kate5kiwis: "danger? i laugh in the face of danger.. hahahahahaha..."

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“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Monday, February 26, 2007

"danger? i laugh in the face of danger.. hahahahahaha..."

(guess the movie line)
i feel like we're The *Bona Fide* Home Ed'ers today:
we've done *two* science experiments..
(that don't involve eating food)
it's a world first, i know.
J11 got this oh-so-dangerous-book for his birthday.
and since then, he's been commandeering all adults-passing-through to "educate" them a bit.


(that's the very patient Anne)
OH MY GOSH.
IT'S THE BEST. BOYS. BOOK. EVER.
anything we ever wanted (or think we wanted) to know or do: it's here.
and there's even an online quiz.
see if you can beat *boy wonder*...


and today, J11 decided to make flame-proof cloth (p. 141)
so we mixed up some aluminium potassium sulphate from his crystal-making-kit and oh, dear.. the solution wouldn't dissolve (too saturated: see, i *do* remember something from sixth form chemistry) so we added a little more water and heated it a bit in the nuke-box. and soaked the cloth, and now it's hanging on the line. we'll light it as soon as it's dry...
B-O-O-M!!!!!!!!!!!!
(we hope not)


oh, the second science experiment??
J11 just got a wasp sting ( i got one yesterday in the exact same place on the lawn. strange but true)
so we whizzed inside for the vinegar.
the rule is Baking soda = Bees, Winegar = Wasps.
J11 informs me that "as a wasp's sting is an alkali, the vinegar (acid) neutralizes it. it becomes a salt plus water."

and that's another moment in the life of an uneducated mommy learning at the feet of her brainy kids.

10 Comments:

Blogger Marie N. said...

That does sound like a great book for boys! How long did it take for the sting to go away?

I love how much I am learning by home schooling my kids too.

3:06 AM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

hey marie
i just soaked a cotton ball with vinegar, and held it onto the sting area.
i was so surprised as how *quickly* the sting just vanishes... less than five minutes. it truly is incredible.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

Well, I am a "girl wonder," 11 out of 15. Do I get a prize? :)

My husband is the chemist in our family. He prefers Adolph's meat tenderizer for bee stings, but he didn't know the vinegar one. That book sounds cool.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Sharonnz said...

That book is on my list of "must have soon"! Glad to hear you recommend it so highly.

2:25 PM  
Blogger The Gorgeous Debbie said...

"and that's another moment in the life of an uneducated mommy learning at the feet of her brainy kids."

What do you say to a statement like that? You are my idol xoxoxo

7:11 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

barb woo hoo *girl wonder* huh? i didn't attempt it.. memorising-little-tidbits does not come naturally to me, i end up guessing the answers lol

sharon J11's auntie and uncle sent it from England, and it was the Best Present Ever for him.

deb well we must both belong the The Mutual Admiration Society then *wink*

8:26 AM  
Blogger Butterfly Kisses said...

Lion King

Mufasa..oooo ..say it again..Mufasa, Mufasa, Mufasa!

9:42 AM  
Blogger Qtpies7 said...

Ohhh, I have to remember the vinegar! We have wasps living somewhere in our crawlspace under our house, and even though we have 4 feet of snow outside, we had a wasp in our kitchen today!

5:47 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Kate - again you are a legend! 5 kids an educating them in such a lovely, way better than school textbooks fashion is amazing (don't tell my DH - he's a teacher!)

Sarah in Canada :)

10:36 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Kate - again you are a legend! 5 kids an educating them in such a lovely, way better than school textbooks fashion is amazing (don't tell my DH - he's a teacher!)

Sarah in Canada :)

10:37 AM  

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