Balloon in a Bottle*
Mentos Geyser Experiment*
Mairi built a bird feeder and rolled candles. Galen started sewing himself a pair of Woodland Indian style moccasins. Iain got a soldering iron and built a siren, a Christmas tree and a mini traffic light. He dismantled an old phone for parts. Steve helped the big boys to take apart an entire computer, piece by piece, explaining all the parts. We started getting back in the habit of a daily walk and then stopped walking entirely as a cold went through our house.
During the holidays I altered our daily rhythm. We abandoned our regular school day, save for math practice and a few little daily reports. Instead we worked on projects together, either holiday related or not. I checked out a stack of books full of experiments and building projects and another big pile of books just for reading. The holidays don’t officially end for us until the 6th, the day after our big double birthday, which means that tomorrow it’s time to start trying to find our way back to every day life.
I feel like I need some sort of reverse advent so that putting everything right again doesn’t seem quite so over-whelming. So instead of hang stockings or get out Christmas dishes, we would wake up to a note telling us to take down the stockings or pack up the dishes. Something tells me this wouldn’t catch on quite as well.
*Some of the many experiments we tried from the book Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler.