Weekly Wrap-up Week 2

Ever feel like things are working against getting back into a productive routine?  This week felt that way.  But then I looked back and we did get quite a bit accomplished.

Mentos Fountain



This afternoon the boys skipped grammar and the Yellowstone study to have a fun science afternoon.    We broke out the Mentos and Diet Coke because that is always FUN.  While we were looking for something amid my science stuff they found a wind bag to throw.  They also watched several FLL videos, including last years World Champion robot (ironically many of the techniques employed by last years champ would result in penalties this year).


Space Age CrystalsAlso today, we FINALLY started growing crystals. I love doing science projects but for some reasons this kit has just not happened.  We’ve had it since Christmas.  For 8 months they have been asking to do this kit!  At one point I lost the directions. Then the whole house was moving around for carpet and I couldn’t think of a place the crystals could sit undisturbed for 10 days.  I’m excited to let you know how it turns out.

Measurements at the Soccer field

This week we took a trip to the park for a math lesson to enhanced our Yellowstone Unit Study.  It was fun to get outside.   In our Yellowstone Study we did a worksheet on thermal features, read about bears, watched another video from netflix, and drew pictures of bears in their habitat.

English from the Roots Up

I recently ordered these English from the Roots Up Cards at the request of one of the boys.  We learned the meaning of 12 Greek and Latin words this week.  The boys are really enjoying these.  It feels like a puzzle.  It also explains terms that were previously mysteries, like photosynthesis.  They enjoy trying to think of words that use the root word and sometimes make up combinations of their own.


The FIRST LEGO League Natures Fury Challenge came out this week.  It looks like it will be another fun season.  Teams are of course solving a natural disaster related problem.  The new robot game looks challenging as well.

Zucchini Brownie

Summer has reached the point we have too much zucchini.  Wednesday afternoon I did a huge batch of cooking – vegetable soup, veggie lasagna, potato soup, and tortilla soup – and I still had lots of zucchini left.  So after searching allrecipes I settled on zucchini brownies.  They turned out really well and the boys are excited to have “healthy” brownies.  I keep explaining they are full of sugar but C is determined that if he is eating his veggies the brownies are healthy.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Labor Day!

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6 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-up Week 2

  1. You did loads! I’d be interested to see how the crystal growing experiment works out. We have a similar kit but have had no success when we’ve tried.(probably doing something wrong – note to self- must read instructions!)
    Have a wonderful week end Carol.

  2. I have already graduated two daughters and so now I am homeschooling three boys. Boys are SO much different than girls, at least mine! I struggle a lot with it, mainly because my boys seem to resist so much. My girls still love learning and have full bookcases in their rooms, my boys almost have to be bribed to read what I require in their schoolwork. Look forward to gleaning some ideas here.

  3. I love it when I click on a post in a link up and I can relate to so much of what I read – & get inspired about something as a bonus!
    You can’t go wrong with Diet Coke and Mentos can you? Always a good day-saver 🙂
    Good luck with your crystals. We’ve grown various sugar and salt ones this year. Usually I forget about them (even though they’re on the window sill and we see them every day) and we end up with one rock solid crystalised mass.
    Zucchini brownies – yum. Must make some again.
    And I’m going to get out our copy of English from the roots up that I bought when the kids were far too young for it! Thanks 🙂

  4. That looks like a fun week. Way to go on science — I have science experiments and try to avoid them as much as possible. I think for something buying the extras are worth it and English from the Roots up flashcards look worth it to me.

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