I don’t know what your week was like, but mine FLEW right by me. I feel like today is Wednesday.
The highlights: ancient history, writing skills, and chemistry. In ancient history we are still learning about the Greeks. We added more detailed maps of Greece to our notebooks, finished reading about the major gods and goddesses, learned about everyday life in Greece, and continued reading The Story of the Iliad. Later in the week we moved east to learn about what was happening with the Medes, Persians, Assyrians, Indians, and Babylonians during the same time. We read about Cyrus the Great and made a map of his empire.
To cover our language arts for the week, I asked the kids to write essays on any topic from our history studies that interested them. Writing assignments like this provide an opportunity for me to see how well they are incorporating what they are learning across our curriculum. Based on the essays, we worked on spelling, grammar and punctuation, and writing organization.
My kids have always enjoyed science. We usually have two activities/experiments per week, depending on the amount of time each one requires. This week, because we are still learning about gases, we studied Charles’ Law and Boyle’s Law. There is a very simple experiment to test/demonstrate Charles’ Law, so we did that one.
We did a second test, but it was just for fun. One of the kids, I forget which one, was curious about which would boil faster: a pot with a lid or a pot without a lid. We figured out what our constants needed to be, formed hypotheses, and tested. We found that a pot with a lid will reach a rolling boil about a minute faster than a pot without a lid.
We made two trips to the library this week. I have three voracious readers, so we make frequent trips.
One child, however, does not love reading. He loves to be read to, but he doesn’t read for pleasure. We have to diligently search for a book he will enjoy. This week, I found a book of riddles and jokes. He was skeptical. It was, after all, a book. But, after reading a few riddles (and receiving hearty laughs from the rest of us), he agreed he would like it. I’ve “caught” him reading it several times. I also checked out some golf books for him. He’s really interested in learning to play golf. I know! I’m shocked, too.
We are so close to the end of our school books — it’s exciting!