Saturday, February 6, 2010
Education Update February 1-5, 2010
Monday was a day off for A-M and N, so we went to the Natural History Musuem in Los Angeles. I had never been there before, but was pleasantly surprised. We visited the discovery room with a "dinasour dig," live insects and reptiles, and fossels and furs to touch. Next, we ventured to the gem gallery where we spent about 1 1/2 hours reviewing the different types of rocks and just enjoying all the beautiful gems.
Some of our favorites:
Tuesday was another field trip day. We visited the Santa Barabra Art Musuem to take a tour of Asian art gallery. The tour was loooonnnnnnnggggggggg and more geared towards adults with an intense interest in religion in art. After we managed to melt away from the tour (not so gracefully-I might add), we actually enjoyed exploring the gallery. The Shang and Zhou dynasty was well represented. I find this amazing considering the pieces we saw were about 3000 years old.
After two field trips in a row, I felt behind all week. We didn't get to history and science was just an afterthought. E finished chapter 2 in Rod and Staff English and started working on narrations in Write Source.
We did do quite a bit in math this week. Continuing on with our geometry bulletin board, we learned about triangles---equalateral, scalene, isosceles, acute, right, and obtuse. E made a nice display of a circle and its properties.
Our art lesson this week continued on with negative space with a focus on Asian art. We painted scrolls making sure to balance our negative and postive space.
I love the idea of field trips, but they do take us out of our routine. Which I suppose is okay occasionally, but over-all I like the routine and feeling of accomplishment we get when we get more things checked off.