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New Readers' Email Group, Bathtub Icebergs, M.L. King Day Lesson Ideas

By Heather Idoni

Added Friday, January 13, 2006

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 7 No 2 January 13, 2006
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2006 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net. All Rights Reserved.

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Notes from Heather

Our new YahooGroup! Homeschool-Notebook

In an effort to help make us more of an interactive community, I have
set up an email loop at YahooGroups called Homeschool-Notebook.
I also posted a poll so that I can find out more about the make-up of
our readers and what you are looking for in this newsletter! Please
do sign-up for the group and take the poll, even if you want to go "no
mail" for the loop. This will help me to understand what ages your
children are, how you school, etc. (The information will be kept
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[Here's your chance! Send YOUR ideas along to

Bathtub Icebergs

I have two girls ages 5 & 2. I have started making "icebergs" for my
kids for bathtime. I fill a medium size container (margarine tub, sour
cream tub...) with water and I put in a handful of their little toys and
put it in the freezer overnight. The next day at bathtime I give them
each an iceberg and they love to melt it in the tub and 'free' all the
little toys. Sometimes I add a few drops of food coloring. It's been
very educational too-- we have talked about things like Melting and
Freezing and Floating and Liquid and Solid that ice is really just
water. Also when we add food coloring they see that the color is
brightest when it is frozen in the iceberg, but that it spreads to the
whole tub when the ice melts. Some fun things to put in the icebergs
are: plastic animals, polished stones, small balls, foam shapes, plastic
necklaces, and also straws and paintbrushes (sticking out of the top of
the ice). These little trinkets also encourage a lot of creative play
during tub time. -- Joslin in Arizona


Send YOUR ideas to: HN-ideas@familyclassroom.net

Last Issue's Question Was...

[Editor's note: Last week's question was about apprenticeships for
teens and we didn't receive any replies yet. This question is still
begging for an answer, so I'm going to give it another chance!]

Answer our Question!

"I'm looking into apprenticeship ideas for my son and daughter, ages
16 and 17, respectively. They have a wide variety of interests, but
I would like to help them find opportunities which will not only expose
them to new skills, but also apply toward credits on their high school
transcripts. Is anyone doing something like this with apprenticeships
or does anyone have suggestions for locating opportunities for home
schooled children? For instance, we have a few local dads who could
teach welding and a mom who caters. Is it appropriate to pay for the
training or to work in exchange? Anyone who has advice please send
it my way! Thanks!"


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Monday, January 16th, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the U.S.

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