Saturday, December 1, 2012

#15 Learning Log 12/31/12 to 01/06/13

  • Finished Life of Fred
  • Read Sherlock Holmes
  • Flash cards
  • Scripture Reading
  • Spelling

#14 Learning Log 12/15 - 12/21

  • Scripture reading
  • spelling
  • Physics: measuring
  • Physics: friction
  • Christmas Singalong
  • Toured Temple Square
Flash Cards
  • Country flags of North America
  • Dinosaurs
  • Stringed Musical Instruments
  • States
  • Time :30
  • Phonics g, g, c (s), th, sh, wh, ch
  • Solar system
  • Brass instruments
  • Phonics long vowel sounds
  • time :10, :05

#13 Learning Log 12/8 - 12/14


  • Circle time flash cards on time, 
  • Phonics, 
  • Space 
  • String instruments.
  • States
  • Country Flags
  • Scripture Reading
  • Spelling
  • Saw Alfie Boe in concert

#12 Learning Log 12/1 - 12/7


  • watched videos about Jews in China
  • 100 Spelling word list by txt
  • Read about Chinese Religions
  • fill out worksheet
  • Chinese Research
  • Watch brain pop,
  • Emailed the China Map game to the kids
  • Nutcracker with Mountain West Ballet

  • Make Christmas Stars
  •  do geography worksheet

#11 Learning Log 11/24 - 11/29

  • Made a model of Stonehenge
  • Nutcracker with Ballet West
  • Gymnastics
  • Hopkido
  • Speech and Debate
  • Shakespeare
  • Nativity with the cousins
  • Cultural lesson on the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's.
  • Watched youtubes to go with above cultural lesson
  • History of the word atom
  • Basic subatomic particles (protons, neutrons electrons)
  • Basic properties of electrons, protons and neutrons
  • basic Structure of an atom Nucleus and electron shells
  • triple point diagram
  • temperature is a function of atoms vibrating/ colliding
  • pressure and temperature are related to states of matter
  • space is a vacuum of atoms, so it is cold, and there is no protection from the sun

Friday, November 23, 2012

#10b Learning Log 11/17 - 11/23

  • Taught the kids how to Crochette
  • Physics Lesson - Newton 2nd and 3rd laws of motion
  • Gingerbread craft
  • Life of Fred
  • Ancient China - Farming, Pictograms and Silkworms
  • Stonehenge

Saturday, November 10, 2012

#10a Learning Log 11/10- 11/16


  • Donald in Mathemagicland

  • Research on China
  • Read Story of the World Chapter 10 - (SOTW 10)
  • Religion Government and Culture.
  • Creations - Architecture, Art, Literature, Music, Etc.
  • Geography, Allies and Enemies. 
  • Daily Life: Education, Work, Food
  • Technology, Science, Math, Language
  • Fashion Worksheet 
  • Geography, Animals, Plants etc.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

#9 Learning Log 11/03- 11/09

  • Introduction to Encyclopedias
  • Shakespeare "As You Like It"
  • Taught kids how to use a cell phone.

#8 Learning Log 10/27 - 11/02

  • Angelic 10 min speech
  • Angelic Speech competition
  • Hugs and Curious Hop Ki Do
  • Younger kids catching and caring for fish
  • Memorization and reading of primary parts
  • Park day
  • Halloween parties
  • Angelic reading the Hobbit to the kids
  • More hand sewing
  • Sawing wood

Friday, October 26, 2012

#7 Learning Log 10/20 -10/26

  • Sewing a cape
  • Sewing lace 
  • Spray Painting
  • Painting
  • Using duct tape
  • Halloween party
  • Physics lesson one - 
    • Motion Galileo
    • Experiments with falling objects
    • Experiments with swinging pendulums
  • Nature walk
  • Movie on Mt Nemrud

Monday, October 15, 2012

#6 Learning Log 10/13/12 - 10/19/12

  • Ancient Sumerian Architecture
  • Sumerian Scribes
  • Life in Ancient Sumeria
  • Ancient Sumerian Trade and Transportation
  • Preparing a Garden
  • Saudi Arabia's Rock Art
  • Kites, Wheels, Pendants, Keyholes and Chain walls in Saudi Arabia
  • Hunter Gatherers vs Farmers
  • Gobekli Tepe in Turkey
  • Mount Nemrut, 
  • Celsus Library Ephesus Turkey
  • The very earliest maps
  • Drawing Mesopotamia
  • Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh
  • Even and Odd numbers, Counting up to ten, Doubling
  • Review of Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Ancient Lyre Music

