This week we crossed the border to Mexico. I didn't anticipate just how much Silas would love our world travels this year. He's having so much fun learning about different cultures and places. Maybe this kid is going to be my little adventurer!
A few weeks ago Silas filled out his passport application. He received it in the mail, and is now ready for his world travels! I printed out a ticket from our home airport to Mexico City!
My little guy was ready for his flight!
As we crossed the border into Mexico I stamped Silas's passport. It drove him crazy that I opened it up to a random page, and stuck it in crooked like that. I said that's exactly what they do!
We got the currency package from MFW this year. Silas was really excited to be able to exchange his American dollars for Mexican Pesos.
We converted our $20 to Pesos.
Silas enjoyed learning how different places have different money, and thought it was crazy how many pesos he could get for his 20 bucks. He never failed to pay me for his snacks with his pesos each day. He though this was super fun :)
Silas colored his John 3:16 poster for Mexico and learned how to say the verse in Spanish.
We learned some Spanish words, and practiced common sayings. I'd love for my kids to learn Spanish soon. They have cousins who are missionaries in Spain. They would have built in practice.
We are really enjoying our co-op class on Fridays. One of the components is public speaking. Silas at first was horrified that he would have to do this. There were many tears shed, but once we worked together on what to say he did great! I love that the boys will get a chance to public speaking this year. If you can conquer the fear of this as a child, it will be such a useful skill for the future! He chose the topic of Mexico. I was so happy it was a subject he was enjoying enough to choose.
One of the things we will do each week is play MFW's geography game. By the end of the year he will know where all the countries of the world are. I will too! There's geography that even I need to work on! No, we don't leave the house dressed like this FYI ha!
Instead of using the little game pieces that you cut out that came with the game I found these little erasers that make perfect sized game pieces. Silas loved this game!
At first I wasn't going to do any of the pages from Exploring World Geography, but decided to do one a week. This week he found out all the main bodies of water of North America.
In science we learned about the desert biome. Silas colored all the areas in the world that are deserts.
He completed his vocabulary work for Desert...
We read about desert plants and did an activity to show how the cactus changes depending on how much water it carries.
We folded up a bag accordion style to show what a cactus with little water would look like.
Silas then blew up the cactus...
...to show how a cactus expands to hold water.
We learned about cold blooded animals and how they have to move warm themselves in the sun if they get too cold. First we put our turtle in the shade to see what temperature he'd be.
Then we moved him to a sunny place, and he warmed up very quickly.
I am teaching the science class at our local homeschool co-op. Silas is one of my students. This week we had rainbow science! First we learned about what a rainbow was. Then we made a liquid rainbow to show liquid density/viscosity. We also did the exploding milk experiment. It was all sorts of colorful fun! I'm not sure I'll be able to top myself next week.
- First I colored corn syrup PURPLE with one drop of red and blue food coloring.
- Second, I added BLUE dish soap
- Third, I colored water GREEN and added it.
- Fourth, I added olive oil which is conveniently YELLOW if you get the cheap stuff
- Fifth, I colored 70% Isopropel alcohol RED (50% didn't work). I added this slowly with a baster.
I love how we're reading straight through Matthew. I like how there was Old Testament reading this week to show where Jesus was quoting from.