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May 22-28, 2015 Snapshot Summary

May 22-28, 2015

In continuing with the very busy May...
After roller skating, we went to Friendly's,where the boys look over the cards Quentin received for his birthday.

Quentin's 11th Birthday Party

This birthday was one of Quentin's favorites. It was simple and yet it was just as he wanted it. First a friend and the family went roller skating for a few hours and then we all went to Friendly's for ice cream. It was a day filled with family and friends and love.

Memorial Day: Beach, Cookout and Game Night

We had a lovely traditional Memorial Day. Steven took the boys down to the beach- the first time to the beach this summer. We had the traditional cookout and patriotic desserts that turned your tongue blue. : )  We played games with friends and neighbors.  When it got dark, we got out the glowsticks  in red, white and blue.


Computer generated picture of the cabinets in our kitchen space.


Shopping for a New Kitchen, Physical Therapy for Steven


and New Glasses for Sam


Steven went to physical therapy while Sam and I picked up his new glasses (a new world opened up to him!) and went thrift shopping. Then we all went to Lowes to meet with our contractor and the Kitchen Cabinet specialist to pick out new cabinets for our kitchen. I had no idea that this would take two hours! We ended up picking out dark cherry cabinets. We need to pick out countertops, vinyl flooring, wall covering and pressed tin look ceiling tiles next.

Time For Rest
We kinda crashed mid-week because of the over-scheduled month, and so we took off a couple of days just to rest. Because of that however, we didn't get to a couple of things we had intended to go to. We missed our annual Homeschool Strawberry Picking Day, and we will probably try to pick another day to go strawberry picking because we would hate to miss that altogether. We had also intended on going to the Plant Propagation Fundraiser that our Homeschool group had, but we really needed a break and to catch-up on housework, so we didn't go. The idea for it is really neat, though. Everyone gathers plant clippings from their backyard plants (such as dogwood, butterfly bush, forsythia, azalea, crape myrtles, gardenia, holly, jasmine, juniper, magnolia, rhododendron, hydrangea, maple, rose, wisteria, etc.) and soil and plastic pots. The plants are propagated by dipping them in a root promoting compound and then planting them. The plants are then watered and cared for until spring, by which time they will have grown to the point that they can be sold at a spring plant sale. The money will be used to fund some of the pricier field trips that the group would like to take.

On the Menu

A couple of you said that you missed my including the highlights of our weekly menu with you, so I have it back in this week.
We, of course, had a traditional cookout on Memorial Day with hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken breasts and shrimp skewers and lots of side dishes.

We enjoyed a Cuban Dinner of Lechon Asado (Cuban Pork), Cuban Black Beans, rice and simple salad. The leftover Cuban Pork was then made into...
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The Traditional Cuban Sandwich at De Su Mama
Traditional Cuban Sandwiches which also includes, in addition to the Cuban Pork, ham, cheese, pickles and mustard!
Tomato Salad with Homemade Ricotta and Grilled Bread
For another lunch, we had a simple lunch of tomatoes, ricotta and grilled bread.

Fat Burning Cabbage Tortilla Soup at Not Quite a Vegan


On another day, we had Cabbage Tortilla Soup, which I added some black beans to. It is very spicy, but Steven and I loved it. 
The boys had Meatball Sliders instead, which were filled with bacon, cheese, meatballs and sauce, all of which are fattening and  yummy, which is why Steven and I had the soup.
We celebrated National Cherry Dessert Day (May 26) because why not? Cherry is one of my very favorite flavors, so I had to make two desserts, Cherry Dream Bars...
Super moist Cherry Bread baked full of maraschino cherries with a cherry almond glaze overtop
Cherry Bread from Taste of Lizzy T's
and cherry bread. What a way to celebrate, eh?

