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Summer School Science – videos, experiments, and sign language

A few days ago I posted about my love of the Signing Time program (and the free video they have available).  As if that wasn’t enough reasons to love it, today I’m going to tell you about another reason! Rachel and the Treeschoolers series – This is a science DVD series for grades PreK-3, though my 2 year old enjoys it just as much as the 4 & 5 year old. (The song about thunder and lightning has helped calm a few storm fears in our house too!) The DVDs are educational and fun AND incorporate ASL!

This summer they have upped their game even more. For those that subscribe to their promotional e-mails, they have created an email series called Summer of Science. Each week, I receive an email with a short video clip from one of the Treeschoolers videos and an activity or experiment idea to go along with the topic of the video.

For week one, we watched the video about lightning and discussed the experiment but didn’t get a chance to try it out due to a week of rainy weather. (How appropriate!) Week two was a success though! The song in the video was about how clouds form, and we reviewed some of the ASL signs that go along with weather. Then we all had fun with the experiment – making a cloud in a jar!

Here are a few pictures. Note I did NOT clean off the table. Homeschooling is not neat and tidy around here. I can’t even pretend it is.

Supplies needed:
Hairspray (aerosol can)
Large jar with a lid*
Hot/Boiling water
Ice cubes

experiment supplies

Fill the jar 1/3 full of very hot/boiling water
Spray the hairspray into the jar and replace the lid quickly
Put several ice cubes on top
Watch your cloud form!
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One question from the activity printout was, “What do you think would happen if the lid was removed?” (Or something like that. I’m too lazy to go look. :-p ) So, we removed the lid to see!

This experiment was definitely a win. It was easy and hassle free, but also very interesting!

For the accompanying videos and more activities, head over to SigningTime.com or CLICK HERE to sign up for their emails!

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40 weeks

I apologize for taking so long to get back to my blog. Things have been more than a little crazy around here. In fact, if this post doesn’t make any sense, please forgive me. I’m operating in a fog tonight.

Today I am 40 weeks pregnant with my third child. That doesn’t seem quite possible. I feel like just yesterday it was late Spring and I was shopping for pretty maternity dresses, excited about my growing baby bump. Now it’s turning colder, and more often than not, I find myself reaching for a light sweater in the morning to cover my ginormous belly. Most women would be more than ready to give birth at this point. Many dread the thought of having a baby after their due date. With my two previous pregnancies, I was that way. Of course, both my boys decided to come before their due dates, so I got off a bit lucky with them. This time though, I’m in no hurry. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ready to hold my sweet baby. I’m ready to not have to fully wake up just to roll over in bed. I’d like another few days though. I’d like another week if possible. I would also like for my husband to be home. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy took my lineman away to the East Coast. As of this evening, he was staying in a hotel somewhere along the coast of Maryland. He is a two day drive from our home in Arkansas. The plan (for now) is that he will be heading into New York tomorrow. With storm work you never know what is going to happen until it’s actually happening. Our entire life seems to operate that way I guess. We can make plans, but we have no idea what will really happen. We have no idea when this baby will arrive, and we have no idea when Daddy will be home. I’m still praying for a miracle. (On a side note, the song I Need a Miracle by Third Day seems to be popping up everywhere I turn for the last two or three days. Isn’t it funny how God is in control of even the smallest details in our lives?)

We’ve had a lot of trials over the last month or two, and in each one, this verse has found it’s way into my head and heart.

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

I have no idea what the plan is, but I know God has one. I know he is doing great things that we can’t yet see.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

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