This week we took a field trip to the Natural History Museum. Of course we had to visit the outdoor animals. C was really proud of his picture of the fox all curled up. The traveling exhibit about mammoths and mastodons was pretty cool. We also spent time in the children’s department checking out tracking information to prepare for the “What Went By” event at the Science Olympiad.
We are really enjoying the combination of ski passes and homeschooling. Monday was beautiful, just the perfect day to be at the ski hill. We ended up spending almost 4 hours skiing on Monday. We are all making a lot of progress and it has been SO invigorating for me to learn a new skill. We went again on Wednesday but C and I just weren’t having a great day. I had a boot that didn’t fit well and made for a very scary trip down.
Despite all the time skiing we’ve been very diligent about our reading, math and grammar this week. I actually felt like we were able to focus better after spending the morning outside. I have a simple spread sheet that helps me keep track of how much time we spend doing school related activities.
E finished up Singapore Math 6B last week. I didn’t feel like the timing was right to move straight to 7A, so we decided to try Challenge Math. We’ve decided to just enjoy math for the rest of the year. It’s been a bit of a change not having all the needed information presented in each problem, but I think E is getting used to it. I certainly think he is feeling challenged. I’m a little disappointed that Challenge Math uses primarily English Units instead of metric, but we need to be able to use both. Overall I’ve been really impressed with Challenge Math, I think it will really make a great bridge from elementary math into more advance algebra and geometry skills. We are enjoying the focus on problem solving.
We’ve been working on Science Olympiad events. We are meeting another family to work on Simple Machines and also Aerodynamics. We spend about an hour on simple machines and then drive over to a local gym to fly airplanes. The boys have had some good luck testing their distance planes at home, but we’ve found testing the gliders is much more successful in a large space.
On Our Bookshelf:
Percy Jackson 1-5.
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
McElderrry Book of Greek Myths
Nature’s Children: Stingrays
Spinach and Tofu Shells
Make Your Own Taco Bar
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches