2016-17 School Year–Week Five

We’re already a quarter of the way through our countdown to the 100th day of school!

We’re doing something new in religion right now. We reached a point in Lutheranism 101 where there was a brief discussion of different denominations. I decided that was a good point to introduce the One Christ, Many Creeds Bible study I was planning on using at some point this year. So far, we have learned about the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Presbyterian, and Christian Reformed churches. I have always enjoyed studying the different beliefs of various Christian denominations, and the children seem interested in it, too!

More new concepts in math for Turkey and Bunny this week. They learned how to rationalize the denominator of a fraction. It was a little rough to start with, but by the end of the week, they both had the hang of it. Meanwhile, I’m trying really hard to remember if and when I ever learned how to do that! Ladybug has still mostly been working on review, although she is adding larger numbers, now.

In history this week, we learned about the first king of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II. We also studied the Taiping Rebellion that occurred in China in the mid-1800s. As part of that lesson, we did the math to figure out how many people were in the army…the children were shocked at the total!

Turkey and Bunny started a new lesson in science. After learning about the composition of air last week, they’re now learning about the atmosphere as a whole. So far, they’ve learned about air pressure and how barometers work. Ladybug is continuing to learn about the different kinds of whales, and we also watched an episode of The Blue Planet, which featured quite a few of the things she’s learned about already.

We are continuing to make our way through both Treasure Island and The Blue Fairy Book. After reading about the treasure map in Treasure Island, Turkey and Bunny created a map for Ladybug to find a hidden “treasure” in our house. She had a great time following their scavenger hunt, and they really enjoyed sending her around all the rooms looking for it! We also read the story of Hansel and Gretel, and I have to say, that fair tale is just as disturbing as I had remembered it!

No field trip again this week. Car trouble had us sticking pretty close to home for most of the week, but I’m hoping we’ll be able to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden next week before all the late summer flowers are done!

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