Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Meet my Beagle Puppy Daisy

Daisy was born on July 17, 2012. I was looking for a new friend and family member and saw her in an ad. She was in a family for to weeks prior to ours, and the prior owner was unable to care for her any longer due to other obligations, so I took on the motherly instincts to care for her. I drove across the state of Florida to pick her up and have taken her to the vet to get her puppy vaccinations, and found out she has a double ear infection and a spot in her left eye. He said she needed to be checked out sooner and I was able to show them the ad I found her in and he said I pretty much saved her, also the vet put her on medications to try and treat it. I just want to let you all know this... Please if you are looking to adopt an animal from an ad, please get more information from the person. The young girl/ lady I got Daisy from was kind to give her up but should have been repectful to take her to be seen for shots and etc. It would not have kept me from getting her but it would have been best for the puppy!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Spice drop Ethan Models for Physical Science

My son had to build a Model Ethan for his Physical Science project using Spice Drops, he needed to 32 red ones, ( not so bad tasting except there was 34 in the bag we purchased, he needed 24 green and there were 34 in this bag and 10 black, those are the worst ones of the bag, but to say the least the person over seeing quailty control at the company made sure to over load the yellows, whites and black spice drops, YUCK!
Here he has printed instructions to guide him in building the models

The green ones are for Hydrogen, the red are Oxygen and the Black ones are Carbon, He was to show the eqaution of Ethan and Oxygen then Carbon, hydrogen and Oxygen then balance them stating how many Ethan models were needed to balance this.  

He said 2. The teacher directed sheet asked how many water molecules did he need to support the balance, 6. Oxygen models was 7 Those are the red spice drops. 
 Thanks for stopping by today  

Friday, April 20, 2012

Incredible Egg Geode Experiment

I want to thank she posted this weekly experiment of the week on her blog, It is an advertisement for the Steve Spangler Scientist website. There is a link to Steve's Website on her blog. My kids had fun exploring while learning her is the outcome of the Egg Geode that grew crystals.  We did this lesson and found out that
"Geodes are pockets of crystals that form in sedimentary and igneous rocks. They start as hollow spaces in rock that is porous enough for water to seep through. The water carries dissolved minerals, which are deposited in the open space, forming a lining of crystals. Most geodes contain quartz crystals, but they can also contain calcite, celestite, and other minerals. "
My son had Earth Science last school year and studied rocks so this was another great ad on to what was taught in the K-12 program, we love his teacher he has his year, she currently teaches a few levels of Science. I only hope that they can let us have her again when he moves up to 8th next fall. I have to admit between the two kids, it took two trials and errors.but that is what learning is about. I have to say that my ninth grader didn't put in a spoon over night like my son did his and his had crystals. He thinks that this was the variable that may have made it work for him. We are going to do it again, however they are going to separate the egg halves and place Epsom Salts in place of Alum like the kids did for this project, and  a spoon in one container and not the other container. I will get back to you when this happens. Again, if you would  like some really great ideas for Science you can either hop over to my blog pal at or the Steve Spangler site. Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cause and Effect Glyph

This is a Cause and Effect Glyph that my son who is in 7th did. He had a assignment in Composition class, it was also to to help him with making a presentation from being boring, he said.  The project represented here is a Critter cage, it is similar to those for fish, but used for small reptiles or animals. The black band on the top is on a brad and rotates to show his story of the Cause and Effect lesson of how "T" was home one day while mom and sister were running errands. "T" had the Bunny out and put it back in the cage, "he thought" and soon after saw the bunny hop by causing all sorts of mishaps in the house.
 Here is a close up of some extra Rabbits that were cut out using the Cricut and the 2010 special holiday Cartridge. "T" printed the "Cause" highlights and pasted them to the bunnies so he could do a presentation style. The original assignment said the children could do the notes on index cards, but we have a Cricut machine, and he like to use it when ever he gets an opportunity.

