Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Karate Belt Test

Both kids took their belt test (a nearly 3 hour physical exam!!) over the weekend and both kids earned their new belts!

Both kids got to spar. (Caitlin had no gear because she wasn't supposed to spar but they threw her in at her request-- they both did great!)

Both kids are now part of Junior Black Belt Club. They head to their first meeting at the end of this month.

"This program is for children 6 to 12 years old. The student will move through ten belt levels (White to Black Belt). Each student receives three stripes per belt. The student must have parent approval in order to receive a stripe. This program is broken into three phases so that students are always challenged and motivated to learn new skills. The student will learn 30 character development and life skills,  65 karate techniques, 45 self-defense maneuvers, 9 kata’s (traditional forms), and a full study of the art of goal setting. This program is full of flexibility skills, endurance drills, and most of all fun! The ultimate goal is 1st degree junior Black Belt in Shotokan Karate."

Friday, October 14, 2016


Last week in Science, Professor VonSchwartz (aka dad) gave the science lesson. He is the new science teacher and he has an annoying heavy accent. He also named me Professor VonKillJoy. Whatever!

Anyway, last week's lesson covered moving atoms.

Using hot water, cold water, and room temp water, the kids added blue food coloring, learning that when things are mixed without being stirred, it is called diffusion. They also learned that temperature affects how fast atoms and molecules mix with each other.
As the blue dye and water diffuse, we are seeing molecules and atoms in motion. 

After studying the cups the kids learned that atoms and molecules not only move, they move fastest in hotter water. We also noted the condensation and slight evaporation of the hot water.

Jayden is doing amazing in his online science class! He had an oral exam with his professor last week and got 100%. He is now working on the second unit of the class, which involves energy transformation. He is learning about all different types of energy: kinetic, potential, chemical, mechanical, electrical, thermal. radiant, nuclear, and sound.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Jayden, who loves legos, built District 11 from the Hunger Games one morning.

 He also built a camera. 

We recently took a trip to Legoland during their homeschool week.

They built legos and we went on rides. 
After every activity they got a stamp.

The both did an English class where they had to make a beginning, middle, and end to a story that they built. 

 Jayden chose to do a Harry Potter scene where Harry played quidditch, the spectators watched, and Harry caught the golden snitch.
Caitlin's story involved people eating while a man swept the floor. A witch came and stole the broom from him. He chased her to get it back but she flew away.