Friday, 16 May 2014

So Many Good Things and How to make Red Cabbage Acid/base Indicator.

This week has been almost overwhelming with good things. After a week like this, I have no concerns about socialisation although I might worry about finding time to work. 

My younger two went to two home education groups, this week. We are now meeting with three groups which may be a bit too much! Youngest Daughter had to give a talk as Dick Turpin, for the first group, as part of a presentation from the children to round off a Georgian study. We also met Jane Austen, Napoleon, John Newton and James Cook to name just some of the selection. I can't say that I knew much about Dick Turpin before but could now give a little speel on the subject.

 After the history was over, we had fun learning about acids and alkalis. Red cabbage water is a splendid indicator. I'm not so struck with turmeric. 

Red cabbage indicator:
Put two red cabbage leaves in a clean saucepan with two cups of water.
Bring to the boil.
Allow to cool.
Drain off the water which will be blue. 
Add vinegar or lemon juice and observe. 
I doubt that this indicator would last beyond a day or two so don't try to store it!

At the second group, a friend led a session for the younger children around painting van Gogh's sunflowers using this post as a base and the pictures from Simply Charlotte Mason. I was impressed with the results.

On the in-between days, the children managed to play with friends, in the late afternoon, and go to a sports activity. 

Today, all three of my home educated children and I have spent most of the day in the country along with over 100 other home educated children and their parents. It was a time to meet up with old friends and make new. Home education can feel lonely, at times, and days like this help counteract this.
Now we are happy, tired, a bit sunburned. Maybe summer is here.

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