Homeschool Science: Climbing Colors Experiment

Science lab lesson today

How time flies. It is now February 2022! It feels like it was just yesterday when we were preparing for our 2021 Disney holiday vacation. It has been a month since we got back from our vacation. We are not ready to get back to our routine schedules yet but we had to shift to homeschool mode instantly.

Choosing the colors for our experiment.
Cutting the coffee filter.
Marking the coffee filter using the colored markers.
Getting the glass cups ready.
Marked coffee filters after 10 minutes in the water.
The colors climb up the coffee filter. After 15 minutes.

Here are the results for the different colors:

Science and arts does work together.
Black marker
Brown marker
Blue marker
Pink marker
Purple marker
Red marker

After the experiment, we had our little girl write her observations. She wrote all the different colors that showed up on the six coffee filters that we used. She was amazed by how each color is made from several others.

Write your own observations here. You can print this card using our PDF link at the bottom of this post.

In conclusion, this was a very exciting experiment. Our entire family took part of it and we all had fun. Free printable PDF for the experiment cards and observation cards can be obtained from the link below.

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Food Life: Bear Bento

“TORIKATSU” bento school lunch made at home with love.

Maintaining family life and work life balance in America is doable. Notice that I did not say it is easy. It is possible but it takes a great deal of cooperation from everyone in the family.

Honestly, for Moms like me who work full time, it is a struggle! It is even harder with little kids. Everyday Moms think of what food to make for the kids. Imagine three meals a day! Most parents rely on the schools to provide healthy and nutritious lunch for the kids. At least that is what most parents think.

The U.S. public school lunch has been scrutinized. I am not sure when it started but it seems like it has been trending on social media. Kids posting photos of their lunch trays and some even have lunch comparisons from all over the world. Based on majority of the posts I have seen, it seems like the U.S. has been left behind in terms of nutrition.

Kids at different age group have specific nutritional needs. Our teen is currently homeschooled but she used to be in our local school district. She is not a picky eater but I made lunch for her daily except on some occasions when I did not have time and energy to do it. I just wanted to make sure thay she eats a well-balanced diet that is sufficient for her developmental needs.

For her lunchbox, I used to make her “charaben” like this “torikatsu” which is one of her favorites.

Torikatsu Bento

Ingredients:

Chicken breast or chicken tenders

For the tempura batter:

Egg for coating

Panko batter mix

Panko bread crumbs

Vegetable oil for frying the tempura

For the chicken marinade:

Soy sauce

Lemon

Peppercorn

Garlic

Sides:

Steamed rice

Steamed corn

Green leafy veggies or spring mix

Yellow, orange and red sweet bell peppers

Seaweed wrap

Utensils:

Bento veggie cutters or small metal cookie cutters.

Scissors for cutting the seaweed wraps

Preparation:

1. Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Keeping it in the refrigerator overnight would be optimal.

2. Beat the egg/s (amount will depend on how much chicken you are going to make). Dip the chicken in the egg.

3. Coat the chicken with panko batter powder. Roll the coated chicken in the panko bread crumbs.

4. When ready to cook, pour the cooking oil in the pan. Make sure the temperature is perfect for deep frying before putting the chicken.

5. Cook the chicken until it is golden brown. Remove excess oil by putting the fried chicken strips on top of a paper towel. Let it stand until the temperature feels fine to touch.

6. Assemble the green leafy veggies in a rectangular glass container or your chosen lunch box.

7. Use bento veggie cutter to shape the bell peppers. I actually used small cookie cutters for this bento. This is also the part where I usually let my kids help.

8. When the chicken is cool enough not to cook the leafy greens. Put the chicken on top of the greens.

9. Make two small steamed rice balls and one large rice ball for the bear face. Cut up some seaweed wraps to use for the ears, eyes and nose.

10. Put everything in the lunchbox. Make the bear by using the large rice ball for the face and the two small rice balls for the ears. Place the cut seaweed wrap on top of the rice balls to complete the face of the bear. Be creative. You can modify the bear’s look.

11. Add the steamed corn on the side of the bear or however you want to make your bento look.

12. Add all the especially shaped colored bell peppers for an appetizing bento.

ENJOY YOUR TORIKATSU CHARABEN!

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Free Printable Science Experiment Cards for Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade School

Spark your kid’s science interest through exploration. Let them play and have fun with cool and easy experiments at home. Don’t worry about the materials. Most likely, you already have them in your pantry or storage. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find the link for the free printable PDF file for the experiments.

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Teen Advocacy: Mental Health Awareness by Yzzabella

Sometimes being a friend just means being there to listen.