 Here "T" and I made some carrots for the Effect notes to go on, they are on a brad to keep them together.
My 9th grader has a real bunny and "T" thought it would be fun to do this project. Her bunny is fine, and was not left out of her cage, this is just used for a school lesson.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Learning about Meiosis mobile

One of the lessons for "T" Science was to make a Mobile.
It is hanging up in the back drop,
The project let him use craft materials which best represented
Chromosomes, Spindles, Spindle fibers and the division of cells.
 He was able to send the completed picture to his Online teacher to share
with the rest of the virtual class to set as a referrence for the others who needed a visual :) 
"T",  used pipe cleaners, party basket fill, ribbons, pom poms (top left),
Cricut and George cartridge to cut circles/letters to the same size, plastic wrap,
glue sticks, hot glue stick, ( adult supervision) and a hanger  

Friday, April 6, 2012

"T's" Science Fair Project for K-12 Virtual School

       We have a Cricut Machine and about 55 plus cartridges for it. So we decided to to cut out from the Chores Cartridge some little tooth brushes to add some decoration to the board. There are some large Ovals to represent Eggs under the word  EGGS to go with the theme. "T" had to do a Science Fair for his last Unit and lesson of the school year however, he loves Science already and will continue to do some lessons and visit some some of his favorite hands on science museums. We have a few blogs we follow regularly to gret some ideas from, and will continue to check in with his K-12 teacher on a regular basis as well. Plus, we have a great start to a Science center set up in our school area. "T" just became the keeper of 2 fish that have mickey mouse head prints on the tails. Congrats !

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Science & math with Gummy Worms and Gummy Bears, Rulers, and a variety of Water

Here T is measuring the W and L of the Gummy worm prior to placing in the water solution. He is recording the information on the chart we found on the Internet ( We would like to give credit to who ever made the chart, & Thank you, but it didn't have a source with it.
Ms. G also recorded the bears W and H and made their measurements info for the charts. She gave the hypothesis info and was ready to go on with her experiment. She has tap water, (we have well water) yuck!,
Bottle water, and salt water, than we added sugar water, not shown in picture.
Here you can see a set up for the two kids. We later added the container for Sugar water.
They were watching to see if any coloring would come off and then they were to see if the bears ( that was the first test) changed size or mass. they did change the water to a light pink after 30 minutes.
The worm test was the most change. They grew from 5 cm to 6 cm. and the red ones to a darker pink water. and green ones to lite green water, no change on yellow water. The Salt water face after eating the items, I saw on the kids was priceless:) Hey they wanted to try it! Yuck!
In the end they said this was one of the best times of the week they had, because they got to have Gummy worms during the school day!

Friday, March 30, 2012

I was surfing Pinterest and came across these and said " I love these" I need a couple of them! I have a little table that I can fit a few under, which we use in our school area. Anyways, I also have a lot of fabric pieces to choose from in my old hobby room I share with my husband. I went down to Home Depot and asked the helper to cut a piece of Ply from a scrap pile and he was able to get 9 pieces out of it. He wrote on a slip it was an orange code $ 4.01 :) smiles for that. I purchased a new pack of staples for my staple gun and a pack of foam at Wal-Mart and My daughter and I were ready to make our seats. We are going to be making one for her sister and brother soon.

To help keep some sence of organization during the school day

I was needing some sort of way to keep my son organized and started to look around on the Internet and found a large variety of home school families using this sort of "Work Box method" so with that in mind I said I would give it a try. What I did was look to see what was suggested, then comments of the families I researched. They labeled the bins with either picture or word labels. I did both, However my son's classes are not of the normal Brick and mortal school. He is taking a Civics class. He is in a G.U.M. class, it stands for Grammar Usage Mechanics, and Literature, and Fundamental of Geometry and Algebra so I needed some special tags I could Velcro on the bins the little icon images on Google images. My son loves monkeys, so for Literature I found a Curious George  looking through a set of binoculars, and a pencil for his writing class and then a State Capital Building for his Civics Class, for Vocabulary I found a icon that had Alpha letters at random, He has his covers of his 3 ring binders done in a similar way but with some different images to keep them form being boring. The K-12 program has the kids in Grades 3-8th do Study Island so to help get them prepared for FCAT, so we made (I)  made him few blue ribbons reminders. I made some Ribbons on my Cricut to give him when he earned them on the computer as a reward too. to hang up as an incentives! I purchased my shelf unit at Target for $19.99 and 2 sets of 5  pk. bins for $ 5.99 each there also. We rotate the bins to fill as his daily plan changes.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sweat Pea has a watchful eye, like a good scientist, my kids say!

