Posts by Elena Porter

Hi, my name is Elena. I’m married to my best friend and together we have 2 amazing boys, 5 and 2 years old, and our fur baby, 9 years old bulldog. I'm a homeschooling stay at home mom. My husband and I both love school, both of us thrive in a classroom setting, so we just assumed that our extroverted boys would love that learning environment as well. We were wrong, so so so wrong. January, 5 2017 , less than one year after I vowed not to homechool my kids, we officially started…you guessed it! homeschooling our twice exceptional son. Term twice exceptional (or 2e) often refers to intellectually gifted children who also have some form of disability or learning differences. Our oldest is an amazing, creative, passionate, curious and intense out-of-the-box thinker. Knowing that he really is gifted and that his mind really does work differently explained so many quirks, answered so many questions and helped us reconnect and not feel so isolated and frustrated. It’s not an easy road, but it’s so worth it! I’m so thankful for Oklahoma’s vibrant and diverse homeschooling community! Words can not expressed how blessed we are by all the friends and like-minded families we met on this rollercoaster. Thank you!!!

Freeze your water instantly in 10 easy steps

1. Place 3728 water bottles in the freezer (seals broken, label removed for better visual effect) for 2-2.5 hours in horizontal position.

2. Try an experiment in exactly 2 hours. Waste 50% of your water bottles.

3. Wait few more minutes. Drop 50% of remaining bottles in the floor triggering crystallization process before anybody has a chance to see the experiment.

4. Treat remaining bottles as if they are the most unstable element known to humanity and carefully pour super chilled water over some ice cubes in the bowl.

5. Ooooh and aaaaaah

6. Pix or it didn’t happen. Remember that you forgot to record a video.

7. Use the remaining bottle of liquid gold to record the video. Make sure that your toddler is demanding a popsicle and your dog if barking at his own shadow.

8. Attempt to be clever and use this ringtone as a background.

9. Throw in 4827 more bottles in the freezer.

10. Forget that water bottles are in the freezer. I’ve blocks inside the plastic bottles will be useful during your next hiking of camping trip.

Gluten free dye free playdough recipe for 50 students? Challenge accepted

Co-op science class studied structure of the Earth. Kids  started by creating an inner core from playdough, then they added outer core, mantle and crust.  All we need for the activity is playdough, 4-5  different colors. Sounds easy enough, right?

Plot twist: playdough should be gluten free and dye free.

After trying several recipes, I finally found one that’s super easy and makes right texture playdough.

2 cups of rice flour

1 cup salt

4 tbsp cream of tartar

1.5 cup if boiling water

2 tbsp coconut oil

*natural food dyes – optional.

Mix all the dry ingredients,  add natural food dyes, then boiling water.  Mix thoroughly. If playdough is still crumble, add more water 1-2 tbsp at a time.

*Extra step. Add too much water (2+cups instead of 1.5 that recipe calls for) and to go to the store to buy more rice flour*