“Live with a greater significance than achievements, accolades, or an impressive bio.” -@timtebow

What does this mean to me? Being a teen is not easy. You are continuously surrounded by different types of pressure. I personally try to always give my best in whatever I do. I want to achieve something that will not only benefit me but also my fellow teens as well as my community. To me, it is more than just the feeling of fulfilment for having achieved something. It is more on doing what I can do to give back to my community.

That is the reason why I wanted to join #pbbkumuteens. I wanted to use that platform to spread #mentalhealthawareness among the teens especially in the Philippines. I have noticed that to these days, talking about mental illness is still a taboo among #Filipinos. It shouldn’t be. It is critical that we allow those people suffering especially the teens to talk about their condition without #prejudice.

I watched Ms. @piawurtzbach ‘s @ted talk about the same issue. It was a blessing that I was prompted by my phone to her video because we share the same thought. We need to help make people aware that #depression, #bipolar disorder and other #mentalhealth problems exist. We should not dismiss the topic when people talk about it. We should support those individuals who suffer in silence.

Here in the U.S., we have everything that we need for support. Everyone have access to it. In some countries, professional support is not available for everyone. What the families can do to help is as simple as listening and being there for their loved one. Do not dismiss their issues when they open up.

Make them feel that they are being heard. Be genuinely interested in knowing and learning more about their mental health issues. Learn ways to support them. You can do a lot to help.

We need to think beyond ourselves. We need to care for everyone else in this world. Together we can all make a difference.  #inclusion #teentalk #tedtalk

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Young, Fierce, Focused… Teen Life Tips From A Teen

Be Who You Are

Life is a journey. In this journey we all go through different phases. Being a teen is pivotal. It is at this stage when we need to seriously think of our life goals. It is also critical that along with those goals we set a timeline and a solid plan on how to hit our target.

We all want to be successful. Our own definition of success will set us apart from the rest. For most teens, success could mean finishing high school, getting a perfect GPA, winning sport competitions, having an important role in the school play, getting a job, starting a small business, etc.

There are so many things that we can achieve as teens but there are also tons of stressors and distractions surrounding us. But, if you keep your eyes on your goals then it is not impossible to be the success that you want to be.

KEEP STRIVING TO BE YOUR BEST SELF!

Homeschool Science: The Mini Microbiologist

How clean is your skin?

Have you ever wondered what microorganism grows in a culture media if you swab your skin? We did just that! We collected our own samples by rolling a swab on our arms. We then inoculated culture media plates using the swabs.

Ideally, we should have used a sterile swab to make sure that we won’t get any contaminants in our culture. But, this experiment was meant as an introduction. A way to encourage our little one to love science. Something that will spark interest.

This experiment is also a good way for parents to reinforce how important it is that we follow good hygiene. Through this we can teach our kids that there are living organisms that exist but are invisible to our eyes. Some organisms are helpful to our body but some are pathogenic. Thus, hand washing is extremely important.

Materials used:

1. Regular Q-tips or Sterile Swabs

2. Sterile culture media

Our samples were taken from:

1. Frequently touch surfaces like door knobs, refrigerator door handle, etc. (Environmental)

2. Skin (Biological)

Observation after few days:

We saw some growth on the plates. The colonies that grew in the culture plates were varied. This experiment made Esperanza see what is normally invisible to her eyes.

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Snow White: Who is the Bravest of Them All?

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the BRAVEST of them all?

Today’s world is different from how it was in the past but fairy tales still capture our hearts. Come on! Parents, please help me here. Just say yes! We all know Anna and Elsa. We know Moana too! Right?

We can’t really deny that fairy tales teach kids important lessons in life. Boys and girls alike love to watch fairy tales because it brings hope. HOPE for a new beginning or a better ending.

As of the moment our little one’s favorite princess is Mirabel. That is due to the fact that she watched “Encanto” on Thanksgiving day for the first time. Of course we needed to watch it with her more than 10 times in 2021 and we are still counting. Before that movie came out, her favorites were Anna and Elsa.

She also love some old timers like Cinderella and Snow White. She loves how the dwarves received Snow White in their home. She knew that there has to be a special place for Snow White after her wicked stepmother’s plot. Kindness will always prevail.

Although she raised a question about the dwarves allowing a stranger in their home, she also believe that they did the right thing. She believes in kindness. Our girls have always been warned and are still being warned about the risk of talking to strangers.

We taught our girls to be kind and respectful to everyone they meet. But, we also made them aware that not all people intend to do good. They must learn how to safeguard themselves against the bad elements in this world.

Being kind and nice is important but learning to decipher an individual’s real intention before trusting that person is also critical. Fairy tales teaches us that. Snow White taught us that we cannot trust everyone. At times, not even the people who are close to us.

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