Exploding Apples 🍎

Last year, we started somewhat of a tradition of doing DIY science experiments on the weekends. Some we recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel. Others happened so fast I couldn’t even pick up the camera. We get ideas from many sources. Most online. The bending light experiment was taken from one of our science workbooks. dscn0631.jpg

Thankfully we have also been receiving and making use of our monthly subscription to Kiwi Co. The Tinker Crate science kits are hands-on and have a heavy focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics).

To get back on top of things I wanted to find another quick DIY experiment. So this past weekend, I found this exploding apple experiment on Pinterest. It is very simple to do and clean up is quick.

*I did not measure when we did it the first time but it might be beneficial to do so.


  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoonfuls of baking soda

Watch the video here to see how it works!


Do you like to do science experiments with your kids? Let me know your favorites!

Playing Sports and Homeschool

This school year my son has played soccer, basketball, nerf dodgeball and some other sports through a sports program for homeschoolers k-12. Each month the kids learn skills and techniques and play on age appropriate teams.

Next month is hand ball…

I’ve played hand ball several times in the past and I know he will enjoy its intensity and fast pace.

We received some information about the sport from our sports program. I thought these would be nice to share.

Field Handball provides a full body workout:  Apart from the aerobic benefit, the fast-paced game of handball helps to build up muscle tone and strength. All of the jumping, turning and throwing the ball means most muscles are getting a vigorous workout.

It also:

  • Increases cardiovascular endurance:  This helps increase the heart rate and boost aerobic endurance.

• Teaches agility: Develops agility of hands and feet, with sudden changes of pace and direction required.

• Improves mental focus and self-confidence: Being successful is 95% mental and 5% physical. Playing field handballwill help to develop both and decisions need to be made quickly.

• Heart healthy: Provides the body with a good cardiovascular workout, feeding more oxygen to the muscles via thebloodstream.

• Calorie and fat burning: A University of Utah study showed field handball to be superior to racquetball in burning calories.

• Develops hand-eye coordination: Learning to anticipate where the ball will end up isn’t easy. Timing and technique are everything.

• Teaches the player to be balanced and agile on both sides of the body: Field handball develops and sustains muscles on both sides of the body because players use both hands. Players will develop coordination and power in their non-dominant, or “off,” hand.

2017-2018 Homeschool Curriculum

*3rd Grade*

Language Arts 

Spelling Workout C

Spectrum Vocabulary Grade 3

Daily Language Review Grade 3

Spectrum Writing Grade 2

Spectrum Reading Grade 3

Think Alongs Level C


Singapore Math Word Problems Level 2 

Math 3 Teaching Textbooks

Go Math 3

Spectrum Word Problems Grade 3 

Science/Social Studies/History

History-Social Science: Communities Practice Workbook


  • Meet George Washington 
  • Marie Curie’s Search for Radium 
  • Who was Anne Frank 
  • Freedom Train


Maps, Charts, and Graphs 

Map Skills (Teacher Created)

Daily Geography (Evan Moor)


Draw Write Now Level 4


Teach Them Spanish Level 1


You can watch our Youtube video to see the inside of these workbooks.

We also use online learning curriculum, which can be found on our free educational resources page.

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