End of the Year Wrap-Up

End of the Year Wrap-Up

Yesterday was the last day of school for our 2016-17 school year. This means Ani is now a high school graduate. The year really seemed to go by fast, but we are still all very happy to have the next 13 weeks off. Usually, we do some work over the summer (math and language arts), but other than reading (for pleasure), we’re not doing anything but relaxing this year!

In science, we learned about the kingdoms. We filled in cladograms. We played with a dichotomous key. We learned about what happens to plants when they are exposed to acid rain. In history, we learned about ancient Greece, ancient China, ancient Japan, first North Americans, ancient South America, the Celts, and ancient Rome. We did some very interesting art projects. We continued doing taekwondo.

Cameron did math using Khan Academy. He wrote more essays (he’s happy to be moving on to creative writing next year). He read (listened to) The Odes of Horace, The Aeneid, and The Metamorphoses. He’ll be testing for his second degree black belt in a few weeks.

Fritz completed Math-U-See Zeta through lesson 13. He read the final 6 Artemis Fowl books. He’s gotten very good at writing in cursive and can form his own words properly now (no longer has to copy). He learned even more Latin words. He found out he earned a silver medal on the National Mythology Exam and summa cum laude on the Exploratory Latin Exam.

Adrian completed Math-U-See Gamma and then started working on 4th grade math using Khan Academy. It’s amazing watching him figure out the math for himself. He completed book 7 of Explode the Code. He’s gotten very good at marking spelling passages on his own. He finished Traditional Irish Fairy Tales and read Tales From Japan and Theras and His Town.

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

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

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

Art in May

Art in May
Off: The boys had to turn off a screen and then take a picture of it. Cameron picked the TV with a reflection of part of our living room. Fritz picked Adrian’s Fire with a reflection of a drawing he made. Adrian picked Cameron’s old phone with a reflection of part of my Harry Potter phone case.

Art in May
Proposals: The boys each had to respond to one of three proposals. Cameron assisted in discrediting Bishop Berkeley’s theory of the non-existance of matter. Fritz imagined his feet in a mountain stream. Adrian dressed like his father.

Art in May
The Art of Complaining: The boys had to think of something they wanted to complain about and represent that somehow. Cameron was sick that day so he chose to complain about being sick. Fritz really, really hates cliffhangers (at the end of a chapter) so that’s what he decided to complain about. Adrian couldn’t think of anything to complain about so his complaint was having nothing to complain about.

Art in May
Emotional Furniture: The boys had to arrange furniture to portray confidence, envy, and melancholy. Fritz chose confidence, Cameron did envy, and Adrian picked melancholy.

History in May

We started off May learning about Celts using Year 1, Unit 17 of Layers of Learning.

We looked at some of the pages from our Ireland trip scrapbook.
History in May

We colored a map of where the Celts lived.
History in May

We learned about the Celtic calendar.
History in May

We made Celtic knots out of paracord.
History in May

For the rest of the month (school year), we learned about Rome using Year 1, Unit 18 for two weeks and Year 1, Unit 20 the final week.

We colored a map of how the Roman Empire changed over about 150 years.
History in May

Each boy picked a different Roman god/goddess and drew them and then shared with their brothers about the god/goddess they picked. Cameron chose Ceres, Fritz Neptune, and Adrian Jupiter.
History in May

We learned about laws in the Roman Republic and the Twelve Tables. We discussed what attributes make a good leader.
History in May

We learned about the Roman alphabet and wrote their names without the missing letters.
History in May

We learned about Horatius and Fritz acted out jumping into the water and swimming across with his armor on (apparently doing the backstroke).
History in May

We drew a picture of the structure of the Roman government.
History in May

We learned about Cincinnatus and made a fasces.
History in May

We learned about Roman roads and how some were even paved. We talked about what roads today are paved with.
History in May

We learned about aqueducts and made one out of clay.
History in May

We learned about the Roman baths and took a virtual tour.
History in May

We learned about the fall of the Roman Republic leading us right into our final week learning about the Roman Empire.

