Thursday, March 12, 2015

Five in a Row

We have been keeping up with our FIAR learning.  I love FIAR and so does Samantha.  During this snowy winter we rowed the book Snowflake Bentley.

There is a lot to learn with this book.  He was a great guy who was very persistent about wanting to capture and learn all about snowflakes.  His parents made a big sacrifice to get him the expensive camera to be able to capture the beauty of the snowflake.  Great comparison for Sam to see the sacrifices parents make for their children.. like us sacrificing to be able to homeschool her and pay for the activities she does.

She learned a little about geometry in the shapes of the snowflakes.  She learned about the science of crystals.  We grew some crystals.

We captures our own snowflakes on film.

Not really a part of Snowflake Bentley but Sam made her own gum mint flavored and blue to be like ice,  Her snowballs.

We set out a bottle to measure how much water it takes to make snow.

It was actually amazing to see how little bit of water is needed to make all that snow 2 inches of water to make 14 inches of snow.

Making our own crystals.

I love FIAR. There is so much learning going on from it.  This wasn't all we did but this is all I have pictures of.  I did have her cut out paper snowflakes and then she wrote the vocabulary words on them with the definitions on it.  We learned a little geography of Vermont and how much snow they get.

Here is a quote from Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley 1925.... "Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind."

After doing this FIAR row I couldn't look at snowflakes the same anymore.  They are beautiful.  Every time it snowed this February I went outside to take a good look at the flakes that are falling.  

Blizzards, snow and more snow

We have had so much snow in the month of February.  Lots of learning happens when your stuck in the house.  Its nice to be made to slow down and stay home.
Valentine Math

 What to do with all that snow.  Make a cave.  
use the cave after it caves in with the next 12 inches of snow we got to be a mini slide
Throw snowballs at your mom
take pictures of the snow covered trees
 go sledding wihout a sled like your a penguin 
 or paint the snow with food coloring.

The cat wasn't too happy with all the snow he needs to go out to be normal.  He looks so sad

Artsy Smartsy Valentines Party

Sandywoods painting party.


In October we went to the Marine Museum to see the wolves.  A family from CO travels the country to try to get people help the survive.  To educate people on the true facts about wolves.   It was amazing to be so up close to them

Christmas Season

December was filled with lots of fun times with friends
We went to the Polar Express Ride In Avon
 Holiday Sounds in the City wagon ride through the city streets
 Visit the the Newspaper - Holiday sounds in the city

 Art Time

 Holiday fun at the Historical Society

 Watching the Christmas Parade in the Rain
 The cat kept trying to eat the frosting
 Christmas Craft Party at LIFE homeschool group

Science time learning how a tree uses sap like a car uses antifreeze.  Testing to see what freezes water or sugar water.  Fun experiments.

Hornbine School

Samantha went on a field trip without me to the Hornbine School.  She had an amazing time.  She spent the morning dressed like a girl of the 1800's, learning like they learned in a one room school house, and learning about the games children played back then.  They had a guest there that day, an elderly lady who went to that school when she was a child.  She was almost 100 years old.  I believe they said she was 96.  I took her picture not posted here and she made sure I didn't get her cane in the picture LOL  She said it made her look old.  SO sweet.

Fall Fun times

Fall fun times...                                             Fun Fall Fair 

Learning about the ocean, the beach and ocean creatures

Trip to the Bronx Zoo, Aunty Lyettes and the Apple Orchard 

 Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze Farm Trip


Homework for Physics Coop 

Nature Walk  Fort Barton In RI

 Found a Salamander 

Fall Concert with the Newport Country Co ed Children's Choir 

Samantha has an amazing imagination and loves fairy tales or any story actually... She wanted to be a more modern Little Red Riding hood this year,  She loves watching Once Upon A Time with me.