Salt Water Conductivity Experiment

This week I’m joining the month-long Science Celebration at The Learning Hypothesis. Enjoy four weeks of science ideas, experiments, activities and a giveaway! My high school science class memories have absolutely nothing to do with science. Both my biology and chemistry teachers were known for incessant lectures and assigning endless research. Therefore I often caught up on sleep (yes, I know that’s bad) and occasionally caught up on homework during this time. I’m a visual and kinesthetic learner, doing, is crucial when I’m learning something new. I’m sad to say that since we hardly ever did any hands on learning, science class was the last place I wanted to be. As a homeschool mom, I look back on high school science class, and I want to a) kick myself on the behind for napping in class, and b) make it a point to make science fun and relevant for my girls. Salt Water Conductivity Earlier this year we learned about the electrical conductivity properties of salt water. Electricity and water are not two things you typically want to pair-up; however adding salt to the mix makes this experiment interesting. Before seeing how it all works, lets learn a little more aboutREAD MORE

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April 28th, marks the 259th birthday celebration of the 5th President of the United States, James Monroe. A Brief Biography James Monroe was born on April 28, 1758, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. After his father’s death, at the age of 16 he enrolled at the College of William and Mary to study law, however, his studies were cut short when he enrolled in the Continental Army. After the war, he studies law under Thomas Jefferson and eventually served in the Continental Congress in 1783. He was elected as the 5th U.S. President in 1817 and served for two terms until 1825.   Check out these 13 Facts About Founding Father James Monroe.   James Monroe’s Greatest Accomplishments The Monroe Doctrine opposed European colonization of the Americas. Though Monroe is credited with it, it was actually written by hi Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams. The Missouri Compromise allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, and Maine as a free state to provide a balance between slave and free states. BBB Contemporaries & Historical Events Do you ever wonder who else was around when major historical events were taking place or what else might have been happening at that timeREAD MORE

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April 13th marks the 274th birthday celebration of the 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. A Brief Biography Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13th, 1743 in Shadwell, in the Colony of Virginia. At the age of 16, he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he studies math, metaphysics, and philosophy. While working as a clerk in a law office, he studied law. He ran for office and became the 3rd U.S. President in 1801. Check out these 10 Facts About Thomas Jefferson. 5 of Thomas Jefferson’s Greatest Accomplishments Wrote the Declaration of Independence Drafted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom Served as the 3rd President of the United States Served as the United States Secretary of State Made the Louisiana Purchase Contemporaries & Historical Events Some of Jefferson’s contemporaries were James Monroe,  Noah Webster, James Madison, Louis XVI, Alexander Hamilton, Marie Antoinette, Mozart, LaFayette, Andrew Jackson, Francis II, and Napoleon. Books & Online Articles Movies and Documentaries Thomas Jefferson: A Film By Ken Burns – We caught this on PBS a while back, well-done documentary. Books and Online Articles Who Was Thomas Jefferson? The Thomas Jefferson Foundation has a huge library of resources,READ MORE

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This March marks the 266th birthday celebration of the 4th President of the United States, James Madison. I have to tell you I’ve really been enjoying this famous birthdays series. I’ve learned so much by gathering resources for you, I hope you are too! Quick Facts About the 4th American President James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 in Port Conway VA. Madison attended Princeton University, studied Law and graduated early. He later served 2 consecutive terms as President of the United States from 1809-He died on June 28, 1836 at the age of 85 and is buried in Montpelier VA. A Brief Biography James Madison’s Greatest Accomplishments He played a major role in the creation of the Constitution and wrote the The Bill of Rights (first 10 amendments to the Constitution). He wrote or co-wrote 29 of the 85 articles and essays known as the The Federalist Papers, promoting the ratification of the Constitution. During his presidency, he declared war on Brittain which later lead to the war of 1812. Contemporaries James Madison lived during a time of great history makers. Some of his contemporaries include German composer and pianist Ludwig Van Beetoven, Austrian composer Franz Schubert, British author Charles Dickens; as well as some history makers we learnedREAD MORE

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I’ll admit it, I’m an Abraham Lincoln groupie. I became absolutely fascinated by The Liberator while reading KIlling Lincoln in 2011. Until then, my knowledge of the 16th President of the United States was limited to “Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States”. I’m not kidding, that was it. History was NOT my favorite subject. Oh how things have changed! In fact, you could say that my fascination with history (particularly American History) began when I learned how this self-educated man was elected to congress, became President, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, established the US National Banking System, signed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and so much more. Before we move on check out these 39 Facts About Abraham Lincoln. Are you a fan yet? To help you get acquainted with The Ancient One, I’ve included a couple of videos and compiled a list of links for further study. Abraham Lincoln on YouTube If you’ve got the time, and if you’re as fascinated by Uncle Abraham as I am, watch his extended biography below. One of Lincoln’s most well-known speeches is The Gettysburg Address. For Further Exploration If you’re ready to learn more about Honest Abe, check out the links below,READ MORE

