School’s Out!

School's Out!

The 2015-16 school year is officially over. We now get to take a 12 week and 3 day break!

During the fourth quarter, we learned about what has happened in Africa, South America, Asia, and India since World War II. We learned about the Vietnam War and Civil Rights. We learned about Iran and Iraq. We finished up with a little bit about 9/11. We completed our stock market project. We learned about the Cold War in depth. We learned about magnets, electricity, and energy. We learned about Gauguin and Degas and enjoyed viewing (and copying) their works of art. We learned about and listened to music by Ellington, Copland, and Bernstein. We also learned more words in Latin.

Cameron finished The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rowlings and also read The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde, Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, and he is currently reading Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (he’ll finish it over the next few days). He completed his in-depth grammar study and wrote a few essays. He completed Math-U-See Algebra I as well as his vocabulary book and formal logic.

Fritz read Bambi: A Life in the Woods and The Jungle Book. He completed Math-U-See Delta and then moved on to Epsilon. He completed 8 lessons in that book (he may or may not do some of it over the summer). He got really good at finding the letter combinations in Spelling-You-See and on a few days found all he was looking for in the passages. He learned how to diagram even more complex sentences.

Adrian completed Math-U-See Beta and moved on to Gamma. He completed 15 lessons of Gamma (he may or may not do some of it over the summer). He’s almost done with the third Explode the Code book (he will continue with that over the summer). He finished reading all of our early readers and moved on to Magic Tree House. He is almost done with the first book, Dinosaurs Before Dark (he will continue reading the series, at least one chapter a day, over the summer).

Fourth Quarter and Overall for the Year Final Grades:
Cameron
History – A
Science – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – B (84%) / B (81%)
English – B (89%) / B (86%)
Logic – C (70%) / C (79%)
Latin – A (95%) / A (91%)

Fritz (he met his goal of straight A’s all four quarters)
History – A
Science – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – A (91%) / A (93%)
English – A (93%) / A (95%)
Latin – A (99%) / A (97%)

Adrian
History – A
Science – A
English – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Latin – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – A (99%) / A (98%)

May’s Science Experiments

We wound a card on a rubberband several times and then let go. It spun rapidly in circles as it unwound itself.
May's Science Experiments

We made a pendulum and watched as our paper super hero swing back and forth.
May's Science Experiments

We used a slingshot as a marshmallow catapult.
May's Science Experiments

We made an egg carton ramp and sent marbles down it. We observed how they increased in speed as they headed toward the bottom.
May's Science Experiments

We made a pinwheel and made it spin by blowing on it.
May's Science Experiments

We placed a nickel and a penny next to each other. Then we flicked a penny toward the nickel. When the penny hit the nickel, the force caused the other penny to move forward.
May's Science Experiments

We dropped a ping pong ball into a tub. It bounced almost as high as the level where we had dropped it from. Then we dropped the ball onto a bed. It barely bounced.
May's Science Experiments

We set up several dominoes and then pushed them over.
May's Science Experiments

We did some experiments from a Dangerous Book for Boys kit including a generator and an eletromagnet.
May's Science Experiments

For our final experiments of the year, we set off a water rocket and an air rocket.
May's Science Experiments

First we did the Water Rocket. It turned out to be totally, surprisingly awesome.

Then we did the Green (air) Rocket. It turned out to be very anti-climactic, especially after how amazing the water rocket was.

So, we abandoned the air rocket and launched the water rocket a few more times.

It was a pretty great end to our year of physics study!

Digging Degas

The final artist we studied this year was Edgar Degas. The boys painted their own (and rather very abstract) version of The Bellelli Family.
Digging Degas

They raced to put together a puzzle of The Ballet Rehearsal on Stage. Cameron won as is typical.
Digging Degas

They created works of art in the style of Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. Cameron and Fritz completed theirs with clay, but Adrian gave up and painted instead.
Digging Degas

That completes our art study for the year. We’ve really learned a lot (and Cameron’s art skills have improved quite a bit) over the last two years with Confessions of a Homeschooler World’s Greatest Artists.

I love this time of the school year…

With just one more week – just 5 more days – left in the school year, we are slowly finishing things up. Fritz finished his vocabulary weeks ago and Fritz and Adrian finished Math-U-See Delta and Beta around the same time (though they are continuing with Epsilon and Gamma, getting a head start on next year). Last week Cameron finished logic and this week he finished vocabulary, grammar, and math. We just have one more page of religion, two short books to read for history, a science experiment, and a picture to paint next week. This week we finished music and stopped Latin for the year (since we had finished a chapter and don’t have enough time left to complete another). It’s always fun to get things done and move things to the to-be-made-into-portfolios pile. Soon I’ll be putting next year’s stuff in the binders and bins and putting them on the shelves to await the end of August giving us three lovely months of vacation.

Playing the Stock Market

Since last fall we’ve been doing a long term stock market project in history. The boys were each given a maximum of 1,000 virtual dollars to invest in one single stock. They’ve been following the ups and downs of their stock every week for 22 weeks.

Cameron chose to invest in Apple (AAPL). This was a mistake (though he says right now would probably be an excellent time to invest in them). He bought at $112.49 and was able to get 8 shares for a total of $899.92. He sold today at $93.90 with a loss of $148.72.

Fritz picked PepsiCo stock (PEP). He earned a little bit over the course of the project. He bought at $98.83 and was about to get 10 shares for a total of $988.30. He sold at $102.82, giving him a profit of $39.90.

Adrian likes Skylanders and other games so he invested in the company that makes them, Activision (ATVI). He is our big winner in this project. He bought at $34.47. He was able to purchase a 29 shares for a total of $999.63. He sold today at $38.60, the highest Activision stock has been in the last 22 weeks, earning a profit of $119.77.