Thursday, March 19

Muddy Feet

There is one good thing about mud season.  It gives some of the best tracks.  Here are a couple we saw one a recent hike.
This one was easy for Froggy to identify. We get lots of deer around here.

Sunday, March 15

Pi Day

Yesterday was the Pi Day of the century.  
In order to prepare we made Pi Skylines.  I hung a poster of Pi.
Froggy was giggly at the idea of turning a number into a picture.  This is probably the first time she has actually worked with graph paper.  I did not realize that until we were well into the program.
 I worked along side Froggy but did mine silhouette style in all shadow. You can't tell in the pictures but the birds in the sky are little Pis.   
We had chocolate pie for dessert.  I forgot to take a picture of it so I will share the recipe photo (mine are never this pretty).  I hope you enjoyed your Pi day as much as we did.

Monday, March 9

A new look

It was a big change for Froggy today.  She got her haircut short.
 Goodbye braids
Hello Curls

Sunday, March 8

Soil Testing

Froggy and her friend, M decided to compare the soils in their gardens. 
These contraptions simulate the rainfall while catching the runoff. 

The shorter container is from Froggy's garden with potting soil while the taller container is from M's backyard where she uses plain dirt. You can see how much more erosion there was from the potting soil. Froggy finally understood why we have to keep refilling the pots.

Tuesday, February 24

The Boston Massacre

This year we are studying Colonial Times through the Revolution.  This week's topic was the Boston Massacre.  We read the overview and then Abigail's perspective and then played the neatest game.  It's purpose is to compare the different images and accounts of event in order to determine what actually happened.  the whole family played together and we all learned something.

Did you know there are several different artistic renderings  showing different perspectives of the event?  I certainly did not.
This engraving by Paul Revere is the one we all know and recognize.  It is almost the only one anyone knows. 
 While this image, more accurately depicts the events according to the eyewitness testimony. 

It is interesting that the actual witness testimony recorded during the trial shows a very different version of the events than I was ever taught in school. 

Monday, February 23

Swimming with Ben

Os 13 princĂ­pios de Benjamin Franklin 
One of our special people this year is Benjamin Franklin.  After struggling through Poor Richard's Almanac and hearing about his life in his language, I decided we need to do more to make these wonderful inventions come alive.  So I ordered
Amazing BEN FRANKLIN Inventions: You Can Build Yourself  .  It is a great book which gives some background on how and why Benjamin Franklin invented the items he did and then offers a wide variety of ideas to try out. 
Our first adventure was making swim paddles because young Ben loved the water and swimming.  He wanted to go faster so he invented both hand paddles and fins. Froggy has yet to test hers out because winter is not the best time for heading to the pool.

Civil War Battles

We really are focusing on the Revolutionary War but our area is covered in Civil War battle fields so there is always some Civil War history going on.
Despite the cold, we and a group of friends walked Bull Run battlefield.  They have a great Visitors Center with an interactive map that shows the progression of the battle and how the terrain was used by both sides.

Sunday, February 22

Science Sunday - Bouncy Balls

Doesn't that headline sound awesome?  Don't they look like fun?  Froggy and I certainly thought so.  We had all the requisite supplies so we jumped in.  .  
 We have made lots and lots of batches of slime. And this looked and felt identical. Tons of fun but not what we expected.
The only difference between their "recipe" and standard slime is the addition of cornstarch. It is supposed to make the slime dry enough make a good firm ball. The slime did dry out some after we refrigerated it but it still went splat rather than bounced

Linking to All Things Beautiful Science Sunday Meme