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. )
Grace has started doing a small independent research project each week. She picks her own topics and goes into research mode to learn new and exciting things. We’ve been doing this for three weeks, and I love the topics she’s chosen so far: Tokio Hotel (a German band she loves), how music boxes work, and the human brain. It’s so fun to see what she picks!
Here are some pictures of the results of her brain research (diagram and note cards):
Grace painted a beautiful picture for her mom for Mother’s Day! We bought a really cool kit that included the canvas (with a very light outline of the hummingbird and flowers), all the needed paints and brushes, and information about painting techniques. Grace worked really hard and did a fantastic job with one of her first painting efforts.
This was another activity from Grace’s Living Organisms unit…she placed some dried beans (we had some black beans in the cabinet) in a jar with cotton and water. Then the wait began. Here’s what happened over a week’s time:
It’s pretty amazing how fast those suckers grow with nothing but cotton, water, and sunshine! We’ll be transplanting them to little pots of dirt tomorrow. We’ll have a bean crop in no time.
To go along with Grace’s recent “Living Organisms” unit, we’ve made a most fabulous plant cell cake. Grace then “presented” the cake to Daddy, answering all of his questions about the various cell parts and their functions.
Of course, eating a little leftover frosting was required.
I recently designed a new game for Nerd in the Brain called Area Puzzler… a fun little review of finding area of squares and rectangles while solving a puzzle. Good times! Grace, as usual, helped me test out the game to check for flaws and typos and things, and she stomped me at my own game! That girl is a puzzle-solving ninja.
Doing a bit of scratch work to solve a problem.
Puzzle in progress.
Basking in the glory of victory! (Or maybe just looking at me wishing I’d stop taking pictures … who can really say?)
Anybody else play any awesome educational games this week?
As part of the science unit we’re currently working on, we’ve been discussing plant reproduction and seed movement. One of our “experiments” to see if we could spot seeds on the move was to put on some white socks and take a little stroll through the yard. I think my favorite part of all of this was Grace’s response to putting on white socks and walking around outside…she returned to the kitchen carrying a pair of socks and said, “I found a pair of Daddy’s socks. I think they’ll work best.” Bwahahaha!
It was a beautiful afternoon here, so we decided to go check out a new park. We haven’t done much park exploring since we moved, so we figured the time had come. The park we “discovered” is 100% fabulous, and I’m sure we’ll be returning frequently. Today was all about hopscotch, geocaching, hiking, exploring, and poking stuff. Future visits will include pedal boats, beach time, and mini-golf…woohoo!!!
Playing a little hopscotch.
A nifty bridge on one of the hiking trails.
Playing with the gunk at the edge of the water.
Fun with the swings!
Hanging out on the dock.
It’s pretty cool that the park gives you a trash bag when you enter. It’s not very cool that this is how much trash we picked up while meandering about.
Grace’s most recent writing assignment was to find two ads for similar products in a magazine and then write a short essay comparing and contrasting them. She found these two ads for face creams that will supposedly help you look younger. (I could easily go into a rant about how much I despise our society’s love for this sort of thing, but I’ll spare you.)
So, here’s what Grace had to say about the two ads she chose:
The brands OLAY and Origins each have an ad for anti-aging cream in a magazine. Both of these ads make their products sound scientifically advanced, using micro-sculpting technology for OLAY and raspberry plant stem cells for Origins. Also, they both have the bottle of cream in the picture to let you know what to look for in the store.
Origins seems to lean toward a bright, natural feel, telling you that nothing can actually erase wrinkles, but their cream uses natural ingredients to help your skin stay healthy while making you feel good about yourself. OLAY presents a flashy, modern feel, telling you that their cream uses the latest technology and ingredients to make you look younger fast.
Also, OLAY focuses your attention on a model, practically telling you that if you buy their cream, you will end up looking beautifully young, like her. They don’t have very many words, so that they won’t distract you from the picture-perfect user. Origins has no model, and focuses your attention toward the small paragraph they have about the cream. They use statistics to tell you that lots of people use their cream. They also tell you, honestly, that their product won’t erase your wrinkles right away. They say that their cream actually protects your skin, making you look and feel younger.
In conclusion, OLAY says their cream makes you look younger, and Origins says their cream makes you feel younger. Which cream would you choose?