|We discovered which will float. The one with sugar has a higher mass and therefore sinks.|
- We read the interesting parts of Washington, DC History for Kids: The Making of a Capital City with 21 Activities. We will do some of the activities next week.
- We read and did the first five chapters and review pages of Life of Fred Fractions.
- Anne did 10 pages in Math U See (fractions).
- We very much enjoyed our new family read-aloud, Anne of Green Gables.
- We watched the movie, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. It is not nearly as good as the book.
- Dean began his at-home lessons on the piano. I was pleased to see how much he remembered from when he took lessons as a six year old. He is working independently through an adult beginners book.
- Dean learned two new songs from his guitar book.
- Anne started her Writers in Residence program and her new cursive handwriting book.
- We did a little bit of science and wrapped up density and the introduction to the periodic table of elements.
- Dean did one lesson in his independent U.S. history course and did the activity for the lesson (tying three different kinds of knots).
- Dean did a few lessons in Wordly Wise 3000 Book 9.
- We went to a local small aquarium that was about the size of a storefront. However, they had a really neat display of shark eggs held up to the light. You could see the baby sharks swimming around in their eggs.
- We did cotton candy science.
|Cotton candy science|
The main thing that the kids wanted to do this week was work on their back to school 550 piece Harry Potter Puzzle. Anne was especially in love with the puzzle and picked it first every day. They spent hours working on it this week. This is where I had to struggle with letting them go at their own pace. I struggled with whether or not this activity was educational enough. So I did some research on jigsaw puzzles. I knew they were good, but I didn't realize how many benefits they had. Here is a list of what my kids are working on this year that is covered by jigsaw puzzles:
- social interaction
- attention to detail
- flexibility (I will try another area when I get stuck)
- memory retention
- spacial orientation skills
- sharing behavior
- problem solving
The list of educational benefits was much longer, but this is my kids' personal goals. So doing a puzzle was a win-win in our home. They were learning and loving learning. That is my ultimate point.
Lastly, Dean did a great job on his physical therapy evaluation. He doesn't need to go back for 10 months!! We are so happy that his at-home program is working.