This week went by incredibly fast! I guess that’s what happens when you’re so busy learning so many different things!
In spite of the speed at which the week went by, it was a pretty routine week. Nothing particularly exciting to report in math or language arts (although, I do have to mention how impressed I am at how quickly Ladybug has been memorizing her addition facts!). Turkey and Bunny’s writing skills seem to be improving quite a bit, although Turkey does still write the way he talks a lot of the time…we’re working on that.
We’re continuing to make our way through ancient history. This week we learned about Hammurabi and his code of laws, some of which the children though were very unfair! We also learned about the first great fairy-tale (Gilgamesh). The children really liked the tale, especially the part about Enkidu…they’re fond of half-human, half-beast stories!
Our science lessons this week took us to the planet Mercury. Turkey, of course, knew most of what I taught them before I ever got started…he’s a walking space encyclopedia! We did have fun simulating the impact of asteroids on Mercury’s surface, using different-sized marbles dropped from various heights and at various speeds into a bowl of flour. The children really enjoyed seeing how they could make the biggest crater possible!
We’re nearing the end of our elective studies of the history of England, which we began in summer school. We’ve been reading Our Island Story (an excellent book that I can’t say enough good things about!), and we’ve reached the time of William and Mary. It’s been interesting reading about the colonization of America from the British point of view! When we finish that book, we’re going to start reading about the history of Scotland in Scotland’s Story, which coincides perfectly with an upcoming field trip…details to follow!
We’re getting close to our fall break…I haven’t quite decided when it will be. Not next week, but we always take a week off in October, to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and changing leaves!