Art: Illumination

The first two weeks of school we learned about illumination using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 2.

We watched videos on calligraphy and making books.
Art: Illumination

We wrote our names in calligraphy and decorated them.
Art: Illumination

We made illuminated letters.
Art: Illumination

We decorated the margins of old books.
Art: Illumination

We watched a documentary about the Book of Kells.
Art: Illumination

Science: Forecasting

The second two weeks of school we learned about forecasting using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 2.

We read a book about weather words.
Science: Forecasting

We learned about prevailing winds and pressure zones.
Science: Forecasting

We made a weather station with a rain gauge, wind sock, barometer, and thermometer.
Science: Forecasting

We learned about wind shear and watched a video about a plane crash from 1985.
Science: Forecasting

We made a psychrometer. We placed two thermometers side by side and put a cotton ball soaked in water on the bulb of one of them. Then we used a fan to blow air on the thermometers for 5 minutes. The dry thermometer didn’t change temperature very much, but the wet thermometer dropped by almost 4 degrees Celsius.
Science: Forecasting

We demonstrated how a thermometer works. We mixed half water half rubbing alcohol in a bottle. We inserted a straw and then sealed the top with clay. We used a hair dryer to blow warm air on the bottle. As the liquid inside heated up, it expanded and had nowhere to go but up the straw.
Science: Forecasting

We learned about wind speed and made an anemometer. We discovered that the wind was blowing from the southwest that day.
Science: Forecasting

Geography: Ireland

The second two weeks of school we learned about Ireland using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 2. Since the kids have a grandmother living in Ireland, it’s a place they hear about a lot. Cameron remembers a lot about the month we spent there in 2013. Fritz and Adrian have vague memories of it.

We found places, including their Nan’s house, on the map of Ireland.
Geography: Ireland

We looked through the book I made of pictures from our trip to Ireland.
Geography: Ireland

We watched a video of a Riverdance performance.
Geography: Ireland

We learned about the Aran Islands and watched a video about them.
Geography: Ireland

We had a feast of Irish stew, Irish flag veggies, and (gluten free) soda bread.
Geography: Ireland

We learned about the annual Puck Festival.
Geography: Ireland

The boys each learned about a famous Irish person and taught what they learned to their brothers. (Cameron chose John B. Cosgrave, Fritz picked Jonathan Swift, and Adrian learned about Ernest Shackleton.)
Geography: Ireland

History: Barbarians

The second two weeks of school we learned about barbarians using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 2. Did you know the word barbarian comes from a Greek word meaning one who is not Greek?

We added more people and events to our timeline.
History: Barbarians

We did map work of barbarian migrations and Europe in 600 AD.
History: Barbarians

We made a minstrel harp.
History: Barbarians

We showed the social hierarchy of medieval Europe.
History: Barbarians

We made a paper mache seax knife.
History: Barbarians

The boys each chose a famous barbarian to learn about and teach his brothers about. Adrian picked Brendan the Navigator. I remember that we saw a recreation of his boat when we went to Craggaunowen, so he used the picture I took of the boat as a visual aid in his report.
History: Barbarians

We watched a video about barbarian weapons.
History: Barbarians

I Hate Celiac Disease

Not only do I hate Celiac Disease, I hate how sensitive I am. Now, I am very, very careful about cross contamination. Our house is gluten free and I only eat at restaurants I trust. But even restaurants I trust aren’t perfect. I’ve only been glutened once before since I discovered Celiac was the cause of my digestive issues so I guess less than once a year isn’t bad.

This time a little piece of grilled onion ended up mixed in with my fries and I ate it before I realized it was there. The grilled onions at that restaurant are beer braised. Beer has gluten in it and so terrible things ensued. That was Friday. I’m already a lot better. The worst has passed. Now I’m just a little swollen and achy, but the weekend sure was miserable.

Science: Climate & Seasons

The first two weeks of school we learned about Climate and Seasons using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 1.

We read a book about how the sun makes the seasons.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We put a balloon over the mouth of a jar and placed the jar in a pan of boiling water. The heat from the water blew up the balloon.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We made a sundial.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We pulled the colors out of spinach leaves. We mashed up the spinach and then covered them in nail polish remover. We put a piece of coffee filter barely into the nail polish remover and then waited several hours. Eventually, we could see shades of green, yellow, brown, and red on the coffee filter.
Science: Climate & Seasons

Science: Climate & Seasons

We watched Bill Nye the Science Guy: Climates.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We colored maps showing climate change through ice melt, a climate map, and El Niño weather patterns.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We put one cup of water and five ice cubes in jars. We put a sandwich baggie over one jar and left both in the sun for one hour. After an hour, we checked the temperatures of the water. The jar with the baggie over it was 12 degrees warmer than the jar without, demonstrating how the greenhouse effect works.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We showed how the water moves in an El Niño by pouring very cold (dyed blue) water through a funnel into very hot (dyed red) water and then blowing warm air from a hair dryer over it.
Science: Climate & Seasons