Bacteria, Schedules, and Spelling App demonstration (Wednesday picture diary)


My throat is sore, and I’m feeling blah. It’s completely unacceptable, I have too much to do, and too much (including a presentation this Saturday)¬†coming up.

I need my voice.

Pictures from week two of our summer schedule:

Monday we checked on the bacteria cultures we started last week. These are merely from agar being exposed to the air outside.


Tomorrow we’ll add test squares of antibacterial agents to one dish to observe how they inhibit growth. We’ll also start cultures of swabs of household surfaces.

Pete and I went on our weekly shopping trip. He wrote most of this list, selected most items, checked off all items, and scanned the groceries himself.


My brother made this clipboard 30 years ago. ūüôā

Here’s a look at our summer schedule for the littles:


It’s the first year I’ve done a wipe off checklist for the littles.¬†¬†Granted its only week 2, but they seem to be enjoying it.

Aidan’s rhetoric assignments for the month:


This is posted on the wall next to his weekly assignments. He reads this, and the rest of the schedule, and plans his work time accordingly along with his chores. He’s pretty good at time management. I only check with him now and then to see how its going.

Lily looks at her weekly schedule and creates a checklist for herself before beginning in the morning:



Finally here’s another video app example, demonstrating how¬†Pete uses the¬†“Word Wizard” app from Escapadou to practice spelling words:



Working with Stop Motion Studio Pro (apple app)

Morning! It’s my 100th post! Woohoo!

I’d have some sort of give-a-way but I haven’t the slightest on what ya’ll would like. Maybe I’ll have a better idea when I get to 1K followers.

So instead you get an app recommend.

This past weekend I added a stop motion app to the I-pad called “Stop Motion Studio Pro”¬† for 4.99USD.

Click here to get to¬†the app’s I-tunes page.

We’ve been making ultra short stop motion movies this week, and have plans to keep going with it to make longer creative shorts and for educational projects.

This¬†is little bee’s animation:

Here is Pete’s:


-The basics (taking shots, playing it back, sharing it) are easy to learn.

My son with major language impairment learned how to use it in less than a minute.

-It orders and animates the pictures for you (no need for photoshop or complex video editing suites)

-It has a green screen option, but we haven’t tried it yet.

-Sound and sound effects can be recorded or imported.


-Beyond the basics¬† (further editing) takes awhile to¬†figure out¬†and the “help” section isn’t all that helpful.

We needed to delete sound at one point and it took awhile to find out how to do that.

Taking it Further

Yesterday the children watched a video (free prime streaming) about making figures for clay animation and want to give that a try next.

I also have ideas for using as an option for the children in demonstrating learning.

Here a teacher explains how she uses it with her high school students.