Monthly Archives: July 2011

Skills and Topics – August 2 through August 5

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Grace is at the beach with her mom (having a fabulous time, I’m sure!), so the week coming up is a short week.  Here’s what we’ll be learning about in the week ahead:

  • Math:  We will be converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions.  We will also be reviewing skills such as adding and subtracting fractions, ordering rational numbers, and recalling multiplication facts.
  • Science:  We will be reviewing all that we have learned about oceans, the water cycle, clouds, and fresh water.  We will also be learning about oceanographers and how water looks from space.  Two experiments are on the agenda for the week!  One has to do with cloud formation and the other is a look at the properties of fire.  (We’re going to start working our way through The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science in addition to our science text.  It’s an awesome look at science throughout history.)
  • Social Studies:  We will continue to look at the process of Europeans migrating to and settling in the Americas and the harsh treatments of Native Americans and Africans. 
  • Language Arts:  Grace is doing really well with 6th grade material, so we will continue with that.  We are looking at the characteristics of different types of reading passages (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)  Of course, we’ll keep up the blogging about various subjects.  We are also focusing on note-taking skills in social studies.  In the near future, we will be beginning a new novel as we have finished A Wrinkle in Time.
  • Arabic:  Continued work with the alphabet and common vocabulary.

No field trips on the agenda for this week, but we certainly have some on the horizon. 🙂

Today’s Science

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Now we are only blogging about one subject at a time, and  today we are  blogging about science.   We learned about different types of weather.  We learned that hail is snow that has melted and has been blown back up to the clouds and has gotten a new layer of ice.  When it falls for the last time, it falls as hail.  Did you know that hail is not the same thig as sleet?  Sleet is rain that has frozen close to the ground, so it stay’s looking like rain.  I learned a lot more about rain, and I don’t have enough room to type it all.  Oh, and one more thing, I love the rain!!!

-Grace

Who would have thought???

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A year or two ago, I decided (quite on a whim) to paint the dining room table with chalkboard paint.  I thought it would be fun to draw and write during dinner.  It turned out to be a great place for jotting phone numbers, keeping score in games, and writing notes to each other.  Now I’ve discovered that it’s also great for school!  Grace and I wanted to make a large diagram of the water cycle, so we used different colored chalk and note cards to make it happen.  Grace wrote the definitions of water cycle words on the backs of the note cards and we took a picture of the whole shebang.  Now we have a picture we can refer back to and a lovely set of flash cards for studying the water cycle. 🙂 

-Emily

The artwork is stunning, no? 😉

SCIENCE!

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Yesterday was Discovery Place day, and it was awesome!  We got to see a chain that was moving so fast that it looked like it was dancing!  And the field trip took so long that we had science all day.  We saw frogs and turtles and birds and fish and a LOT more stuff.  I could go through them all, but it would take forever.  You have to go there youself to understand the awesomeness.

-Grace

Skills and Topics – July 25 through July 28

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What will be keeping us busy next week?

  • Math:  Continued practice with adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and back, and multiplication, multiplication, multiplication.  We will also be reviewing identifying and ordering rational numbers.
  • Social Studies:  Review of early European exploration….then moving on to Europeans reaching and settling in the Americas.
  • Science:  We have a field trip planned for a fabulous museum in the area with another homeschool family.  We will also be looking at oceans and fresh water, the water cycle, and clouds.  Sounds like a lot, but Science is Grace’s favorite subject, so we spend a lot of time learning about new things.
  • Language Arts:  Grace has demonstrated that she is already reading well above grade level, so we will look at some “6th grade level” reading samples in order to continue improving reading comprehension skills.  Of course, continued blogging provides practice in summarizing and editing.  We will be finishing A Wrinkle in Time and completing activities and discussions based on the novel.  We will also begin note-taking strategies through Social Studies.
  • Arabic:  We will continue to practice the alphabet and question words…we’re having a hard time getting these down pat.  We will also begin looking at vocabulary for common places around town.
  • Grace has shown an interest in Greek Mythology and Astronomy, so I’ll be dreaming up ways to incorporate these two subjects into our plans. 🙂 

-Emily

 

School is Fun

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Today wasn’t a super awesome day, but it was still awesome.  We learned a lot today, and I can’t type it all, but I can type most of it. 

In math we did a multiplication test and a fraction review for most of math, and the rest was graphing the times test scores. 

In science we learned that the more the air pressure decreases, the more something expands.   And the more the air pressure increases, the more something contracts.  It’s simple!

Social Studies was the most interesting to me.  I really liked all the jobs people could have in colonial times.  We finished our colonial times book today!  So now we are reading about people who came to America before pilgrims did.

Arabic was really hard and I had fun learning the arabic question words.  I still need practice.  School may be hard, but it’s still fun.

-Grace

Long (But Fun) Day

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Today we went on a field trip, and had school in the car, and let me tell you, it was hard.  I almost fell asleep more than once.  It was kind of hard to read, and we had a LOT of reading to do.  It was still fun. 

I really enjoyed the science center!  We got to see a lot of cool stuff like sting rays that like to splash you, using strobe lights to “stop time,” and a roller coaster that you could rearrange to see the different ways a ball would go through it. 

It was cool to learn about Prince Henry the Navigator.  I really liked that he knew how to teach people how to look at maps, but he never really set out to sea.

Did you know that in colonial times it was illegal to go swimming?  They thought that swimming was a waste of time.  I could not survive without swimming.

Arabic and math were just review, so we didn’t learn anything new there. 

I learned about convection currents today, and it was kind of cool.  I learned that since cold air’s particles are closer together, it is heavier than warm air, so when cold air sinks, the warm air has nowhere to go but up.  When that happens, it forms a circular path which is a convection current. 

All in all, it was the long, fun day.

-Grace

Field Trip – Amusement Park Science

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We went to the Science Center today to check out Amusement Park Science…super cool!  K’nex and magnets and roller coasters, oh my!  Of course, we also checked out the aquarium because that is Grace’s all time favorite.  I was quite amused when a sting ray flooped half out of the water, flapped about happily, and splashed Grace mightily. 😉  Check out the pictures below to see a K’nex boat we built (stunned by our engineering prowess, no?), the sting ray that drenched Grace, and a cool little fish saying hello from inside a shell.

We had such a long and interesting day….in light of that, I’m letting Grace complete her blog entry for the day tomorrow morning. 😉

-Emily

Today’s Stuff – July 20, 2011

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Since Grace did such a fabulous job with her first science journal entry, I’ve decided to cut her some slack on the “Today’s Stuff” post, so I’m typing it up for her.  These are the things she found most interesting or challenging today…. In Social Studies, she found it interesting that the Vikings were very good sailors and great at making boats.  (We’re studying European colonization of America from the very beginning.)  She also thought some of the “medicines” used in colonial times were interesting.  For example, did you know that putting your fingernail clippings in a bag and then strangling an eel with the bag will cure a fever?  Go ahead and try it….we’ll wait to hear about your success. 😉  In Math, Grace said that adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators was the most difficult.  She has a hard time figuring out which ones need to be reduced.  In Science, she really enjoyed typing the blog from the alien’s perspective.  She said it was interesting even though it was quite challenging.  She also enjoyed reading the short story, “The Wailing Well,” for Language Arts.  I think that about sums up our day. 🙂

-Emily