Weekly Report: Jello Cell Edition

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We’ve finished week 1 of 5th grade and I’m happy to report that we survived our first week of the logic stage.  Although I do have to say that I totally get why people say that it is much harder to homeschool with a toddler than with a baby.  I don’t know how people with more than two children do it.  Any hints on how to deal with 2yo boys while trying to homeschool a 5th grader are more than welcome!

All About Cells…

Our first week with Biology for the Logic Stage was all about cells.  Princess enjoyed her first look at cells through a microscope and was surprised by what she actually saw.  She wrote her very first list of facts from the Encyclopedia of Nature  and we also looked at a recent article on Science News for Kids about DNA differences in cells of identical twins.  We finished the week by making a cell model out of Jello…

jello cell project

We used a bouncy ball for the nucleus, spaghetti for the endoplasmic reticulum, Cheez-it Grips for the ribosomes, a bead for the mitochondria, a chocolate goldfish for a lysosome and pretzels for the centrioles.  Princess attempted to eat the cell afterwards, but we ending up tossing it because most of our materials didn’t taste so great with lemon jello ;).

 A Switch, Already…

Well, I posted our curriculum at the beginning of the week for the “Not” Back to School Blog Hop, unfortunately only a week into school and we’ve already made a switch.  I had my reservations about using Harvey’s Grammar this year, but I chose it because we are using Classical Writing.  The two are suppose to dovetail nicely and the student workbook schedules it all out for you.  What I didn’t realize is that most of the Harvey’s Grammar work is scheduled to be done in the first week, which will not work for us.  Plus  Harvey’s Student Workbook A doesn’t include all that is scheduled to be done in Classical Writing Homer Student Workbook A.  I should have looked over things better, but I didn’t.  So I had to quickly order Rod & Staff 5th grade to use instead, hopefully it will work out better.


I was hoping that getting pre-planned programs and switching the way I  have our electives schedule would help us actually get them all done.  So far it has, but we are only a week in, so I’m not making a blanket statement, yet.  In art, this week we looked at cave paintings and then made one of our own using pastels.  Here’s what princess came up with…

cave artwork


We have really been enjoying our first read-aloud, Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times.  It’s part history, part adventure, part Bible story and all good.  It’s made some of the old familiar Bible stories come alive and helped to create a historical framework for them.  I wasn’t sure if princess would like the book, but so far both of us are really enjoying it.

Around the Web…

On my mind this week are resources that I can use to entertain little man, so that’s why the “Around the Web” addresses come from this week.  Here’s my two favorite finds…

Well that’s what our week looked like, please, please feel free to share your favorite ways to entertain toddlers!  Also, be sure to check out what others are up to over at the Weekly Report.

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  1. Great week! We’ll be making edible cells in a few months – love what you used to make the parts of the cell. We’ll be trying various candy, not sure if it will resemble the parts as well, but I am hoping it tastes OK :-) We use Rod and Staff for grammar – it has worked out well for us.

    • Dorie,

      I definitely think that candy is the way to go. I let princess search the house and choose the various parts on her own, which made for some interesting combinations :). Glad to hear that you have like Rod & Staff!

  2. Hi Paige! May I suggest you this post! I just read it yesterday to have some ideas for my son who is 3 years old. It could keep your son busy…


  3. We did a similar cell last year. Ours was made entirely out of candy (and jello)so they ate it. They still talk about that. lol

    Her drawing is fabulous!


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