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Inquisitiveness: Earth — “Earthballs”

Here are some pictures from the “Earthballs” the kids made with Dad last week while I was working. I was able to sample them when I got home–they tasted really good and were huge!

My oldest daughter and husband worked together to do the meatballs and take these pictures!

They did talk about what each part of the “Earthball” was supposed to represent in relation to the real Earth. We also followed up the next day during our reading time about the layers of the Earth.

I can assure you that your children won’t forget the basic layers of the Earth if they work to make Earthballs!

Here we have the makings of the core and mantle (peanut put in the center of the cheese cube).

Here is Dad forming the crust of our Earthball.

Some of the Earthballs prior to cooking.

Two of the finished Earthballs.

Cutting the Earthball…

First view of the Earthball layers — the core wanted to slide out of the mantle!

A better view with the layers in place–before being consumed for dinner!


New Unit: Inquisitiveness – Earth

We began a new unit a couple of weeks ago, though it is taking us a long time to get through everything because of our schedule!

We use the KONOS curriculum. We are currently also subscribing to the online co-op that they have started offering for Volume 2. It has been soooo helpful this year! You can not imagine the amount of teacher training you get from listening to/watching a master teacher/curriculum author teach you how to teach your own children! It is awesome! You should check it out at: www.konos.com and www.homeschoolmentor.com

Here are some pictures of what we covered the first day!

We read about/reviewed the atmosphere of the earth, talked about what it might be like as you go through each level and the kids drew a diagram of the layers also. (Above, the kids working on their drawings–youngest did the layers of the Earth first on his own!. Below, my diagram on the board for the younger ones to refer to as we talked/drew.)

This is the diagram I drew as we discussed what gases are in the atmosphere. The diagram on the left is what the kids guessed for amount of the various gases. The right is what they actually are (as well as I could draw them!).

This is what our table looked like after we finished our “formal” studies for the day and the kids brought out all the rocks we have collected in the past (we will be studying rocks in the upcoming weeks also) and started sorting and looking at them.

I will get more posted as I can!