Friday, March 4, 2011

Beyond Co-op: Thomas Edison #4

I'm behind on this by about two weeks so may be posting two close together.  :-)  We typically meet every other week.  This meeting we covered chapters 9-12 in the book.  We choose to focus on a couple of these lessons.

First, we talked about communication and the various forms used throughout time to communicate with one another.
 One of the aspects of the story that we found really interesting was the fascination that Tom had with the telegraph.  Below is a picture of a homemade telegraph!  (Love the inspiration of some people as I know I wouldn't ever have done this!)
 The children learned about morse code and each had a sheet identifying the code for each letter.  
 We were also incredibly blessed to find that one of the families in the group actually had several of these that we could (gently) use!Of course, they each eagerly awaited their turn to try out the telegraph!
 As a group they worked on decoding a number of words in order to get the hang of it.
 I just thought this was a fun picture taken in a mirror.
 We listened to morse code on a couple of web sites to hear what it would sound like, then the children were split into small groups.  They had a clipboard with several sheets of paper.  One with the code.  A blank piece for writing on.  A third sheet contained words that they were to type out for the others in their group.  (Each child had different words!)
 They did a great job with this and really had fun with it too!
 For snack time we focused on the garden veggies that Tom and his friend grew and sold to make money to fund his laboratory.  (I'm not wanting this to give my guys any ideas!  LOL  Yes, they have asked about having their own lab.  I'm not as trusting or nice as Mrs. Edison was though.)
 The second half of the morning we focused on advertising.  We first talked about advertising and what it was.  What forms it takes and how it affects people.  The children were again split into groups of 3 or 4.  They each chose a kitchen utensil/tool out of my bag.  They were then to make a commercial for this item.
 They spent time working on the script and practicing their commercial.  Then it was time to perform.  It was so much fun to see what they did with their time.  The first group had a "pickle grabber".
 The second group chose a steamer.
 The third group a cutting board.
 They were all creative, funny and convincing - in their own way.  It was another fun morning!
Here are a few websites that my sweet co-teacher used for those who may also be tackling some of these lessons.

Hope you are finding joy in your days and peace in your heart!  God loves you!



  1. Hi Leslie,

    I didn't see a way to email you so I'm responding here. I agree about the struggles of juggling different diets, and I don't know much about diabetes. The cookbook doesn't give carb and sugar counts for each recipe. There are a lot of baked goods (which were great for us as transitional recipes) but there are also main dishes, salads, soups, appetizers, etc. I wish I could loan it to you so that you could see if it works for your family!

    I found a site online, and even though it's a weight loss site, I like that it has a recipe database where you can check off gluten-free and diabetes-friendly recipes and find recipes that are suitable for both conditions.

    I'm praying for you, Leslie! I know how much work is involved in trying to feed a family with different dietary needs!

    Please let me know if there's ever anything I can do to help. I love helping others who have these challenges!


  2. Dear Leslie, wasn't that a fun time?! I've learned so much at these co-ops. I need to get in gear and figure out what I'm doing next week!

    I wanted to share a link with you that was shared with me. I know how your heart is very tender towards children looking for a forever home!

    Love and hugs,

  3. Denise - Thank you! I have no idea how to post my email on my blog. Is this an option? So much to learn. LOL

    Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and help! You are a treasure! I am sure I'll have many more questions. Hugs.

    Lynn - Thanks for sharing the givaway. I do love seeing these precious children come home!!! Love being able to be a part of it all! :-)

    Love you

  4. Leslie, if you click on "View my complete profile," it will take you to a page where you can click the "Edit" button. One of the options on that page is whether or not to show your email address.

    Hope this helps!


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