After two weeks of postponing our science activities, we finally did some more Chemistry. In Classical Science Elementary Chemistry (this is a purchased curriculum, but you can download Chapter 1 for free), we learned a bit about metals and nonmetals and more about how the Periodic Table is organized.
We conducted a simple experiment on a metal’s ability to conduct heat: Boil some water, pour it in a coffee cup, measure the temperature.
Repeat, only now see what happens if a metal spoon is in the cup. Repeat again, but add another spoon. And do it again with another spoon…. Eventually, you’ll get the picture.
So the boys have now discovered a way to cool down their Ramen noodles more quickly!
“Now I can put a spoon in the bowl AND put it in the freezer!”
At first the solution is clear, but then it turns a dark color. It has something to do with iodine first reacting with Vitamin C and then reacting with peroxide (in the presence of starch).
I’m thinking the kids need lab coats. And graduated cylinders and beakers instead of plastic teaspoons and drinking glasses. Even if science lesson loses some of its effect by being “kitchen chemistry” instead of “laboratory chemistry,” it does make chemistry seem more a part of real life!
We finally got around to doing our take-home experiment from CC: Salt Needles. Better late than never!
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not
abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed… 2 Corinthians 4: 7-9
After the crushing, we drink from Living Waters of Grace, and we are pieced back together once again.
We watched Peter and the Wolf by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, which helped us in identifying particular instruments while listening to classical music.
We followed that up with listening to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite while eating pancakes Saturday morning. (David insisted on serving us while classical music was playing in the background.)
We made a My Musical Instrument Book with some of the other children in our CC community.
Because we are in Memory Master mode now (not that we weren’t before, but we have to get those last few weeks under our belts before Week 21!), and because geography is proving to be the most difficult of the subjects for us right now (thank goodness it’s a favorite subject!), we are now finding all sorts of ways to review (especially geography!).
Download Seterra, a free geography map quizzing program that keeps track of high scores and times. Now the boys can work at beating me at this thing. A great program!
Download the Free Knowledge Quest geography curriculum GlobalMania. This is so simple but has given me enough direction to plan towards learning the entire globe so that we can focus more next year on learning how to draw everything free hand!! And while you’re visiting Knowledge Quest, you can download free samples of all of their curriculum, including the Presidential Scrapbook, The Star-Spangled State Book, A Child’s Geography, Expedition Earth, MapTrek, and more. Honestly, I believe Knowledge Quest has some of the best geography curriculum I have seen!
Some GREAT games for the U.S. Features:
U.S. Rivers by Sheppard Software
U.S. Lakes by Sheppard Software
United States Features Game by Your Child Learns
States Puzzle Game by Your Child Learns
Physical Features Map – Cut and Paste by Your Child Learns
And state & capitals practice (for variety):
State Capitals – pick the capital given the state
State Capitals – pick the state given the capital
States and Captials Quiz
There are several more options to choose from, along with tutorials if extra practice is needed before quizzing.
I’m so thankful God allows us to borrow all of this!!!