In today’s issue:
- Galactic Slime
- Teacher’s Pay Teachers Huge 28% off Sale Auguts 1 & 2
- Compass Classroom Review and Upcoming Sale
- A. Pumpkin Recommends
I will admit that I love all the science that we are doing. I’m a science junkie and that is probably never going to change. I mentioned the other day to a friend of mine that we had made flubber, and her granddaughter was in earshot of us. She bugged me incessantly until we finally gave in and made it. She has been playing with that silly flubber for THREE days.
Today’s activity is just as fun, but in my opinion way more pretty. For those of you that didn’t like the borax mixture, this time we are going to use laundry starch for a safer batch of goo.
See, isn’t it pretty?
This comes straight from Two-Daloo and I love all how it swirls like the night sky.
Here’s how she did it, but you should check out the rest on her website. She has some GREAT photos.
Making the slime was pretty easy after I figured out the nuances. Yes, there are nuances to slime making- I’m as surprised as you are 😉 ANYWAY, to make our cosmic slime we built upon the tried and true recipe of equal parts Sta-Flo Liquid Starch and Elmer’s Clear School Glue. I wanted our slime to consist of several galaxy colors so I could swirl them into a big spiral for the invitation, so I made smaller batches of black, turquoise, violet, and white/silver using the following proportions (I used the recipe below for each different color):
- 1 bottle of Elmer’s Clear School Glue (5 oz)
- 1/2-3/4 cup Sta-Flo Liquid Starch (I found mine at Walmart)
- Liquid watercolors (several squirts until you get the desired color)
- Fine glitter in a variety of colors
I have used and love Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s. I often pick up things to start off our school year. Some of them are the freebies, but sometimes I find something that this coupon would be awesome for. If you haven’t already, give them a look and see if there isn’t anything that would ROCK your homeschool this year.
Word UP from Compass Classroom
This is one of my favorite add on’s to our school year of ALL of them that we have done. I wanted to add some Latin into A. Pumpkin’s school a few years ago. I stumbled across this guy, Dwayne Thomas, he is hysterical. In this DVD, he will show you both Latin and Greek words origins and is a great beginner course for introducing Latin. I know I’m not the one in school, but this was my favorite part of our week. I was glued to the video every week and secretly learned oodles of things I never knew. We STILL reference things from this DVD. There are online games, practices and tests for each video. I think there were 200 words that we learned their origins from.
This year, I have already purchased Visual Latin from him and can’t wait to get started.
A. Pumpkin Recommends…
The Worst Class Trip Ever
This is my FAVORITE book. This book was written by Dave Barry who my mom used to read in the newspaper when she was a kid. Now he is one of my favorite authors.
A group of kids head out for a normal class trip to Washington D.C., when everything goes wrong, someone is after the President, Wyatt and his best friend Matt end up in the trouble of their life, and their best friend is kidnapped. Wait till you hear what happens to Wyatt’s dad when he goes out side one morning to get the newspaper. ONLY IN FLORIDA can stuff like this happen.
How exciting! I give it a strong two thumbs up and will keep you laughing throughout the book. My mom used it to help me through our Math-a-thon (math marathon), in school. I was having trouble doing math so my mom, have I mentioned she is AWESOME, made me a deal. For every lesson or two in math I did, she would read me a chapter of this book. I obviously took this deal. I couldn’t wait to finish so I could get comfy on the couch with my favorite Captain America cookies my dad and I had just made.
Definitely my favorite chapter book for the year!