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Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Friday, January 27, 2006

Experiment days

Sierra asked me last week, about what food dye would do if dropped into salted water vs. tap water. I told her we could go pick up some supplies and find out, and she might want to play with hot vs. cold too.
Our trip to Ingles yielded two tubs of salt, a package of food dye and some cheap shaving cream for her "experiments", plus a container of cream, to be shaken into butter. She'd been curious about how cream becomes butter and wanted to make some. She and Jalen spent hours playing with glasses of dyed water (who needs a color wheel?), colorful shaving cream and dipping napkins into the dye for a colorful tie-dyed effect. The shaving cream ended up in the tub at some point, and decorated both walls and children. Talk about a CLEAN smell in the bathroom!

They decided our home-shaken butter was delicious and ate it on home-baked bread which Jalen kept sniffing and saying "it smells awesome". One of the best bread days, was after we hauled the bikes, scooters and roller blades up the street to a culd-de-sac for some safe outdoor recreation. It ended up being more windy and cold than we expected (our house is protected) and went home after just a couple of loops around. After being out in the biting wind, the house smelled SO warm and inviting. Nothing like fresh baked bread to scent your home with! They love it so much I've been instructed to bake some every day. Thank goodness for bread machines.

Markus is busy trying to find a broker to work for locally, after passing his real estate exam on Monday. One more 30 hour course and getting hired will provide him with the state license.
Hopefully he'll be faster than most at selling some homes. A Real Estate career takes time to get established , I'm a little bit nervous at this point.


Blogger Marcella said...

OOOHH! i'M SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS BLOG! One of my favorite unschoolers has a blog! Perfect! I hope to visit often.Your experiment days sound so familiar.We unschool using everything,picking out stuff from everywhere and we tend to do lots of impromptu experiments too. Marcella

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