Friday, February 19, 2010
Education Update February 15-19, 2010
No school on Monday due to President's Day. A-M spent the weekend with her aunt for an early birthday visit so we spent Monday driving up through the grapevine to pick A-M up. We were tempted to stop at some interesting looking spots on the way back, but hadn't prepared for the cooler weather in the mountains, so we waited until we were closer to the coast to stop. Our stop? The Topanga Honey Farm. Quite tasty! We tasted all the different types of honey and left with sage, avacado, and orange honey.
After getting back from our long drive, we finished our archeology dig. We've been working on our dig off and on for a long time! We've finally exacavited a terra cotta soldier and a greek vase. Unfortunally, we are not that great of archeoligists! Our vase was not salvagable. And our soldier lost his head! He hasn't been the same since. We have tried to reattach his head quite a few times with no lasting luck!
Everyone intently working.
Our Dig was fun, but did take a LONG time to complete. That being said, we have this waiting in the garage!
E is reading A Wrinkle in Time for Lit
E-R is enjoying Ginger Pye--even though she claims it is "really long!"
I-E is quite enthralled with the characters in The Good Dog.
E-R and I-E continued on with Sequential Spelling. E is still awaiting his new level of Sequential Spelling.
E finished Chapter 3 in R & S. I'm kinda wondering if we should move on to Level 6. Everything we've covered so far is review for him. He also has worked in his Figurative Language workbook concentrating on imagary.
E is getting ready for his writing test in a week or so. On Tuesday, he practiced writing a persuasive essay. On Thursday, we started learning about writing a response to literature.
In history this week, we started learning about Ancient India. We covered the Indus Valley people and the Aryans. E-R and I-E wrote reports on the caste system and its origins. E read and outlined chapters 8 and 9 in volume two of SOTW. These chapters cover the middle ages in China and Japan.
E's map of the Indus Valley Area.
In Science this week, we watched Earth Science in Action: Minerals and Earthquakes. And everyone added a page on the different kinds of earthquakes to their science notebooks.
E really likes his French class. He worked on it everyday. He's to a point that he can't go any further until we get him a microphone, so that is on my list to do this weekend.
Art didn't happen this week, because math s t r e c h t e d o u t for so long today. But we are finally done with our geometry unit and E-R and I-E will begin 4B of Singapore Math on Monday. E-R and I-E did take some time to play some math games including the popular fraction burger game.
Doesn't it look good enough to eat?