Since my husband and I tag team homeschool , I get excited when my full day comes every week but I tend to lesson plan too much and stay up late Thursday night kind of figuring out our Friday lol. I was too ambitious this past week and we had to make up an hour that I didn't get to teach him Thursday morning since he spent the night at Grandma's. I usually teach for 1 hr before work Monday -Thursday then my husband picks our son up from Grandma's and he teaches the remaining 5 hours. I teach all day Friday. It works out where I teach 10 hours a week and my husband teaches 20. I wish I had more time to teach but with our work schedules it's hard. I work 32 hours per week and my husband works 20. I thought Jason was crazy when he told me he wanted to homeschool and this first year of transitions has had a few days of temper tantrums (adults and Jack included ). Thank goodness we live in a great city with lots of support groups , co-ops , field trips , P.E. groups, service projects and library activities. As we are approaching our 100th day of school , I feel like we all have a grasp on what is expected from everyone and we have a good flow to our day now. Plus the grandmother's have been amazing. They don't want to do a lot of teaching but they will help out some. When Jack spent some time at my Mom's she made sure he read a book out loud to her and is getting in teaching mode rather than just doing. As a teaching household you don't just take vitamins you teach why the human body needs nutrients and you don't just get up like a robot and prepare meals , you have your child help measure and prepare meals too and laundry etc. We don't include this stuff in our homeschool hours but we take every opportunity to instruct and teach. This week I had an hour to make up and since Jack loves science , after he completed his math and grammar workbook pages, we had a science experiment Saturday.
The first experiment we did was on density which he found fascinating that we poured the oil in first then the water then the syrup but everything switched because of how dense the substance was.
The second experiment was on solid , liquid and gas. After this was over he played with the ice until it melted lol because he didn't believe that it would take up the same amount of space in the bowl as the plain water.
The third experiment was to demonstrate hydration by putting candy into glasses of water and documenting what happened. I thought this was a neat and cheap way to show cohesive force as well. Jack loved that the peppermint lost it's red stripes.
The last experiment was to determine how water affects seeds. Jack thought it was crazy how the dried beans soaked up all the water and changed the volume of beans in the measuring glass. I took a picture of the first part of the experiment then the beans are supposed to soak for 25 hrs. I forgot to take an after picture. Oops