We are fully back in the swing of things, after Christmas break. I’m totally rejuvenated, and so are the kids.
Millie (8th grade) started working on chemistry. I’m a bit of a science teacher failure, so this is her first experience with the old periodic table. We’re using the Intro to Chemistry kit from Home Science Tools, along with lots of really great YouTube videos. We started with Ian Stuart’s introductory videos, which are beyond fantastic. In addition to that, she’s been learning about the CCC, which over the years has been a special area of interest to her. She read Invasion on the Mountain, which she loved. We were supposed to go to the Minnesota Historical Society library to do some research, but we didn’t get around to it. I’m hoping we can add it to our day next week…
Elise asked to learn more about rocks, so we started our rock unit this week. Don’t you just love when things in your homeschool line up perfectly, without effort? Here’s what happened this week: We started our unit about rocks, which began with us talking about the rocks that often contain fossils. Also this week, we went on a field trip where we learned all about fossilized dinosaur poop!! It all came full circle 🙂 The coolest part, was finding out that coprolites (dino poop) stick to your tongue. Ewww! Yes, my daughter put one on her tongue. Ha ha ha. In addition to rocks and fossils, Elise learned about nutrition at her SciGirls class. She’s *kind of* a math and science nut.
The thing I love to do most, is to plan stuff. I love planning curriculum, my budget, classes, events, and field trips. It’s my hobby. Over the course of the school year, I plan 60+ field trips/classes. So much fun for me! Anywhoo, as part of my continuing ed, I attend a field trip expo twice per year. So, the girls and I went to one this week. They’re always so inspirational, and I always get ideas for field trips and classes for the upcoming year. We usually win cool prizes, too. Just a little added perk. 🙂 Here are a few pics from our time at the field trip expo:
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