Having teens and tweens is amazing! They are creative, fun, and fix their own meals. O is currently on a rice bowl kick, and this is her favorite lunch...veggie fried rice with avocado, seaweed, and siracha. Yum!
Making vampire donuts for breakfast is one of our October traditions that the girls love! In fact, Ada said she loves making and eating vampire donuts more than any other October tradition even more than dressing up and going trick-or-treating!!
One of our October traditions is making, decorating, and eating caramel apples. We use the caramel sheets to make it easy, and the girls have fun adding layers of chocolate and marshmallows and lots of toppings!
The little girls (5 and 12) and I are studying Ancient History via History Quest. Yesterday, we read our History Hop about an embalmer. After we finished our reading, we decided to mummify hot dogs. Ada loved mixing salt and baking soda together to make our version of "natron." After covering the hot dog with natron, we sprinkled it with cinnamon. While we worked, we wore our Ancient Egyptian masks and listened to Egyptian music. Ada is now offically Egypt obsessed after this activity!
We've been doing this walking water color wheel experiment for around 13 years. The older girls are over it, but Ada still screams with joy when she checks its progress each morning.
To do this experiment, put 6 short jars in a circle. Fill every other jar about a third full with water. Put blue food coloring in one, yellow in another, and red in the last. Connect each jar to its neighbor with a folded paper towel. The water will immediately start traveling up the paper towel via capillary action, and in a day or 2, your primary colors will mix to form secondary colors and your color wheel is complete!
We started The Good and Beautiful's Water unit yesterday. It looks like its going to be a simple, fun, and quick science unit. One of the things we learned in the first lesson is that water is a universal solvent. Ada demostrated this property by making a glass of Tang (that I bought last year during our Gather Round- Space unit). Thr kiddos remember and understand concepts easier when the lessons are hands on and involve food or drink!
Homeschool field trips are the best! Not only do siblings get to all have fun together, but the kids have friends within wide age ranges. Today we had a group of probably 40 or more kids from ages 2 to 15, and it was so much fun for everyone!
One of the things that I love about homeschooling is that my girls have time to develop and pursue their interests. O(15) is an avid crafter/creator. She is ALWAYS working on a project, and we never know what she will create next. Recently, she has taught herself to crochet, and she loves to make bags. I love all of her creations ❤
Ada and I recently made shaving cream prints by the lake. This is a project that the big girls and I used to do all the time. In the past, we used food coloring or liquid watercolors to swirl in the shaving cream before placing the paper on top to make a print. This time Ada and I used acrylic paint, and I think it worked much better. This was a fun and simple activity that we highly recommend.
Our Halloween sensory bin has been around for about 12 years, and its still going strong!!! After Halloween, I'll pour it all into a gallon ziploc bag to save for next year. I add random things now and then, but I don't think thr base has changed since the beginning.
My oldest 2 kiddos weren't interested in workbooks, and I've always been semi-opposed to workbooks. Ada, however, loves workbooks. She's been working her way through the kindergarten Math Seeds workbook since this summer, and she has enjoyed it and learned a lot. She's started to get tired of it as she nears the end, but I have a feeling she'll be asking for the next level soon.