Science Fair 2013

We will be headed to Barnes and Noble La Cantera later today for one of two information sessions being held about the upcoming homeschool Science Fair (January 26th – 2 PM and 6 PM). Located here in San Antonio, the Science Fair is hosted by TORCH San Antonio and sponsored by SREIT. Information regarding the Science Fair can be found on the SREIT website here. While you are over at the SREIT website, check out some of their other offerings. I’m pretty excited to have Kyri take part in some of the upcoming classes they have scheduled!

Here is some info regarding the upcoming fair (but be sure to check out SREIT’s website for more details!).

  • Date: April 13th, 2013 10:00 – 3:00
  • For participants in PK – 12 (requirments and expectations differ based on grade level)
  • Fee: Free for TORCH members and $5 for non-members
  • Deadline for entry: February  28, 2013

This will be our first year to participate. I have been talking to Kyri for the past several weeks about it, to peak her interest and get her thinking about what she might like to prepare. For her age, a demonstration (rather than an experiment) might be something she would prefer.

I picked out two children’s books this past week that discuss Science fairs, to give her an idea of what the students do, what is expected of them, etc. These are fiction stories but paint a fun picture of science fairs.



If you ask Kyri, her two favorite colors are pink and purple. I struggle to get her to wear clothes that deviate from these two standards, and she is constantly separating boxes of crayons based on the pink and purple standard.

During our library visit last week, I was picking out the a book we have used for our Harmony Fine Arts art and music study, and on a whim I grabbed a nearby art book that I thought she would be interested in reading.

A Book About Color is a book on basic color theory for young people. It introduces the colors as houses on Color Street. It goes into primary and secondary colors, what different colors “mean”, such as red representing angry or danger, or blue representing water or calm. The book also goes into warm and cool colors, complementary color pairs, analogous colors, saturation, and the color wheel.

This isn’t a complicated book. Its very colorful and keeps the writing simple. You can check the book at Amazon by “taking a look inside”  to see the vibrant colors and simple explanations.

While I had hoped Kyri would enjoy flipping through it, I wasn’t expecting how much she would like it. She has been reading it over and over since we got it, and she has even been reading it to her brother Ender.

After reading this (the first time) she commented how much she really liked the color green. This is a major breakthrough! I think she has gotten a better appreciation for the other colors as a result of reading this book. We have added it to our wish list to put on our bookshelf.



Back to School

It feels great to be back to our school routine! This is our first week back since taking some time off for the holidays and Julian’s birth. While we have done a little school work as the mood strikes these past couple of weeks, this is our first week back to a “sit down and follow our lesson plan” school schedule. We had co-op yesterday so no bookwork was scheduled. Today we tackled Math and Language Arts and started our Five in a Row book and lesson. I’ll recap our week this weekend over at Kyriandra’s Big Day with our Week End 10.

I wanted to mention a couple things we are doing that are new to our lessons. First, we have started our Math Journal. I had read about them on various blogs, and I thought Kyri might enjoy it, so we started the end of the last week. It has been a major hit! Kyri has done several pages at a time and is really enjoying herself. She frequently asks me to let her do another page. This is proving to be a great tool for reviewing and reinforcing some of the math skills we covered earlier this year, but that she hasn’t seen recently. I’ll go into a lot more details, along with links to some resources we are using, in a separate post.

We have also started using a Handwriting workbook – Print Writing: A Creepy-Crawly Alphabet.
Previously I have been using lined paper and poetry to cover both recitation and copywork, but I didn’t feel like she was getting enough handwriting practice. I happened to see a wonderful handwriting workbook while at the bookstore recently and it has really grabbed her attention. It covers uppercase and lowecase letters, words starting with both uppercase and lowercase letters, and complete sentences. The words and sentences are all about different creatures – butterflies, alligators, things like that. She is highly motivated now to work on her handwriting. It also helps that I promised to start teaching her to write in cursive once she had improved her print skills.

So anyway, our first week back is starting off well. Scheduling is proving to be a little tricky as we try to juggle both Julian’s as well as Ender’s schedule along with our lessons – we didn’t manage to get school work started today until noon. But I think we will find our groove soon enough. I’m really looking forward to the second half of the school year. Lots of fun things planned!