Sunday, October 6, 2013

Vesuvius In Action

What happens when Ancient Roman History 
and Earth Science Lesson Plans Collide?
Lots of excitement, peppered with a little disappointment. 

Pompeii was the topic;
 and what better way to end the day than with some volcanic activity? 

We learned that Mentos and Cola worked best for Stratovocanic activity, but ONLY if the candy was dropped into a 2 liter that was opened seconds before.  Soda poured into a container, either before of after adding the mints, just fizzled out in no time.
 Also noted: Fruit flavored Mentos do not produce the same effect as the mint flavored chews.
Yeast and peroxide, tinted with food dye, created a nice foamy eruption.
Good old baking soda and vinegar worked well for the Sheild Volcanoe, since it was supposed to ooze out gradually.
The kids had a fabulous time, and the moms...
... well we had some extra laundry to do. But it was worth it.



Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Swinging Birthday

Birthdays have been pretty low key around here lately. We tend to host special events for landmark years such as first birthdays, hitting double digits, becoming a teenager, turning 16, 18, or 21.  Otherwise, a family dinner with a special dessert is the usual routine. There are enough of us to make quite a party on our own.  However, when Gina, the Queena, turned 15, she suggested that after Latin Mass in the city, we take the family party to the WWII Museum for swing dancing lessons. Who could resist?
Even Uncle Nick was in.

 The Birthday Girl danced with her Father.
 She danced with her sisters and her brothers.
 And she smiled the entire afternoon.
 Especially when the entire crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to her. Wonder how they knew ;)

 Fun for all ages!
And it is free every Sunday afternoon in the summer.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Common Core Free Zone

Wednesdays are for 3-6 grade co-op, Classically Catholic Style. No Common Core Standards here! Our students are reaching quite a bit higher. We have a great group of parents and kids working together this year on  Earth Science, History of Ancient Rome through the Middle Ages, Latina Christiana I, Geography, and poetry memorization. Corresponding Literature includes The Bronze Bow, various stories of the Saints, and eventually we will get to one of my favorites: The Door in the Wall.  See the history link for more literature options.   Veritas history cards have been replaced with CCM Timeline Cards this year since we purchased them for the Mississippi co-op last year.

Also on the agenda:

  • Making Bows out of Bamboo
  • Constructing Refracting Telescopes out of gift wrap tubes (Just stole this idea from a friend in Maryland who is using Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities by Mary Kay Carson.  She also purchased  300mm and 200mm convex lenses from Edmund Scientific.)
  • Designing Volcanos that erupt with lava rich in Diet Coke and Mentos
  • Fall Star Gazing (I've ordered new lenses for the Galileo Reflector Telescope) with s'mores and hot chocolate on the side
  • Timeline Lapbooks (pictures to follow)

We began with three families and now have six participating. The group is growing so rapidly that we had to move out of the classroom and into the Kitchen and Family Room to accommodate everyone. Our new pastor, Fr. Pat, invited us to move the group over to the Parish Life Center. Looks like it is time to take him up on such a generous offer.  *Especially since he also volunteered to drop in once a month to give the kids a little catechesis. What a blessing to have Fr. Pat as our pastor and as an advocate for the homeschooling community! He is also planning to add a Traditional Latin Mass to the schedule. One of my boys is eager to train as a server if it actually happens. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Critter Relocation Program

The garden didn't produce very well this summer, and when it did, our friendly neighborhood critters helped themselves to the fruits. After trying all sorts of opossum and raccoon deterrents we finally decided to trap the critters and relocate them to a wooded area several miles down the road.
Turns out the opossum is a fan of cupcakes and the raccoons like cantaloupe.  Lucky for us they didn't care for cucumber or watermelon. We were able to harvest an abundance of each.

With a pepper here and there.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Precious Preschoolers

Never thought you'd see me in the early afternoon school carline, did you? Well,  I couldn't resist an opportunity to pick up these two cuties every Monday and Friday for a play date at Mia's house while their mom is at work.
Their uncles think it is a fine idea as well.
My knights in school uniforms love a good sword fight on a sunny afternoon.



Sunday, September 15, 2013

Father - Son Camp Out

Dear Husband and the two youngest boys were able to attend a Father / Son Camping Retreat this weekend.
It is a wonderful time for them to unplug from daily distractions in order to build up their relationships with God and one another. Meanwhile, I enjoy a quiet house and some time to paint.

New Page for New Issues

In an effort to maintain focus, a new page has been created with emphasis on promoting the Culture of Life and exposing the Culture of Death in our society. Share your take with us:
Classically Catholic Current Issues - Culture of Life and Death.