October 26, 2017
Birthday Day Off
We are a homeschool family. Sometimes this means we goof off and play games on birthdays instead of do bookwork. But consider how much learning is crammed into everyday life!
Money skills: Today’s practicum included working and saving (racing around to do enough chores to raise the difference from their savings to whatever toy they wanted to buy for birthday sister), budgeting (oops, that pony figure is outside of my budget!),figuring tax, and checking change received.
Math and Science Lab: This included addition (1 cup milk + 1 cup milk = 2 cups milk), subtraction (Lucas dropped an egg!), fractions (1/2 cup sugar, please?), chemistry (solution versus compound, various states of matter, and a lengthy comical discussion of how the ingredients became a cake!), and even biology (answering our first-grader’s question of “does the sun help grow sugar?”). Finally, our “home economics laboratory” produced a gluten-free chocolate cake with buttercream icing as requested.
They brought home the “best addition” to the cake – a miniature model of the Millennium Falcon, birthday girl’s favorite Star Wars ship. (It’s her dream to have the Millennium Falcon Lego set – oddly enough, same one Mom wanted as a teen!) We perched this on a good spot.
Language and Creative Writing: (each student wrote and colored a birthday card for Rebeccah).
Pyrotechnics and Fire Safety followed. (This is otherwise known as lighting candles and hearing Mom’s 275th lecture on keeping hair away from flame!)
Music: (where everyone tries to get “…and many more” in the lowest baritone possible and the kazoos attempt to play some tune!)
Now for the guinea pigs to taste the experimental laboratory creation! (A+ everyone lived!) Creativity flowed during Art – the party hats turned into eye patches, unicorn horns, and noses.
Sometimes life takes over our classwork. That’s okay. We get a lot of practical work done on “days off!”
Thanks for reading!
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