2016-17 School Year–Week Nineteen

This has been a topsy-turvy week!

I don’t know if it was because Ryan was out-of-town, or because Moose had an unexpected day off from school due to a water main break (which also had us dealing with a boil order for over 24 hours), or if was the field trip we went on today, but everything about this week seemed backwards and upside down. We even did a lot of our schoolwork in the evenings, which is very unusual for us!

We only made it through one lesson in One God, Many Gods this week, but it was a big one…we studied Islam. Actually the information wasn’t as new as I was expecting…I guess we studied Islam more in history than I had remembered, so the children already had some knowledge of it.

Turkey and Bunny started a new chapter about the weather in science. They’re currently tracking daily highs and lows of temperature and pressure. Ladybug began a new chapter in science, as well…she’s learning all about crustaceans!

Math and history have been the two big topics of study this week. Turkey and Bunny have finally been introduced to quadratic equations and the quadratic formula. It wasn’t quite as painful as I was expecting, but they’re still early in the lessons! Ladybug is still learning different geometry terms, which she likes, if only because it means a break from long division!

Our history studies focused primarily on WWI. This also led to some interesting conversations about family history, and I was able to show the children all of my grandfather’s old papers from when he came to the US from Austria following the war. We also covered the Mexican and Bolshevik Revolutions. Bunny, in particular, is interested in the history of the Romanovs, so this was a good week to be studying history!

Today we took a field trip to downtown St. Louis. The Central Library currently has an exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the St. Louis Blues, and today, the traveling NHL 100 exhibit, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League, hit town, appropriately right outside the library. We enjoyed touring both exhibits, and learning a bit of local history!

Hopefully next week will be a bit more “normal!”

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