We had our first lesson on Sunday. C had a difficult time on the skis. We went back on Monday and the boys gave snowboarding a try. That went much better!
I’m having a great time learning something new. It’s frustrating at times and we all agree there are grandmas going faster than me, but I’m gaining confidence! We went again Tuesday afternoon and we’re hoping to go again Friday afternoon. This is one of those times our flexible schedule is so appreciated! There’s plenty of time to go to the ski hill for a couple of hours and still do our school work.
We wrapped up our FLL season this week. I was proud of the kids because they stayed enthusiastic and happy despite having troubles at the robot table. I’m already excited about next years’ topic – “TRASH TREK”. I checked out several books about trash this week, but the boys tell me I need to give them a little more of a break.
I wasn’t too disappointed that our FLL season ended, because we are working on Science Olympiad. This month we need to build a mousetrap car and some paper airplanes as well as learn how to track animals and identify simple machines. We’ve already worked with C’s Simple Machines partner and his mom is doing a great job coaching that event.
The boys are reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It’s the perfect time of year to dive into a good story and they are flying through these.
Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST and FLL, was on CBS Sunday Morning. If you aren’t familiar with his work he is the inventor of the Segway, medical devices, a wheelchair that can balance at standing height, and an amazing robotic arm. I loved this quote from him, “I don’t read novels. I like reading old physics books and old math books, ’cause I can read a page of differential equations as quickly as I can read a comic strip.” Like so many inventors and innovators he struggled with dyslexia.
I was a good sport last week and let the boys take me back out into the cold (10 F, -12 C) after zoo class to visit the snow leopard cubs. It was super cute to see the cubs jumping and playing in the snow. The red panda and penguins were also very active and happy in the cold.
E is about to finish Singapore Math 6B and I’m looking for some “fun” math to do for a month or two. Thankfully Lucinda at Navigating by Joy has some suggestions. E is especially interested in doing more geometry so I’m hoping to do some art projects.
Hope you are having a great week!