Friday, March 28, 2008

Comedy & Tragedy

Et tu, Brute? ( yah, yah, yah, but it fits the picture)

I find this little lesson on Ancient Greek history rather amusing ~ a tragic comedy indeed!

Ένας αρουραίος στο σπίτι μυρίζει ~ αλλά μια μυρωδιά στοσπίτι μπορεί να είναι δύσκολη στον αρουραίο έξω.

nos venit , nos video , nos victum ~
~yes, it's a moldy oldy, but a goodie woodie ~
The kids are learning Latin from the Rosetta Stone homeschool series ~ excellent, & I HIGHLY reccomend it! They speak better Latin than I do at the moment.

Among other things, we also had great fun sculpting & labeling the heart

and the digestive system.

I would show you Izzy's version of this, however, it was a little too crude. Yes, he included the stinky, lumpy brown end results. All I can do is point to Wood Genius & say, "That must be Your son!" (to which Mr. Wood Genius simply smiles, flicks a conspiratorial smirk in Izzy's general direction and proudly acknowledges all stink relations.....)

We did weavings, ( part of our trip through Europe & Asia with Marco Polo)

as well as model ships.

This candy lab had to be one of the most disgusting labs ever ~ in part because we actually tasted the results of our lab-work. ( It was dealing with the different chemical reactions of sugar heated to various temps, & the like.) Included were rootbeer, gummi candies, marshmallows, & bubblegum. BLeaahhgg!

Here we have Valentine's Day woven heart baskets. They were quite fun & a little challenging. I am thinking some origami would be great as well. Definitely going to be included when we cover Japan.

And of course, the dead, drowned fly experiment. We swatted this fly without squishing him, ( a stunning blow :-0 ) drowned him ( held him under water till he quit struggling... ooohhh .. how sadistic!..), let him sit there drowned for a few hours, and then put him on a bed of salt, and covered him with salt ~ & Voila!~ within moments ~ re-incarnated to fresh NEW FLY status! It was beautiful. We all wept. And then smashed him for good. Gotta love homeschool ~ smashing him for good afterward wouldn't have been very politically correct in Public school. Yep, that's why WE homeschool... so we can still smash the flies and be gleeful in our doing so. (:7-- <<<---
That's a chicken face ~ pre-cursor to the next blog entry, & our latest homeschool adventure.


Lawanda said...

WOW! Your kids are definitely going to be better educated than mine!

We started Latin this year, but haven't had much time for it! So, is the curriculum you use easy or difficult (I'd need an easy one... I only took Latin two years in high school, ages ago!!)

redhead83402 said...

hi Lawanda!! nice to hear from again! I love the new pics up on your blog, by the way ~ your girls are growing UP! AND, I think it's so awesome you live so close to your family, I wish I had relatives just down the road.

As for that Latin Curricula, I just use the Rosetta Stone, it is SOOO easy, & fun ~ plus the kids get instant feedback, the program is totally interactive, and it's fun to boot! The whole Rosetta Stone language programs Series are very much a stand-alone, self-regulating system. It starts you out nice & easy, & progresses as you are able... and there is no fooling the computer. :-D
As for my other curricula, I love the History Pockets & Literature Pockets by Evan-Moore. They fulfill the standards, & you can add to them as you see fit. (Which I just always do... quite frankly, the *standards* are, in my opinion, ~perty dern low~. Plus, I always like to tie in scriptural time-lines along with historical timelines, as I believe the events often reflect on one another.)
Other curricula I really love are the Critical Thinking series. They cover math & language arts, as well as logical reasoning, some science, & a little history ( modern governmental issues, court cases, & the like).
We use the Young Scientist lab kits for our science, and they are SSOOO fun! We found this nice microscope at a local 2nd hand store, (for $20!! wahooo!), & naturally the kids want to examine EVERYTHING. Well, I like to too, it's pretty cool ~ :-D
Anyway ~ so what curriculum are you using? Do you use a whole set or pick & choose like I do? I'm one of those * variety-is-the-spice-of-life * people, so sticking to just one is soooo hard for me ~ besides which, there are so many awesome ones out there, lol.
~ Also, how is work going?

Moya said...

You write very well.