2015-16 School Year–Week Nineteen

This was a crazy week!

Turkey and Bunny have been working on a whole bunch of new concepts in math. They’ve been finding the volume, lateral area, and surface area of various solid shapes including prisms, cones, and cylinders. Ladybug has also been working on some new things, including converting mixed numbers to improper fractions and decimals.

In history, we learned about the storming of the Bastille and the Reign of Terror in France. It was interesting to compare the French Revolution to the American Revolution, and see how the latter shaped the former. And since we had just watched “The Girl in the Fireplace” episode of Doctor Who, it was easy to picture the opulence of the French court!

In writing, Turkey and Bunny wrote essays on the Dred Scott case. It’s always nice to study things that were local to our metro area, especially since we’ve visited the Old Courthouse, and seen the actual courtroom, several times!

Ladybug has gotten into some pretty complex sentence diagramming in grammar. She’s working on things I didn’t do until I was in the seventh grade! She seems to like it, though, which is good. She’s also working on narrations in writing without me having to ask her prompting questions.

All three students finished a chapter in science this week. Ladybug is going to be moving on from birds to bats next week…I’m not sure that I’m looking forward to that! After learning about the fossil record, Turkey and Bunny are going to be looking more in-depth at Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism.

We officially celebrated our 100th day of school this week. Even though we’ve actually had more days of school than that, it’s always nice to reach the milestone moment in class. I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the school year brings!

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