#1 Learning Log 9/8 - 9/14

  • First Week of Activities
  • Using Canvas
  • Building Bridges

Brain Pop videos

  • Cleopatra
  • Pocahontas
  • dolphins
  • French Revolution
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Animal Kingdoms
  • Dinosaurs
  • Indians
  • Albert Einstein
  • Theory of Relativity
  • Isaac Newton
  • Ann Frank and her Diary
  • horses
  • Shark attacks
  • native americans
  • Titanic,
  • french revolution, 
  • ocean, 
  • Six kingdoms, 
  • fish, 
  • Inuit's,  
  • Black Holes. 
  • birds

#2 Learning Log 9/15 - 9/21

  • Grammer Worksheets
  • Discovery Streaming Grammer
  • Nature Walk
  • New Computers
  • Virtual Machines
  • Customizing Windows Profiles
  • Dinosaur Worksheets
  • Fossil Footprints

#3 Learning Log 9/22 - 9/28

  • Directions North, South, East, West, 
  • drawing a map, 
  • Using a compass, 
  • Salt Lake Valley's basic features
  • Nature Journals
  • Les Miserables Dress Rehearsal and Performance

#4 Learning Log 9/29 -10/5

Math with Life of Fred

  • 4x+3x=7x, 
  • Not equals


  • 7 wonders of the Ancient World
  • Archeology/ Pottery
  • Mesopotamia mud brick buildings
  • Sumerians first for many things including the wheel

Life and Extra Social Events

  • went to a dog show
  • started potty training dogs
  • Scheels trip
  • Leaches in the creek
  • Catching fish with friends
  • Visit a new friends house

Computers and 3D Annimation

  • Thumbnails and Icons
  • y,x, z Axis of 3D Art
  • Zipping & Unzipping files

#5 Learning Log 10/6/12 - 10/12/12

Things we have learned this week.
  • Blender lesson 2
  • Tower of Babel
  • Scripture Reading
  • Training Dogs to Heel  
  • Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Cave Paintings 
  • Library Trip
  • A and S made lists of all they learned in Hap Ki Do

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Getting into My Tech - Better then Christmas!

I am sooo happy we made it into My Tech!  My Tech is set up for education they way I do homeschool.  

I love learning subscriptions to things like Brain Pop and Study Island.  

I also try to include technology education in my homeschool.  I had just purchased an animation software that I was trying to learn, then I learned about My Tech.  I was sold on My Tech the moment I saw the tech class videos. I was so excited, those classes could teach my children for me, and I could learn along with them.  

We love community classes when we can afford them.  Most of the time I have to pick and choose who gets a community class.  Now with My Tech all of my kids will be attending a community class.  

Each year I would spend lots of money buying great school books and going to museums.  Now with the custom made courses I can do both through My Tech.  

Each year I would plan what we wanted to do for homeschool and find I had to cut back allot because of finances.  This year with My Tech I planned all I wanted to do and still had open courses left for me to plan more.  

None of this is even speaking of the wonderful tech allowance.  My home computers are getting old and outdated.  We have been limited in how much we can do on the computers because of old computers and not enough computers.  With my tech allowance I can upgrade our technology to keep up with our learning plans.  

It really is better then Christmas getting into My Tech, we can not wait for the school year to start.

History of chocolate

Today Angelic Taught us the History of Chocolate

Timeline of Chocolate History

1500 BC-400 BC
The Olmec Indians are believed to be the first to grow cocoa beans as a domestic crop.

250 to 900 AD

The consumption of cocoa beans was restricted to the Mayan society's elite, in the form of an unsweetened cocoa drink made from the ground beans.

AD 600

Mayans migrate into northern regions of South America establishing earliest known cocoa plantations in the Yucatan.

14th Century

The drink became popular among the Aztec upper classes who upsurped the cocoa beverage from the Mayans and were the first to tax the beans. The Aztecs called it "xocalatl" meaning warm or bitter liquid.


Columbus encountered a great Mayan trading canoe in Guanaja carrying cocoa beans as cargo.


Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez recorded the cocoa usage in the court of Emperor Montezuma.


