Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about satellites using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 9.
We painted comets in space.
We drew the orbit of a comet.
The boys each picked a person or thing to give an oral report on. Cameron picked Sputnik, Fritz chose Jean Mueller, and Adrian picked Edmund Hally.
We made a comet using dry ice, dirt, rocks, and water. (And then the boys had lots of fun with the rest of the dry ice.)
We learned about comets, asteroids, and centaurs.
We demonstrated how meteors leave craters.
We showed how when meteors enter the earth’s atmosphere they heat up due to friction.
We learned about what satellites look like and where they orbit.
Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about Religious Art using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 9.
We did some silver leafing like in The Rainbow Fish.
The boys worked together to create a single mural.
We made reliefs.
We have completed the final 8 days of Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (see days 1-8 here and days 9-16 here).
On Sunday the 17th, he boys took treats to their primary teachers.
On Monday the 18th, we taped change to a vending machine.
On Tuesday the 19th, we paid for someone else’s food at Kneader’s.
On Wednesday the 20th, we attempted to put carts in the corrals at Target and HEB, but there were none to put away. So, instead, we rearranged the carts in the corrals at HEB so they’d be easier for the employees to take back up to the store.
On Thursday the 21st, we took food to the food bank.
On Friday the 22nd, we left microwave popcorn on Redbox machines.
On Saturday the 23rd, we candy cane bombed a parking lot.
On Sunday the 24th, we used hug coupons to get hugs from each other.
Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about the Balkans using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 9.
Each boy picked a famous person from the Balkans to give an oral report on. Cameron chose Nikola Tesla (and had us watch a documentary about him), Fritz picked Aristotle Onassis, and Adrian chose Mother Teresa.
We watched a video tour of the Danube and an… odd, yet talented, dancing group.
We did mapwork.
We made travel brochures. Both Cameron and Adrian put in that a guy we used to do taekwondo with is from the Balkans as one of the reasons people should visit there.
We had a snack of feta cheese and kalamata olives.
We watched a video about Albanian animals.
We watched a couple videos of Greek dancing.
We made a martenitsa doll.
Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about the Crusades using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 9.
Some of our timeline pages are getting really full!
We looked at St. George and the Dragon artwork.
The boys played Crusaders and Kings (Fritz and Adrian both died, but Cameron lived on to a great age).
The boys each picked a different type of person who would have gone on a Crusade and made up what happened to them on the journey. Cameron chose a merchant. He outfitted others who were going on Crusades, but stayed home and got rich. Fritz chose a nobleman. He fought and returned injured, but successful. Adrian chose a peasant man. He went part of the way and then ran away back home before any fighting happened.
We talked about and looked at Rhodes.
The boys came up with a folk remedy (heat) to cure the Plague.
We showed the path of the spread of the Plague on a map.
Using glitter to represent plague bacteria, the boys infected each other with plague by shaking hands and high fiving.
We made an army of Knights Hospitallers.
We’ve done another 8 days of #24RACKs (for the first 8 days, go here).
On Saturday the 9th, we took cat and dog treats and toys to the Animal Defense League. Lola helped us deliver them because that’s where we adopted her four years ago.
On Sunday the 10th, we held the door for other people.
On Monday the 11th, we brought up our neighbors’ trash cans and left candy canes for them.
On Tuesday the 12th, we gave a lottery ticket to a stranger.
On Wednesday the 13th, we picked up litter.
On Thursday the 14th, we took cookies to our pharmacist.
On Friday the 15th, we fed the birds.
On Saturday the 16th, we took socks to the homeless shelter.
Weeks 13 and 14 of school we learned about the Earth and Moon using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 8.
We made a model of the earth’s layers using play-doh.
We demonstrated how the earth is not quite a sphere, but bulges in the middle.
We demonstrated how the earth wobbles a little bit using a spinning top.
We showed how the earth, moon, and sun make days, seasons, and eclipses. Adrian was the sun, Cameron was the earth, and Fritz was the moon.
We talked about solstices and equinoxes.
We demonstrated that the moon doesn’t give off it’s own light but rather reflects the sun’s light. In a dark room, we shined a flashlight, representing the sun, on a small mirror, representing the moon. Only when the flashing sun was on and aimed at the small mirror moon did it reflect light onto the bathroom mirror.
We watched a video about the first moon landing.
Weeks 13 and 14 of school we learned about Gothic Art using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 8.
The boys made paint, chose things to use as paintbrushes, and painted with them. Cameron’s paint was made of chili powder, egg white, and cornstarch. Fritz’s was made of cranberries, egg yolk, and salt. Adrian’s was made of glitter, glue, and sand.
We watched a video of Giotto’s paintings.
The boys drew monkeys.
We watched a video showing how stained glass is made.
The boys colored rose windows.
The boys painted frescoes.
We’re doing #24RACKs (Random Acts of Christmas Kindness) again this year. We love doing this, making the last few weeks before Christmas extra special. It’s mostly me and Fritz doing it, but sometimes other people get involved.
On Friday the 1st, we dropped heads up pennies on the sidewalk. Fritz made a smiley face out of some of them in front of our neighborhood mailboxes. A few days later he discovered that someone had reformed the pennies into a stick figure so that was fun.
On Saturday the 2nd, we made cards for people in Sutherland Springs Texas (the mass shooting a few weeks ago at the church).
On Sunday the 3rd, we did secret acts of kindness for other people. One of the things Fritz did was make hot chocolate for Ani.
On Monday the 4th, we did chores for people in our family. Fritz cleaned Ani’s birds’ cage for her.
On Tuesday the 5th, we left happy notes in random library books.
On Wednesday the 6th, we left bubbles at our neighbor’s front door.
On Thursday the 7th, we wrote notes to other people in our family. We had to switch this one with another planned day because of the weather. We got snow in south Texas!
On Friday the 8th, we gave an Amazon gift card to our mail carrier. This one also had to be switched with another day because of weather.
Weeks 13 and 14 of school we learned about Germany using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 8.
We did map work.
The boys each picked a famous German to research and give an oral report on. Cameron chose Gabriel Fahrenheit, Fritz picked Oscar F. Meyer, and Adrian chose Carl Benz.
We made German flag pins.
We looked at my chunk of the Berlin Wall.
We watched several YouTube videos on the Berlin Wall and the fall of it.
We watched a video about Oktoberfest.
We listened to songs by Beethoven and Brahms.
We made a little puppet wearing lederhosen.
We watched a video of The Pied Piper of Hamelin and then acted it out.