Happy Friday…at least, I hope it is for you. It’s been one of “those” days for me. Nothing to do with school, just a Murphy’s Law kind of day. I’ll be glad when it’s over.
Overall, it’s been a good week as far as school goes. Staggering our schedule has really been helping. It seems like we’ve been able to get as much – if not more – done in less time.
All American History has been going well with Josh and Megan. We’re still studying explorers, with this week’s focus being Christopher Columbus. I think history is best learned through great books that help readers visualize what it would have been like to have lived that time in history. To that end, we’ve been enjoying Pedro’s Journal, the historical fiction story about Columbus’ cabin boy.
Since a compass was a key navigational tool for the early explorers, we made a simple one by polarizing a needle, sticking it through a cork, and floating it in a shallow bowl of water. It worked pretty well.
In science, we’ve been learning about the water cycle. One of my all-time favorite books on that topic is The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks. The kids always enjoy it, too. We’ve done several experiments about the water cycle in the last couple of weeks and I’ve been impressed at how much the kids have retained.
Megan will often look at a glass of water now and point out that it has condensation on it. I love those little moments that let me know they really are learning something and getting something out of the things we’re doing in school.
We started an experiment on Tuesday involving salt water with red food coloring. It was supposed to take a couple of days, but I was also supposed to put it in a warm, sunny spot. There wasn’t a warm, sunny spot in which I wasn’t afraid one of my favorite bowls would get broken, so we’re patiently waiting a little longer to see what happens.
Megan is still devouring books. She was thrilled to receive the next two Circle C Beginnings books in the mail on Tuesday. She’s already started reading the first one and working on the coloring pages and activity books that can be printed from the author’s website.
Today has been a life skills day as we’ve worked to get the house in order. Since we currently have no outside classes, it’s nice to be able to take a Friday to do that without feeling like we should be spending that time catching up other schoolwork.
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