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  My home computers are getting old and outdated.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.

1502

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

1519

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

1544

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.

1570

Cocoa gained popularity as a medicine and aphrodisiac.

1585

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

1657

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.

1674

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

1730

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

1732

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

1753

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

1765

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.

1795

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.

1800

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

1819

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

1828

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.

1830

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

1847

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.

1849

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

1851

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.

1861

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

1868

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

1876

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

1879

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

1879

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.

1897

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

1910

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.

1913

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

1926

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

Angelic's
Courses

Subscriptions

Course Schedule for My Tech for one student - Hugs


Hugs
Courses


Subscriptions

Course Schedule for My Tech for one student - Tumbelina


Tumbelina's
Courses

Course Schedule for My Tech for one student - Curious


Curious
Courses


Subscriptions



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
Cockatoos
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