Monday, September 20, 2010


My youngest child has never been to a “brick and mortar” school and thinks he is missing out on something. Today we are having scheduled class times and only minimal breaks between “classes” in order to demonstrate what “real school” (as he calls it) is like. I have just told him that if he continues to make noises he will sit in a corner. I hate being so rigid, but it seems some days like that is the only way to get through to him. I know that “unschoolers” would not worry so much, but I am not there. There are certain things he really must learn. He is very bright, but I don’t seem to be able to find a teaching method that he enjoys. Ah well. We can’t have everything, can we? At least I have discovered that my 14 year old likes to learn by lapbooking/notebooking. It has taken me only 4 years to figure it out.
Help me today to be a kind, loving mother. Help me to discern which things to let go of and which things are less important. Please help me to not “lose it” with my son today as he tries to push every one of my buttons.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Giveaway at Lapbook Lessons

There is an awesome giveaway at Lapbbook Lessons. In the Hands of a Child is giving away a 1 year SUPER MEMBERSHIP. The is an opportunity you don't want to miss if you do any lapbooking with your children. HOAC is a resource I use frequently to reinforce lessons and to provide a lasting reminder of the unit we have studied. They have frequent specials throughout the year. Check out the offer Here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bones: What they do, why we need them.

The second module of the anatomy book is about bones. This "experiment" of making a person out of clay (or in our case, playdoh) demonstrates what a body would be like without bones. Our person could not stand until she had toothpicks strategically implanted in her back and limbs. Making our playdoh person^
Standing up after a "surgical intervention" of toothpicks inserted to help the "jelly body" stand.

Videos of the process:

Friday, September 10, 2010

First Anatomy project of the year

We made edible cells with gelatin as the cytoplasm and different candies to represent the organelles. They came out pretty good, but looked better in the science book photos. They were fun to make and reinforced (I hope) the lesson.