World Education Games 2012

Why not register your home school and start getting involved now (as of the 1st of February) for the three online Educational Games to be held on the 6, 7 & 8th of March.

 

The World Education Games 2012 will take place from 6-8 March 2012.

Sydney, Australia is the host city and over 1 million students from 200 countries are expected to participate.
World Spelling Day – 6 March 2012
World Maths Day – 7 March 2012
World Science Day – 8 March 2012

Registration and practice are free! Which country will win the Education World Cup in 2012?

Molesworth Environment Centre – Pond Life Study

Watching a powerpoint presentation

Today we enjoined an outing to Molesworth where we enjoyed learning about Pond Life with other Home Educating families. This was one of the activities I had arranged late last year for us all to enjoy in 2010. The girls enjoyed it immensely. The best part however was when they got to actually go to a pond and investigate the water to see how many of the creatures they learnt about were lurking around.

Collecting the Specimens

Collecting the Specimens

Examining the Pond Life

Examining the Pond Life

Identification Chart

Identification Chart

Drawing the specimens

Drawing the specimens

Mad Scientist Day

 

Today we had a mad scientist day. We make a Volcano from paper and then used Bicarb to create the volcanic eruption. The experiment was a good success however the eruption was not as big as we first had hoped for. The children and I then discussed the experiment, outlining the reasons why the eruption may have occurred the way it did and why certain things (such as Citric Acid, Bicarb Soda and Vinegar) would react the way they did.

We also did a Milk Experiment called ‘Milk Planets’. The idea is to get a saucer of Milk and add drops of colouring into it, Then using an ear bud drop small of dish washing liquid into the milk. The colouring explodes and moves away from the dish washing liquid. This experiment shows the break down of the molecules in the milk when mixed with detergent. The children loved the swirling colours this created. We again discussed how the dish washing liquid separates the molecules and the science behind the experiment.

 

NIK and her Milk Planet

NIK and her Milk Planet

JAHG and her Milk Planet

JAHG and her Milk Planet

Great fun was had by all!

Tasmanian Tiger – The End of Extinction

JAHG has recently shown an interest in finding out more about extinct animals, so she has been searching the internet for some information about the Tasmanian Tiger in particular. Today during one of her research attempts she came across a series of podcasts all about the Tasmanian Tiger.

JAHG has spent much of her time watching this series of podcasts and the information contained in them is very interesting, so we thought we would share them with you.

Last Tasmanian Tiger, Thylacine, 1933

Just remember that watching podcasts uses your bandwidth up! We hope you enjoy these as much as we have!