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Experimenting with Model Rockets: A Meeting of Scientists

photo by Denise Toth
As a follow-up to the rocket launch, students analyzed the results of the rocket launch to find out which rocket went higher. I gave each student the tracking data for their rocket and they were able to use a Height Finder Chart in the same way they tracked the assent of the helium balloon previously.
They were then given the data from the control rocket's launch as a means of comparison. The clinometer readings are not perfectly accurate, however if the data from a student's launch indicates that the rocket flew more than 2 meters higher than the control rocket, it probably did fly higher. Otherwise, it is best to conclude that they flew about the same height. 
Each student then made up a one sentence conclusion that stated what they learned from the experiment about how to make rockets fly higher. Once they were finished, each student got up in front of the class and described the one difference between their rocket and the control rocket. They also showed the class their rocket. They told the class the hypothesis of their experiment and then the results of the experiment on the graph. Lastly, they read their one sentence conclusions. The other students were allowed to ask questions but I tried to keep the focus on what variables might not have been controlled. Sometimes the other students were able to suggest ways to improve the wording so that everyone could agtagree with the student's conclusion, and perhaps ways in which the experiment might be improved in the future.
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In conclusion, we summarized the results of all the experiments. Two students did similar experiments but got different results and so we attempted to explain what unknown variables could have affected the two experiments. Suggestions included that perhaps they were made slightly differently despite the effort to make them identical. Another suggestion included the possibility of a gust of wind that might of affected one of the rockets.
I reminded the students that the scientific method requires many repeated experiments over a long period of time before a final conclusion can be drawn.

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Some of the conclusions we came to?
We found that odd number of fins, 3 and 5 flew better than 4 fins. Fins add weight so the 3 fins flew well, but when you have 5 fins the rocket flew better because of the increased stability. The four fins had added weight but not as much added stability, so was the worst of lot.

Fins that pointed down worked the best. We assume that this helps to reduce the airflow drag.

Shorter rockets flew high because of the reduction in weight, but had less control with its flight path, so their actual height attained varied. 


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May 15-21, 2015 Snapshot Summary

May 15-21, 2015

May has been a whirlwind of activity for us. 


This week we had my in-laws visit from California. We mostly just stayed about the house and hung out together.
Quentin having a Chesapeake Dog (crabmeat, cheese and LOTS of Old Bay- see how orange it is!) at Jo Jo's. 

 We did take them to our favorite hot dog joint.

It was Quentin's 11th birthday. He is having his party at the roller rink on Saturday, but we had a small family party for him at home on his actual birthday. He has been enjoying his birthday presents.
Eddie at the model rocket launch a couple of weeks ago.
 Eddie is still in the hospital but Hope still came over for our weekly game night.
Hope just got word that they are moving Eddie from Johns Hopkins to Mt Washington sometime on Friday morning, which we are all not too happy about. It is not as good a hospital and Eddie will not have access to an XBOX, which helps to pass the endless time in the hospital.  Hope also has the added burden of the fact that she lost another son years ago to CF at that same hospital. All the memories and frustrations are attached to the hospital. Please keep up your prayers for the whole family.

We also went on a field trip to Fort McHenry in Baltimore as a whole family, which was wonderful. Can you believe that I have lived in Maryland for over fifty years and I had never got to Fort McHenry before? It was neat to go there while the War of 1812 Anniversary is still going on.

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I have really enjoyed the community of homeschoolers we have built here and I encourage you to check out the links you may not have seen and make a comment on the posts.

As always I hope that you continue to link your new (and old) posts with any history and geography topic to this meme every Thursday.

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Experimenting with Model Rockets: Launch Day


The last thing we needed to do before we could launch the rockets was to insert the igniter into the engine. After this was done,
we stationed two people, one upwind and one downwind, to use their clinometers to take angular readings so that we could triangulate the highest point each rocket reached.

We announced each person, their rocket's name and what changes they made to their rocket to vary it from the control rocket.

The results of the launch? Which rockets went the highest?
I will discuss in the results in next week's Science Sunday post. 
The results might surprise you.

