We spent yesterday cleaning out the car, doing dishes and laundry and cleaning in general. Today Hannah made flowers out of math problems and answers, learned about meteorology, underlined nouns and circled capital letters, read her book and worked on the -mp ending in words and did art with free form symmetrical shapes. Grace is learning about Jamestown and decimals, she took a spelling test and worked on her composition and is learning about ocean waves. Bethany is still on cells and did a hands-on project about taxonomy where she worked out the line of a cat, dog, bear, fish, bird, human, etc working her way down from Eukaryotic (Kingdom, Phylum, Order, etc.)
In Algebra she worked with number sets and she’s reading about the Renaissance in history.
After lunch I had to take Grace to the library for a math and reading test. She did great on both and she got to check out a ton of books. We found some books on the ocean (to go with her science), cells (for Bethany’s science), Egypt (for Hannah’s history) and Animal Farm on DVD (and other books too, including Hana’s Suitcase, a book about the Holocaust, a small piece of luggage and one family’s life and death during the war. There is a site to go along with the book here. You can also go here to go inside the suitcase in an interactive adventure.) I also got two ‘Think Like a Scientist’ books, one based on the beach and one based on the backyard. Although we have plenty of science around here right now. James happened to notice the petri dishes scattered around the house and asked what we were growing….algae, but I said, it only has a few more days until Hannah makes her last observations! (I don’t think he found the one in the fridge….) We also have a growing colony of woodlice (doodlebugs) on the kitchen counter. We’re waiting to see if the babies that were born a few weeks ago are clones of one of the bugs in there (if so, then that particular bug reproduced asexually.) We also had another set of eggs hatch a week later, so we now have 2 sets of young woodlice running around in there. Ahhh, homeschooling.
Park day is tomorrow, we have a picnic and explore co-op Thurs., a movie co-op Fri., and I’m trying to fit three things in on Sat. (overly ambitious I know.) Yep, back to school (life) it is.