Earlie Girlie Homeschool

May Graph Projects

We sorted characters by color for a mini-object graphs. Then, we created a series of Musical Instrument Genogram graphs.

Watercolor + Salt Explorations

 Watercolor + coarse salt * Tracing letters in salt (sensory input) * Using droppers * Saturation

April Science Experiment

I helped Earlie Girlie boil eggs (13, 1 cracked). We watched what happened to the egg that had a hole in it (poached). I've only used PAAS brightly-colored pellets, but EG quickly rejected my plan and scanned the kitchen, asking to use spices. She had her own hypothesis to test. So I looked up how to do natural dyes and set to work with a little science log & plan. We did some traditional lines of wax resist with crayon. She measured the water, vinegar and turmeric to create a pale yellow egg. The results were quickly devoured. She used cinnamon and nutmeg as well. Next, she scanned the fridge and found pickled beets, which we didn't add anything to. She was most excited and re-tested to get pink and magenta. Spinach only yielded a pale yellow, not as nice as turmeric. She chose cran-grape juice, and coffee grounds. The coffee grounds created the effect of a natural-looking chicken egg. We hypothesized, tested, and sampled our way through this science project.

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in India for medicine, and is attracting current research for use in treating cancer, arthritis, allergies, and dementia. Preliminary research showed beetroot juice reduced blood pressure in those with cardiovascular disease. Spinach is known for its rich antioxidant vitamins, and minerals such as iron and calcium. Cranberry juice and grape juice have been studied for their positive benefits against bacteria, cancer, and hypertension. Although it is noted that coffee drinkers tend to live longer than those who do not consume coffee, it is uncertain if there is a direct correlation. Too much caffeine isn't healthy, but even the antioxidants in decaf coffee seems to show some cancer-preventing benefits.

Later, I boiled potatoes and made a potato-egg-celery salad. We did some potato prints. For some reason, she doesn't like stamps or stamp projects. So hers look more like potato smears.

The kitchen is such a great place for science experiments! 

March Projects

Watercolor studies * tempera triangles cut from rectangles * crayon & colored pencil Celtic Knots * Jenga math (ways to build in 3's), introduce counting by groups of 3's * Physics: testing how three beams spaced evenly work better for height than 2 beams and/or 3 beams stacked together. * Tricky Leprechauns (a.k.a. I almost drank watercolor paint).


February Projects

Watercolor and ink: "Kemit - Thanksgiving Day Parade" * Watercolor "People yelling woo hoo" (Streamers, balloons, people cheering) * Making Washington's Birthday Cherry Muffin "Cupcakes" * Making paper Matroyshka (nesting dolls) * Playing with modern rabbit nesting dolls * Watercolor "The Black Crying Monster" {Painting an overwhelming experience}.

Winter Science Journal

Snow & Ice. Winter weather. Blue/red/purple. Even amounts. Graduated amounts (in ice cube tray). Sight words: water, ice, freeze, warm, melt, cube, tray. Science: "How does water turn to ice?" It freezes at 0 degrees. When will our water become ice cubes? Science Journal Checks: 1 minute, 5 minutes water is cold, no ice yet. 40 min thin layer of ice with holes. At 1 hour we have ice in half of the trays (the smallest cubes)! How does ice become water? It melts! By warmth of hand, room temperature, cold, warm & hot water. Which ice cube will melt first? Her hypothesis: the smallest one!  Tested hypothesis: yes, the smallest cubes melt first. The bigger ice cubes take longer to melt, but they all melt and can be frozen again. 



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