Back-to-School Special

Are you studying American History or Geography this year?  What about the Human Body or Chemistry?  Whatever your learning endeavors may be, we want to help you bring true and lovely play into your home!  We are offering a free USA Doll Outfit with every Cycle 3 Playset (while they last).  It’s a perfect pair when it comes to tutoring your dolls!  Learn more and purchase yours in our Etsy shop!

We’ll be rolling out new doll outfits soon – so check back!!

 

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New Clearance Shopping Site

We have another round of items set up on a special clearance page.  This is not connected to our Etsy store, so you will need the unique link to get there.  We will be mailing it out to our email list, so get on the list if you want to check it out!

We have some discontinued items and scratch & dent items with minor defects.

Items include: doll clothes, accessories, educational boards, homeschool t-shirts, and homeschool caps.

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Volcanoes, From Old to New

underwater volcano

We are in full volcano mode at our house.

I remember that first homemade volcano we crafted as a homeschool family.  We carefully molded the clay, painted it, shaped boulders, and once complete, positioned it in the aluminum tray.  Everything we had worked for over the past few days came down to that glorious moment.

While the six and seven-year-olds were “measuring” baking soda and vinegar, the three-year-old announced she needed one more thing.  Rushing off, she returned with safety goggles (she has always been my most prepared and responsible child).  Stationed and ready, they combined the ingredients in our make shift magma chamber and experienced the joy of that bubbly, food-coloring-drenched vinegar smell that should mark any legitimate study on volcanoes.  After the perfectly executed volcano, the child in goggles reported with all sincerity, “Mommy! Good thing it didn’t explode the house!”

That’s a parenting win. We didn’t explode the house.

And for a throwback, here’s chubby little cheeks.

first homemade volcano

This is proof you can trust me when I say we have some volcano experience here.  LOL 🙂

From Volcanos to Attending

While we are still completely into the baking soda and vinegar volcano (I’m pretty sure one child emptied a gallon of vinegar this week), we just discovered you can erupt an underwater volcano too!  You literally just put baking powder in the chamber and submerge it in water.  I don’t know how I’ve missed this all my life.  Here’s a pic of what ours looked like in the water. (Yes, these days our volcanoes involve less clay and paint.)

underwater volcano

Our discovery brought about a new level of attending.  As a result, we observed more closely and more eagerly.

From Attending to Wonder

What I loved about this experiment is all the wonder my children expressed.  I think we can attribute most of that to Classical Conversations teaching us to attend, and to question, and to wonder, and to marvel.

Our tutors on community day this year have been amazing.  I’m the kind of mom that just wants a good procedure to follow, and from there we can nail it.  By contrast, our tutors have done an amazing job modeling how to ask good questions, how to think about what we already know and make connections, and how to discover questions to research.  As a result, my teaching science at home has transformed.  Instead of simply following steps, we are exploring this world God created and are eager to search out more understanding. This is just one way our CC community has been so good for our family.

From Wonder to Research

With our underwater volcano, here are some things we wondered and, consequently, researched.  Maybe they will springboard your family into wonder and new discoveries!

  • Do volcanos really erupt under water?
  • What does the lava look like?
  • Is it still called lava if it’s underwater?
  • Can you see it from the surface?  Where does the lava go?
  • How often do underwater volcanos occur?
  • What is the difference between baking soda and baking powder?
  • How do they react in water? Will they dissolve?
  • Why did the powder go up?

doll and volcano

With eagerness, you can lead your kids in finding a book about a topic, performing additional experiments, or observing something more closely.

From Old to New

What old, ordinary, everyday encounter can you wonder about?

Consider…

  • The familiar sunset as you drive
  • The common household appliance as you do chores
  • The favorite science activity they’ve seemed to repeat a million times

In every old activity, we can find new wonder.