Dominican friars took a delegation of Kekchi Mayan nobels to visit Prince Philip of Spain. The Mayans brought gift jars of beaten cocoa , mixed and ready to drink. Spain and Portugal did not export the beloved drink to the rest of Eurpoe for nearly a century.

16th Century Europe

The Spanish began to add cane sugar and flavorings such as vanilla to their sweet cocoa beverages.


Cocoa gained popularity as a medicine and aphrodisiac.


First official shipments of cocoa beans began arriving in Seville from Vera Cruz, Mexico.


The first chocolate house was opened in London by a Frenchman. The shop was called the The Coffee Mill and Tobacco Roll. Costing 10 to 15 shillings per pound, chocolate was considered a beverage for the elite class.


Eating solid chocolate was introduced in the form of chocolate rolls and cakes, served in chocolate emporiums.


Cocoa beans had dropped in price from $3 per lb. to being within the financial reach of those other than the very wealthy.


French inventor, Monsieur Dubuisson invented a table mill for grinding cocoa beans.


Swedish naturalist, Carolus Linnaeus was dissatisfied with the word "cocoa," so renamed it "theobroma," Greek for "food of the gods."


Chocolate was introduced to the United States when Irish chocolate-maker John Hanan imported cocoa beans from the West Indies into Dorchester, Massachusetts, to refine them with the help of American Dr. James Baker. The pair soon after built America's first chocolate mill and by 1780, the mill was making the famous BAKER'S ® chocolate.


Dr. Joseph Fry of Bristol, England, employed a steam engine for grinding cocoa beans, an invention that led to the manufacture of chocolate on a large factory scale.


Antoine Brutus Menier built the first industrial manufacturing facility for chocolate.


The pioneer of Swiss chocolate-making, François Louis Callier, opened the first swiss chocolate factory.


The invention of the cocoa press, by Conrad Van Houten, helped cut prices and improve the quality of chocolate by squeezing out some of the cocoa butter and giving the beverage a smoother consistency. Conrad Van Houten patented his invention in Amsterdam and his alkalizing process became known as "Dutching". Several years earlier, Van Houten was the first to add alkaline salts to powdered cocoa to make it mix better with water.


A form of solid eating chocolate was developed by Joseph Fry & Sons, a British chocolate maker.


Joseph Fry & Son discovered a way to mix some of the cocoa butter back into the "Dutched" chocolate, and added sugar, creating a paste that could be molded. The result was the first modern chocolate bar.


Joseph Fry & Son and Cadbury Brothers displayed chocolates for eating at an exhibition in Bingley Hall, Birmingham, England.


Prince Albert's Exposition in London was the first time that Americans were introduced to bonbons, chocolate creams, hand candies (called "boiled sweets"), and caramels.


Richard Cadbury created the first known heart-shaped candy box for Valentine's Day.


John Cadbury mass-marketed the first boxes of chocolate candies.


Daniel Peter of Vevey, Switzerland, experimented for eight years before finally inventing a means of making milk chocolate for eating.


Daniel Peter and Henri Nestlé joined together to form the Nestlé Company.


Rodolphe Lindt of Berne, Switzerland, produced a more smooth and creamy chocolate that melted on the tongue. He invented the "conching" machine. To conch meant to heat and roll chocolate in order to refine it. After chocolate had been conched for seventy-two hours and had more cocoa butter added to it, it was possible to create chocolate "fondant" and other creamy forms of chocolate.


The first known published recipe for chocolate brownies appeared in the Sears and Roebuck Catalogue.


Canadian, Arthur Ganong marketed the first nickel chocolate bar. William Cadbury urged several English and American companies to join him in refusing to buy cacao beans from plantations with poor labor conditions.


Swiss confiseur Jules Sechaud of Montreux introduced a machine process for manufacturing filled chocolates.


Belgian chocolatier, Joseph Draps starts the Godiva Company to compete with Hershey's and Nestle's American market.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Course Schedule for My Tech for one student - Angelic



Course Schedule for My Tech for one student - Hugs



Course Schedule for My Tech for one student - Tumbelina


Course Schedule for My Tech for one student - Curious



My Tech High - Vision

We are so excited to homeschool this year through My Tech High!  It is charter school education with maximum customization for the homeschooler.  We cant wait for the school year to start.