There is a squirrel on a stepping stone if you look closely just below where the level of
where the sun and the side walk area meet. but this little cat is a very watchful one.
His bell came off his collar recently, but he has been a good kitty. No presents, thank goodness!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mini Miracle Grow Garden Kits for Our newest Science Center Set-up

                                           Found at Walmart for only $1.00 Garden center
                     Cost just under $6.00 has 2 packets of seeds and absorbent disk
           Some of the little dirt packet that comes in the $1.00 dome add 1/4 cup water
  My oldest daughter C, helping, she loved this, it is good to have extra hands help out. She is planting Zinnias
Here is G, she is planting Egg plant in the mini dome. They have a variety to choose from.
This is T, he is in 7th grade, he is planting sweet peppers.  So I had the kids put it all together and they dated the outside of the dome with a sharpie and placed it up on our kitchen window ledge to watch and remind them to mist .

A project about Sun Dials to see how fast the Earth rotates

Here my 9th grader, "G" is doing a project to with her binoculars,which has a compass, an piece of scrap wood, and her phone to record the time in seconds.
"G" Is looking through the binoculars to observe the written questions on her assignment, she also made a statement saying, "Hey! Where did my shadow go?" hee hee  I think it is funny that she didn't know I was hearing her and wanted to write it in the blog. LOL
"G is seen here with her computer to listen in to her teacher during a Class Connect time, this is when the kids interact with with the teacher via internet connection, they can type or use a microphone to talk to other student and the teacher.
 Her recorded information gave this every 30 minutes 1 1/2 cm.    Project:  Earth Science 4/23/12

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A funny thing... We have Hermit Crabs in our Science Center, but it took a month for dad to figure it out!

I needed to take Gabby and Tom to the Endocrinologist last week, it is in Fort Myers, a little over an hour drive for us to get to the doctors and on the way back from the visit I said to the kids, lets stop at the Shell Factory, it is in the Northern part of the city, pretty much in no-man's land... While walking around I told the kids " wouldn't it be funny if we came home with the crabs!" we got 2, plus a medium tank, all the sand and food, so while walking around we were getting some them, a book on shells, a hand carved bookmark for Connor for having good grades, so Wow! I wonder how long it will take for your him to notice them," Well today is one week later he hasn't said anything... I'll let ya'll know how long it took... Well after a month my 14 year old finally told him! We have two extra pets, he was fine with it! He actually enjoys having the little 5.5 gallon tank put on the table to watch every so often. They crawl around more in the Kitchen area then in Set up Science area for some reason.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A little Look At Our Virtual School Set Up

Hello, I just wanted to share a little bit of some of the daily life of how I spend with my two younger cubs. They do virtual school, it is not the normal "Home School" as some people do. The county school board has a pretty good program that comes to our house Via Internet and Books, through UPS and the kids have teachers that come online and teach them the core subjects. They can call them or K-mail them when they have questions or needed support. I have purchased extra supplies for guidance and made with the Cricut some centers signs for them to have as though they would have in a regular school. My son "Monkey" Is making a Meiosis Mobile for a Science project! Thanks for reading, more to come soon :)

Popcorn word help! Please

I borrowed this image from Google images, I do not claim it as my own: it is posted here just to show as an example of what I would like as the project I would like to hopefully achieve!
My son 13, 7th grade, loves Popcorn, like most teenagers, but I figured this might be a way to help him write down his vocabulary words from his, Virtual School K-12 Classical Roots B Vocab book, and the type and paste the definitions then he can binder ring clip instead of the traditional index cards. So if any of you know which Cricut cartridge would have the image of one on it or something similar, or some teachers in the family who know how to do some of the fancy images we have seen posted on Pinterest or Teacher pay teachers, please ask them if they could lend a hand. Thank you.