And, That's A Wrap!

What a FUN (and educational) summer we've had! We've gazed at the stars and other celestial beings and traveled to White Sands to enjoy the full moon up close and personal. We have explored our way through Zoology Camp while learning about all the classifications of animals and trekked through the zoo to identify each kind. We've engineered our way through Mean Machines Camp so we could build a Rube Goldberg Machine. We've peeked through our safety goggles at Mad Scientists Camp while decoding secret messages, separating colors with chemicals, and blowing up Diet Coke with Mentos. And we painted, sculpted and splattered our way through Art Appreciation Camp while learning about some famous artists and their unique styles.

Until next year, my smart little campers!
     Miss Kristy

Mad Scientists Camp

I think I'm learning more AND possibly having more fun than my smart little campers. :) What a blast we are having this week! So far, we've talked through paper cup and yarn phones (they really work!), and played with Oobleck (Oh, the fun of a Non-Newtonian Liquid), attempted to decode secret messages using lemon juice and heat but that didn't work (an important lesson in all science experiments), separated the colors in markers with water (seriously cool), discovered that rate IS proportionate to particle size by dissolving antacids, dehydrated cucumbers by using three options of sugar, salt and baking soda, made balloon rockets and paper rockets. All that's left is Explosion Day on Friday! Here's some fun photos of the things we've tried this week.


EDIT: Friday was super fun! We put Mentos in Diet Coke and watched it become a geyser! And the, we made our own ice cream by "testing" the difference between just shaking it in a bag of ice, versus shaking it in a bag of ice and salt. Good times.

Mean Machines 2017

What an exciting week! We learned about the 6 basic simple machines. Simple machines are ones that have one or zero moving parts and help us with work. The six simple machines are:


6 Simple Machines

* inclined plane

* lever

* pulley

* wedge

* screw

* wheels and axle

  • inclined plane
  • lever
  • pulley
  • wedge
  • screw
  • wheels and axle

We watched a fun video series about each of the simple machines, plus a hilarious (and educational) video by Bill Nye the Science Guy, enjoyed some books about each kind of machine, looked for them around the center and at home, had intelligent discussions about how they work, and then each day we opened the Mystery Bag to create an engineering masterpiece using the information we had gathered about machines. The students are so smart! They found new ways to make the projects work every single day. I was so impressed. I am no engineer and I'm not ashamed to say I learned a few things this week as well.
At the end of the week, we put all our knowledge together to build a Rube Goldberg Machine to push a car down a ramp (inclined plane). The children brainstormed together and designed it themselves, and ended up with a machine that used a pulley, and several inclined planes, including books as dominoes, to push the car down the ramp.

Zoology Camp Wrap Up

Mr. T finished the week of Zoology Camp by learning about birds and fish, reptiles and amphibians, and a day spent on invertebrates, even though the kiddos mostly wanted to talk about bugs. On Friday, everyone packed a lunch and headed to the El Paso Zoo. We had a ball, with most of the parents joining us, too. The students enjoyed seeing the animals they'd been studying all week and many others species as well.

Zoology Camp!

Mr. T is attending Zoology Camp at LFAL this week and is already enjoying it. (Slick is not attending camp due to gymnastics practice.) Today's lesson was about mammals. Mr. T learned the 6 things way to generally identify a mammal.

  1. Has a spine
  2. Warm blooded
  3. Has live young
  4. Feeds young with milk from the mother
  5. Has hair/fur
  6. Breathes air and has lungs

He enjoyed a word scramble, play dough time, talking about what he already knew about animals and what he wants to learn this week in camp, reading books about animals and playing the monkey-ring-toss game.
Mr. T and Slick are excitedly looking forward to Friday since Slick will be joining the rest of the class for a trip to the El Paso Zoo. Fun will be had by all.


Meet Mr. T and Slick

Hi Friends!
     Mr. T and Slick are cousins that are home-schooled together. Mr. T will be 9 next week (July '17) and Slick will be 12 in August. They have grown up together and are more like brothers than cousins, which means they are either best friends or mortal enemies, depending on the day...or hour. They both love the trampoline, being outside, video games and Pokemon. They also enjoy tickle fights, board games, and random silliness. They are both the youngest in their family, and have siblings that are much older, making them seem more like only children instead of the youngest. Slick is a competitive gymnast and Mr. T plays basketball, baseball and wants to start soccer.

     While it won't be the first time they are schooled together, it will be the first time it is only the two of them, with two teachers splitting the teaching. They will be using My Father's World, the Creation to the Greeks year, with Kristy handling the curriculum which covers history, science, geography, music, art and Bible, while Jodi teaches reading, writing and arithmetic. We intend to start a small home school group for them to meet with friends each week to keep them from getting bored with each other.

     They have many adventures together already so adding this will only increase the fun. Stay tuned for the weekly adventures of Mr. T and Slick!