Friday, November 30, 2012

Ethan's Yellow Belt

Ethan tested for his yellow belt in Kung Fu.

Video Submission

Ethan submitted this video in the Homeschoolers for Mitt Romney contest. He got an honorable mention and won $50. It was a great experience for him!

Friday, November 2, 2012

The People's Vote

My Project:

My assignment this week was to learn about the voting process.  I learned when you vote, the people decide who they want to represent them. If the President of the United States gets voted out, the new president will change things. He calls what is called a "lame duck" meeting of Congress. It's a hard thing to do, to become the President of the United States. It is a lot of responsibility. You are looking after all of the people of America. 

Some of the issues I studied about were Healthcare, the Economy, our Country's Debt, and Education.

There are two main political parties: Democrats and Republicans
Some of the people running for President are: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Barack Obama is now the President with Joe Biden as his Vice President. They are Democrats.
Mitt Romney would like to become President. He has chosen Paul Ryan to be his Vice President. They represent the Republicans.

We also have to choose someone for Governor. Gary Herbert is our Governor now.
Senator Hatch is trying to get re-elected too.

Voting is an important thing to do. If you pick the wrong person, your life could change for the worse. People should study the candidates before they vote. They need to find the person that they like best and vote for them. It is a matter of opinions. But you need to know if the people running for office are going to be good leaders, and if the decisions they make are good ones because they represent the people.

For my project I had to build a voting booth. It took awhile to put together.

Part A. The Making of the Voting Booth.

I started with an empty box.

Spray painted it .
Put the sides on.
Painted it.
Drew on it.

 Put a flag on it.

 Put it outside. And put the papers on it.

        It is done.

Part B: The voters

 I also took part in the National Student Mock Election. I had to get other people to come and vote at either my voting booth that I made, or online at

 Here is my uncle voting.

My brother outside waiting to vote.
The Voter

Another brother voting.

My baby brother trying to vote.

Here's a video of me placing my vote.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Our New School Year Begins Tomorrow...

Looking forward to starting school back up tomorrow. We have got a few fun things planned to get started like making homemade pizza for lunch, and a nice long walk as part of our nature study. It will be good to get back into things.

We will be studying the French artist Renoir this semester, as well as listening to the works of Claude Debussy- the only composition that I know personally of his is Claire de Lune.

A great resource I have found for our gospel study & morning devotional is found here: 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

First Lego League

Today is the official start of Summer Vacation! Which means we have successfully finished our first year of homeschooling! (Give me a minute to pat myself on the back.)

And now I am looking ahead to what next year may bring. My son is part of an online school called My Tech High. He is very excited for next year as one of his courses is a Lego Mindstorm Robotics course. Which has brought me to researching the First Lego League where students form groups and compete in Robotics tournaments all over the world. My predicament is whether I should try and find an exsisting league, or create my own league?

Has anyone ever participated in First Lego League and can give me some insight?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Homeschool Travel Club

The Homeschool Travel Club  will be visiting San Diego on March 4-9 2013.

The price per Adult 10+ is $200.35
The price per child: (3-9) $ 176.80

The price of the trip includes the Registration Fee, Admission to San Diego Safari Park, Half day Whale Watching trip, Admission to the San Diego Zoo, & Admission to Sea World. We are also including several service projects as part of our trip that benefit Rady Children's Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego. Our trip also includes an optional day at Legoland California.

Transportation, parking costs, and hotel are not included in the package price.

If anyone is interested in learning more, please check out our yahoo group or facebook page:

Friday, April 13, 2012

Easter 2012

The Solar System

Ethan's telescope finally arrived. Because it was so late they included a free gift. A glow in the dark solar system for his room.

Damon had fun helping Ethan put the planets up in Ethan's room.

Astronaut Noah! Mission Control.

Here's a really good picture of Ethan's telescope. It even came with its own tripod stand.

Another helper. Liam is already to tear everything down.

Signs of Spring Project

For one of Ethan's science projects he had to hunt for some signs of Spring around our house. These are a few that he found:

Tulips in the Backyard

Purple flowers in the front yard.

Buds blossoming on the trees.

Blossoms out front.

And more flowers...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Toothpick Puzzlers

Logical Thinking this week came from Aims Education Foundation

Puzzle 1: Make 2 squares of different sizes by removing 2 toothpicks.
Puzzle 2: Make 3 identical squares by moving 3 toothpicks.
Not sure if we did it right, but this is what we came up with!

Science Experiment

Last week in science class we were learning about the solar system. This week we have been studying about the sun and the power of the sun's rays.
 Our experiment was to see if we could melt chocolate using the sun's rays and a magnifying glass.
 The challenge got a little bit more difficult, as Damon, Noah & Liam tried to eat the experiment rather than watching it melt!
 So far so good! The boys chalk it up to one very tasty experiment!