Sunday, December 1, 2013

If Earth were a golf ball.

Hi friends,
A friend shared a great video that has to do with space and how big our God is.  Although I am not familiar with the speaker I found nothing in the video to be inaccurate. I am not endorsing his other videos because this is the only I have viewed.  It take approximately 40 to view in it's entirety.  It is broken up into parts if you wish to view it over one or two a days.
The man's name is Louie Giglio with " If the earth were the size of a golf ball" or  How big our God is.   The link is below -
This is a great way to expand our knowledge of God without hitting the books so to speak.  Truly all creation and subjects point back to Him. 
To Him be all Glory,
In Christ,
 Sis. Ka'Saundra

Saturday, November 16, 2013

So Much To Be Grateful For
     Thanks to each and everyone of you for all you did to make our Banquet such a lovely success.   Tell your husband thank you also.  Every man there stepped up and did something.  Mr. Gill set up and all the rest help to replace the table and take out the trash during clean up.   I appreciate everything that was done.
     Truly the Lord has graciously blessed our community with many friendly families each with a  southern woman who can cook an abundance of delicious food.  Many have asked  "Who cooked this dish and Who cooked that dish. Can I get that recipe?"  I agree I would like a few of those recipes myself.  It's fun to get a recipe you already know taste scrumptious.   So post your dish in the comment section below. Check the comment section from time to time and see if the dish  your looking for has been posted. 
Below are two pictures from the Planetarium field trip.
   Clair created a interlocking clog wheel.  Each wheel connected to another worked in unison together.  Reminds me of the banquet how we all worked together to create a success. 
              Tammy was so excited about being there she sent out sparks.  She would really be sparking if she could get some of those recipes.  She was one of the ladies asking about them.
We had a pleasant day. 
 Mark your calendars for Dec. 3.  We will have  a simple Christmas party that morning at the campus. No food.  Just a few review games and a short craft and exchange time with their class mates. I'm also planning a Mom's Christmas Party that night at my house for 7pm.  Bring a dish and a $10 gift to exchange. I will send out more details after Thanksgiving.   

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hello, Everyone!

This week's science experiment is all about CONSTELLATIONS! There is an amazing resource on CC Connected that shows you how to build this constellation chart.

Just click HERE to view/save/or print the file.  Enjoy! :-D

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Makes My Heart Soar
The kids in Norma's class were waiting patiently for their time to construct the Solar System.  Attentively they listened to Mrs. Jena teach her class when one of them had a brilliant idea to build their own.  They gathered objects around them and below is what they created.   Shannon quietly took photos and the pictures show the story of their little creative minds. 
                        Alex and Kaden are perhaps the brainstorm creators of this project since the picture shows the two of them going first. The project grows as everyone is participating and taking turns.
                    Jami and Rachel, being the daughters of Mrs. Rebekah,  remembered some
                 planets had rings. They selected leaves to place under the planets.
 Notice the pine needles.  They are the asteroid belt. Although not  in proper position, they deserve credit because they didn't even do the lesson yet.
Ta Dah !!---The master piece of great minds.
This was the highlight of my day yesterday.  How delighted I was to see them take what they heard and apply it to the world around them. 
Shannon your a smart mom to quietly observe all of  this without adult direction or correction. I think it is a superb display of creativity and character on their parts..  Thanks for sharing the photos

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This is a fun extension to our lesson this week. The only additional item that you need to have is adding machine tape. The students can formulate a hypothesis on one side of the tape as to how far each planet is, then do the activity to see who was right. 

