Friday, October 24, 2008

Man...sometimes I REALLY love homeschooling

We have been studying space for science for a few weeks (part of our Noeo science program). This has been the girls favorite thing to study so far. There are times I wonder how much of what I teach actually stays with the kids...and it was demonstrated to me as I was making lunch one day.

Tally had gotten out the fraction magnet puzzle and put them all over the fridge. Then when Tissy came in the kitchen, she noticed that there were 9 circles. She proceeded to make them represent the 9 planets in our solar system. (**notice the poll on the side bar ~ this is for the girls**).

She took her time choosing the colors that seemed to fit certain planets best. She even included some moons, and Jupiter's red spot and Saturn's rings.
I asked her what all the small squares were for..."That is the asteroid belt that separates the inner and outer planets Mom." Of course, how did I not know that??? Now this is all to say, that Tissy went from not being able to name the planets (Tally ended up teaching her), to this fun kitchen demonstration. We have been working on a lap book with all the info that they have learned and I will have to post that when they are done with it. But all in all, it is moments like this that I am so glad that we homeschool.

12 comments:

Chuck Peters said...

That is totally cool you guys! The fridge looks awesome!
~cp

Julie said...

How fun! This is what homeschooling ia all about.

Randi Sue said...

Neato!

cindy said...

very cool!

Lee and Bev said...

After struggling at times, with the whole homeschooling routine - so glad to have the girls really demonstrate - without your prompting - that they are getting it!! Praise God. I have no idea about Pluto. Always thought of it as a planet but since you asked - it probably isn't. Love you lots

K-Sue said...

Are you kidding? Of course Pluto is a planet! If it wasn't, where would PLUTO BOY come from?

chewhi said...

every space a learning place! I love that crayon craft too, very neat.

jandkmoon said...

I love how Tissy made Earth part green and part blue: very creative! Where did you find the magnetic fraction pieces? It seems like a good tool to add to our manipulative bin.

Susan said...

The boys grandma taught them an accronym for remembering the planets in order...although we have heard with ya that Pluto has been kicked out of Plant status..."My (Mercury) Very (Venus) Edudated (Earth) Mother (Mars) Just (Jupiter) Sent (Saturn)Us (Uranus) Nine (Neptune) Pizzas (Pluto)"

crispy said...

I got the magnetic fraction set from the teacher supply store next to Panera Bread. I used a coupon for it. It wasn't cheap but for a hands on or a visual learner I think it would be helpful.

Permission to Mother said...

I was staring at the first photo before I scrolled down thinking it was all fruit. I saw a "lemon" and a "orange."

I see the cool solar system also. Very interesting.

Wife to the Rockstar said...

I love those magnets. I need to get some!

Isn't it a blessing when they actually retain something you have taught them??