Our Westward Expansion unit that is. We wrapped it up this week.
However, before we could wrap it up, we were delayed by snow.
When we did get back to work, L read “Dandelions” by Bunting, “Elsie’s Bird” by Yolen, “You Wouldn’t Want to Live in a Wild West Town!” by Hicks, and “Black Cowboy, Wild Horses” by Lester & Pinkney. He wrote a journal entry as Emma from “Dandelions” who was depressed by the lonely prairie. He started learning to sing “Home, Home on the Range”. We discussed the diet of prairie pioneers and how that compared to the current healthy eating guidelines. We learned about digging a well. L also took a “quiz” that came in the MBTP unit guide we barely used. That might end up being the last MBTP thing we use. He did pretty well.
In addition to this unit-themed work, we finished up our math chapter on geometry [angles, lines, symmetry, etc]. I also gave L the placement tests for Spelling Power. Based on these assessments, I’m going to start him on Flow List D, Review Test 1. I was happy to see that this places him at about grade level 4.7, which is right on target. Also, L got to go rock climbing at his Y PE class, as well as play around in the pool some.
All of that was squeezed into 2 days: Monday was the snow day, Thursday was co-op day, and Friday we had not 1, but 2 field trips!
First we went to Medieval Times!
We were seated near/with some other homeschoolers some of whom we knew, but the dark and noise precluded much socialization. This was the educational matinee, so they started out with a little presentation about the times which included periodic “quizzes”. We were seated right in the front row; the horses were crazy close. It was really cool.
Then after that, we drove to C’s school for their Wheelie Fun Day. They had gathered a bunch of wheeled things: firetruck, police mobile command center, mobile video arcade, cherry picker, concrete mixer, ice cream truck, bus, hummer, big rigs, limo, 4-wheeler, Smart car, police car, motorcycle, bikes, mail truck, etc. C was in a frenzy running around randomly from one to another in no particular order. He also wanted to play on the playground despite the cold rain. I took a lot of pictures, but I have already included a bunch of pics in this post, so I’ll just put this one. Again, there was a cold rain falling, and none of us was dressed for it. L did go back to the car for our umbrellas, but C was too excited for that.
Eventually I got him to go inside to where the balloon guy was, and we waited in line for over 30 minutes to get this:
I’m glad he didn’t go for “sword” which was his first idea, cuz 30+ minutes for a sword might not have felt worth it.
So that was our week! We had a lot of fun, experienced at least 3 different seasons, and learned a lot. Coming up, we start a new unit: The Changing Earth. Stay tuned!