Monday, August 6, 2012

Back to the books

There's something so beautiful about being a part of your children's soaking up of knowledge.

Today we started our school season with a fun science project out of Apologia's "Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy & Physiology".  We did the "Edible Cell" project.

Jello "Cells" with "Organelles" ready to be placed

Centrioles & Mitochondria
Lysosomes & Golgi Body
Ribosomes, Nucleus, & Endoplasmic Reticulum

 Once the Jello hardened, the girls were able to place the "organelles" into their cell.  
The girls had their "Cell Wheel" (from the Notebooking Journal) they had created as a reference - so as the different organelles were being placed into the cell, they'd tell me the function of each one.
Cell Wheel

Yummy cell #1
Yummy cell #2
My hubby even got involved...because it was candy ;) So he added LOTS of organelles!

It was a wonderful day back at school - and a small taste of an amazing year to come...I am believing it!!!!!

I didn't realize how much I love & missed doing school because by the end of our last school year, we were about ready to hang each other off the roof by the toes - and very ready for a break.  I think my favorite scripture when it comes to teaching my girls is Lamentations 3:22-23

22 It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.

And one of the most beautiful gifts is that my girls mirror God's mercy during those days when I need EXTRA...because there are times it seems my "receive-mercy tokens" should have run out.

I was grateful for the break so I could step back, PRAY and implement new "policies" to make the year just that much smoother, more fun & productive.  By the time they graduate, we'll have it all figured out...NOT!

So here's to an AMAZING year for us, and all you wonderful homeschool families out there!!
Eating the Cell - YUMMY!