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.
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.
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.