2016-17 School Year–Week Thirty-One

Let’s get the important stuff out of the way…everyone got an “A” on their math test, and there’s only one test left this year! WIN!!!

As for the rest…Turkey and Bunny are learning about the electromagnetic force in science. We made an electroscope, which more or less worked as advertised. Another WIN! Ladybug learned about sea sponges and sea squirts in science…next up is worms, including leeches. GROSS!!!

We finished reading Beezus and Ramona, and started Little House in the Big Woods. We also made it through the fourth act in As You Like It, which we all thought was pretty funny.

Our history lessons focused on the end of the Cold War, where we talked about people and events I really remember, including Reagan and Gorbachev, glasnost and perestroika, the end of communism in Europe, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the collapse of the USSR. We also moved east to China, and learned about how communism hung on there, and talked about the Tiananmen Square protests. We also discussed what Cinco de Mayo is (the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla), and what it isn’t (Mexican Independence Day). Tonight we’ll be enjoying as authentic a Mexican meal as I can put together!

I spent a good deal of my free time this week finalizing our plans for next school year. I have carefully chosen each piece of curriculum, including a new publisher for math for Turkey and Bunny (high school geometry!), and all the various literature we’ll be reading through. I also got to pick out Chickadee’s first real school books for kindergarten! I haven’t placed the order yet, but that will be coming soon…

We did manage to get out to the Missouri Botanical Garden the one non-rainy day this week. The irises and peonies are blooming and very beautiful!

Only two weeks to go, and not that much work to be done even then! Mostly math and science, and tying up loose ends!

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