Our life in books

This is our eigth year of homeschooling and I finally got around to blogging about our adventures a few years ago.
I love the path that God has us on.
We get to enjoy the lightbulb moments in educating our children and have quite a few of them ourselves.

We are starting Exploration to 1850's this school year, 2012-2013 using My Father's World curriculum.
Rome to the Reformation,
Exploration to the 1850's and NOW.........

Below is the week by week of lessons for this year if you'd like to start at the beginning.
There is also a handy LABELS area that you can peek through to find a specific lesson.

Week by Week - MFW: Creation to the Greeks

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Space......the last frontier WEEK 27

WEEK: 27
MFW Rome to the Reformation

We have completed our human anatomy lessons and we are on to Astronomy!

Our last frontier before the end of the school year. Shocking! We actually have about 6 weeks of lessons left so I will be stretching a bit and adding some extras in that we aren't a part of the MFW curriculum.

These are the stars/planets that we have studied so far this month and one interesting factoid about each one. We also learned that the night sky in MARCH is best to see the planets, mercury, venus, mars, jupiter and saturn! We are headed to the observatory in a week to check out the telescopes.

SUN: 93 million miles away from us on earth. The center of our solar system.

Mercury : has no atmosphere and the sun looks bright white because there is nothing in the air to filter the light.

Venus is hot, hot, hot! Volcanoes are constantly erupting the atmosphere is mainly sulphuric acid

Earth: the most perfect of planets, created and meant for LIFE.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Big Brownie Thank - You!

Harper participates in a brownie troop with some friends. She took the selling of cookies very seriously and went door to door in the neighborhood.  She had 52 boxes sold in the first three days and then.........she stopped. That was good for her. She talked about going for the itouch prize but then the reality set in of delivering all those cookies.  She was thrilled with 52 and to all who purchased from brownie Harper-


The troop decided to give half of their money to an organization called Heifer International, that purchases cows and livestock for people in other countries in order to lift them out of poverty.
They are also getting to go to Catalina Island on a camping adventure in May.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Anatomy - respiratory system Wk 22

We have moved on from the digestive system and onto the respiratory system. We made a diaphragm using a water bottle and balloons. 
Did you know that you wouldn't be able to breathe with a diaphragm? It does all the work of moving the lungs to fill them and empty them. Amazing.

This is our diaphragm:
As you pull the pink balloon ( diaphragm muscle), it creates a vacuum inside the bottle ( chest cavity) and the yellow balloon inflates ( lung) !

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Medieval Times Castle and Show

IN case you haven't experienced a Medieval Times show before ( like me), I will explain that this show is so authentic and makes you feel as though you are a part of a Medieval tournament. We were placed in the RED knight's section and cheered him on in all his battles.
This matinee was for schools so we had the extra explanation of all the weapons, the horses and the tournament traditions as well as a simpler meal ( we still had to eat with hands) to suit the smaller appetites. It was worth the trip with a few of our homeschool friends to make the period of time come alive.

 The King welcomes us all to the castle and tournament
 Crowns for everyone

 Dig in Kiddos!

 He waves to his adoring fans

 Medieval Armor display
 The red knight ! We cheered but he still lost.
The whole gang 1st grade to 7th grade!