Thursday, February 25, 2010

Corn Flour Slime

Today I started the day with 3 batches of corn flour slime. I wish i could say it was for science ( it wasn't we did air pressure today) but alas it was just for fun with the science thrown in as we played. Well my husband departed for work this morning with a 'you have bitten off more then you can chew' look, but I just looked back lovingly reassuring him that it was all under control look. Well we played and played and had the most marvelous time with it, but by the time he got home there was corn flour slim from one end of the veranda to the other. It was even on the dog!!! Once again the "look' passed between us and he so lovingly asked if I would like him to carry the tables down stairs and hose them off while adding gently that perhaps next time we should 'play' down on the grass. It was great, now what shall we do tomorrow?
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Corn Flour Slime Recipe

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A New Day

I love new days! I can wake up and just start again every day. If we didn't get all the work done yesterday that we had planned then there is always 'tomorrow'. While I set goals, write lists of things I want to achieve for the day, week and year, I never get bogged down in that- there is always tomorrow. I like knowing that, it definitely takes the pressure off. I have learnt that the 'stuff' in life can wait but your babies grow quickly. The flower bloom is short and the bug on that leaf in the garden that your little person just found won't stay there for long. This is one of the blessing that come from homeschooling.
For me I am currently toilet training my youngest daughter and planning the wedding for one of the oldest. Talk about the diversifying rolls of motherhood. I love 'home duties' and wouldn't have it any other way. I also love the possibilities that a new day brings.

Well I am off to face that new day. Its was very hot here last night so I wanted to get a jump start on the 'today' list. The bread is cooking, the kookaburras singing and a warmth is in the air already. A New day!! Hope yours is a good one.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Loving the Rain!

How does anyone homeschool on rainy days. We just sat down to do our Maths-U-See and it starts to pour. So I have two children looking at me with the most wishful, pleading eyes. What else could I say then "off you go". So the trampoline got another good workout, maths was abandoned and I had two very wet but very happy little people. Don't you just love the flexibility of homeschooling and the fact that YOU get to see the shear joy and delight of these seemingly simple experiences.

Monday, February 15, 2010

First Post!!!

Well today is my first post, but is week 3 for homeschooling. It's an exciting week. Today is the big reveal of our Pharaoh Chicken. We are using The Story of the World for our history curriculum, so about 8 weeks ago Maddie began the mummification process of a chicken. This has absolutely captivated her and added a dimension to her Ancient Egyptian studies that is often missed. I put together an observation book to add an extension to this so at each 'salt' change she would write down a short narrative on her observation. Well today we will return the required organs (these were just made out of paper & placed in canopic jars) then wrap the chicken in linen bandages. While that is drying I have put together pieces of scrap craft paper for her to decorate a shoe box fitting for a Pharaoh Chicken. I will add photos tonight of this momentous occasion.