Monthly Archive: October 2009


When birds are nearly done he wraps them in wool orbatting to help keep the feathers down, otherwise thefeathers stick up in all different directions. Below are the freezers where he has lots of specimansready to be worked on. In there were birds, lizards,snakes and all kinds of various animals.

A Hike at Standley Chasm 0

A Hike at Standley Chasm

Before the weather becomes unbearably hot, I’ve beentrying to take the kids out a bit. We had an especiallyintense homeschooling day on Monday so I felt great aboutgetting out the next day. On Tuesday I took the kidshiking at Standley Chasm. The hike is gorgeous. The “fern”type plants you see are called cycads and have been aroundfor millions of years. They survive here in the Outbackin the cooler gaps and...

Homeschool Planners 0

Homeschool Planners

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Plate Movements on Earth Cause Earthquakes and Volcanoes 0

Plate Movements on Earth Cause Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Our last experiment (demonstration perhaps is a better word) was on plate movements. We looked at a map of the world’s plates, then made our own out of clay. On each plate was a continent (raised) and ocean (lower parts). We talked about how plates move around. Under each plate we put some magma (corn syrup and red food dye). When the plates are moving nothing happens to the magma (picture 1) Sometimes plates...

Natural Disaster — Putting the Book Together 0

Natural Disaster — Putting the Book Together

We’ve done a huge unit on natural disasters this term. LD has been asking and asking when we could finally finish up the lapbook (which we actually put together with a comb binder). I got things ready and figured we spend the week putting things together. LD decided he wanted to do it ALL on Monday. He barely even let me get a quick lunch together. He spent close to...


The cute exploding volcano was from All in all, LD learned a lot this term. He sure isproud of the final product! I was amazed at theenergy and focus he had to put everythingtogether. He’s been bringing it everywherewe go (including to Standley Chasm!) justin case there was someone there who mightwant to look at it.

Flower Book 0

Flower Book

We finally put together DD’s flower book. This is a bunchof activities that we put together in a booklet using acomb binder. Activities came from (and perhaps one more, but I can’t remember off the topof my head)

Language Arts — Spectrum Reading 0

Language Arts — Spectrum Reading

We have a number of different ways we approach languagearts. LD is a pretty good reader, so he’s had “independentreading” time each day for the past four or five months. Hechooses a book to read and reads quietly on his own. Welet him choose whatever he wants (not even offering suggestionsor comments about how easy/hard a book is).  We also don’t ask him anything about his reading except perhapswhat did...

Airways Exhibit 0

Airways Exhibit

Today after ED’s dance class we went to our local culturalprecinct (with various museums). The kids really enjoyedthe new airline exhibit and especially liked going into theairplane and watching a bit of the video on how camelscame to be in the Outback. Camels were brought overby Afghan trainers for use in the desert here. Now thereare lots of wild camels and interestingly enough, camelsare exported to the Middle East because...

Science Museum 0

Science Museum

The kids always enjoy going into the little science museum.Each time they seem to find something else that piquestheir interest. The first picture is of a dingo, a feral cat eating a galaand a perrente. The second picture is a skeleton of one of the world’s largestducks. The fossils were uncovered north of here. The last two are of various snakes, birds and mammalscommon to Australia. I’ve had it in...