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Mother’s Day Painting


Grace painted a beautiful picture for her mom for Mother’s Day! We bought a really cool kit that included the canvas (with a very light outline of the hummingbird and flowers), all the needed paints and brushes, and information about painting techniques. Grace worked really hard and did a fantastic job with one of her first painting efforts. 😀






The Week in Pictures


And a fabulous week was had by all! 🙂

Soap Making


It’s Grace’s mom’s birthday today!  We’re big fans of handmade gifts at our house, so Grace and I used her “Grace’s Choice” hour yesterday to make some bee-yoo-tee-ful soaps for her mom.  😀  (Isn’t it awesome how homeschool allows you to explore such a huge variety of skills/activities/topics???)  Check out the pictures of the process below:

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Happy Birthday, Carrie! 😀

How to Weave on a Simple Loom


Since one of the activities in my mythology pockets is to weave on a loom, I’ve started weaving.  It’s a really fun way to keep your brain busy.  The best part is that weaving is just as fun as playing video games!  Okay, so maybe not that fun, but it’s still cool.  If you want to learn about weaving in two simple steps, read the blog below.

How to Start Weaving

Things You Need

  • Loom
  • Needle
  • Comb
  • Thread and Yarn


What to do

  1. Take your loom and make a knot in the bottom left hole.  After that, tightly thread your white thread across a hook on the top.  Then, thread it through the hook directly below. Repeat this process until your base is as wide as you wish. Tie a knot in the top right corner when finished.
  2. Take your colored thread and thread it through the needle.  Then, weave through the white thread, starting in the middle, and using an over-under pattern.  When you reach the end of the row, use the comb to press the thread down.  Start where you left off, making sure you don’t pull the thread too tightly or too loosely.  Use an opposite under-over pattern and repeat.

Well, that’s all I know so far, but I’ll learn and post more as I go along.  Happy weaving!



How to Make Pasta Beads


Christmas is coming up, so Emily and I made jewelry kits for Kylie and Anna.  The cool thing is the beads are made of noodles!  We dyed them using food coloring, and here’s how you do it.

Thing you need

  •  large plastic bags
  •  rubbing alcohol
  •  food coloring
  • bead-like noodles

What to do

  1. Pour three tsp. of rubbing alcohol in your bag.  (Make sure it’s RUBBING alcohol ;))
  2. Choose your color of food coloring.
  3. Pour one tsp. of your coloring in the bag with the rubbing alcohol.
  4. Pour in some noodles.  We used a lot of noodles in one batch of beads.
  5. Shake thoroughly or until the beads are colored the way you want.  Add more color and alcohol if needed.
  6. Pour colored beads onto a plate covered with paper towels.
  7. Let them dry overnight.  Do not make if you can’t stand the smell of rubbing alcohol.

These were really fun to make, but they do stink when they are wet.  Don’t worry, they stop smelling so bad after they dry.  😉


Tech City Fun


Between science class (fun), thunderstorms (scary), and traffic (frustrating), Grace and I had a very long day.  In light of that, I’ve decided to let her off the blogging hook for the day.  Instead I will post a couple of pictures from the Tech City exhibit at the Science Center.  We had so much fun playing in this exhibit that we decided to skip the planetarium show we had planned to attend.  Yep, one room of activities kept us fascinated for over 2 hours…and we’ll go back, I’m certain. 🙂

Grace using filters and bypasses to accomplish precise sorts.


 We had a great time designing “mosaics” for the middle of a town.  I love that each shape had a cost associated with it.  Grace experimented for quite a while to find a design that looked good and kept costs down. 
Grace loved using Separation Station to sort plastic balls by color, size and density.  Using the appropriate filters and bypasses was quite the challenge.
We also had lots of fun designing dams, bridges, and earthquake-safe buildings…more on that later in the week.  Be sure to check out “The Week in Pictures” and a bonus “Video of the Week” this weekend! 🙂

Math meets art meets engineering!


Highlights in Pictures


We did lots of awesome stuff this week and didn’t have nearly enough time to blog about it, so I thought I would post some pictures of highlights for the week.  We saw an awesome little snake while hiking (we were actually looking for signs of erosion and weathering).  We had a bonus for the hike:  Daddy and Frank were able to join us!  Grace learned about painting with water colors at her first art class.  Math fun was had when we made a spiral representation of the Fibonacci sequence (with Frank’s help, of course). 😉