JUL
17
2016

EEME Project Amp

Hey guys! Do you have a student who likes to build stuff? Do you have one who is interested in electronics? Well I have a super cool project  to share with you today! EEME sent me this really fun Project AMP kit to review and I have to say that it’s been really cool. Turbo is always into building things, and he loves things that end up turning on in some fashion. He’s recently taken up guitar as well, so he’s somewhat familiar with amplifiers and the like. So when they asked if I wanted to do the Project Amp review I was all over it! Project Amp is a fun kit where your child will learn to  build an entire speaker amplifier system as well as learn how it all works in the process. You can order it a 6 month subscription where you’ll be mailed one kit per month. Or you can get the whole thing at once. This particular kit is recommended for kids ages 10 and up. EEME also offers hands-on projects and free online lessons to help teach kids all about electronics and foster their … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2016

2015 Castlewood Canyon Hike

Hi everyone! This past summer we took a hike along the Castlewood Canyon near Franktown, CO. This is really close for us, and a beautiful area for hiking as well as nature walking. There are several loops you can take depending on what fits your family best, including a paved trail as well.   I also find this is a great way to get everyone outdoors, off of electronics, and just experiencing the amazing nature all around us! We happened to go on a somewhat warm day, so everyone was nice and sweaty by the time we were done, but they all had a great time and enjoyed the scenery. The views here were beautiful, and the trail was nicely lined with foliage which helped with the heat.   We found a few fun caves to explore as well as a nice large rocks to climb up on take a break!   See what I mean by big rocks LOL!   There was also a river running through the canyon with this fun bridge crossing.   As you can see we ventured off road and … [Read more...]

FEB
25
2016

2015 Denver Aquarium Field Trip

One of the things I love about homeschooling is that we get the opportunity to go out and experience things first hand. That’s why I try to schedule in a few field trips each year. It’s always a nice change to our normal school days. I try to plan them according to what we’re studying so that they fit naturally within our year. One of our favorite places to go is the Denver Aquarium. It’s so fun and there are always new things to see there. It’s also a great thing to do when the weather isn’t so nice outside. This time we used a fun “I Spy” type worksheet from Abeka’s Understanding God’s World student activity book. Since it fit with our theme I thought it would be fun to actually go and find all of those animals in person at our local aquarium instead of just coloring them on the worksheet. And any time that I can make a field trip a little more educational I’m up for it. Don’t get me wrong, we take plenty of trips where I don’t require them to write anything down. Mainly … [Read more...]

FEB
18
2016

Fun at the Lake!

Hi everyone, most of you know we moved to a new house 2 years ago and we’re enjoying it so much. We’re right off of the lake so that makes for lots of fun fishing trips, and afternoons at the beach! And since we live in Colorado this is probably the closest thing I’ll get to living at the beach LOL! Jason took this photo, and I love it! It captures perfectly how nice it is to hang out and relax by the lake during the summer evenings!   My husband loves to fish and the kids do too, so they go down all of the time in the summer and hang out. He’s always taking a brood of kids down to fish.   Miss Lady Bug is his number one fishing buddy. She’ll go even if the weather is poor. She loves to hang out with her daddy and catch all of the fish. She’s actually done a pretty good job of it too!   They usually throw the fish they catch back, but today Turbo and his friend were excited to fry it up and have a taste. It wasn’t too bad either! A little fishy though, go … [Read more...]

FEB
04
2016

The Silk Road Museum Tour 2015

Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Silk Road exhibit held by our local Museum of Nature & Science this past year. It was so cool! And it fit right in with our Expedition Earth world geography studies, so that was a win win! While we weren’t allowed to take any photographs, the exhibit had a ton of really interesting informational exhibits as well as interactive things for the kids to do. My favorite were the merchants along the “road” selling their goods. They each had different stories to tell and the kids would gather around to hear what they were selling, and what they had to say. Each one was dressed the part and totally in character which made it so fun! Since the tour didn’t take too long, we also checked out a few of our favorite spots in the rest of the museum. Turbo was able to blow up a star in their simulator which was fun. He also tried to dock a floating space shuttle which is way harder than it looks!   We talked to an … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2016

