We have been sick, but the schooling continues. If anything it's easier not to have to get Amy and Esther off to school or catch them up with homework when we are homeschooling. Being sick means we watch more documentaries (and do more laundry it seems).
We found a new YouTube channel we like that has nature documentaries: Brave Wilderness. I like him, because he explains the animals well, but also has clean language when he's startled. It seems he gears his films for children. So far we've watched about Giant Black Sea Slugs, snapping turtles, wolverines, and Garr fish. Check it out by going to YouTube and then typing Brave Wilderness.
We also are going to try our hand at making natural yeast for pancakes and bread baking. The Kings Roost has some YouTube movies about how to do it. I like the idea of learning these self reliant skills and hope by the time my girls go to college they not only know how to read, write, draw, play an instrument, and hopefully speak German or Spanish, but that they also know how to cook, do laundry, make bread (and yeast), clean and garden, and live a budget.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
This week we "travelled" to Botswana and Australia, using recipes from globaltableadventure and we even tried some vegemite and TimTams because we had a friend from the ward who is from Australia. Vegemite to me tastes like soy sauce mixed with Postum powder into a paste. Different, but now I can say I know what it tastes like. Amy and Lily also tried it, the other girls wouldn't, but loved the TimTams.
We also learned about Monet, Degas, and Mary Cassatt. The library is such a wonderful resource for homeschooling. We will watch a movie about Mary Cassatt when it comes in on interlibrary loan. Amy's math is coming along well, and her reading is excellent. Esther's penmanship is great and she's starting to write and read basic words like friend, love, hope, come, etc. We love Reflex Math, and the Upstart program.
Biology wise we learned about Nile Crocodiles and watched a great documentary called "Operation Maneater" where some biologists are trying to train wild crocs in Botswana to associate the ringing of a bell with an electric shock so that some day villagers can ring a bell and keep themselves safe while they do their washing.