March Science Experiments

We drew food webs for our backyard (including our dog and lizards… she really eats lizards).
March Science Experiments

We looked at a torn blade of grass under the microscope.
March Science Experiments

We looked at rhizobacteria under the microscope.
March Science Experiments

We made a terrarium in an empty pickle jar.
March Science Experiments

We picked two identical leaves off one tree. We put 1/2 cup of distilled water in one jar and 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar in another jar and added a leaf to each jar. We let them sit overnight. The next day, the leaf that had been in the water was bright green and still looked healthy while the leaf that had been in the vinegar was very dark green and a bit shriveled.
March Science Experiments

We planted four radish seedlings and watered one with pure water, one with pure vinegar, one with 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar, and one with 4 parts vinegar and 1 part water. The one with pure water kept growing, the one with pure vinegar died within a few hours. The one with mostly water tried to keep growing, but wasn’t healthy, and the one with mostly vinegar grew for a couple days and then died.
March Science Experiments

Art in March

Art in March

Brain Sounds: The boys had to think of a sound of something real or imaginary and represent it visually. They all decided to also represent it audibly as well so I put it together in a video of all three.

Art in March
Make a Thing: The boys had to take something from the virtual world and make it in the physical world. Cameron drew his favorite emoji. Fritz made a clay Pac-Man eating a power pellet. Adrian found an Angry Birds slingshot and made a clay bird to go in it.

Art in March
Desktop Monument: The boys had to look on-line for a natural setting they had never visited. Then they had to use an image of it to create a desktop monument of it. Cameron chose the Great Wall of China, Fritz chose Old Faithful, and Adrian chose Arches National Park.

History in March

After Spring Break, we decided to change our history a bit and finish out our ancients year using Layers of Learning (just using the history portion). The boys are enjoying it much more and I think they are learning more, too. Cameron and Adrian both learn so much better hands on and Fritz, while he learns any way I throw at him, enjoys the hands on stuff a lot.

In March we did two weeks using Year 1, Unit 4 (Ancient Greece).

We colored the city-states on a map of ancient Greece and identified ones still around today and the ones that had letters written to the church there in the New Testament.
History in March

We had a little mini-Olympics. The boys (and Lola) ran a footrace (notice Cameron is barefoot as usual).
History in March

And the little boys competed in the long jump.
History in March

Adrian told his brothers about bull-leaping in Crete. He had read a book that talked about it a few weeks ago. Then they built a bull out of blankets and pillows and took turns jumping over it. Eventually, Lola claimed the bull as her own and spent quite a bit of the rest of the day hanging out on its back.
History in March

We learned about the Greek and Persian War (and also the Peloponnesian War). We colored a map showing the different sides and neutral areas. We looked at the big world map and found the area and what countries they are today.
History in March

We acted about some bits of the wars. Cameron decided they surely had tiny war wolves so Lola had to join us. We made a video reenacting Pheidippides’ Marathon.
History in March

We learned about Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns.
History in March

We watched a Crash Course World History video about Alexander the Great.
History in March

The Boss Baby

On Saturday the little guys, Jamie, and I got to go see an advance screening of The Boss Baby. Because there is no guarantee of getting into an advance screening (they overbook the theater), I didn’t tell the boys ahead of time where we were going. I assured them they’d enjoy it and if we didn’t get in, we’d find something else to do.

As we were getting out of the car at the movie theater, Adrian asked if we were going to see Boss Baby. He was so excited when I said we hopefully would be. He has seen the ads and had said more than once he wanted to see it. Luckily, we got in (with some parents volunteering to hold their very little ones on their laps, they were able to squeeze everyone who showed up into the theater).

The movie is very cute. The premise is when babies are made (by BabyCorp), each one is tickled and if they giggle like most of them do, they are sent to a family. If they don’t giggle, they are sent to management. They stay adorable baby-sized adult humans by drinking a special formula. Sometimes they need to go to a family in order to carry out a mission as directed by the big bosses at BabyCorp.

Boss Baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) joins a family with parents who work for PuppyCo and a seven-year-old brother named Tim. Tim absolutely does not want a baby brother and feels like his parents don’t love him anymore since all their attention is focused on the baby. Eventually Tim and Boss Baby must team up with the end goal of Boss Baby leaving their family forever. Tim just wants to be an only child again while Boss Baby wants a promotion, a corner office, and his picture on the wall at BabyCorp.

The story is told by Tim as an adult (voiced by Tobey Maguire) and while he admits he had a very active imagination as a child, he is telling it just the way he remembers it happened.

There were a lot of children in the theater from toddlers on up to pre-teens and, yet, for the entire nearly 1 hour and 40 minutes, the kids were so quiet. They really paid complete attention to the movie. Everyone laughed a lot. In fact, I think the adults laughed more than the kids. The moral was lovely and the end was perfect. The animation was amazing with Boss Baby’s mannerisms being totally adult, yet totally baby-like at the same time.

I highly recommend seeing The Boss Baby. It’s a great family movie. You won’t be sorry.

Note: It is rated PG for some mild rude humor. Usually, it is funny, but there is one point where Tim and Boss Baby are in a dog-shaped bouncy house and they escape through an interestingly placed air hole and so look like they are being pooped out of the dog. That crossed the line from funny to gross and judging by the reaction of a lot of the people in the theater, I am not the only one who thought that.

Three Quarters Done!

As of Friday, our 2016-17 school year is three quarters complete. Only 9 more weeks to go!

In Science, we finished learning about the organ systems of the human body and learned about evolution, natural selection, fossils, biomes, food webs, and cycles of life on earth. In History, we learned about ancient India, the Persian Empire, Crete, the Myceneans, ancient Greece, and mythology. After spring break, we switched to Layers of Learning for our history curriculum. We did more interesting art projects from The Art Assignment. Of course everyone is still doing taekwondo for PE. Cameron also goes bike riding a bit to build up his endurance.

Cameron completed several lessons of Math-U-See Geometry, but it wasn’t working for him so he switched to Khan Academy. The MUS videos just confuse him so hopefully the Khan videos will work better and also it will find what he is weak in. He wrote some essays. He read (listened to) The History of the Peloponnesian War, The Republic, and Rhetoric, Poetics, and Logic.

Fritz finished Math-U-See Epsilon and move on to Zeta. He has completed through lesson 5. He finished reading the Harry Potter series and also read the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief series. He has complete the first two Artemis Fowl books. He is almost finished learning how to connect letters in cursive (just y and z left). He has completed a couple more chapters of Latin. He took the National Latin Exam and National Mythology Exam for the first time.

Adrian has almost finished the final lesson of Math-U-See Gamma. He’s now in book 7 of Explode the Code. He is now able to mark his spelling passages on his own and diagram simple sentences with subjects, verbs, adverbs, and direct objects. He read D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, King Midas: The Golden Touch, Pegasus, Favorite Greek Myths, Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales, and The Five Chinese Brothers. He’s about halfway through his final book of the year, Traditional Irish Fairy Tales.

Grades
Cameron
English: B
History: A
Geometry: C
Biology: A
Art/PE/Music: Pass

Fritz
English: A
History: A
Math: A
Biology: A
Art/PE/Music/Latin: Pass

Adrian
English: A
History: A
Math: A
Biology: A
Art/PE/Music/Latin: Pass