Science: Humans in Space

Weeks 17 and 18 of school we learned about humans in space using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 10.

The boys gave oral reports. Cameron told us about John Glenn, Fritz reported on Buzz Aldrin, and Adrian picked Ham the Space Chimp (who was not a human, but still went to space).
Science: Humans in Space

We learned about and labeled the parts of a telescope.
Science: Humans in Space

We learned about what sorts of jobs are available for people who want to work at NASA.
Science: Humans in Space

 

We demonstrated weightlessness by dropping a cup filled with water. We poked a hole in the bottom and let water drain out and then dropped it. As it fell the water no longer poured out of the bottom.
Science: Humans in Space

We demonstrated refraction by holding two magnifying lenses up and looking through them. The image appeared upside down.
Science: Humans in Space

We made a paper model space shuttle. It actually flew pretty well!
Science: Humans in Space

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Geography: Switzerland

Weeks 17 and 18 of school we learned about Switzerland using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 10.

The boys found Switzerland on the world map.
Geography: Switzerland

We colored a map of Switzerland dividing it into languages and cultures.
Geography: Switzerland

We compared the size of Switzerland to Texas and discovered we could fit almost 9 Switzerlands inside one Texas.
Geography: Switzerland

We had Museli and hot chocolate for breakfast.
Geography: Switzerland

We watched videos of yodeling and Apline horns.
Geography: Switzerland

We painted Swiss flags.
Geography: Switzerland

We made a model of a cable car.
Geography: Switzerland

The boys looked up different Swiss castles and gave oral reports on them.
Geography: Switzerland

The Arts: Oil Paints

Weeks 17 and 18 of school we learned about and used oil paints using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 10.

We were painting detectives and examined The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck.
The Arts: Oil Paints

The boys gave oral reports on famous artists (Cameron picked Gerard David, Fritz chose Rogier van der Weyden, and Adrian picked Robert Campin).
The Arts: Oil Paints

We spread thick oil paint on a piece of wood, waited for it to start to dry, and topped it with thin oil paint. The idea was as it completely dried, the paint would crack. So far it’s been a week and a half and it’s not all the way dry so we’ll see if it cracks or not at some point in the future.
The Arts: Oil Paints

The boys drew self-portraits including things that describe them. Cameron included his taekwondo belt, Fritz a computer, and Adrian a Switch and an apple.
The Arts: Oil Paints

We did a blending activity comparing how tempera paints and oil paints blend and also did oil glazing with the oil paint.
The Arts: Oil Paints

The boys played with oil paints and painted whatever they wanted.
The Arts: Oil Paints

Second Quarter Done

On Friday we finished the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year. We learned so much in the second 9 weeks. We love Layers of Learning. It’s the perfect combination of hands-on and lecture.

In history, we learned about Charlemagne, the Normans, the Feudal System, the Crusades, and Burgundy, Venice, and Spain. In Geography, we learned about France, Nigeria, Germany, the Balkans, and Switzerland. In Science, we learned about planets, stars, earth and moon, satellites, and humans in space. In the arts, we covered Carolingian art, the Canterbury Tales, Gothic art, religious art, and oil paints. We started every day by watching CNN 10 and then working on grammar and spelling using The Nose Tree.

Cameron finished learning the basics of fiction writing and wrote a short story. He started working on writing poetry. He read The Origins of Everything in 100 Pages (more or less), Wulf the Saxon, Will in Scarlet, God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades, and God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World. He continued learning about personal finance and opened an investment accounts. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
PE A
English A
Math A

Fritz learned more logical fallacies and applied some of what he’s learned to current events. He continued learning lots of Latin vocabulary and endings. He learned how to play more songs on the piano and to draw better. He had continued improving his outlines and paragraphs. He read Son of Charlemagne, If All the Swords in England, Catherine, Called Birdy, My Story: The Great Plague, and, The Red Keep. In math, he continued preparing for pre-algebra. Along with his little brother, Jacob, Enos, Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon, Mosiah, and part of Alma in the Book of Mormon. His grades were also excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Music A
PE A
Religion A
English A
Math A
Logic A
Latin A

Adrian practiced narrating lots of passages from books. He read Stories of Roland Told to the Children, Joan of Arc, One Big Family, Starry Sky, Chanticleer and the Fox, Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, Robin Hood, and Chris Hadfield and Living on the International Space Station. He continued learning to play the piano and to speak Spanish. He had moved on to doing division in math. His grades, like his brothers’, were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Music A
PE A
Spanish A
Religion A
English A
Math A