This past week in Earth Science we were studying various geological processes and events. It was a bit dull for Bella until I started showing her some YouTube videos, so it wasn't just reading she was doing. I also showed her some geological maps for her to examine. She's a visual learner anyway, but isn't it more fun to see something in action?? Of course it is! On Friday we studied volcanoes; the different kinds, how they are formed, how they erupt, etc. As a reward for doing so well, we built our own from a Smithsonian science kit!!
String was used to make the cone shape, and then plaster sheets were put over them.
Pretty cool, huh??
It didn't erupt quite as expected, and I suspect that my baking soda wasn't as fresh as it needed to be. Oh well. For some reason the "lava" was yellow instead of orange-red too. Bella was happy and that's all that matters. We left the volcano out to dry again, so perhaps we'll give it another shot with some new baking soda another time!
Our online curriculum, Time4Learning, is only $19.95/month! So affordable and it's a terrific program. I print out the weekly schedules (which I have 100% control over), and the worksheets that go with the lessons. I think it has a really great balance of computer instruction and practical application. The worksheets are well thought out and there's never "busy work"!!!
In addition to her standard curriculum, we've added spelling, reading, Reflex Math (she's up to 90% fluency on her mult/division facts now!!!), Geography, music, art and bible study. I can tell you that she's doing a lot more now, and getting a lot more out of it, than she ever did in public schools! AND...our school day is over long before lunchtime!
So what does she do the rest of the day? She writes - A LOT! On her own, she's written her own newspaper and countless stories. Her writing skills and vocabulary are off the charts!!! I also have been making great use of Amazon! There are so many wonderful resources available there, and most are very well priced! For our Egyptian studies, which we were both really interested in!, we got these...
Hieroglyphic stamps!! Bella had a blast with these!
The weather got really nice out, so Bella took this outside and had her own archaeological dig! She was outside having a blast when the school bus went by, and while those tired out kids had homework to look forward to, Bella was discovering treasure!
These were "hidden" in the kit.
All to be used in an educational game!
Another set explored the tombs and really brought this section to life for her. Here is her pyramid and she used hieroglyphic stickers to decorate it.
She got to decorate her own canopic jars and even used clay to create the bodily organs that were contained in them!
Hands down her favorite part was decorating her own sarcophagus! I printed out some photos for her, but the design was all her own. I think she did a great job!!!
Inside was the "linen" wrapped mummy! She even made an amulet for it to wear!
I don't remember doing anything this cool in school! Do you??
We've also picked up some other fun things, which we will be doing soon!
Bella can't wait for this! Living fossils - so fun!
These will be next! And fits in perfectly with what she's studying!
Art & science!! Plus fun!
Lots of things to build and paint, plus grass to grow!