Geography: Britain

Week 8 of school we learned about the Britain using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 5.

We found cities, rivers, lakes, and districts on the map of the United Kingdom.
Geography: Britain

We drew the Union Jack.
Geography: Britain

Each boy picked a different famous British person (Cameron: William Shakespeare, Fritz: Margaret Thatcher, Adrian: Winston Churchill) and told his brothers about them.
Geography: Britain

We watched several YouTube videos. We watched one on the changing of the guard at the palace, one of clips from William and Kate’s wedding, one about Big Ben, and one about the Tower of London.
Geography: Britain

We had an afternoon tea. Cameron made us crumpets, scones, and mint tea.
Geography: Britain

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First Quarter Done

On Friday we completed the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year. We learned tons in those first 9 weeks thanks to Layers of Learning.

In history, we learned about the Byzantines, barbarians, Islam, Vikings, Anglo Saxons, and started learning about Charlemagne. In Geography, we learned about Turkey, Ireland, the Arabian Peninsula, Norway, Britain, and started learning about France. In Science, we learned about climate and seasons, forecasting, clouds and precipitation, special weather effects, wild weather, and started learning about planets. In the arts, we covered Byzantine art, the illumination, making a commercial, Viking art, King Arthur Tales, and started learning about Carolingian art. We started every day by watching CNN 10 and then working on grammar and spelling using The Nose Tree.

First Quarter Done

Cameron created characters, scenes, and dialogue in creative writing in preparation for writing a short story. He read Lost to the West, Beowulf: A New Telling, Prince: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, Viking Warrior, The Legend of King Arthur, and half of The Origins of Everything in 100 Pages (more or less). He worked on learning Spanish, playing the piano, and personal finance. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Music A
PE A
Spanish A
English A
Math B

Fritz learned about informal logic and continued learning lots of Latin vocabulary and endings. He learned how to play more songs on the piano and to draw better. He learned how to make outlines and take notes and then write paragraphs from those notes. He read Anna of Byzantium, Beowulf: A New Telling, Can It Really Rain Frogs?, Vicious Vikings, Augustine Came to Kent, and half of Son of Charlemagne. In math, he is preparing for pre-algebra. Along with his little brother, he did 1 and 2 Nephi 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 The Hungry Coat, The Railway Children, The Year at Maple Hill Farm, Stories of Beowulf Told to Children, The Hundredth Name, Clouds, Viking Ships at Sunrise, Pink Snow and Other Weird Weather, Vikings, The Rainbow and You, Who in the World Was the Unready King?, and half of Stories of Roland Told to the Children. He began learning to play the piano and to speak Spanish. He is learning how to multiply multiple digits by multiple digits (which he likes to do in his head!). 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

History: Vikings

Weeks 6 and 7 of school we learned about Vikings using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 4.

We added to our timeline.
History: Vikings

We looked at the page on Dublinia in our Ireland trip book and talked about what we saw there.
History: Vikings

We did some map work.
History: Vikings

We learned about longhouses.
History: Vikings

We made a Viking ship.
History: Vikings

We had a Viking feast. We ate meat soup, honey glazed vegetables, apple bacon, and bread and drank non-alcoholic mead.
History: Vikings

After the feast, we provided each other with live entertainment.
History: Vikings

We looked at a map of how the settlement of Vinland was laid out.
History: Vikings

We held a Viking funeral. It didn’t quite go how we expected it to. It took a lot longer to get the paper boat to ignite, required the addition of rubbing alcohol, and ended with Cameron juggling flaming cotton balls.
History: Vikings

We talked about inflation and compared the cost of things in 1938 versus today.
History: Vikings

The boys each picked a different famous Viking to teach his brothers about. Cameron picked Harald Bluetooth and finished his report with a youtube video about why we call it bluetooth today.
History: Vikings

Cameron created a PowerPoint of Norse beings and presented it to his brothers.
History: Vikings

The Arts: Viking Art

Weeks 6 and 7 of school we learned about Viking Art using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 4.

We drew dragons. Adrian wants everyone to know he just didn’t feel like finishing the details on his.
The Arts: Viking Art

The boys worked together to design and name a Viking sword.
The Arts: Viking Art

We made cups out of clay.
The Arts: Viking Art

We made image stones.
The Arts: Viking Art

The boys wrote their names in runes.
The Arts: Viking Art

We made Yggdrasil, the tree of the world.
The Arts: Viking Art