Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Learning Latin AND Mathematics

Weights & Measures (Hyland album)
Weights & Measures (Hyland album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In studying how to convert units of measurement during his math lesson, my son gained more than math knowledge. While he much prefers the simplicity of the metric system, it turns out that the non-metric units of measurement are surprisingly providing additional learning opportunities in... language.

As we were going over the process of converting pounds to ounces and vice versa, he asked what should have been an obvious question, "Why do we use the abbreviation lb to represent pounds?" I had to confess that I did not know. So I did what any 21st century mom does, I looked it up on the internet.

It turns our that we get the abbreviation lb as well as the English word "pound" from the Latin phrase libra pondo which translates to pound weight. Once again, I find myself learning something new as a result of my child's curiosity and learning process.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Cookies: Recipes and Cookie Cutter Hacks

Elisabeth and I decorated Christmas cookies this week to share with family over the holiday weekend. We are a long way from professional cookie makers, but we had fun and were very pleased with the results. 
We were inspired by an idea we first encountered on a episode of the Christmas Cookie Challenge to "hack" a cookie cutter shape into something other than the primary intention. It is a lot harder than it sounds, but I managed to hack an angel into a nativity lamb, while Elisabeth made a mistletoe out of a snowflake. 
I've used these Christmas Cookie and Icing recipes a few times and I'm fairly pleased with them. I have never used any other however. If you have a recipe that you prefer, please share in the comments so we can try it out.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Dog Sitting Annie

The absolute biggest perk to homeschooling is not being on a fixed schedule. This flexibility allows us to be away for extended periods to travel or, in this case, help out my parents while they get away. We are very fortunate to have this alternative lifestyle and cognizant that not every family has this choice. I was reminded this week how fortunate we are and I am thankful. Annie is too!