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Thursday, October 09, 2008

A Little School Fun in the Kitchen

Last week, during our study of Israel, we cooked an Israeli dish with chicken, lemons, and oranges. I thought it was prettier before we cooked it and that it had a bitter taste when it was done. It wasn't one of my favorite dishes we have made for History. We all tried it, and a couple of us actually ate a lot of it. It's always interesting to get a feel for what people eat in other parts of the world. As you can see, Patrick is the one helping me the most in preparing the dish. He'll never turn down a chance to cook...he loves it!

Yesterday, we did a couple of experiments to demonstrate diffusion rates and osmosis. First, we added food coloring to two containers of water. We stirred one of them and left the other one alone. The food coloring diffused faster in the stirred water, as we had predicted. Next, we did the same thing with warm water and room temperature water. The food coloring diffused more quickly in the warm water.

Next, to demonstrate osmosis, we filled two containers with water and added salt to one of them. We placed an egg yolk in each one. The floating egg yolk is the one in the salt water(which was also a good review on density). The experiment demonstrated how the water traveled from the egg yolk into the salt water, causing the yolk to shrink. On the other hand, the fresh water in the other container traveled into the yolk, causing it to expand.

We are still using Bob Jones for Science and loving it. It's thorough but easy to understand, and it has good hands on suggestions. I can also add some of my own ideas to it.


Blogger Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Cool experiments! As always, I love seeing what you're teaching and trying out!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Musings of a Homeschooling Mom said...

Those experiments look like fun! The meal was pretty! My husband's step mom is in Israel right now. It will be interesting to hear about when she gets home. Are y'all going to the family fun night tonight?

11:16 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

We aren't going to the family fun tonight, but are going to skating today!

11:53 AM  
Blogger Heather the Mama Duk said...

Cool stuff! That dinner looks yummy.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

We use Bob Jones for science too (and all the other subjects as well) ... But half the time we don't have everything we need for the experiments. *sigh*

2:12 PM  
Blogger Mama Teaching 2 said...

Bob Jones has always been something we have looked at. Glad you guys are having a good time with it. :)

It is so fun to cook along with history. Your kids are so blessed to have you...

11:19 AM  
Blogger Rhonda said...

That chicken recipe really does look yummy. I guess everyone does have their own taste, but even though you may not have enjoyed the food, I know that the time spent with your kids was well worth it.

I always enjoy seeing the experiments that you do. They always look like great fun!

4:59 PM  

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