Well besides a few bumps , all on my part, our first week back was a productive one. We are slowly getting back into our routine.
Our garden is winding it’s way down. I am keeping my fingers crossed temperatures don’t hit below freezing before our sweet potatoes are ready to harvest. They are doing really good but are not yet ready. So next year plant all potatoes at the same time. Next weekend we plan to pull the rest of our tomatoes and get our soil ready for planting garlic.
Not a whole lot coming out of the kitchen this week. No tomatoes for sauce, however walks in the park brought in another batch of apples and the first apple crisp of the season was made (thanks to cooler temps).
From the study: I am incorporating a few new ideas into our days focusing on note taking techniques, starting with a timeline of Earth’s evolution.
I am hoping Sky will break off from here working more on essay writing.
Papa also added a dry erase board to our refrigerator where I am writing the girls assignments for each day encouraging more independent work.
Language Arts: Little Sis read Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark and her word of the week was soar. Sky worked on newspaper jargon.
Mathematics: Miss Sky reviewed long multiplication with worksheets from Math Is Fun. Little Sis reviewed her times tables playing the multiplication tree game on-line.
Science: Besides getting our timeline caught up with everything we learned about our universe while on break,
we also talked about the geological column working our way up to the Mesozoic Era. I read the Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Research Guide, we watched Bill Nye’s episodes on Dinosaurs and Fossils, had discussions about paleontologists, extinction, and the fossil fuels coal and crude oil.
We watched the BBC movie Creation about Charles Darwin as a family and watched the Crash Course videos on Natural Selection and Evolution. Being the girls were already familiar with these topics watching the movie first worked for us. The movie is more about Darwin’s life and his struggles with writing The Origin of Species. If your children don’t already understand evolution I would watch the Crash Course videos first then the movie.
Lots of discussion from this movie, especially how difficult it was to write about science during the Victorian Period.
We also watched the movie Jurassic Park as well as the Nostalgia Critic’s Jurassic Park movie reviews (warning he does use profanity and may not be suitable for all families).
P.E. Continuing our walks around the block.
Peace for the journey.