Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mt St. Pellerin

One of the best parts of homeschooling is that you can really customize your kids learning. I am pretty much "stick the curriculum" type of homeschool mom for the most part. But when one of the kids shows a particular interest in something it's great to just foster that learning. Elijah has been very into volcanoes and lava. He has asked me so many interesting questions that I didn't know know the answers to. So even though it's not part of anything we're studying in school at this time, we took a detour today. As an added bonus yesterday we went to Mardens and they had tons of children's books. We looked for about 10 minuets for a volcano book but couldn't find one. But as we were headed to the check out Elijah spotted one on an end cap. It was great and had fabulous pictures. So here's some pictures of our own Mt St. Pellerin! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to watch the video!

The volcano was made from an empty bottle, and covered with play dough. The kids added some plastic trees and dinosaurs.
The lave flowed everywhere!

We made it erupt at lest 6 times and each time the same reaction "woah cool"
We also made lava "lamps" water, oil, food coloring and salt. 3 inches of water, 1/4 cup veg. oil and a couple drops of food coloring. Wait for it all to settle and then add some salt.
Check out the video!

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So here is the actual "eruption"Their reaction is priceless!

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