2015 Butterfly Pavilion Field Trip

Hi everyone! We haven’t been to the Butterfly Pavilion in a few years, so the kids were excited to take a tour again this past year. This time Jason was able to come with us, and the kids are always excited when Daddy joins in on the fun! The Butterfly Pavilion is really fun, but doesn’t take that long to go through. I think we only spent about an hour and a half in there this time around. But it’s still a cool experience. And if you can call ahead to see when they’re releasing new butterflies that’s a really cool thing to see too!   They always have the most beautiful butterflies in there. While you’re not supposed to touch the butterflies, they are allowed to land on you. Apparently our Daddy was popular amongst the butterfly population.   These white and black ones were super cool! They also have an insect area and a very small aquarium with some starfish and horseshoe crabs that the kids can touch. They opted to hold Rosie the tarantula. They’re very … [Read more...]

JAN
12
2016

Total Lunar Eclipse September 2015

Hi everyone! I just realized that I posted this on my Instagram, but I forgot to put it on my blog for all of you too! This year we had the opportunity to view a Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse which was super exciting. I know some of you weren’t able to see it from where you were due to poor weather, or your geographical location, so I thought you might like to see it! The eclipse took place on September 27, 2015 with the blood moon, or full eclipse, lasting for about 1 hour and 12 minutes. People in the eastern and central areas of the United States and Canada had some of the best views of the eclipse. This eclipse was referred to as a Blood Moon because of the red color the eclipse takes on during totality. I’m not sure you can see the reddish hue as well in the photographs, but it was certainly visible in real life! This eclipse was rare in that it was during a Supermoon, meaning that the moon was closest to the earth as it turned into a full moon. Super Full Moons are rare … [Read more...]

OCT
22
2015

LEGO Education: Weight Bearing Crane

Good morning everyone! For our LEGO Education experiment this week, we applied our knowledge of pulleys, gears, and forces to create some cool cranes. The objective for this project was to create a crane capable of lifting a specified weight, as well as performing a valuable task.   The boys created a crane that could retrieve dropped keys for their moms who apparently have troubles bending over to pick things up LOL! I almost cried.   Then the girls created a crane to rescue a boat full of passengers about to be eaten by circling sharks. Both valuable services!   Click here to see our LEGO Education Crane in action! It’s a short video, but I think it shows how the LEGO Education curriculum encourages creativity along with logical and critical thinking skills! (And as a side note, I apologize for the sideways video. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I took the videos using my iphone in the portrait mode. So it appears as though our … [Read more...]

OCT
15
2015

LEGO Education Letter Balance

Good morning everyone! Today I’m sharing one of our LEGO Education Co-op activities. The kiddos made a really cool balancing mechanism using levers, gears, and a combination of materials and components to make a machine to measure weight and balance load. They built the scale, but then were challenged to build something that could handle heavier objects as well. They needed to work out a fair system that differentiated between the weight of different objects. They started out creating a scale that could hold a letter or envelope weight.   Next they were to add additional weight to see what the maximum capacity of their scale was.   As you can see we used our LEGO tires to help increase weight. This particular one held one LEGO battery pack as well as a whole stack of tires.   Next they did an experiment to try and determine weight of objects by hand to find items that appeared to have a similar weight. Next they placed those same items on their scale to see … [Read more...]

JUL
12
2015

Lakeshore Learning Science Tools Kit

As most of you know, I’ve been participate in in Lakeshore’s summer learning ambassador program. And part of the fun of that is that I get to review some of their fun summer products which are geared towards learning through play. This happens to be one of my favorite ways to learn for those of you who don’t know me! One of the products I requested was the Lakeshore Science Tools kit. I originally thought that the Teeny Tot (who is now 6 and really needs a new alias) would enjoy this. But when the kit arrived, it was my 11 year old who scooped it up and immediately went to work! The kit costs $29.99 and comes with a bunch of fun lab tools  and illustrated experiment cards for kids to work through. It even came with those beloved test tubes, measuring spoons, beakers, and of course safety goggles which little kiddos love to play with. You really only need a few extra household items to complete most of the experiments. Things like sand, water, oil, food coloring, and … [Read more...]