Science Sunday #18: What You Have Been Doing, February Edition

What have you all done during the month of February?


Michelle's Charm World linked up a post that included robotics done by her son, and another about Balloon Racers.
The Tiger Chronicle linked up a few posts:
 When Storms Get Too Much
Look Up!
Finally!


antarctica button
Angelicscalliwags linked up several posts this month:
Continent Studies: Antarctica – Creating a Research Lab
Continent Studies: Antarctica – Experiments in the Snow
Microbes – Protoctista
Scientist Study: Watson and Crick
Extracting Your Own DNA


Hands-on science: Is light a wave or a particle
My favorite science post this month came from Navigating By Joy and was about Hands-on Science: Is Light a Wave or a Particle?
Make a mini-science lab for independent science play
Planet Smarty Pants linked up a post about a DIY Science Lab in a Box and another intitled Engineer This: Design and Build a Roller Coaster
Lionden Landing linked up a post on how to Make Your Own Bouncy Balls
As always I hope that you continue to link your new (and old) posts with any science topic to this meme every Sunday.

What science studies have you been doing?

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February 13-27, Our Homeschool Weekly Report, weeks 16 & 17

February 13-27
It has been a couple of weeks since I have posted my "weekly" reports again. The weeks just seem to be flying by and I took some time out of our schedule to visit with my sister-in-law as it is the one-year anniversary of my brother's passing away.
Let's see, what have we been up to?
We had a lovely Saint Valentine's Day...
and had a yummy breakfast for dinner.
 The kids went bowling with friends.
 We celebrated two birthdays of friends, Hope and Brenda. I had this yummy chocolate cake picked out to make only to discover my oven was dead, so Katie came to the rescue and made a stack of gfcf no-bake cookies to use instead of a birthday cake.

 We celebrated President's Day with a George Washington Cherry Pie.

weeks 16 & 17

Alex painted a Cityscape this time, using complementary colors to make the buildings pop out.
The military innovation of Medieval China
Medieval China
 This month we have been looking at what Asia was doing during the Middle Ages. We started with China...

Quentin's history notebook page from Medieval Japan
 and then went on to Japan, with Kublai Khan as a bridge between the two. We also have been learning about heraldry.
We have also been eating Asian food. We had Chinese food while we studied the geography, culture and history of China and celebrated Chinese New Year.
We also studied the culture and geography of Laos and had a meal from this country.
We have been doing simple sentence diagramming in English and our usual math activities. We have been learning about muscles, the integumentary system and food webs in our science studies.

How was your week?
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World Geography: Laos

This week we have been studying the geography and culture of Laos.
World Geography: Vietnam, November 2012
 We reviewed what we had learned about Phan Bio Chau's Vietnamese Restoration Society (1896) and Alex colored the countries that made up Indochina; Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
France controlled Indochina -the lands that are now called Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia The French divided Vietnam into the territories Torkin, Annam and Cachin China. Phan Bio Chau formed the Restoration Society to fight the French.
We read stories from Laos.
  • Nine-In-One Grr! Grr!, Told by Blia Xiong; a trickster tale told by the Hmong people of Laos. Illustrations modeled on the appliqued story cloths from the Hmong.
  • Piecing Earth and Sky Together, A Creation Story from the Mien Tribe of Laosn, Nancy Raines Day. Beautifully illustrated and features the embroidery style of the Mien Tribe in Laos.

And, of course, we ate Laos inspired dishes. This is Mekong Stir-fry with Pureed Eggplant. It has mushrooms, green beans, spinach and sugar snap peas in a fennel-eggplant sauce. We liked this but it took a fair amount of effort to make.
We also had this Crunchy Sweet and Sour Salad, which I really liked. It is a salad of Napa cabbage, watercress and spinach with bean sprouts and snow peas and a sweet and sour dressing. Both recipes are from World Food Cafe by Chris and Carolyn Caldicott.

History and Geography Meme 155: Heraldry

Here are our lessonplans and narration paragraph for our study of heraldry.
from 2010
  • Learn about the origin of heraldry and what it came to mean in later years.

Heraldry is a system used to represent individuals and families. Heraldry originated so knights could be recognized in battle. It was difficult to tell a friend from a foe behind armor, so identifying coats of arms were pained on each knight's shield and flag. Later, heraldry became a system of identification for members of the upper class.


  • Describe the different elements of a coat of arms.
  • Study various coasts of arms. Identify the different elements and their symbolic meanings.
  • Design a meaningful coat of arms for yourself. Choose colors, symbols and a motto that represents you and your family. Make a blazon, which is a description of your coat of arms and the meanings.

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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.

Don't forget to link up to the Multicultural Kids Blog's Blog Hop each month.


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123...I Can Paint! Complementary Colors and a Busy and Bright City Street

Pairs of colors, like blue and orange, green and red or purple and yellow are called complementary colors. They look extra bright and busy beside each other.

Let is turn these busy colors into a bright and lively city street.
Mix up gray paint, using a little black and a little white paint together. Cover the background to make a gray sky. Let this dry.
Using a spoon, drop blobs of paint on the background, putting complementary colors next to each other.