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May 8-14, 2015 Snapshot Summary

May 8-14, 2015 Snapshot Summary



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HOME EDUCATORS OF THE EASTERN SHORE PERFORMS ”KEEPER OF THE TALES”
On Friday, May 8th the students of Home Educators of the Eastern Shore (HEES) donned the stage at Church Hill Theatre to perform their dramatic production, “Keeper of the Tales”.  The play, written by Tim Wright, was based on the stories of 1,001 Arabian Knights and starred Kamal (Sam Bergenholtz) as the wise blind beggar who sold his stories of morality at the local bazaar. These stories intrigued the pious Princess Miraim (Laurel Toth) who was at the bazaar with her servant, Aisha (Megan Toth), on a mission to acquire some items for the palace.
The dramatic production was the pinnacle to their year long drama class that was taught by Phyllis Bergenholtz at the group’s Wednesday cooperative. The student actors were James Bergenholtz, Quentin Bergenholtz, Anthonly Daly, Tim Daly, Thea Daly, Eddie Dorman, Logan Jones, Christian Miller, Samantha Miller, Katie Sardo, Tyler Toth, and Hudson Toth. Many of the students played multiple characters in the play.
This was the group’s first full length (90 minute) production and the students rose to the challenge of this more demanding program pulling off a stellar performance. The many props, costumes and Arabian backdrops are all created by the students and parents of the group.
Home Educators of the Eastern Shore (HEES) is a local support group which offers support, fellowship and enrichment opportunities to families in the local home schooling community.   HEES has a website www.homeschool-life.com/MD/HEES where you can get more information about what they offer. They are always welcoming new members.
Shore Update May 16th – 824 Chester River Drive, Grasonville, Posted on May 12, 2015

Friday
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Keeper of the Tales


Saturday
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Brenda and Ginger Visit


Sunday
10
Mother's Day

Banana Split Cheesecake Dessert
Monday
11
Catch-Up

Tuesday
12
Doctors Appointments

Wednesday and Thursday
13 and 14
Rocket Launch and
Game Night with Friends

Special Prayer Request
I wanted to send out this prayer request for our friend, Eddie, who played the Genie in our play.  He went into John Hopkins today to begin his three weeks of IV anitbiotic treatment.  This was a scheduled visit  and not an emergency but being in the hospital for at least  three weeks can not be fun.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Eddie's situation, he has Cystic Fibrosis which affects the lungs among other things.  A month ago the Drs. found a strange strain of a bacteria in his lungs that was resistant to all forms of antibiotics except this one form that can only be administered via IV.  Eddie was adamant with the Drs. that he wanted to be in our school play so they postponed the treatment til now.
The treatment plan for him at this point is that he will receive a PIC line on Monday that goes directly into his artery (so that they don't need to change the IV line location every 3 days) to administer the antibiotics  The PIC line can stay in for the entire three weeks or longer, if needed.  After three weeks, my understanding is that he will be tested again and if the antibiotics are working then Eddie will be given the "go ahead" for the doctors to  schedule him for exploratory surgery.  If they are not working then his visit will be considerably longer as they try different coctails to try an find one that will work.
Cystic Fibrosis patients are extremely succeptable to "things" that our bodies could normally resist and one of those things is a certain type of cancer.  A sonogram was done previously to make sure Eddie does not have this cancer but the doctors were unable to see all of the organs that they needed to see so they want to do exploratory surgery to be sure.  If he was to get it, it could be fatal so they would rather be safe than sorry.

Please keep Eddie in your prayers!  He is confined to his room so that he doesn't catch anything from the other patients and complicate his situation.  Pray for Hope, his mother,  who has to travel back and forth to the hospital.  The Ronald Mc Donald house is too expensive for her to stay in long term  so she is staying with her other son's family who are 20 minutes away.  Please pray for their finances as the parking fees and food fees at the hospital and the bridge tolls  are very costly and put an unexpected dent into their family budget.  Not to mention just the stress of dealing with the doctors and the energy it takes to see your child sick and know that you can't do anything about it. When she is done with Eddie at the hospital, she returns to her sons house after a long day at the hospital,  where her grandchildren are and they expect her to play with them and it just drains her energy.   Also please pray for the doctors that they would be given wisdom and come up with a treatment plan that would be effective and eradicate this bacteria completely.  Pray that Eddie would respond well to this treatment in a miraculous and God speed fashion and that maybe his stay would be shortened.

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