of Grace Year 1
-Math U See Geometry
-Bible Road Trip Year 2