Week 25 – On the Oregon Trail

We continued our travels west this week.  L finished up By the Great Horn Spoon on Friday.  In the process, we talked about the relative weights of metals and learned more about the Archimedes principle.  We read a few tall tales, and L tried his hand at writing a short one.  He read Apples to Oregon by Hopkinson & Carter and mapped their path.  Then he played this on-line version of the Oregon Trail.

We continued to use the Hakim series to supplement our history learning.  This includes many primary sourced sketches of adventurers travels west.  L made several sketches from our yard.

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sitting on a camp stool to make his sketches

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The red maple nearest the stream–note the logs piled up underneath it.

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The larger red maple near the driveway

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A fir tree

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The lamp post in the yard and the power lines that run behind the neighbor’s house

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The b-ball hoop; there’s a bird on the rim

We also mapped some of the tribes that lived in the West before “Americans” settled there.

We continued to keep our eyes on our science experiment from last week.

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The fresh water vine is still alive. The saltwater vine is yellowing and drying. The potato vine is all dried up an brown. The soil vine is wilting and drooping.

We’ve talked about what conclusions we could draw [we needed rotten potatoes like in the book, or tomatoes that are already juicy] and what further experiments we could try.

We’re still reading our way slowly through Little House on the Prairie.  It’s hard to maintain C’s attention. :/

Math is continuing.  We are almost done with the geometry unit, and he’s making good progress on Khan Academy.  He has also discovered that he enjoys logic puzzles, so he is already about half finished with the Mind Benders A1 book by Critical Thinking Company.  I keep thinking about my friend over at Beyond Gold Stars, and wondering if I could make my own puzzles that are thematic based using the framework of these puzzles he’s already done….

We did start Caesar’s English this week.  I will try to do a little each day, but maybe only every other week at first until I can get spelling restarted as well.

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In addition to our normal co-op day on Thursday, we also had a playdate on Tuesday.

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