We are on our 4th week back in homeschooling. I am always amazed at how easy it really is! There is way more structure to our day. School work is getting done in record speed, chores are getting done, and the house is actually staying picked up.
At the end of our school day, after everything is all done and put away, we do an art/craft project. This has been a huge motivator in getting things done. If we haven't done our chores and school before Daddy gets home from work, we don't get to do a project. I've kept it exciting enough, we've only missed out two days in this whole month of not getting to do our project!
I saw the recipe on Pinterest for watercolor paint over the weekend, and even though I already had store bought watercolors, this was something I wanted to make right away! The reviews promised this to be the best ever watercolors, and I admit, I was excited to give this one a try!
Super easy! The above ingredients are all it takes, plus some food coloring. I only had Walton cake icing gels on hand (just a small drop on a tooth pick!), so that's what we used. The colors are amazing, so even if I had the regular food coloring, I would use the cake dye!
I used the big muffin tins, there are a LOT of kids in my home, so I knew I'd need more than most normal homes. :) 12 TBSP of baking soda 6 TBSP white vinegar 1 1/2 tsp of light corn syrup 6 TBSP of corn starch.
First you want to mix the vinegar and baking soda. Do this in a large bowl (I used Pampered Chef's classic batter bowl) because it will fizz! Make sure you call in the youngsters to watch, it adds to the excitement! Then mix in the rest! Pour it all evenly into the muffin tin cups.
This job will be easier if the bowl you have chosen to mix it in has a spout.
I had Jemima help mix because she was the one most interested in this project and the big kids were doing math anyway.
Then comes the hard part. You have to wait till it dries before you can start to paint! It took about 30 hours here, it's been so humid the last few days, so that's probably why.
Everyone did their work super fast today, not a single member of our household wanted to miss out on this!
The colors are amazing! So bright and rich.
It painted on so smooth too. It also dried pretty quick!
In no time at all, my kitchen table was loaded with pages and pages of beautiful patterns and colors! It was so much fun, even I had to get in on this one!!!
Last week, after our huge homeschool back to school party, (we had well over 60 show up! It was great fun!!) my dad calls saying he had a friend that had peaches and cream corn for sale. (My favorite!) Silly me, not sure what I was thinking. Last week was nuts. Not only did we have that huge party, but I had so much sewing to do as well as schooling and housekeeping. Why I thought I could take on another thing, I have no idea... But it was PEACHES AND CREAM!!! I took 10 dozen. :-D I'll remind you, I do not own a deep freezer either.
No big deal, I have a few sets of willing and capable hands to help me!
At one point they decided to have a contest to see who could find the biggest worm. :)
And then they started racing to see who could go the fastest! That worked well for me! We got it done in no time flat!
After we had enough shucked, Kat took it upon herself to cut out all the bag spots. She did a fantastic job too. I only had to remind her once not to cut off too much and I didn't even have to go in behind her when she was done because she got all the bad spots off herself.
It was fairly hard keeping tiny fingers OUT of my pan while I tried to cut the corn off the cob. The Littles love peaches and cream too!
2 hours later we had 16 QT of my favorite corn bagged and in the freezer. (uh hum... had to eat some Popsicle's to make room... no one was complaining!) We work so fast as a team. No job is too much because I've got my own troops to send in.
It sorta brought me back to my own childhood. I use to help my family put up corn (and many other veggies.. fruit too!), but on a much larger scale. I was happy to be able to share this with my own children, even though it wasn't a lot of corn. Great homeschool lesson on how to put up things for the winter too. It went along with out history lesson last week, as we are reading Little House and had just got to the point in reading about how they put up food for the winter. I didn't plan it, it just fell into place that way. It was a lot of fun! Might even buy a bigger freezer next year and do even more. :)
We have started back to school! (sorta!) The kids were so excited when the books came in we ended up starting earlier than we first planned, we've been back for a week and a day now.
It's so nice to be back on schedule! The house is staying cleaner, children are more calm, and already they are learning a lot.
We even took our first Field Trip!
Okay! So Dollywood is more for fun. But while we were in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge we watched candy making (sooo making taffy next week!!!), blacksmiths working, glass blowing, and more. Of course I was too busy answering questions and making sure a wild toddler didn't run away to take many pictures. Usually the only time it was safe to shoot away, was while Jojo was on a ride or asleep!
Jesse was tall enough for every single ride there, Kathryn was tall enough for all but the new Wild Eagle. She was so bummed, just 1 1/2 inches away from being able to ride it, next time! It was the best coaster I had ever been on. Jesse and I had the hardest time not talking about it's awesomeness, knowing that would make her more upset!
Jonah on the "ho seee wound"
No, she wasn't happy at all!
Now we are home and it's back to the books! No one is too sad, though we are a bit behind in sleep and this gloomy weather is making most of us grumpy.
Liam is doing amazing! He is learning how to cut things out and paste them, he really enjoys doing it, and does a great job. I am amazed at how well he is doing. He sits and listens so well when I read to him, even when it isn't a picture book.
It's really been a relaxed first full week back. I knew this trip to TN was coming, and wasn't even going to start school till after (we were only gone 2 days :)), so it's been light work. Math and reading was the main focus and some other things thrown in there for good measure. We go full swing on Monday.
This is why we homeschool! We aren't just learning when our noses are stuffed in a book, we are learning by real life experiences. The whole big wide world is our classroom, and there is no limits. The possibilities are endless. I am so excited about this year!