Chemistry - Match 50 Elements to their abbreviations

Match 50 Elements to their abbreviations
Match 50 Elements to their abbreviations #2

Tumbelina's lesson #1

For homeschool we are trying something new.  Angelic and Tumbelina are taking turns preparing and giving lessons to the family.  Since they are the teachers of the subject they get to pick what they want to teach about.  When brain stroming about what she wanted to teach about Tumbelina said she wanted to teach about animals, animals and more animals.

Today we learned about five animals, they were a mix of birds and animals from North America.
Four of the animals were birds, one was not.
Four of the animals were from North America, one was not.

Tumbelina is very interested in the Peregrine Falcon since we have a pair of falcons living close by that are constantly trying to steal our eggs or baby chicks.  We have seen many attempted chick napings and even some rooster/falcon fights.

Here is a list of the animals we learned about.

North American Animals
Spectacled Caiman

Birds of North America
Trumpeter Swan
Harpy Eagle
Peregrine Falcon

Birds not from North America

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Les Miserables Backyard Reenactment

Here is the crew putting on stage makeup.

Self Portrait of a very serious Inspector Javert.
Watch out! Javert will find you!
Gavroche after having a peach and in a good mood.
Gavroche ready to climb over the baracade.
Enjolras leading the Barricade with gusto.
All the students look up to Enjolras.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Plan for My Tech Astronomy Course

Each build your own course with My Tech can be compensated up to $150.  Museum passes can be included as part of compensated course costs.  Below is my plan for Astronomy for the year.




Astronomy (DK Eyewitness Books) - Kristen Lippincott; Hardcover
Condition: Used - Good

Myths and Names

Monday, May 21, 2012

Course Schedule for My Tech for my Kids 2012-2013








Sunday, May 20, 2012

Plan for My Tech Ancient Civilizations of the Americas, China and Japan

Each build your own course with My Tech can be compensated up to $150.  Museum passes can be included as part of compensated course costs.  Below is my plan for Ancient Civilizations of America, China and Japan.

Ancient Civilizations:
Great Events from History: The Ancient World Prehistory 476 C E  - Mark W. Chavalas (Author, Editor), Mark S. Aldenderfer (Editor)

Atlas of Ancient Worlds - Peter Chrisp; Spiral-bound

Oxford First Ancient History - Roy Burrell, Illustrated by Peter Connolly
Price: $17.50

Ancient Transportation: From Camels to Canals (Ancient Technology) - Michael Woods; Hardcover



World Mythology: An Anthology of Great Myths and Epics- Donna Rosenberg 
2 used from $22.77

The World of Myth: An Anthology - David Adams Leeming 
1 used from $7.56

Ancient Civilizations of the Americas: 

Valdivia (3500-1700 BC)


Great Events from History: The Ancient World Prehistory 476 C E  - Mark W. Chavalas (Author, Editor), Mark S. Aldenderfer (Editor)

The Earliest Americans - Helen Roney Sattler; Hardcover

Olmec (2000-400 BC)


Great Events from History: The Ancient World Prehistory 476 C E  - Mark W. Chavalas (Author, Editor), Mark S. Aldenderfer (Editor)

Atlas of Ancient Worlds - Peter Chrisp; Spiral-bound

Adena & Hopewell Mound Builders

Atlas of Ancient Worlds - Peter Chrisp; Spiral-bound

The Earliest Americans - Helen Roney Sattler; Hardcover

The Arts of China to A.D. 900 - William Watson; Paperback

Great Events from History: The Ancient World Prehistory 476 C E  - Mark W. Chavalas (Author, Editor), Mark S. Aldenderfer (Editor)

Ancient Japan (Find Out About) - Fiona Macdonald (Author)
1 used from $3.59

Ancient Japan (Si) (Step Into (Lorenz Books)) - Fiona MacDonald
1 used from $9.35

Ancient Jomon of Japan (Case Studies in Early Societies)- Junko Habu (Author)
1 used from $15.00

Great Events from History: The Ancient World Prehistory 476 C E  - Mark W. Chavalas (Author, Editor), Mark S. Aldenderfer (Editor)

Atlas of Ancient Worlds - Peter Chrisp; Spiral-bound

World Mythology: An Anthology of Great Myths and Epics- Donna Rosenberg 
2 used from $22.77

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