Thursday, November 11, 2010


My girls have been learning about the components of blood this past week.  Today, they made a blood model.  I love activities that they can do on their own!

I labeled the first picture with the ingredients, but I fear it may be a bit small for many of you to see.
Red Blood Cells: cinnamon candies  White Blood Cell: white jelly bean  Platelets: candy sprinkles  
Plasma: light corn syrup


Though it was "edible" the "blood" was awfully sweet, so we have to discard it in the "Hazardous Waste" bin!
Great way to visualize the substance which gives us life.  Try it with your children and then discuss how Christ gave His blood to save us!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

MidWest Homeschool Convention

If any of you are looking for a homeschool convention that is worth going to, you may want to check out the MidWest Homeschool Convention taking place at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH
March 31-April 2, 2011.  In recent year's, the convention in our area has become exorbitantly priced with very few good speakers and fewer vendors.

Though we will have to pay gas and hotel, my husband and I think the MidWest Conference will be worth going to this year.  If you register by November 18, the cost for a FAMILY to attend all three days of the conference is ONLY $40!  There are over 300 workshops with such speakers as Ken Ham, Ted Tripp, Carol Barnier, Todd Wilson, etc.  Saturday night will cap off the weekend with a presentation by the Duggar family ($1 reservation for family).  A bonus is that the convention is not far away from the Creation Museum. 

For more info (there is a lot of it!), follow this link.  To find out the prices after the early-bird deadline, be sure to check out the registration pricing page.  The earlier you sign up, the more you save, but the prices are reasonable for the next month or so.  Be sure to book your hotel early as they will sell out early.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Not for the Easily Nauseated

Tuesday's science lesson with Katrina involved dung beetles, flies, & maggots.  You think I'm kidding.  Seriously, a whole 3 paragraphs on the dung beetle.  Do you know there are parts of this world where people will special order dung beetles to help clean up the excess...well, you their areas?

Then there was the interesting tidbit about flies vs. cockroaches.  Did you know that one fly landing on one part of a slice of bread will leave more bacteria behind (and, yes, they did inform us from where!) than a whole troop of cockroaches marching over the same slice of bread?  I live on a farm, people.  This is NOT what I need to know!

And, what about those maggots?  I finally learned how dogs and  cats go about getting worms.  Worms, which, apparently like to feast on Rover & Fluffy's insides.

I need to learn to do science AFTER lunch.  Way after lunch.