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Arctic Adventures Part 2

Welcome to our Arctic Adventures Part 2. We have been working with our arctic materials for a little over a month now, and chief loves them. If you have not read Part One of our adventures you can find it here.

Blubber Experiment

This was our most anticipated experiment on our Arctic Adventure. Chief and I went through his arctic animals and spoke about how they kept warm during the cold winter months. He thought that his whales would be the coldest because they live in cold water.

We went through his arctic animals and talked about how we thought they stayed warm. Of course as a 3 year old he came up with funny things like, they sleep with their mommy, they buy a sweater, they move where it is warm like Florida, etc.

Now, the best part. We did our blubber experiment and here is how it went, and what we discovered.

  • First, we filled a bowl with cold water and Chief put in his bare hands to see just how old the water is without the protection of blubber.
  • Then we put on gloves(this part is a must) to help keep our hands clean, and then I covered his hand with cooking lard. You can use Crisco, but I found that Target carried an off brand box for only $1.89 so I went with that since we would just be throwing it away.
  • Once his hand was ready, he slowly submerged his hand into the icy water. He was pretty shocked that his had was not getting cold.
  • Next, he placed his bare hand and his “blubber” hand into the cold water and told me which one was warmer. He thought this part was really cool, because to him they were the same hand. I explained to him that it was the “blubber”, like on the Polar Bear that was keeping his hand warm.
  • He played around with the water and “blubber” for a few minutes, but then our “blubber” started to fall off. I highly recommend that you wrap your hand in plastic wrap to keep the “blubber” in place.

This was a super fun and inexpensive experiment to do with him. I am always looking for hands on learning to help enhance his school days, and make things more fun.

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Arctic Flash Cards

In Part One of our Arctic Adventures I expressed my love you Safari Toob Animals. Using out Arctic toob animals I created flash cards that help with recognition, and matching.  We can use these cards to help with reading as Chief gets older.

Creating the flash cards was super simple. Using a light box with a white background I took clear pictures of each animal. I uploaded each picture into Microsoft Word and formatted the picture to the size desired. I made our card 4inx6in to make them easy to handle.

Snow Slime

We made our snow slime back in Part One. While it has lasted us for about 5 uses, it did start to turn back into a liquid state. We dumped some of the liquid out, remixed it and it was good as new.

This is one of Chief’s favorite activities, most likely because it seems messy and he can be really hands on with it. His favorite thing is to pretend that his whales, and walrus are swimming in the ocean looking for food.

 

❤️ Brittny

P.S. If you liked this, don’t forget to share with your friends and family.

 

 

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Why did you choose to homeschool?

Well, I get this questions a lot. My family is full of public school educators, and I have nothing but respect for them and their profession. I made the decision to homeschool my children many years ago. The best way I explain to people that this is a decision I have made in the best interest of my child, and my child’s future. Now the long answer to why I will home school……

Public School Education

Were you educated in a public school? My answer to this is always yes and no. I went to elementary school, 6th grade and half of 7th grade,  half of my 7th grade year was completed at home, through a hospital homebound program, and the I dropped out during my 9th grade year.

During my 7th grade year I had informed my parents that I had be sexually abused by our neighbor and I had a very hard time dealing with everything. I was terrified to leave my house, and I was terrified that I was going to be hurt for coming forward. (I now know that coming forward was the right thing to do, and I was kept safe by my parents. ) My parents and my counselors spoke and found it best for me to complete the year at home.

I went back to school for my 8th grade year and I loved it. I became president of a program at school called SADD( Students Against Destructive Decisions). Being the president of this club helped with my social skills, but my anxiety was still strong and I missed a lot of school. I finished out my 8th grade years, and entered high school and this is where things went down hill. My anxiety was terrible, I suffered from panic attacks, depressions, ptsd and more. I had a very hard time making new friends; my anxiety made me the weird girl and so much more. I ended up dropping out before the end of my high school year.

The Unexpected

Now, here comes the most amazing part! One that is always unexpected when I tell people I dropped out of school. I went back when I was 18 and got my GED, enrolled in community college and got my Associate’s of Art’s degree, and then enrolled in University where I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science degree.

The biggest shocker, I applied to and was accepted into Law School. It was a conditional acceptance, I had to complete a summer program first, but I was accepted. I was so proud. I talked it over with my parents and my boyfriend( at the time, now my husband) trying to decide on what I wanted to do. Would I go to law school? How would I pay for it? I didn’t receive scholarships and tuition was $75,000 per year. I ultimately decided that I would wait and I would retake my LSAT test in the next 3 years to try and up my scores to be able to receive a scholarship.

Our Decision to Homeschool

Ultimately, my Husband and I decided to start a family. I have several cardiac issues so we spoke with the doctors and they said it was better to have children while I was young, rather then later down the road. I knew before we started down this road that our future children would homeschool. I didn’t know how many children we would have, but I knew they would homeschool. We ended up with Chief, and he is our world. For his first few years he attended the Montessori school where I worked and it was a fantastic beginning to his learning. Chief is now 3.10 years old (Almost 4, where did the time go?) and doing fantastic.

We started our homeschool journey in August of this year. We are using this time to work on his letter recognition and number recognition, as he is struggling with this. We are using a few different curriculums, mainly focusing on a letter of the week with a review of all past letters. This is working well for him, and we are starting to incorporate more in each week. He proudly tells people when they ask, that he does homeschool. Which usually leads into more questions about our homeschool life, and how we go about learning. I loved educating people of the huge possibilities that homeschooling provides for children. Luckily we haven’t come across anyone super anti-homeschool as some of our friends have.

Stay tuned for more info on our curriculum and schedule.

❤️ Brittny

 

**If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual abuse, or assault you can contact RAINN or your local law enforcement agency for help. Don’t stay silent, tell your story and send your offender to jail.

 

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Fall School Day Projects

Today we had a lot of fun. We create our fall luminaries, which was a lot of fun and a tad messy. They came out great and we plan to make a few more to add around the house. My 3 year old loves taking out the battery operated tea lights and turning them on and off. These would make great gifts for your friends and family, or great decoration for a fall themed table. We will be using the ones we made today on our front entry table, which is decorated with some faux books, a mason jar wax warmer, a dried flower bouquet from my best friends wedding, my mother’s day tea hat that my little guy made for me, and most importantly my husbands Grandfathers service flag, hats and some of his metals.

Tomorrow we are going to have a fun out of the house school day depending on the weather. We will be meeting a friend at the park for some outdoor play and exploring, and a scavenger hunt for things that begin with our letters of the week that we have worked on so far this year. Our current letters are S, T, E, & A so we will see what we can find. If our weather is not nice and we are not able to go out doors, we may make a stop at our local fire station. We do this at least 3 times a month at random times, and to random stations. The firefighters love visits and of course the cookies that we bring, and my little guy is so excited to hang out with the firemen and playing on the trucks. I am pretty sure we have a future firefighter on our hands.