We wrapped up our units on floating and flying this week. We also re-started Life of Fred: Elementary Physics. This time through we are going to concentrate more on the math. I’m hopeful that with a conceptual introduction through the book story and a practical introduction through the discussions and experiments all year, the math will make more sense this time through. We also watched The Way Things Works Floating on DVD.
For our experiments this week, we made the m’s float off the m&m’s. We couldn’t get a solid M on the top of the water, but it was cool to see the separation of water-soluble vs non-water-soluble materials.
Then we made 2 boats out of various materials.
Math: subtracting 9, measuring and drawing line segments to the nearest half inch and using addition algorithms.
Grammar: continued working on FLL 1.
Art: created food web art.
Blazer’s food web.
Geography: Learned the countries of Eastern Europe.
Literature: continued working on HOP.
Bible: continued reading through the New Testament.
Biology: learned how food webs are different from food chains. We did an experiment to show the importance of balance in any habitat where the “stork” would add a cup of water to the habitat and the “grim reaper” would take away 1/3 cup from the habitat. The kids enjoyed being both of these characters and saw how the bowl would overflow without balance. We then made an example of the food chain with food. The food is their favorite part of science!
The caterpillar eats the flower, the bat eats the caterpillar and we eat it all!
My homeschool group is going to start exploring the state of Ohio using the book B is for Buckeye. I think it’s going to be an amazing time. We are taking it slow, only doing one letter a month, and I can’t wait to get started!
We had our kickoff meeting at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus.
We had 23 kids at the kickoff!
Giant mastodon was a hit!
Miss C found an older girl to latch onto right away.
Racer mowing the lawn in the 1950′s house.
Yard games! I wish the grass were that green outside.
Racer’s first selfie.
1950′s house living room.
I was surprised by how big the museum was. We hadn’t been before but with our new membership I’m sure we’ll be visiting more often!
Math: We’ve hit another lull, so this week Blazer took chapter tests for chapter 15, 16, 17 & 18. Chapter 18 he got a B, so we’ll start where chapter 17 leaves off next week and hopefully get him where he’s being challenged (aka interested) more.
Grammar: continued working on WWE & FFL 3. I love both of these programs. Blazer is not so happy with the amount of writing he has to do (FYI: It’s 2 sentences a day. TWO sentences a DAY!!). I’m hopeful this practice will eventually make him a more willing writer.
Art: Focused on shapes of natural form.
History: Learned about the Magna Carter. Started reading Robin Hood.
Literature: No literature this week.
Bible: read how Jermiah lamented Jerusalem.
Latin: reviewed noun cases.
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Continued working on states of matter/flight/float. Finished Life of Fred: Elementary Physics and To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers.
We then made boomerangs out of cereal boxes and made some paper airplanes from Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes.
Math: reading a thermometer to the nearest 2 degrees, identifying and creating similar shapes & designs and adding tw0-digit numbers with trading using dimes & pennies (parts 1 & 2). He also spent some more time on goeboards.
Train building was also an exercise in math this week
Pay no attention to my overflowing trash can.
Grammar: continued work on First Language Lessons.
Reading: started working on 15 page books with HOP.
Art: drew rockets with co-op.
Racer’s rocket. He’s getting so much better at detail!
Miss C’s space men. I think the blue face is annoyed at having to share his space helmet.
Geography: learned the countries in Southern Europe.
Bible: continued reading through the New Testament.
Biology: created mold on bread and parsnips.
The month of February, Miss C spent reading Angus Lost and learning about animals, especially dogs.
First, we set up a play castle that became our “cave” and read the book.
Miss C really loved this activity. Especially me getting inside the tent with them to read.
Then, we printed out some animals and habitats and I made a file folder game where she matched the animals to their habitat. Blazer helped by drawing pictures of the habitats under the words.
I think it turned out pretty cool!
Miss C and her friend N both made Angus puppy puppets.
They were so proud.
They both also enjoyed making a cave for Angus to live…and covering it with snow.
Lastly, we made puppy chow and ate it while we finished up Blazer’s literature unit on Mary Poppins. There was a dog (Andrew) in the movie, so it totally counted as a tie-in.
Next month we move on to Dr. Seuss!!
Math: prime and composite numbers, displaying data and reducing fractions, part 1.
Grammar: practiced narration and dictation exercises.
Art: worked on noticing the shapes of natural form.
He only has one art project this week since the 2nd involves a trip to the zoo. Hopefully, we’ll get that trip in before too long.
History: He was off this week for history (there are 32 weeks, so he takes every 9th week off).
Literature: finished reading Mary Poppins. We also watched the Disney movie.
Bible: He was off this week for Bible.
Latin: reviewed Noun Basics.
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My Thoughts: I didn’t realize this was a poem when I added it to my library cart. It is very well done! I was familiar with almost all the stories after our year immersed in Greek & Roman History last year, but the poetic language was a new way to experience the myths. I really enjoyed reading this book.