Friday, October 13, 2017

October Learning Notes: Week 10

On Sunday, Cecilia went to her zoo class on polar bears and I took Thomas to his zoo class on horses.   He was frustrated it wasn't on tigers, but he had fun. He painted a horse, did puzzles, found apples and carrots in the hay, made his own cardboard hobbyhorse and got to pet Gypsy, an Egyptian Arabian mare. Afterwards, I took him for a carousel ride and then got him a small stuffed tiger at the gift shop and the front paws wrap around anything placed between them. My only criticism of the class is it should have been longer. I've never felt so rushed. I don't know why they think 2 year olds would only want/need 1 hour to do so many activities and enjoy all the puzzles, books and crafts they offer.
Monday I did religion with all the kids. We read the 8th chapter of Matthew and Teresa did the 9th chapter in her religion book. We also prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy together.
On Tuesday we read about Ivan the Great and Ivan the Terrible in The World's Story and The Story of the World. Then we did the next Zoology lesson on flying reptiles, including pteranodons. Of course the proper way to follow up that lesson was to watch Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III.
On Wednesday we had a field trip to the Texas Roadhouse. The kids got to learn about the restaurant, take a tour of the kitchen, bake bread and bring it home, color and go on a scavenger hunt and then had lunch and bring home a bag of peanuts, all for free!
Thomas has discovered "Hi-Ya!" and the crayons bore the brunt of it.

On Thursday we went to the zoo, particularly to see the bats since we studied them last week. It was really neat to see how much bigger the fruit bats were than the "vampire" bats were, as well as how they fold their wings differently. I was surprised by how many different bats live in our state. We also visited the aviary, the apes, and the reptiles, where Thomas learned the word "cobra" and the snake and him followed each other for a bit. Brigid was a proud "big girl" and insisted on pushing the stroller around half of the zoo.
We also got to see their newest additions: a month old cow calf and a week old giraffe. It is funny how small an animal taller than one's self can seem beside it's parent.
Mr. Daredevil
We also got quite the show from one of the tigers. It was a real treat. When we were at the zoo on Sunday for Thomas' zoo class, he had been disappointed his class was not on tigers. So it was nice we got some extra attention from them on Thursday.

On Friday we went to the Green Meadows Farm and had the extra treat of bringing daddy along.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

October Learning Notes: Week 9

Monday we did book work in the morning and then went to our Catholic homeschoolers girls meeting. Tuesday, Cecilia, Felicity, Elizabeth and I read through the 7th chapter of Matthew continuing the Sermon on the Mount. Teresa and I did the 8th lesson in her religion text on the 10 Commandments. She struggled to remember what a commandment was, but she could understand rules to help us love God better. Then the older girls read the DK Eyewitness: Explorer and David Macaulay's Ship. We went over the parts of a ship using a page I found online and then read the last chapters of Twelve Bright Trumpets.
On Wednesday we read from The World's Story, The Story of the World, and Famous Men of the Middle Ages about the beginning of the Renaissance, Prince Henry of Portugal and Johann Gutenberg. Then we read Claude Hurwicz' Henry the Navigator and Lisa Ariganello's Henry the Navigator: Prince of Portuguese Exploration. We also began reading Joann Busch's Fine Print. 
I pulled 16 Cabbage Butterfly caterpillars off our broccoli plants. They did a number on them.  We are still getting tomatoes and the morning glories continue to be beautiful. Our trap plant has survived and there are still carrots and the broccoli, what is left of it.
Thursday began with a trip to the library. We renewed 3 books, returned 39, checked out 44 books and 5 DVDs and requested 5 books and 2 DVDs. It is a good thing I have so many hands to help carry stuff. We finished reading Fine Print and read DK: All About Bats and The Magic School Bus Going Batty.
Teresa lost one front tooth on Wednesday and the second on Thursday. 
 On Friday we read our Zoology lesson all about bats. I thought it was especially interesting. Even I had been grossly misinformed about bats. I thought they used echolocation because they were rather blind. Not only do they have excellent eyesight, but only carnivorous bats use echolocation; fruit bats don't because the fruit don't fly. :) Felicity and Elizabeth still had math to do and they did about 2/3 of what they had left. For the past two weeks, Felicity has begun to HATE Teaching Textbooks. Unlike Saxon, I can't give her the option of only doing half the problems and it has become excessively repetitive.
Watching Paw Patrol in Pajamas and eating PopTarts in a homemade box chair, self-colored
We also roasted our 7 small pumpkins. We wound up with over 6 1/2 pounds of puree. I froze all but what I needed to make some fresh pumpkin bread. My recipe makes 2 loaves but one whole one was gone before we went to bed. 
 Saturday, Elizabeth finished her math and Felicity and I experimented with Teaching Textbooks. We figured out that she could do only some of the problems in each lesson and her grade still reflect how many she got right out of how many she did. So she did only 8 problems but all the ones that reflected that lesson and still got 100%. I told her she would have to do all the problems of the quizzes, but I think we figured out how to cut back on how many of the lesson problems she should do, so hopefully that will help.