To put the finishing touches on our owl unit, Grace and I visited the Carolina Raptor Center. Seeing the owls close up was fantastic!
Now that our owl unit is officially complete, we’ll be moving on to snakes! Hooray!
We had a fabulous Father’s Day here at the Homeschool Hijinks house! Even though the day was all about Daddy, Grace and I had some fun…and some new learning experiences.
Happy Father’s Day again to an incredible husband and father…you’re the awesomest!
The owl folder is complete! I love projects like this…the ones where the whole family learns a lot. Did you know that a large owl can eat a small deer?!? Or that some owls live for 60 years? It turns out that owls are pretty fascinating! We still have a trip planned this week to visit some owls, and we’re looking into building an owl house, but the unit study folder is finished.
Not a whole lot, actually.
We had a fantastic week at the beach, and now we’re in full swing with our summer schedule. (Summer schedule = pretty slack, but still getting things done. )
We’ve spent most of our school time over the past few days working on an owl unit that Grace requested.
To go along with that, we’re reading Hoot.
To finish up the owl unit study, we’ll be going to a local Raptor Center to visit the owls.
We’ve also been exploring our yard…so many things to see!
Of course, we’ve been doing some math and social studies, too. (More on that later.)
We hope everyone is having a fabulous week! We’re looking forward to updating the blog a little more frequently now that we’re back from the beach and back to a “normal” schedule.
Sorry you haven’t heard much from us this week…we’re on our annual beach extravaganza.
I thought I would share some pictures while we’re still here…
A house full of friends.
Sometimes really tired friends.
An incredible view.
A crazy dog. (Oh, Frank.)
Lots and lots of exploration.
Okay, I’ll stop for now, but our beach adventures will continue! Have a fantastic week!
We still have a few activities to complete before finishing our study of Ancient Rome, but I thought I would share some of our recent progress.
Okay, just one more thing from our chocolate study, I promise. Grace’s assignment for this one was to write a short story about waking up to discover she had been transformed into an M&M. Here’s what she came up with:
“I’m falling!” I shouted, thrusting my arms out and pulling myself out of sleep.
“I’m not falling,” I mumbled. I reached up to wipe my eyes, but found I could no longer move my arms. I frowned, trying to pull my arms out from under the covers. I soon realized that I didn’t have any arms! I started panicking, flailing any limbs I had. Suddenly, the smell of melting chocolate filled my head.
I tried turning my head, but instead moved my entire body. A warm, gooey substance trickled down my back. Slowly, I realized the chocolate-like aroma was me. I was made entirely of chocolate! Better yet, I was really fat with a big “M” printed on me. I rolled my eyes.
“Don’t pass it on they said,” I hissed. “No one can turn you into chocolate through the Internet.” I flipped myself over so my back wouldn’t melt. I then noticed it was very dark. Looking around, I saw dozens of other M&Ms around me. Strangely, I was the only green one.
The walls around me looked like they were cracked and falling until I saw they were made of paper. Suddenly the ceiling ripped away, and a huge hand reached in. It grabbed me, pulling me toward my gruesome death. I squeezed my eyes shut. I felt myself get closer and closer when, finally, I opened my eyes.
I was back in my bed, limbs attached and candy shell gone. I passed my palms against my forehead.
“Okay,” I groaned. “No more chocolate before bed.”
Grace and I had lots of fun with her chocolate study. We finished up the study by making no-bake cookies this morning. Though it’s been a very interesting unit study, I’ll be glad to return to a house without so much junk food! (Grace probably doesn’t agree. )
In other chocolate study news, we’ve tallied the results of our chocolate survey both here and on Facebook. You probably won’t be stunned to know that milk chocolate was the overwhelming winner with 50% of the votes. Sweet dark chocolate came in a distant second with 30.5% of the votes. Semisweet chocolate had 11.5% of the votes. Bittersweet and white chocolate tied with 4% each.
I think we’ll post Grace’s story about waking up as an m&m tomorrow. Other exciting things for tomorrow? We’ll be starting our study of owls! Woohoo!
For part of our science enrichment, Grace is working on a unit study about chocolate. Today we had the horrifying task of tasting several types of chocolate to determine our favorites. Okay, maybe it wasn’t so horrifying. Grace and I both landed on semi-sweet chocolate as a favorite, but now we need your help! We’re supposed to survey people about their favorite types of chocolate, so we’d love for you to take a moment and vote for your favorite type below. (Never fear! There will be graphing and math to come of this. )