Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Making Stonehenge

Prototypes made of paleo fudge 

Sand to make sand dough

Mixing sand dough

Forming sarsen stones

Trilothons drying

Painting "grass"

How many do we need?

Glueing sarsen stones and bluestones

Adding lintels


View from the keel stone

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Getting Ready for Essentials

Mastery Chart Notebook-- 1 full, 10 empty, ABC dividers
It's time to get ready for Classical Conversations-- Essentials of the English Language Class. So here's how I organize my essential student.


1) Essential curriculum (for me!)

2) Mastery Chart notebook-- A large notebook, divided into A through R. I place 1 copy of the full chart and 10 copies of empty charts behind each letter.

3) Quid et quo notebook-- A separate notebook with a section for 50 blank quid et quos basic pages and 25 blank quid et quo detailed pages

 4) Analytical Task Sheet notebook-- A notebook with 100 copies of blank task sheets, printed front and back
Quid et Quo-- 50 basic, 25 detailed
5) Trivium tables and moveable walls-- those cardboard things from CC

Writing-- Anything that needs to be written.....

1) Student Text-- I don't buy a teacher's book
2) Downloadable handbook-- Printed and spiral bound
3) Text Copies notebook-- I reuse the writing textbooks, so I don't let my kids write in it. I copy out all pages that need writing (key word outlines, etc.) and the check lists that need to be turned in with papers. I divide it out by lesson with numbered dividers.

and turn in pages, divided by lesson with # dividers

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cave Paintings

Cutting paper bags and crumpling to make walls


Just like Cheveaux

Copying techniques from the cave


Ice Age Activities

Ice Age Poster

We do "normal" stuff, too. This is penmanship. 
Ice Cream!! It's cold. Just like the Ice Age. 

Peanuts and chocolate chips!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

CC Cycle 1, Week (-2)--- Dino Diorama

Our next project was a diorama of a dinosaur habitat, complete with trees and volcanoes.

CC Cycle 1, Week (-2)-- Fossil Cookies

We made fossil cookies. I used a thick GF/CF shortbread base, to minimize spreading while baking. The kids mixed, measured, and stirred. They pressed plastic dinosaurs into the cookies to make imprints and then baked them. When cool, they dusted them with cocoa powder (okay, the concept here was to use a brush. They ended up brushing ON cocoa instead of brushing OFF dust from a fossil, but I think they got the idea). And, of course, then they ate them.

CC Cycle 1, Week (-2)-- Timelines

Chronology of the Universe Timeline
We made 3 timelines this week. The first was the chronology of the universe from the Big Bang to the present. It is made from half-length papertowels, 1 towel equals 1 billion years.

Entire Timeline
Big Bang, Dark Age, Star Formation

Formation of the Solar System

Advent of Life

Chronology of Life--1 towel = 100 million years
Formation of the Atmosphere

Cambrian Explosion

Chronology of Life, Cambrian to Quaternary, 1 towel= 40 million years

First Day of Preschool

Ivy and Laura
The school year has begun! My two little girls are going to preschool again this year. They are having a great time.
Ivy and David playing Battleship
They get lots of playtime with their brothers and sisters in the afternoon, though.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Raven Cliff Falls, Georgia

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (orchid)
We found a great variety of new things on this trail. The downy rattlesnake plantain, a type of orchid, was prolific and in bloom. Just gorgeous. We also saw partridge berries, wild strawberries (no berries), and black berries (still sour). There were many, many different kinds of mushrooms and in all colors, too.

I saw some type of larger wildlife-- about the size of a medium dog and gray-- could have been a large racoon, a fox, or a coyote. We also saw a very large rattlesnake. It had just shed its skin and was very vivid. Old and wise, he sat very still as we went by.

Little "sea anemones"
The trail was easy with a few patches of moderate difficulty. Its' hard to give up when a group of 70-year-old ladies come back the other way from the falls. It culminates in a large climb up a rocky hill; you can see the falls at the middle of the hill.

The 2.5 mile trail makes a total hike of 5 miles.

On our way back, the thundering clouds that we had ignored began to rain with gusto. It was very cold and miserable while it rained. The lightening was close, and a tree fell across the trail. But after we dried out, it was not so bad. The return trip went much faster than the trek in-- we didn't stop to see every plant and mushroom in the rain.

Cool Mushroom

One of the many smaller falls on the trail (Dodd's Creek)

This picture can't do justice to the color contrast--
the black log , the white water, and the red rock. It was simply beautiful

Hornet's nest


Downy Rattlesnake Plantain

Orange mushrooms

Rock formation at the main falls
Raven Cliff Falls
Alan climbed to the very top

Sedimentary Rock