History: Revolutions

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks seven and eight of school we did unit 4. Our history topic was revolutions.

We’ve pretty much given up on having an orderly timeline. Some pages are more than covered now.

We learned about the three estates and the storming of the Bastille.

We learned about Marie Antoinette, Jean-Paul Marat, Maximilian Robespierre, Lord Haratio Nelson, Arthur Wellesley, and Napoleon Bonaparte.

We did mapwork of European revolutions around 1848.

We watched a Crash Court video on Latin American revolutions.

We learned about the Irish potato famine.

We watched the barricade scene from Les Mis.

We made two French flags – a red one and a tricolor one – and discussed what they both represent.

We made a Karl Marx bobblehead and discussed some of his quotes.

We learned about Florence Nightingale and her work during the Crimean War.


The Arts: Romantic Art I

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks five and six of school we did unit 3. Our arts topic was romantic art I.

We discussed William Blake’s The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed With the Sun.

The we drew scenes from our favorite books.

We looked at a cloudscape by John Constable.

And then went outside and looked up at the sky and created our own cloudscapes.

We discussed The Raft of Medusa by Theodore Gericault.

And George Stubbs’ Lion Attacking a Horse.

And then watched a video about the restoration of the Greek statue from which he was most likely inspired to paint all of his lions and horses.

We discussed Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix.

And watched a video about our own Statue of Liberty.

We finished up our first week learning about romantic art by watching a video about the life of Eugene Delacroix.

We learned about Francisco Goya.

We learned about sitting for portraits and then took turns sitting and drawing.

We learned about the imagination involved in romantic art.

We learned about JMW Turner (Fritz was surprised to learn that art critic is an actual job).

We learned about the Hudson River School type of art.

We learned about Caspar David Friedrich. We discussed Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog and drew our own versions of it.

We discussed other painting by Friedrich as well.

Science: Energy

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks five and six of school we did unit 3. Our science topic was energy.

We watched a video demonstrating how potential energy becomes kinetic energy using some strangely sized dominoes.

We demonstrated one joule (by lifting a bottle weighing about 100 grams one meter in one second).

We learned about James Prescott Joule.

We calculated the number of joules entering water as it heated.

We learned about Thomas Young.

We learned about heavier and lighter objects falling at the same or different speeds and the reasons why.

We learned about potential energy turning into kenetic energy and demonstrated it by dropping things.

We learned about Coriolis and his effect.

We made a chocolate chip launcher. Those chips hurt if they hit you!

Potential to Kinetic Energy: Chocolate Chip Launcher in Slow Motion

We watched a video demonstrating elastic energy through cutting up a watermelon using just rubberbands.

We discussed types of energy used by Olympians in the skeleton and speed skating.

We made a pendulum and identified what kind of energy was occurring when as it swung back and forth.

Potential to Kinetic Energy: Swinging Pendulum

Potential to Kinetic Energy: Swinging Pendulum in Slow Motion

We learned more about Galileo.

Geography: US Landscapes

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks five and six of school we did unit 3. Our geography topic was US Landscapes.

We found various land formations including the two major mountain ranges on the big wall map.

We watched a video of some of the amazing natural formations around our country.

We learned about the major rivers in the US.

We learned about the mountain ranges and where they are.

We learned about the Appalachian Trail.

We learned about the Hoodoos in Utah.

We learned about the Great Plains.

We learned about the Plains Indians.

And we learned about the Great Lakes.

I’ve grown my second complete human

Yesterday Cameron turned 18. We joked about kicking him out now that he’s an adult, but agreed it would be very strange for him to live somewhere else and come home for school every day so I guess we’ll keep him around.

The car, by the way, he saved up and bought with cash a few weeks ago. He loves it. He also loves that it has a manual transmission and he has now successfully learned how to drive a stick. He’s trying to come up with a nickname for his car and I, of course, suggested Sally. He, however, does not like my very excellent idea.

History: Industrial Revolution

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks five and six of school we did unit 3. Our history topic was the industrial revolution.

We watched a Crash Course on the industrial revolution.

We added to our timeline.

We learned about Charles Babbage.

We learned about several inventors and their inventions.

We made posters of our favorite invention. Adrian insisted the scribbles were light coming from the lightbulb.

We learned about Ned Ludd and the Luddites.

We learned about Lewis Hine and viewed some of the pictures of child laborers that he took.

We learned about capitalism and what happens when it becomes crony capitalism.

We played Roller Coaster Tycoon.

We learned about pencils and how many different people and things go into making a pencil.