About Me

I'm a mom, a teacher, a student, a wife, and a scout leader. I am actually an education major currently working on my practicum in a 2nd grade classroom. I also home school my two children. I'm also a cub scout leader, a girl scout leader, and at church I'm the children's music leader. ;) I tend to stay a little busy. My state requires homeschoolers to keep a portfolio. I am going to use this blog as my portfolio.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Islam and Muhammad

We have been learning about Muhammad and how he started the Islam religion and what his followers, the Muslims believe. It has been really interesting.

I recommend this book:

This is also a great video that teaches The Five Pillars of Islam. My kids loved it. My kids wanted more info so I let them watch the second video too.
Then we did some of the worksheets from here: http://homeschoolden.com/2013/02/19/learning-about-islam-worksheets-for-kids/

This specific worksheet pictured was this one.... http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/re/pdfs/five_pillars_of_islam_ja.pdf

Monday, February 9, 2015


Collin took a sai course last month so wasn't able to take art. However, he starts on Tuesday and is so excited!!! Here is what Ryanne did this month in art class...

Pink Flowers

Asian Mask

Starry Starry Night (Van Gogh) jar lamp

painted silk

Science Experiments

 This science curriculum is one of the kids' favorite things to do! We do an experiment and then talk about why it happened. In the picture above, the kids were learning about how heat and cold can affect the size of solids. In this image above, we heated a quarter. Then, I put it in this tool (don't know names of tools -- maybe an adjustable wrench?) As it cooled, it shrunk back down and fell out of it. It was kind of cool. This was last week.
This week we learned about air is a mixture. So, in this picture above we lit the candle. Then we put baking soda and vinegar in a jar which created carbon dioxide. We then "poured" the carbon dioxide (not the vinegar) over the candle and put the fire out. It was pretty cool. Then, we did Q & A until the kids figured out what happened -- carbon dioxide is heavier than hydrogen and oxygen so it snuffed out the candle. It was cool.
This one was neat too. It went with our air is a mixture chapter as well. I lit a birthday candle and poured a small amount of wax into the bottom of a bowl and stuck the candle to it so it would stand. Then we poured a half cup of water in the bowl and turned the glass upside down over it. As the candle burned up the oxygen, the glass sucked in the water to take the place of the oxygen burned. Once all the oxygen was gone and only nitrogen, then the candle went out. We did it several times.

The Trumpet of the Swan report

 When we read a book out loud together for literature, the kids have to do a report on it when we are finished. We turned these pizza boxes into educational resources. ;)
Working on their projects.

Front of Collin's

Inside of Collin's. He included vocabulary words to describe two of the main characters (Louis the Swan and Sam Beaver) and then he has index cards with information on settings and plot. 

Front of Ryanne's

Ryanne's has information on settings and plot and she included two main characters.