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The Industrialist John Paul Getty was born on December 15th, 1892, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from Oxford University with degrees in political science and economics, he returned to the Unites States and made his first million by the age of 23. He began drilling for oil in California in the 1920’s and his fortune continued to grow. After his father’s death in 1930, he became president of the Getty Oil Company and began to purchase other oil companies which he later merged into the Getty Oil Company. During the 1940’s, Getty invested part of his fortune in an extensive art collection, that he would later share with generations to come. Before we learn more about his love for art, watch his mini biography below. Art Collector & Philanthropist My love of fine art increased – the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see. J Paul Getty J Paul Getty believed that “art is a civilizing influence in society”, and worked to make art available to everyone. In 1948, he donated pieces from his personal art collection to the Los Angeles Museum of Art, in 1953 he established the museum trust and in 1954 heREAD MORE

I think it’s very safe to say that Spielberg is a well-known name in most households. It definitely is in mine, and not just because I am the proud mother of a film student. Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 18th 1946. At the age of 10, he took over as the family filmography and in 1963, at the age of 16 he wrote and directed his first his first full-length film. Spielberg got his first professional job at the age of 21, making him one of the youngest directors of his time. You can read Spielberg’s biography here, and watch his mini biography below. The Filmmaker and Philanthropist Spielberg has over 150 producer credits on both television and film. You’ll find his name in the credits well-known movies like Schindler’s List and even on cartoons like Pinky and the Brain. Some of his most popular films include: Schindler’s List Jurassic Park Raiders of the Lost Ark Saving Private Ryan Jaws E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Close Encounters of the Third Kind Catch Me If You Can Minority Report As a result of his involvement with Schindler’s List, he established the Righteous PersonsREAD MORE

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The Father of American Literature Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30, 1835. Of  course you and I know him better as Mark Twain, master story-teller, humorist and teacher.  Some of his most well-known novels are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Prince And The Pauper. As we get ready to dive in to his life and works, take a look at these 8 Things You May Not Know About Mark Twain, and watch the video below. The Adventures of  Huckleberry Finn One of Twain’s most popular novels is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. If you haven’t read it, I recommend you do it soon. I read it recently after 20ish years and I remembered how much fun I had the first time I read it. Seriously I had a blast. The video below will give you a quick synopsis, with some spoilers, but will hopefully encourage you to pick up a copy today. The Humorist Twain was known as a journalist, author, novelist, teacher, and even as a humorist! The latter, inspired the Mark Twain Prize, which is awarded to humorists who have had an impact in American society. Some recent winners of thisREAD MORE

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This month, as we take part of the iHomeschool Network October birthday celebration, we will take a look at the life of John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States. A Brief History John Adams was born on October 30th, 1735 in his family’s farm in Quincy, Massachusetts. He was named after his father, a farmer who was also a deacon in the church.  John’s education was very important to his father, it was his dream to see his son graduated from Harvard. He taught his son to read at a very young age, and enlisted him into various schools to prepare him for Harvard. He was accepted into Harvard University at the age of 15. Upon graduation, he took a job as a teacher to earn money to pay for his law education. From 1756 to 1758 he studied law under a prominent lawyer despite his fathers wish for him to go into ministry. In the 1770s, he became a delegate to the Continental Congress. In the 1780s,  he served as a diplomat in Europe. He became a leader of the American Revolution, and served as the first vice-president of the United States, and later succeeded George Washington,READ MORE

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If your house is anything like mine, the Hamilton Musical soundtrack is on repeat (please preview before the kids hear it). I tend to block a lot of the stuff my kids constantly play; however when it comes to Hamilton, I catch myself singing at the top of my lungs 9 times out of 10. It’s crazy. I took American History in high school and again in college. I even taught it to my two oldest in high school, but I’ve never been more driven to fully understand every detail of the American Revolution, as I am now. One of the major players in our country’s history is Marquis de Lafayette. In honor of what would have been his 259th birthday we’ll take a look at his life, his legacy, and his undying loyalty to the United States, as we take part in the iHomeschool Network September birthday celebration.   Who is the Marquis de Lafayette? He was baptized Marie, Joseph, Paul, Yves, Roch, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis du Lafayette, Baron de Vissac, Seigneur de St. Romain. In America, we know him simply as Lafayette. Lafayette was born on September 6, 1757, at the Château de Chavaniac, located in Auvergne aboutREAD MORE