Saturday, October 1, 2016

Learning Notes: September II

On Friday, the 16th, we went to the Milwaukee Public Museum.
 That Sunday we went to Mass at James' workplace and had brunch and games afterwards. The kids always love those Sundays. Teresa especially asks to go to Mass and get her face painted. lol
After doing our religion lesson for the week, we read Pompeii...Buried Alive, Pompeii: Lost and Found, and the emperors in Famous Men of Rome up until Constantine. We also watched a documentary on Pompeii, Pompeii: Back from the Dead. We also read the relevant portions of The World's Story and The Story of the World, bringing us past the year 100! Then we read about St. Valentine, St. George, St. Nicholas, St. Barbara, St. Dorothy, St. Clement, St. Moses, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Alexandra, St. Stephen, St. Lawrence, St. Nina, St. Christopher, St. Cecilia, St. Ephraim, St. Spyridon, St. Martin of Tours, St. Anthony, St. Basil, St. John Chrysostom, St. Jerome, St. Paula, St. Helena and St. Constantine. Most were in Saints: Lives and Illuminations, Once Upon A Time Saints, and More Once Upon A Time Saints, but I did have some picture books on a few as well that we read.
In Chemistry we continued Lesson 3 learning all about the structure of atoms and we even made a water molecule with paper plates and candy. We used Gobstoppers for protons, Whoppers for neutrons and Nerds for electrons. (Even the younger two joined us for this delicious experiment.)
Over the course of the last two weeks of the month, 7 of us, Thomas being the exception, all got dental check ups and for Brigid it was her first appointment. She didn't let the dentist actually clean her teeth, but she did get them checked and all of us were cavity free! She quite liked her first appointment:
In the last week of October, we focused on St. Constantine and St. Helena. We read relevant passages about them in The World's Story and The Story of the World and then read St. Helena and the True Cross by Louis de Wohl. In Chemistry we continued lesson 3 learning about how atoms combine into molecules, what makes a noble gas noble, and about the preference for a full energy level of electrons. And, as a join celebration of the Feast of the Archangels and a bit of fun learning about the Periodic Table, we ate the elements :)
 The green icing are solids, the blue liquids, and the yellow gases.
It actually was quite fun as the girls asked for elements with their initial in them or would brag that they got the gold piece or the silver piece and how their piece was explosive or valuable or in mom's soda can. :)

We've been playing multiplication Bingo just about every Friday as well and while Teresa doesn't know her times tables yet, it is helping her learn how to say the bigger numbers correctly.

September was an insanely busy and exhausting month. In addition to all our homeschooling and our outings, I sanded and painted all three bedrooms, but that is another post. :)

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