Our Week in Review …
History, Ancient Studies: Our reading was on Sumer and Akkad this week. We studied the Tower of Babel too. Our history project this week sent us on a scavenger hunt for money. We attempted to find our equivalent of a dollar and coins from various nations.
I want to note my appreciation to the moms from the Hive! Without them, I would not have been able to find the money to demonstrate the concepts and value. Thank you so very much for help.
We studied maps in general. By this, I mean that we discovered that the first maps were on clay tablets. They were from Babylonia and date back to more than 2500 years ago! From our Ancient Science book, we completed the Where in the World project.
I must note that we found a great free application on the phone to use as a compass.
While the phone app was not our first choice, it was the least insane attempt and far more accurate. The first attempt at discovering “north” was a serious discussion between mom and dad which involved some rolling of the eyes, a few gasps, and a bunch of finger pointing. Yes, you can laugh, but it gets better.
The second attempt involved mom getting in the van, backing up, and pulling forward a dozen or so times to get the compass in the car to display “N”. This is really amusing when you factor in the previous discussion between mom and dad that led to mom in the van in the driveway backing up and pulling forward while dad became a finger-pointing obstacle in the driveway and mom is still gasping each time he utters a word and points his finger dramatically. Picture yourself as my neighbor, and at this point, you might consider moving!
Oh yes, and all the while, the “student” is watching Jurasic Park in the back of the van that mom is driving around the driveway. At last, and not to the improvment of the situation but at least the resolution, the “student” (insert frown here) pulls out her phone and announces, after 45 minutes of mom and dad attempting to find north, that north is no where close to where mom or dad thought it actually was. And so, the dear darling “student” points north (roll eyes here too).
This is a perfect example of why you should not involve yourself in the project. Let them do it on their own.
We are reading The Boy of the Painted Cave.
Language Arts: Chapter two’s lessons continued with the kinds of sentences. Exclamatory sentences were studied and diagrammed. It was a new concept to diagram with “(you)” for the subject. This was difficult once we mixed the sentence types together. I did not stress this overly much for mastery. I have learned that mastery sometimes needs a break! Therefore, I continued to make the correction and explain. We still have the rest of the book to review and practice. We will encounter this often enough to find mastery. This is another reason that I love Rod & Staff’s English books – incremental grammar lessons with review and mastery.
Vocabulary: Lessons 15 and 16
Spelling: Lesson 13 worked with the sounds of /yoo/ and /oo/ as well as comparing words with -er and -est.
Gilgamesh the Hero: Finish and review the first three lessons in our BF guide.
Math: I admit defeat. We officially left division in the wake. This week moved into geometry. This was very enjoyable following our division-brain-drain – lines, rays, angles, measuring angles, drawing angles, and estimating angles.
Science: Week 3 did not require an experiment. We completed sketches this week for the nitrogen cycle, carbon cycle, phosphorus cycle, etc. While the sketching might appear to not need a week, consider that we had to research what was involved in each cycle first. You cannot sketch that which you do not know. I believe this might be the first time that my student had even heard of nitrogen or phosphorus. I was impressed by her recall of the water cycle and the carbon cycle from our previous year’s earth studies.
Our memory work for science is the divisions of life and the five kingdoms. These are added to our memory notebook, and we will continue to review them once a week.
Logic: Relationships and Analogies – pages 11-15 of Logic Countdown