Ireland inspired

Ever since doing the Ireland study the lad's been somewhat intrigued by castles.

So one day...we built one. :)

It has now been added to his city upstairs in his bedroom.

He occasionally asks if we can build another one, and since I can't remember where I picked this up, all I can say is "I don't know buddy, we'll have to see if I can find another one."

Our Bridges Work

I went to the Goodwill Book Store in London and picked up a whole whack of books. One of them was this book by Etta Kaner called Bridges.

I started reading through it with the lad while he was digging in his dinosaur egg. We got intrigued.... Being intrigued in our household means let's experiment and see what happens.

Chapter One is on Beam Bridges.

HAH! Easy enough to experiment with these! And besides...the book clearly lays out the experiments one can do.

We started with Page 7, build a beam bridge. All we needed was two bricks, paper (used cardstock) and plasticine (or some other such modelling clay).

easy enough...set up your bricks. Place a piece of cardstock over it. How many plasticine bricks will it hold? We learned it ALL depends on where you place them. Smack dab in the middle...Three MAX. BUT if you put some on either end before you put them in the middle it will hold more. SEE .....
not anchored


Then the book said try doubling the paper, and folding the paper in different ways. So we doubled the paper.. it held a bit more than twice as much weight without being anchored (about 8), and when it was anchored we could put all the made bricks (about 15) on top.

We made a waffle bridge... and WOW!! that just amazed us. We put ALL the plasticine we had on top and it didn't break! One end crumpled a bit but that we think, was due to mommy's poor folding job at that end.

and angry black bomb bird could sit underneath quite safely. :)

Then we moved on to page 12 as I just wasn't quite sure how to do the in-between pages and decided thinking on those a bit would be a good thing.

So we tested out different types of columns. Square, Triangle and Rectangle
we started with two DVD's

we added more.
the triangle really started to quiver and shake

we managed to get one more book on top
and then the square one gave one unfortunately falling
into the circle one.

We went for a walk afterwards and discovered there are columns everywhere...even the trees are columns! We decided that was very smart of God to make the trees grow in the strongest shape. Circular columns were by far the most common column that we found, though most that most porch railings use square columns which didn't make any sense to the lad. "how will these hold up a person mommy? they are the wrong shape! they are square! they should be circled!"

I had no answer for any of you???

April 13 - What we did today

Today we did some work on the Mother's day unit study done by Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett.. We did a copywork sheet on Genesis 3:20. We had the fun of discovering the Go Fish Guys.

We did days one and two. If you want to know more Click here to view more details.

We learned the history of Mom's day, the lad drew some pictures, did some copywork, saw what the flower of mother's day was (the carnation), and took in some geography as well. He had a great deal of fun making me a mom's day card. :) The lad's response to day one and two of this study "I liked drawing the card for you mommy but I didn't like the rest of it."

Then we had lunch and headed off to the library.

We got out a whole bunch of new books and had fun playing trains. We added a twist to the train play today...we took pieces of the toddler puzzles (animal shapes) and had them in the train area. The pigs had a zoo and the angry birds broke down the walls and well...the animals all got out. The pigs rebuilt the zoo and to compensate themselves for having to rebuild started over-charging the animals for their food so the animals all went out and got jobs. It was a fun story that taught concepts as well. :)

Out to the park for a walk afterwards. We had a good time walking around the pond. We saw a goose on eggs and two muskrats eating grass and watched them dive into the pond through a hole in the ground. Then we saw a white thing in the water. It made us VERY curious so we tried to get it onto the shore... as we moved it we saw that it was an egg! We tried hard to bring it in but the soil at the side of the pond has a edge to it so we lost it under that edge. :( Made us both disappointed. The lad said "NEXT TIME MOMMY. Let me do it!" So we spent some more time trying to locate more eggs...goose, duck, bird ...anything eggs, but no such luck, but a good time had tramping around the pond looking hard for them and scaring up ducks and geese as we went.

Then home to make supper and to relax. A good day overall. :)