Friday, May 22, 2009

OLX free online ads

Okay, there is another 'new' one. Not sure when it started up but my sister found it and emailed it to me to share. Similar to Craig's List and also, for local ads you can go to the Pennysaver's website and have a free online listing!

OLX looks like it is growing quickly and is very popular!


free science experiment :-)

I cut/paste this from an email from Robert Krumpt. These are fun and educational. Lots of explanation of whys. I did this one with the kids and it should a substantiation difference in a very short time period!


A Hot Change

Greetings from our home at the beach. I managed to get caught up this week, posting two videos to get back on schedule.

The free video is Just a Suggestion, an exploration into how simple suggestions can influence your brain in advertising. It can also make your nose itch.

The members video is on Osmosis, showing the basics of how salt and other dissolved materials cause water to move into and out of cells.

Last week, we took a brief look at an endothermic process, seeing that dissolving epsom salts in water lowered the temperature of the water. This week, we will examine a process that is exothermic, which means that it gives off heat. To try this, you will need:

- a bowl

- a thermometer

- 3% hydrogen peroxide (from the grocery or pharmacy)

- yeast

- pencil and paper

Pour about 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide into the bowl. Find its temperature with the thermometer, and write it down, labeling it "Starting temperature." Stick your finger into the liquid, and it should feel cool. Normally, you don't go around sticking your fingers into chemistry experiments, but in this case, we know that hydrogen peroxide is not harmful.

Sprinkle about 1/4 of a teaspoon of yeast into the bowl, and give it a stir with the thermometer. The mixture should start to foam, and its temperature should increase quite a bit. If you stick your finger into the liquid, it should be getting warm.

OK, so why did it get so warm? Think back to last week's experiment. We said that whenever anything changed, energy is involved. Last week, the process of dissolving the epsom salts in water needed energy, so it absorbed heat energy from the surrounding water, making it cooler.

This time, we are looking at a different process. Hydrogen peroxide has the chemical formula H2O2, telling us that each molecule is made up of two atoms of hydrogen and two atoms of oxygen. Looking at the formula, it looks very much like the formula for water, H2O, and it is. The extra oxygen atom is not very stable, so it is easy for it to be released. That is what formed the bubbles you saw. The gas inside was oxygen. (See Experiment Video #60, Extra Oxygen to learn more.

The yeast contains an enzyme called catalase, cause the hydrogen peroxide to break apart into water and oxygen gas. In the process, energy that was stored in the chemical bond is released as heat, causing the liquid to get quite warm.

Any time something changes; you need energy. Sometimes energy is absorbed, and sometimes it is given off, but energy is always involved in change. That energy can be heat, as with these experiments, but it can also be other forms of energy, such as light, electricity, motion, etc.

Now it is time for me to gain some energy and lose some at the same time, by having a nice bowl of ice cream. The calories (stored chemical energy) will warm me up, after the cold ice cream absorbs heat as I eat it. What a wonder-filled way to study energy!

Have a wonder-filled week.

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homeschool updates

Okay, it has been so so so so busy here. 3 weeks left until the end of the school year, other busy stuff. Lots of running around. I'll update soon! Just realized it has been over a month!


Check this out... great online store!!!

WATCH this one after it loads! Great website for whoever created it!


fun things at Valenica library

I cut/paste these from an email from a homeschool chat group. We are planning to go to both!


FIRST Lego League Robotics workshop at the Valencia Library

Friday, May 29th, 2:00pm-3:00pm
All Homeschoolers ages 9-14
a.. Introduction to what FIRST Lego League is all about
b.. Hands-on Demonstration
c.. Find out how this project-based learning program covers the entire curriculum
d.. Lots of fun!
Did I mention this is FREE?
Please pass this on to other homeschoolers that may be interested!

We will be accepting applications to form a Santa Clarita Homeschool Robotics team to compete in the 2009 Challenge.
It is so much fun the kids don't even realize they are learning about math, science, physics, engineering, technology, research, writing, graphics, public speaking, teamwork, and presentation skills!

(Younger siblings may attend with an attentive parent but unfortunately they will not be able to do the hands-on portion of the workshop as our materials are very limited.)

Hear Ye, Hear ye,

Prepare ye for the HuckleBerry Renaissance bookfair and show on Thursday, June 4th from 5:30-8:30, at ye olde Barnes and Nobel on Valencia Blvd in Santa Clarita

Events include: Renaissance games and crafts for children of all ages,
Fantastic books and craft kits for summer fun
Musical performances of Renaissance music by minstrel string ensemble
"A taste of Talent" theatrical review including Shakespeare excerpts

Come one Come all, young and old, to celebrate summertime with revelry and pomp. Bring a friend and your summer reading list.

I bid thee adieu until then!

free math website mathcats

This is a great website. Fun math for kids. Some for 'outside the box' thinking. The 3-D tic-tac-toe is fun too. Little D and Baby K were looking at the cat in the boat one and Little D figured it out in less then 15 seconds! I was amazed! I haven't been able to check out the whole website but what I found was fun and the kids enjoyed it too!


old old old songs, records

I pulled up a few of these for the kids and we had fun with it!