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Mold, mold, and More Mold.

We continue to study Module 4- Kingdom Fungi.  This experiment the students were required to grow mold.  They were to put something aside for about two weeks in hopes that it will grow something fuzzy.

This is our collection of goodies.  The left is homemade jello and the right is homemade whole wheat bread.  They had been sitting in the garage for about 4 days with little to no evidence of growing hair.  So we brought it in and hid it in the back of the pantry.


And this is what happened to the bread a few days later.  The jello was also finely covered in different colored mold.   So, the forgotten dark corners of the pantry is the best place to grow mold in our home. :)

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Students, as usual, looked at the specimens and made sketches.

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During this experiment, it might be wise to bring in surgical masks.

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Some giggled the whole time.

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Right after class we all enjoyed lunch with some friends.  Yes, lunch is right after Biology class.  It was planned that way, I am sure.

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Here is a video that I showed my class last year.  I forgot about it this year and ended up sending it as a link.  It was not shown to my daughters.  I am pretty sure one of them would be ill afterwards.

Cordyceps: attack of the Fungi

Enjoy the show!


We are in Module 4 of Exploring Creation Through Biology.  That means it is time to grow mold and hunt for mushrooms.  I am thinking since it has been raining here lately, we will have a good variety.  We did.

Since daughters are in my class they had to go mushroom hunting with me.  One was sick, so she stayed home.  Not only did I make the other one go, she had to pick mushrooms with her OWN. HANDS!!  Seriously, people I did make her pick up the mushrooms.

As you can probably see from this photo, she figured out a way to pick it up without touching it.  That, of course, was still as bad as picking it up with her OWN. HANDS.

This is the same cutie who went with me during the time I needed to collect mushrooms for a different school year.  She didn’t touch them at that time either.  Just went along for the walk and claimed she found them all and there by winning the game.

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We did find several nice mushrooms in our very own back yard.

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Once home, I let them sit on a cookie sheet lined with paper towel.

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I don’t remember what the orange ones are called, but I think they are real pretty.

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I did try to make a mushroom print, but the spores were so small and so light, it was hard to see.  I did spray them this time with hairspray and that worked very well.

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The students seemed to enjoy this experiment.  It was more hands on than the prepared slides from last week.

See the girl below?  She was partnered with my Joanna and together they found worms in their mushrooms.  Forget the lesson, forget the Basidomycota Spores, let’s look at worms!  That is just what they did.


This worm was a bit wiggly, so the girl above decided to smash it a bit. Stupid worm should have just laid there.  The photo below was taken by the girl with her smart phone.  We do not know which end this is.  It is a pretty color.


Tomorrow at co-op, we will be looking at mold.  We have some interesting mold growning this year.  Stay tuned.


Kingdom Protista

Exploring Creation through Biology – Module 3

For this module I like to find several videos to show the students, because they get more interested when they see the real thing in action.  I mean real as in a video of a Protista.

My favorite video is the Amoeba Feeding on a single cell organism.  It is in real time and the organism doesn’t know what is happening until it is too late.  Feel free to do what I do, start speak for the organism by screaming at the appropriate time.  Ahhhhhhh!!!!

Some other videos I like to share are:

Paramecium eating pigmented yeast.


Flagella & Cilia

Naegleria fowleri - brain eating amoeba  – Lisa in the comments below, mentioned the brain eating amoeba.  It is fascinating and terrifying all at the same time.  I wouldn’t show this to my students unless all of them asked for it.   We live in Florida where there is abundance of water, warm weather, and water up the nose.   LOL    Here are two more links about this amoeba.  What a great way to start off your week!

Brain-Eating Amoeba – WebMD

Pathogen & Environment – Naegleria fowleri .  This one has a pathogen life cycle chart which is pretty cool.

Thanks Lisa for the mentioning the amoeba that is out to lunch! :_

This module also goes over Symbiosis Relationships.   This is where you can really shine with the kids.  Google images of the different relationships and share with our students.  Especially the Tongue Eating Louse.  Nice!

One more thing.  The Exploring Creation Through…. are know for having horrible photos on their tests.  Once the tests are printed for the student to complete, the photos are so dark the student can’t figure out what it is.   This time around I sent the following images to the parents to show the student when answer question #14 on Module 3 test.

Click on the pictures to get to the webpage they came from. :)




A Math Conversation

I cannot teach math.  It just doesn’t come out of my mouth in such a way that the kids can understand.  So, in our home The Dad does a lot of the math with the girls.  Tonight conversation went like this…

Rebekah, “I don’t remember!”

Dad, “What do you mean?  You JUST did that same problem a minute ago!”

Rebekah,  “I had a BRAIN FART!

And then Satan said…

But when The Dad gets involved in math, it is cow.

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H. L. Hunley

I don’t know what is up with WordPress (probably my fault, but I am not going to admit it), but here is the missing post.

The H.L. Hunley was built in 1863.  Manned by eight men and is the first submarine to sink a ship, Housatonic in wartime.

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It sank during a test drive on August 19, 1863 killing five of the eight crewmen.
It was retrieve and it sank again during another test drive, on October 15, 1863 killing all eight crewmen.
On February 17, 1864, it went into battle.  The submarine attacked and sank the USS Housatonic.   Unfortunately the Hunley also sank, killing all crew members and was lost.

The wreck was located by a man named Spence in 1970 and again in 1995 by NUMA.  On August 8, 2000 the Hunley was removed from the water.

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The area where the crewmen worked is incredibly small.  The photo below is a replica that was used in a movie.  This replica is larger than the actual submarine.  Sir Husband look very comfortable, doesn’t he?

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The size is only 48″ diameter.  The tallest crewmen was 6’1″.  Can we say claustrophobic?

Hunley 021It was once believed that the torpedo was attached to a string.  Once the torpedo was embedded into the ship’s haul, the submarine would reverse pulling the string and then setting off the torpedo.  It has been recently found that this is not the case.  The torpedo was detonated by a push button.  Just 20 feet or so from the ship.

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It is unknown how the crewmen actually ended up on the bottom of the sea, but three possibilities are given during the tour.

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If you ever visit Charleston, SC, I suggest you take time to visit this museum.

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They have even reconstructed the heads of the crewmen.  Creepy and cool all at the same time.

Because I Can’t Remember… A Pinterest Challenge

I don’t write a schedule for math.  My youngest sometimes takes two or more days to comprehend a concept.  There are months days when she has RCI (Rectal Cranial Inversion  a.k.a. butthead attitude) that she can’t even answer 5+1.  So, we just plug along…

Saxon Algebra books have their testing schedule written in the Test booklet.  For example it says, “Test 3, Covers material up through:  Lesson 12,  Give after Lesson 16″.   That’s great, but I don’t look at that booklet everyday to see if a test is coming up and those numbers do not stick in my head.  How am I going to keep up with this?  I know for a fact my youngest won’t remind me there is a test coming up!

To help my brain, I am using Post-it pads.  Got the idea from Pinterest, of course.

Downloaded 3×3 post-it note template from

Just print the template first, add fun notes on the template on your computer, stick blank post-it notes in the squares, place it in your printer and then print!  That’s it.  A warning,  make sure you know the direction your printer prints.  Insert the page so the post-it note stick part goes in first.  :)

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To make it really fun, I found math jokes on the internet.  Some of the jokes I used I found here on Pinterest.  I really like this one.  LOL  Not really a joke, though.


After printing out my reminders, I just posted them right in the textbook on the lesson that needs to be done AFTER the test.  Since I sit with the daughter for each lesson, we BOTH will know she has to take a test.

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I nailed it!  At least this will help me from getting RCI.