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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Snapshot Summary, January 25-31, The Last of January

Snapshot Summary, January 25-31

Amid the doctor's appointments and getting the furnace fixed, we took time out to enjoy.
Enjoy making meals fun.
 Enjoy creating.
 Enjoy pretending.
Enjoy going on spy missions.
Enjoy our beach in the winter.
Enjoy playing.

Enjoy exploring.
Enjoy winter's beauty.

Enjoy being together.

I hope you enjoy life, too, where ever you are and whatever you are doing.

The boys became fascinated by the fact that the water in the unopened (sealed) water bottles in the car did not freeze, whereas a bottle that had been opened, some drank out of and left in the car was frozen solid.
Why was this?
Remember when we did the Mentos and Diet Soda demonstration? We learned then that the little dimples in Methos candy acted as a catalyst that created the geyser reaction when in contact with diet soda. This is called nucleation. The same reaction can occur with supercooled water. Relatively pure water cooled slowly below the freezing point may remain a supercooled liquid. If it comes in contact with a catalyst, such as strong vibrations or by seeding with an ice crystal,  it can crystallize into ice quickly. Here is a cool video that shows these reactions.

Which goes to show that learning happens even if you don't plan it.

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  1. I love that photo with the dock and the frozen water!

    Maybe it gets colder here than there; all of our water bottles in the car are currently frozen.

  2. Beautiful! I am so happy for you guys,it looks like being back at home was a good choice for now. I love how you are able to keep your kids engaged and to see the beauty and science behind everything.

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Ahhh - a FASCINATING rabbit trail to follow! How cool!

  4. What a fun adventure. I am glad you are getting settled back in and finding good doctors.
    Blessings, Dawn

  5. I'm glad you all are enjoying so much! Great photos Phyllis :)

  6. Great pictures!

  7. I'd agree, science happens all the time!
    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!


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