Firedrake worked on her first lab experiment using the EO Wilson Biology book(a free secular biology book from apple apps). This experiment will have her to document the changes in 3different types of seeds (we used zucchini, milkweed and green beans) for the next 4 weeks. She is looking at how seeds may have traveled to islands. Her control seeds are inside plain water jars and the variable seeds are in salt water jars. After remaining in the jars for 4 weeks she will try to germinate them and see if there is a difference in the success rate of the germination. For the first time she is keeping a lab book to keep her observations in since we are going to count this as a high school credit.
This year my husband is taking the reins on teaching Firedrake Biology and has done an amazing job researching and planning out her schedule. Firedrake is learning that Dad is a much harder teacher than Mom! She just might start appreciating me yet! I will admit I feel a little lost not helping as much but I am concentrating on MarioFan's science that that is helping me cope, sort of. Although my husband does remind me occasionally not to interfere in his class LOL! I never thought it would be so hard to just let go of the control!
|looking to see how molecules move in cold, hot and warm waters|
This week was also home link orientation, where we find out the schedule, pay the fees, buy books and hear the rules for attending the classes. It can be very busy and there is so much information to absorb for us all. Only 2 more weeks until classes begin both kids are looking forward to it!
Another exciting event happening in two weeks for the kids is Andrew Pudewa from IEW is coming to our area and I have signed the kids up for a single course with him. We have been using his program for several years and I really see great improvements with both of the children writing. We are looking forward to having a class with Mr. Pudewa, maybe I will even get a picture of him with my children:)!