A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
I find that when I am jet lagged, I don’t think very well. I don’t think at ALL before I say things, and it takes a long time for my brain to register what it is I’ve just said. I VERY OFTEN put my foot in my mouth without knowing it. People who meet me right after I arrive at post probably think I am the rudest, most scatterbrained and out of touch person imaginable. I apologize to all those whom I’ve just met. I hope we can still be friends. J I promise it gets better. Eventually, my brain and my mouth will connect BEFORE I say things and it comes out better. That will be nice. In the meantime, here's something fun the kids and I have done...
A Popcorn experiment:
We found a great experiment in a science book (Science Experiments you can Eat) about popcorn. What happens if you take regular popping corn and add moisture? What happens if you take moisture away? Do the popcorn people really know what they’re doing?
We put 1 c of popcorn kernels into a ziplock bag, added a few Tbsp of water and let it sit overnight. Another cup of popcorn was placed on a cookie sheet. We were supposed to cook it for a few hours on low in the oven, however, our oven doesn’t happen to be working right now. Doh! (It was the first time we’d tried it, so it’s good to know that right now so we can put in a work order and see if it needs to be fixed or replaced…) So, we put it on the back porch in the sun/outside overnight. It seemed to work ok. It’s nice and warm here. Ha! Then we left the rest of the popcorn alone.
The next day, we came back to our experiment. I heated some oil in a big pot. We started with control group #1—the Wet Popcorn.
Our guess: It would pop really fast and be really big!
Here’s the result:
It ‘popped’ fast, but instead of popping, it sort of just split open and sat.
Group #2—the Dry Popcorn:
Our guess: It would pop slower and be small.
It popped SUPER fast, and was a medium-ish size. I don’t know if this would really be indicative of dried out popcorn since we didn’t cook it, but it is the way with experiments…
Group #3—Regular Popcorn:
Our guess: It would be the normal size of popcorn.
Yep. Turned out like normal popcorn! We also discovered that if you do a small amount of popcorn at a time, ALL of the kernels will pop. However, if you cover the entire bottom of the pan with popcorn kernels, you’ll only get about half. Interesting…
Mmmm…Popcorn… Now it’s time to start a movie!! J
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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