Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Homeschool day #3

          We headed out this morning to meet my sister and nephews for a walk so I started out bright and early with a science experiment.  Today we made Alien Monster Eggs.  I found this idea at the kitchen pantry scientist again and just loved it.  The boys quickly (and carefully!) drew eyes onto raw eggs.  We put them in a jar and filled it with vinegar.  We made observations and predictions about what would happen and then we put the jar in the refrigerator.  They noticed right away that the eggs were covered in bubbles so they predicted that the permanent markers would rub off, or that the eggs may get bumpy.  They predicted that maybe the white shell would get darker.  They have to sit overnight and we'll see what happens tomorrow.... if all goes well the shell should breakdown and leave the egg covered with just it's membrane. 

             We brought Halloween Mad Libs and some math coloring sheets in the car.  Alec's was a simple Frankenstein subtraction page found here.  Ian's was a 2 & 3 digit addition and subtraction owl I found for free on teachers pay teachers.  I did have to re- write each of the equations since they were written horizontally and that freaked Ian out a bit.  He started crying it was too hard and he didn't know how to do it.  Once I rewrote them all vertically he was just fine with it.   Evan just wanted to do another Halloween dot to dot (no surprise there, right?).  The mad libs brought many giggles out!  I had also brought our Kitten in the Candy Corn book and a few books on CD to listen to in case we had time, but I wanted to make sure all the math and English sheets were done first.  Alec did end up reading aloud to us from the Kitten in the Candy Corn for a bit.   
            We went walking at the Edwin Way Teal Memorial Sanctuary with our family.   We were the only ones there so we had the whole place to ourselves.  We saw beaver lodges and a large white bird we though was a swan but my nephew, who has binoculars, told us it was just a really big duck.  We walked many of the trails and just enjoyed being together in nature. 

          We did some errands on the way home and listened to a bit of The Light In the Attic on CD.  Once home we worked on our art projects from yesterday.  The boys added some orange and yellow to the mixed media pumpkins and we set them aside to dry.  Then they added color to their glue line pumpkins and it was just amazing.  The chalk pastels really pop against the black background.  We talked about trying to use several shades of one color to give interest and depth.  They came out so wonderful! 

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