It may be quiet on this blog during at least the early part of this week. I am SO buried by my "to do" list. So, my Mom graciously took the boys today so that I could unbury myself at least part way. Tomorrow we will be gone most of the day. We are going to the mall (shudder) to have the boys picture taken with Santa and to do some shopping (another shudder). I have run out of liquid foundation for the second time in 11 years and I haven't bought new jeans for two. Since we are already going to be in the mall, I might as well take care of those things as well. Wish me luck!
My sister bought the boys the Green Science Weather Station Kit. We will use it along with our the early lessons in the R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey, Earth & Space book that helps me manage Kal-El's science addiction. It has an anemometer (the boys are blowing on it in the picture), thermometer, wind vane, and rain gauge. The boys assembled it last week and we will put it outside and start recording the weather hopefully on Wednesday.
We also started some astronomy last week. I am presenting a hybrid of lessons from Karen Tyler's astronomy album and the Keys of the Universe geography album. Last week the boys learned about the universe and started work on the solar system. In the photo the boys are picking through a bin of shiny doodads (we are easily getting our money's worth from the "sequins and spangles" bag from Discount School Supply) to choose items to create their "universe in a jar" from the Karen Tyler album.
In addition to the stars and glitter Karen suggested, the boys each chose shiny circles to be planets.
Just a tip: the album calls for a few drops of oil in the water. I did this with Kal-El's and wasn't thrilled with the result. It just made the objects all stick together. I used liquid glycerin in Me Too's and it worked beautifully, just like a snowglobe. Use the glycerin!