Friday Again, Already!

Wowsers.  Summer has sprung here.  It has been BEAUTIFUL all week with temps in the low to mid 70’s and sun from dawn to dusk.  It is amazing.

In math we finished Life of Fred Dogs.  It is all finished up.  We don’t have any other Fred books right now so for the next few weeks I am planning on having Big Kid practice adding and subtracting with carrying/borrowing.  He can do it but he hasn’t quite “mastered” it yet.  I did get Math-U-See Gamma in my hands too and that looks good. I don’t want to start it though until I am sure he has mastered carrying and borrowing.

In reading we finished Tales from the Odyssey Part Two.  It was a very exciting book and both kids really enjoyed it.  It was popular.  It was my first exposure to the story as well so it is nice to read it even my from perspective.

In history we learned about the Greek’s war with Persia and then about the 25 year Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens.  I also learned an interesting lesson about screening movies, even documentaries, before I show them to the kids.  The curriculum suggested the kids watch The Spartans, which is a history documentary.  I thought nothing of it since they have seen fighting etc before however this movie also mentioned a rather lengthy bit about sex and how it factored into wars the Spartans were part of.  Now, this isn’t a big deal overall, I just wasn’t prepared for it.

For science we worked more on One Small Square: Woods.  It is a neat book with quite a few interesting things in it.  We also cracked open geodes!  It wasn’t part of the curriculum but we got a kit for Christmas so I decided to make use of it since it was so nice outside.  The kids had a lot of fun and were very impressed that the “rocks” had such pretty things inside them. Pictures are below.

Another thing we ended up doing for science, that actually fit in quite nicely with our study of the woods, was studying a spider that we found.  I found a dock spider (pictured below) in the pool and got it out via grape juice container.  I am not a fan of spiders at all, they creep me out, however BK REALLY took to the spider and named it and declared it was his pet.  We did a bit of research about them and learned all kinds of things from diet to the interesting fact that wasps sometimes lay eggs inside the spider then carry the spider off as a nursery for the wasp eggs! Wow.  Sadly the spider ended up dying (not surprising) but he sure did spur a lot of learning.

It was a good week and we spent a very large amount of time outside running around and enjoying the fresh air.  In New England weather can be fickle and for all we know after this week it could be rainy and 60 all summer so we take as much time outside as we can get while the weather is nice!

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