We had a pretty good week, even though Tom Sawyer had a fever of 103 degrees for 48 hours; Goldilocks lost her voice for the better part of the week; and Little Red Ridinghood had the 24 hour stomach bug. Count on my kids to get three different things at the same time. Since two of my little ones spent one whole day lying on the sofa watching TV, I thought I would try to make it a liitle bit productive. So they watched Lady and the Tramp in English, Spanish and French (actually, we did not make it all the way through the movie in French, because my kids lost interest since they could not recognize any words in that language). They loved it in Spanish, though. Right now it is all about
hearing different languages, so it will be easier for them to learn languages when I get serious about teaching them. Little Red Ridinghood seems to show an aptitude for languages and even does her own fantasy play using many Spanish words. She didn't get that skill from me!
Our FIAR book this week was The Glorious Flight Across The Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice and Martin Provensen. This book was fun because my little ones all love to watch airplanes. We learned about the process of invention and talked about having determination, even when things are hard. Thanks to my big teen and this website, we got to make some great paper airplanes. We had a few duds and found out that the airplane I've been making for years is considered the "worst paper airplane ever". I guess that's why all those past planes never flew. LOL! Here is some of our better flyers.
The big teen loved his math assignment this week. Oh dear, I hope none of the people who know him just fell out of their chairs! Sorry for the shocker, but he really did have fun! So what did he do? Drum roll, please ... he did Transparent Relational GeoSolids. First, he recorded the base, shape of base, number of faces, number of edges and number of vertices. Then he learned about volume by measuring and filling the different shapes with noodles. He estimated how many vials of noodles would fit in each shape and then tried it out. The little ones got involved, too, and it was so much fun. What I thought was going to be a 45 minute activity stretched into almost 2 hours.
Since the dining room was a mess with noodles everywhere, we decided to do some noodle art. The kids noodled their names and favorite shapes. They also loved playing with the shape puzzles.
We finished the week off by making cootie catchers. Remember those? We used them to review important information about oneself such as address, parents' full names, and spelling of their names. We also made one to review our FIAR books thus far.
Lastly, the big teen finished his project for International Night! We are ready a whole week early. That's a first!! Pictures will follow next week from Homeschool International Night.
Have a great weekend. I better go bless my house (boy, does that sound nicer than saying "clean my house")! My Dad and Stepmother are coming Sunday for two weeks!