‘cool days

Posted on September 10th, 2011 by mountain girl  |  5 Comments »

The first taste of cool weather has brought days at the park, new friends, the reappearance of the crock pot (and cookie sheets), and lots of time for just living and learning.

I’ve found a set of unit studies for Caleb, and so far I think we like them a lot. He’s starting with the Pilot/Plane theme, and covering lots of different subjects and skills all relating to piloting aircraft.

There is plenty of descriptive reading (which he loves) combined with science and history, math, geography, handwriting skills, word puzzles, etc. The studies include drawings of flight inventions by Leonardo DaVinci, Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion, air molecules and what happens when you heat/cool them, math problems relating to flight, and hands-on experiments such as a self-powered balloon rocket.

Besides the unit studies, he’s also made exploding CO2 sandwiches (pictured in the sandwich bags) and the Egg in a Bottle, where a hard-boiled egg slides itself through a narrow bottleneck with the help of a little heat-induced air pressure. The balloon above was blown up by the reaction of baking soda and vinegar in a water bottle.

We’ve been at the library a few times a week, to the playground to swing and slide, and to the neighbor’s balcony to observe sunspots through his high-powered telescope. Not to mention long walks and bike rides every day.

Today we head to the garden to pull up and turn under the remains of a luscious, fruitful season.

Although our time in Lakewood has been been full of sun, rain, and downright good times, we are so excited for what’s coming next week: our new home. We’re packing for real now, and as the boxes pile higher and the rest of the house grows sparse, we sort through what we really want, and count it a good opportunity to weed out what is really just extra stuff.

And between boxes and balloon rockets, there is always time for a good chocolate chip cookie.

5 Responses to “‘cool days”

  1. Your Lion says on :

    Those cookies are the bomba-lama-ding-dong! MMMM-HMMMM!
    /:O)

  2. Lauren Blake says on :

    you are such a great mom. I love hearing about your activities and those cookies look so good!!!!!!!!!

  3. jodi says on :

    Yay for cooler weather, crock pots and cookie sheets! šŸ™‚ My favorites! We did unit studies during one of my middle school years of homeschooling and I LOVED it! Sounds like you guys are having a great time with it šŸ™‚

  4. 3 amigos says on :

    hi honeeeeee…………MMMMMM…..u can come and make cookies here ANYTIME šŸ™‚ lil Zia is not so lil anymore and K-bob looks really interested šŸ™‚ we pray for u everyday – keep up the good work šŸ™‚ Today we go to the last day of Fiestas to get cotton candy :O – we can’t believe that when the kids were little – we used to be SOOOOO ANXIOUS to go downtown; or maybe cuz DL was in band; and Richie,too. Have a nice day and don’t work too hard :O luv u/mom

  5. granny gardner says on :

    I KNOW HOW CALEB LOVES HANDS ON EXPERMENTS!! I KEEP TELLING HIM HE WILL EITHER BE AN ENGINEER OR A SCIENTIST. HE AND HIS SISTER MAKE SUCH A COLORFUL PAIR. I LOVE IT. GRANNY

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