Press a square of cardboard on one blob of paint at a time, dragging it down to the bottom of the canvas.
Keep doing this until you have a painting full of colorful city buildings. Don't the colors together make the buildings jump out at you? Let this dry.
Now you can paint in the details. 
Paint in windows, a street at the bottom. You could add cars, people, planes or clouds...whatever you want.
sources and resources:
  • 123...I Can Paint, Irene Luxbacher

Medieval Asia: Medieval Japan

Previous post on Medieval history: Medieval China
Quentin's (age 10) Notebook Page

This week the boys' history assignment was to write a narrative about what they have learned about Japan and the Feudal age, making comparisons and contrasts with Europe in the Middle Ages. We also talked about Kublai Kahn and how the Mongol/Chinese invasion was thwarted by some storms, leading to the concept of "divine wind" (kamikaze).
 In their writing they had to use some or all of these terms:
shogun
samurai
bushido
daimyo
kamikaze
kabuki

Science Sunday #17: Human Biology: The Integumentary System

The Integumentary system includes skin, hair and nails. I could not find many hands-on activities. Do you know of any more?
It's Only Skin Deep
Skin Model out of Rice Krispie Treats at Eclectic Homeschooling
Why Do I  Need Sunscreen at I Can Teach My Child





I want to build a community of science educators and so I encourage you to check out the links and make a comment on the posts.
As always I hope that you continue to link your new (and old) posts with any science topic to this meme every Sunday.

What science studies have you been doing?

I am pinning all posts to Pinterest.

Please include All Things Beautiful Science Sunday Meme in your post with a link
All posts that do not link directly to a science related post will be deleted.

Medieval Asia: China

The military innovation of Medieval China
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Sui and Tang Dynasties (589-907)

The Sui dynasty reunited China after 370 years of division, but it only lasted thirty years. Emperor Wen cut taxes, abolished compulsory military service and encouraged the development of agriculture by redistrubiting land and setting up irrigation methods.
The Sui dynasty was followed by the Tang dynasty. The government was reorganized and was a stable period in Chinese history for 300 years. 
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Started by the Sui, and completed by the Tang, the Grand Canal linked all the main rivers of China.
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Song Dynasty (960-1279)

After the Tang dynasty fell, China became fragmented. Northwest China was taken over by Tibetans; the northeast by Mongols Khans; southeast by Thailand and the south by Vietnamese. The Song period saw advancements such as gunpowder, rockets, clocks, movable type printing, paddlewheel boats, magnetic compass and porcelain.

From about 1353, the Black Death broke out across China.
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Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

After a long campaign, the Mongols were driven out of China. During this peaceful period, China looked outward, exporting and importing goods to India, Middle East and Africa. From 1517 onward, the Portuguese and other Europeans traded mostly in Canton. Starting about 1552, major attacks on shipping by pirates off the coast of China affected trade. Rebels eventually took over much of China and in 1644, the Ming dynasty fell.
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History and Geography Meme #154: World Geography: China -Learning About China by Celebrating Chinese New Year, 2015: Year of the Sheep

In celebration of the beginning of Chinese New Year, we studied China's geography and culture.
Confucianism
Communism
We played Mahjong.
It was a very hectic week so we elected to get Chinese take-out rather than making dishes ourselves.

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What history and geography studies have you been doing this week?

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.

Don't forget to link up to the Multicultural Kids Blog's Blog Hop each month.


  Remember that I am pinning all posts to Pinterest.
You might want to check out the Pinterest board and see all the past posts.
Follow Phyllis Bergenholtz's board History and Geography Meme on Pinterest.

Please include this button on either the post you have linked or your sidebar or mention All Things Beautiful History and Geography meme in your post with a link. All posts that do not link directly to a history or geography post will be deleted.
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Introducing: LEGO Challenges and Challenge #1: Two Dimensional Design

Last year I introduced to All Things Beautiful a year's worth of Lego challenges beginning with this one, a Two Dimensional Design.


Two Dimensional Design
This weeks challenge is to create a Two dimensional design.

Two dimensional is having only the dimensions of height and width, like a square. Three dimensions is having height, width and depth, like a cube.


This can be almost anything. It can be a representation of an object, a piece of artwork, either realistic, or abstract, a mosaic, a picture of something you like...anything you want, as long as it is flat.


Pretend like you are drawing or painting or taking a photograph, but try to create it out of Legos!

Here are some examples from those who participated.
Top - Rafael (4) - an E
Bottom Left - Michaela (5) - a person.  (top is head w/ eyes and pink mouth, plus body)
Bottom Right - Mom (hey, I can do it too, right!?) - flowers, clouds, sun
from Homeschool is Where the Heart is
 I gave Capt. N the added challenge that whatever he made had to do with something we were studying in school. He knew right away that he wanted to make a lego version of our skeleton guy.
from Ridgetop Ramblings 2

Robbie loved the idea of Lego Challenges and ran off to build "scenes", as he called them. This was a great opportunity to discuss 2-D vs. 3D. 

Robbie is a five-year-old Lego addict. Here are the three scenes he made (described in his own words).

"Luigi is trying to get all of the colorful coins, but the cloud is in his way." 

"Bowser from Super Mario 64."
  
 
"Mario jumping over the fire Bowser is breathing." 
This activity is now closed, but feel free to use the weekly challenges as inspiration.

source: Inspired by Sam's Lego Quest, (which is no longer active)