Fictional Characters are Fun

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Today we solider through Day 18 of the workbook.  The boys are beginning to get excited because the first section is almost complete!  “Only 2 more pages left of green!” has been the battle cry around here.  I can’t say that I blame them, but it really seems that the summer is flying by!

The journal topic for today was “The fictional character that I would like to meet is…”  K thought it would be awesome to meet the characters from Green Eggs and Ham.  I think a real live Dr. Seuss might be a bit scary for a 6 year old.  Whereas, A thought that it would be pretty cool to meet Captain Underpants.  I found his story about meeting the “Real Captain Underpants” rather humorous.

The Fountain of Youth

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Ah yes, the Fountain of Youth.  Ponce DeLeon began the search  over 500 years ago, and lets face we are still looking for it today in every jar of age defying creme or a bottle of viagra.  On Monday we had discussed Ponce DeLeon and his futile search for the mythical fountain, so I decided to have their journal follow suit.  After completion of Day 17 of the workbook it was time was write, and today’s topic was “What would you do if you discovered the Fountain of Youth?”

The boys, who currently enjoy the wonders of youth did not seem to care about saving any for themselves.  Instead one considered selling it and using the money to buy video games, where another decided it would be far better to build a museum around it and allow people to come and drink it.  The question is….. What would you do if you discovered the Fountain of Youth?

The Discovery of our State

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In case you haven’t figured it out, I live in Florida.  I am technically a native (born here, but I lived up north for the first 12 years of my life), and my husband is second generation Floridian (a rare breed).  For all it’s misgivings, it is not that bad of a place to live… sure it is hot and sticky for 9 months out of the year, but we have Disney and miles of awesome beaches.  So, I decided that today we would continue discussing our state’s history and talk about our European Founder, Ponce DeLeon.  The boys have heard his name on several occasions, in fact we use to go swimming at Deleon Springs State Park (if you ever get a chance to go, do it!  You won’t regret it!)  We watched a Biography special on him that was located on the Biography Channel’s website.  You can watch the full episode here (it is rated TV14 because some of the art work shows nudity, slavery is discussed, and rape and cannibalism is briefly mentioned), and I would watch it before showing it to young children. The only issue that I had was the mention of rape, so I made sure that I fast forwarded through that particular part.

Afterwards, we finished up day 16 in our work books and then wrote a journal entry regarding the interesting things that we discovered on our trip to the Polk Museum of Art.

Museum Day!!

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I love Fridays… work is crazier because it is so close to the weekend, but the day is normally swift and there is the added bonus of the weekend right around the corner.  The boys have begun sleeping in a bit more more now which is wonderful.  I get a bit of quiet time to myself to get some much needed work completed.

Today I rushed them a bit to complete their work.  I had a surprise for after lunch, so I wanted to make sure that they were able to complete their work and their chores in time.  They swiftly worked on their work books and completed Day 15 in no time.  Then we moved on to the journals in which they wrote about one thing that they liked about the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum that we had looked at yesterday.

Once lunch was over, I spilled the surprise.  We were headed to the local art museum to check out their latest exhibits.  The Polk Museum of Art is rather small, but they have some pretty neat stuff right now.  Admission was free (Currently they are offering free admission on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, but this may change in the future.  Please check their website for current specials or deals), so my wallet remained silent for the entire trip.  The largest exhibit currently is regarding skateboarding, so it was pretty cool to look at all the neat art on something as simple as a skateboard.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY K!!!

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Today was little K’s 6th birthday!  Such an exciting day.  The child was simply glowing from the time that he woke up to the time that he went to bed.  If only I could bottle such a positive attitude! Today was a pretty easy day for him.  Day 14 in his work book included a maze, and the child adores mazes.  Next we moved on to our journals, and we all wrote a story about K.  A’s story started out by teasing K for the fact that he is hairy (he is compared to his brother), but then ended by describing how wonderful it is to receive a warm hug from K.

The Husband and I had hoped to have a fun day swimming and hanging out by the pool, and then grilling some hot dogs.  The weather was against the idea, so we were forced to remain in the house for the rest of the day.  Instead, we huddled around the computer and visited the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.  While it is not a virtual tour like the Natural History Museum, it had fantastic videos!  The boys loved the exhibit on the space race, and by the end of the video they were begging to go to the Kennedy Space Center.  All in all, it was a pretty awesome day even with the rain.

Saving our Water

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The boys learned a lot yesterday from the water experiment about the water cycle.  Today I thought that I would expound upon that idea and discuss pollution of our waterways.  (Climate change and global warming aside, water pollution is a real thing.  If you don’t believe me go to any beach or waterway in your town and take a look around.  Everywhere I look I see plastic bottles, knotted up fishing line, and other garbage thrown into the lakes, rivers, or oceans.  It is disgusting, and it is up to us to stop it.  Now I shall exit my soap box….)  So, after they completed Day 13 in their work books, we picked up our journals, and wrote about how we can help care for our water ways.  The boys came up with some excellent ideas on how recycling, or simply picking up after ourselves, can help keep our water ways clean, and enjoyable for future generations. 🙂

 

Science Time!! Water, Water Everywhere!

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Science day!!  Always tons of fun for the kiddos.  I decided to work on the water cycle, because it ties into a paper that I am currently writing for my class, and I came across several neat ideas for experiments in my research.  So, after the boys had worked day 12 in the workbooks, I opened up the topic with their journal.  The topic today was “Why is water important?”  The boys talked about how their bodies are made mostly of water and how rain is important to plants.

We then moved on to watching Bill Nye the Science Guy’s episode “The Water Cycle”.  I was able to find the entire episode (commercial free) on youtube.  You can watch it free here.  The boys really like Bill Nye.  It is fun, and it gives me the giggles because it reminds me of being a kid in the 1990’s.  For example, the water cycle song, is done to House of Pain’s “Jump Around.”

Next, we decided to do a neat science experiment to drive home the idea of the water cycle.  It was really easy, and all the ingredients you can find in your kitchen.  You need 1 large clear glass bowl, 1 small glass bowl, plastic wrap, 1 teaspoon of salt, water and ice.  The whole thing takes about 10 minutes and was pretty neat.  You can watch the experiment on youtube.  This video goes step by step on how to “make it rain” in the bowl.  Our experiment was successful, as we got a small amount of rain in the little bowl.

 

Our water cycle experiment

Our water cycle experiment!