Friday, March 25, 2011

Homeschool Highlights, Week 22


Using R.E.A.L. Science Chemistry, we have learned about atoms and that a group of the same atoms form molecules to make an element. This week we learned that molecules can bond together. If like molecules bond together, we get a compound. If different molecules bond together, you get a mixture.

I illustrated this by making some gumdrop molecules.
22 - molecules

Of course the kids wanted in on the action too. They went a little more elaborate, however.
22 - molecules Michael

22 - molecules Audrey & Jacob

22 - molecules Alex


That little bug that hit Alex last week hit Jacob this week, so we did not make it to church. We did, however, make it to our homeschool group field trip to the Sugar Shack where we learned all about making maple syrup.

We learned all about tree selection and tapping the tree.

3 girls

Jacob & Matthew

3 little ones

We tasted some sweet tree sap.
tasting the sap

We visited the room where they evaporate some of the 98% water content from the sugar.

We learned about the interesting history of tapping maple trees

and had a little practice drilling just the right size hole in the tree.

We had a good time, and there was even a little lull in the snowstorm that hit us yesterday so that we were able to get to and from The Sugar Shack safely.
Alex & Elizabeth



Anonymous said...

Interesting and nice shot!
Sunny greetings.

Brownie said...

That would have been fun - tapping a tree.

I like the bud boots. I just got Blondie a pretty pair; she'll be using them for sandbagging soon.

Michelle said...

As always, your photos are great! I've left an award for you at my blog. You can find it here:

Michelle said...

Wow!! That looks like so much fun. I've always wanted to see that process live.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Our Side of the Mountain said...

LOVE the cute rubber boots! Great field trip! It's Maine Maple Sunday coming up here - some of the farms open to the public so show the process of making maple syrup. Stopping by from Weekly Wrap-up!


Tiffany said...

Looks like a great week. My kids love making the gumdrop towers. Have a great weekend.


Lizzie said...

How fun! I love your photos.
We got to experience sugaring at Old Sturbridge Village last weekend!
Happy Weekly Wrap-up!

See Jamie blog said...

Those gumdrop molecules are fabulous! And the field trip looks like fun (and cold!).

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Love those gumdrop molecules! And what a fun field trip~I still remember a similar field trip I took when I was still in school. That fresh maple syrup was so yummy:)

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

Oooohhh, it looks like it was a fun school week! Great shots! Hope everyone stays well for a long while. :)

Melissa said...

What fun! and let me know, where did you get the polka dotted wellies????

CrossView said...

Ooh! Now that's some SWEET schooling! Yummy and fun...