Pocket Solar System

Recommended by Stacy DeVeau, Arizona NASA Educator Resource Center, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
This activity will help us to better understand the distances between the planets and their distances from the sun in our solar system. As students build their models, show planetary images from solar system lithographs in binder and read solar system trading card facts, or ask them what they recall about each body. Students may color their planets as they label them.
1. Start with a length of register tape the span of the letter "V" made with your arms (~1m).
2. Sun & Pluto (on the edges): 
Draw just the very edge of the sun on one end of the tape and label it. Draw the smallest dot you can on the other end of the tape and label it Pluto. Even though Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet it serves as a useful reference point here. We can use it as the first example of such a dwarf planet ever found.
Use cash register or adding
machine tape for this activity.
Color image of person writing on adding machine tape.
3. Uranus (1/2): 
Fold the tape in half, crease it, unfold and lay flat. Which of the planets might be at this halfway point? Draw a circle about the size of a nickel and label it Uranus.
4. Saturn (1/4) and Neptune (3/4): 
Fold the tape back in half, then in half again. Fractions: 1/4th and 3/4th. Unfold and lay flat. What planets do you think are at these points? Draw a circle a little bigger than a quarter on the 1/4th mark (closer to the Sun) and label it Saturn. You may even want to include Saturn's rings. Draw another nickel-sized circle on the 3/4th mark (closer to Pluto) and label it Neptune.
5. Jupiter (1/8): 
Fold back into quarters, then in half one more time - eighths. Unfold and lay flat again. What planet do you think lies here? Draw the largest circle you can at the 1/8 mark (between the Sun and Saturn), and label it Jupiter.
6. Asteroid Belt (1/16): 
We don't need to fold the whole thing up again. If you take a look, you've got the 4 gas giants and Pluto all on there in the outer solar system. For the terrestrial (rocky) planets, you only need 1/2 of the first 1/8th! That's the inner 1/16th of your solar system. Fold the Sun end of the solar system in to meet Jupiter at the 1/16th spot. A planet does not go on the new crease, but the asteroid belt does.
7. Earth (inside 1/32), Mars (outside 1/32):
Now things start getting a little crowded and folding is tough to get precise distances. Fold the first 1/16th in half by folding the Sun end of the solar system in to the crease at the 1/32nd spot, where the asteroid belt is. Draw a small circle about the size of a Nerds candy for Earth just inside this fold (closer to the Sun) and a slightly smaller circle for Mars just outside the fold (closer to the Asteroid Belt) and label them.
8. Mercury & Venus (between Earth & Sun):
Between the Sun and Earth are two more planets, Mercury, closer to the Sun and Venus, closer to Earth. As best you can, evenly space these planets out in the space you have left between the Sun and Earth. Draw a small circle a little smaller than Mars for Mercury and about the same size as Earth for Venus. Be sure to label these planets.
Be sure to have everyone put their names on their tapes and fold them up to put it in their pockets. But before you put them away, here are some questions you might ask to get them thinking about what they can get from building this model.
1. Are there any surprises? Look how empty the outer solar system is: there is a reason they call it space! And how crowded the inner solar system is (relatively speaking). Even though it looks crowded in this model, are our closest planets very close? What's the farthest distance humans have ever travelled away from Earth? The moon!
2. Do you know anything about the physical properties of the ones that are spread out versus the ones that are crowded in close to the Sun? All the inner ones are small and rocky and the outer ones are gassy giants (except small, icy Pluto).
3. Given this spacing, why do you think little, rocky Venus can outshine giant Jupiter in the night sky? Both are covered with highly reflective clouds, and although it is much smaller, Venus is also much, much closer.
4. Does anyone know where the Eris, the largest dwarf planet would go on this model? At 97 A.U., it would more than double the size of the model. Pluto is on average 40 A.U. [A.U. stands for Astronomical Unit, roughly the mean distance from the Earth to the Sun. 1 AU = 149,597,870.691 kilometers, or about 93 million miles.]
5. On this scale (1 m = 40 A.U.) where would the nearest star* be? After some guesses you could bring out your pocket calculator to use in getting how far away the star would be. This allows you to talk about how far is a light year and do the calculations to find that the next nearest star on this scale is about 7 km (4.2 miles) away. They could then take out a local map to see what is that far away from the class. You'd need a lot more register tape!
6. [Calculations: A light year, the distance light travels in one year, is about 63,240 A.U. (about 9,460,000,000,000 km). The nearest star is *Proxima Centauri (visible from the Southern Hemisphere), at 4.2 light years. So, 4.2 l.y. x 63,240 A.U./l.y. x 1 m/ 40 A.U. = 6640.2 m = about 7 km.]
7. You can keep this model to explain the vast distances in the solar system to your friends and family.

Additional Resources

"All schools both here and in America should teach far fewer subjects far better." - C.S. Lewis

Monday, October 7, 2013

Whistle while you Work


   Time to get back into that school routine and start working to learn some new and exciting things. Like European explorers, The Battle of Waterloo, Pronouns,...Oh enough of that serious stuff we're gonna learn the Solar System and Tin Whistle. Do I hear cheers.
   Regardless if you find a particular subject fun or not let's whistle while we work. *8-} silly Okay bad humor.  What I'm trying to say with JOY & Enthusiasm is  Remember to bring your Tin Whistles tomorrow. Bring your Joy & Enthusiasm  too.

Can't wait to begin the new quarter. See you tomorrow whistle and all.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

You deserve a Break

Congratulations you completed the first 6 weeks of CC.  Hopefully you are falling into a routine and instituting the classical method better every day.  Both the tutors and I are here to help you in any way that we can.  Please don't hesitate to call, email, or post questions / suggestions on the blog page.
Next quarter we will begin Science Projects all relating to the Solar system and Tin Whistle.  If you have not already purchased a whistle Playville sells them for $10.  Make sure to purchase one in the Key of D.
You have earned a well deserved break.  Use the week to review materials covered the past 6 weeks.  Perhaps your child showed interest in a topic covered and can use this time to delve further.
Might I suggest taking time to enjoy the cooler weather by doing a enjoyable out door activity together.
See you October 8th Tin Whistle and all.  This quarter will be out of this world I am sure!!! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

 Hey CC Family,

Please join us for some fun, encouragement, and community time this Friday.

When: This Friday, September 20th, 1:30 - 4:30ish

Where:Ms. Michelle, Ashton, Jane, and Frank-E's House
76021 Green Valley Road, Folsom 70437   (Off hwy 1078, our house is at the dead end of Green Valley)

Why: To be a community, encourage each other, and play:)

What to bring:  drinks for your family & also an easy snack for a snack table
The fun happens outside at our house.  So come dressed to play and wear shoes to run and feed some farm animals: chickens, goats, donkeys, cats, and dogs.

Let's experiment with a comment box reply for this week and see if that works or my cell 985-373-9225:)   Thanks for your hard work Ka'Saundra and Rebecca on our very own CC of Covington blog!

Looking forward to visiting:)

Friday, September 6, 2013


        Welcome to the CC of Covington blog page.  This page was created to give you access to share things within your community. Your tutor will post classroom information and methods on how to integrate classical learning at home.   Feel free to share what works in your home as well as any enrichment activities that correlate with our studies.  We are each a part of this community and we all have something to offer that will enrich  our lives and studies. This page was created for you.

May the Lord be with you daily on your homeschool journey as your raise you children to know God and make him know.

Serving Alongside,

Ka'Saundra Brownfield