August 26, 2016

A Positive Reaction - Mother Goose Time

I never really thought of doing science with my tiny children.  I don't know why, but it never occurred to me that I should be teaching them anything other than the basic reading, writing and arithmetic.  I figured that when they had a handle on those, THEN I would work in the other subjects, like science and social studies.  Mother Goose Time has helped me move beyond that.  Although I still think that it is important to teach them a firm foundation in the basics, Little Guy really enjoys the more complete education that Mother Goose Time provides.

Reactions was probably his favorite day ever.  Why?  Four words: Baking Soda and Vinegar.  We have done this experiment twice already, and the first time he didn't really care about it, mainly because I did the pouring since the instructions called for food coloring and I wasn't going to have my 2.5 year old pouring food coloring all over my dining room table.  The second time we did it he LOVED it, so I was happy to see it during Science Lab. 

One glass had water, and the other had vinegar.  He was to smart and (somehow) already knew that the water wouldn't make it bubble, so he refused to use the water.  He is so good at taking turns with me.  I don't know that he would be as good about it if I was a peer, but he always offers me a turn, usually every other time. 

When he was done experimenting (like 20 minutes later, this is seriously a huge hit with him!) I asked him if he wanted to pour the vinegar in the baking soda and make MANY BUBBLES!  Obviously his answer was YES!!!


In addition to the Baking Soda Reaction, we also did Firework Salt Painting.  First he used glue to make a "firework".  Then we sprinkled salt on the glue.  After that I made some watery paint (which I made way to watery... Oops) and he used the eyedropper from the Baking Soda Reaction to drip the paint on the salt, which absorbed the paint.  I think if I had gotten the consistency correct it would have been a little prettier.

We have only managed to do a week's worth of school this month, but everyday has been a lot of fun.  This is probably one of my favorite months so far.  Well this and Sights and Sounds of Winter, Going on Safari, and The Art Studio.  Basically I love ALL the months! 

We receive Mother Goose Time for free in exchange for sharing our experiences.  All opinions and pictures are our own :)

August 23, 2016

Matter and Mixtures - Mother Goose Time

The last three weeks were crazy busy.  Day camp, swimming lessons, appointments, errands, and then a beach vacation.  I did not get a lot of school done for anyone.  Little Guy misses Mother Goose Time when we don't have time for it, and asks me at least a few times a week if we can do it.  Let me tell you, I feel REALLY guilty when the answer is "no" over and over again.  Today we had swim lessons, but that was it, and I am working to get him on the school year schedule which has a much later nap time than the summer schedule (to give me time to help the girls after school) so he could stay up later.

I really wanted to be on it with the Science Lab.  Little Guy loves science, and I knew it would be a really fun curriculum for him to use.  I was not on it, and we will probably be adding in bits and pieces of Science Lab into the next couple of months, as well as the last part of The Art Studio. 

Today we combined States of Matter and Mixtures, which both had very fun activities.  I will share one from each lesson.

For States of Matter we made a "Blob".  Lay down some wax paper, squeeze some glue out (which is really fun, because usually the glue is used in reasonable amounts!), then decorate it with sequins.  All while discussing how the glue is a liquid, and the molecules are far enough apart that it can move.  I told him it would turn into a solid, but I am not 100% sure that he gets it.  Either way, he had fun messing around with glue.  As you can see, I also had fun making a blob :)


This month one of our manipulatives was a set of beakers, because SCIENCE!  We used them today while we were being chemist like Alfred Nobel, and mixed up some colors!  We also did a painting project about mixing colors which reminded Little Guy of the Mix book we got during The Art Studio.

I was smart and when the Teacher's Guide said to color the water with either food coloring or paint I went with paint.  Washable paint is a much better choice than dye everything it touches food coloring.  At least in my opinion.  Plus the colors were more vibrant.



Little Guy waited outside while I made the colored water.  By the way, another great choice is doing pouring activities outdoors where you won't be tempted to cry and/or scream if the contents of the beakers get dumped all over.  Which happened.  Multiple times.  Apparently we don't practice pouring enough...  First I lined them up for a photo op, then I let him start mixing. 

I did advise him quite a bit until we had made all the colors so he wouldn't go straight to brown.  But mostly he did all the work himself.  After all the colors had been made I let him mix and pour however he wanted for a few minutes.  After he mixed a few colors I asked him what color it was.  His reply "Its an ugly color."  Eventually when all the colors were mixed he told me it was grey. 

Yup.  Grey.

*Little Guy and I get Mother Goose Time free of charge in exchange for sharing our experiences.*



August 15, 2016

Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman - A Review


Fading Starlight is a creative novel.  Throughout the book a number of things could have gone in a few different directions, so while it wasn't a suspenseful read, it was intriguing. 

From the back of the book:

Lauren Summers is in hiding. Her fashion house internship was supposed to launch her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she can find comes with little pay, but at least it offers a free place to live--a run-down cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Planning to live on savings until she figures out what's next, she's unprepared to be contacted by a reporter.

Kendall Joiner is researching Charlotte Montgomery, a former Hollywood ingénue who lives a reclusive life in the cliff-side mansion. Rumors have swirled for decades about Charlotte, and now Kendall wants to find the real story. In return, she may just have the key to getting Lauren back into the fashion world. Desperate to restore her dreams, Lauren's not sure she can turn down the offer--but as she and Miss Montgomery get to know more about each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.

There is one flaw in this book: The event that spurs all of the activity is kind of unbelievable.  It is hard to believe that a wardrobe malfunction would come back so hard.  If you can suspend your disbelief (which I can), it is a really good read. 

The setting for the book is creative, the descriptions of the clothing and homes is perfect: a good amount of detail without getting boring.  Although it was set in modern times, we do get some interesting flashbacks to Old Hollywood.  Like in a number of books I have been reading, it has some very strong scripture throughout, and the characters are very influenced by their faith.

You can purchase this book for $9.99 on ChristianBook.com.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for giving an honest review.


August 12, 2016

God Made You Just Right by Jill Roman Lord - A Review


Most of the books I review are for adults, but I got a chance to review God Made You Just Right, which is a board book. 

From the back of the book:
You're brilliantly created, and there's no one else like you!  With simple, rhyming text and whimsical illustrations, this book is a welcome reminder for little ones that God created each of us in just the right way.

I love the artwork, it is colorful and engaging, which should catch the attention of small children, but still nice to look at for adults. 

The text is encouraging and has a good rhyme pattern, which I always appreciate in books for small children.  It isn't a story, but poetry telling children that God knew exactly what He was doing when He created each part of each person.  I love that it talks about the things you uniquely need to be able to fulfill God's plan for you.

At the end of the book is Jeremiah 29:11, which gives scriptural support to the rest of the book.  My only (minor) complaint is that the verse is in NIV, but then, I think most children's books quote from that translation.

You can purchase it for $7.99 on Amazon.

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a honest review.