We did mapwork to show how the Roman Empire shrank over time. While coloring his map, Fritz said, “I know where the Red Sea is!” and pointed right to it. So at least something has sunk in over the course of the year.
History in May

We learned the Pax Romana and dressed in togas.
History in May

We learned about Hadrian’s Wall. Adrian found his name inside the emperor’s.
History in May

And, finally, we learn a little rhyme about the fall of the Roman Empire:

In 476, Rome was in a fix.
Little Romulus bid farewell
And mighty Rome fell.

Weird

Ani’s been doing some digital art on my iPad. She’s just learning how so she’s been using pictures as reference for what she wants to draw. Because of this, sometimes some strange pictures show up in my photos on my phone (since it shares an account with my iPad).

The other day I was going through my photos and was highly amused by this picture of a gnome right before this picture of Cameron giving a private lesson at taekwondo. The similarities between Cameron and the gnome made me laugh so much.

Weird

April & May Science Experiments

We picked animals to research and filled out report sheets on them (this is Fritz’s report on the blobfish).
April & May Science Experiments

We filled out some cladograms.
April & May Science Experiments

We solved a puzzle using a dichotomous key.
April & May Science Experiments

We looked at the bacteria in yogurt under the microscope. We left out a bit of yogurt overnight and then looked at it. We discovered there were a lot more bacteria on the slide the second day.
April & May Science Experiments

We identified whether plants from our yard were monocots or dicots.
April & May Science Experiments

We looked at a monocot and a dicot under the microscope.
April & May Science Experiments

We identified the body parts of a cockroach. We were supposed to do the same with a spider, but after months of watching for spiders, we never caught one (and only saw a few very tiny ones)!
April & May Science Experiments

We cut a banana in half lengthwise and put the halves in ziploc baggies. We added 1 teaspoon of yeast to one bag and sealed them up squeezing as much air out as possible. The yeast digested the banana into a soupy mess while the plain banana stayed firm and puffed up the bag a bit. (Cameron’s and my hypotheses about what would happen were completely wrong, but Fritz’s was right.)
April & May Science Experiments

We examined a mushroom and identified the parts and then dissected it.
April & May Science Experiments

History in April

We started off April learning about Ancient China using Year 1, Unit 10 of Layers of Learning.

We colored two maps of China at two different points in time. Adrian found modern day China on the big world map on the wall.
History in April

We learned about shadow puppets and made some.
History in April

We copied our names in calligraphy.
History in April

We learned about pagodas. The boys acted out the story of why they started being built.
History in April

We talked about The Great Wall of China and built walls (Fritz picked cups and Adrian used Magna-Tiles).
History in April

We learned about Hundred Schools of Thought and the boys made garlands with images representing philosophies and things they chose.
History in April

Then we moved on to Early Japan using Year 1, Unit 11 of Layers of Learning.

We learned about the Shinto creation story and talked about how it compares to the creation story we know from Genesis. They drew pictures of it.
History in April

We learned about pit houses. Cameron reminded us how he dug a big pit on the hill by my parents’ house several years ago. He intended it to be his house. They built a pit house for Woody.
History in April

We talked about what our names would be if we suddenly had to give ourselves names based on where we live or what we do. I’d be Roundedroad. Cameron would be Kickler. Fritz would be Babieslaugh. Adrian would be Tabler.

We learned about Jimmu and the three treasures. We chose three things around the house to represent valor (mint), wisdom (chess set), and benevolence (money).
History in April

We talked about the Yamoto Court and cultural exchange. We drew pictures of three things we would give to a tribe without access to technology. We chose matches, electricity, and toilets.
History in April

We colored a map of ancient Japan.
History in April

The third week of April, we learned about the First North Americans using Year 1, Unit 15 of Layers of Learning.

We learned about the Native Americans that lived in the San Antonio area and also about the six flags Texas has been under. This was not part of the planned lesson, but the little boys needed to do it for their Texas Cub Scout patch and it fit well with this week’s topic.

We learned about land bridges. We used clay to make two continents and then connected them with a land bridge in a pie plate. We dyed water blue and poured it into the pie plate making sure to keep our ocean below the level of the land bridge. We talked about how people would cross the bridge to get from Asia to North America. Then we added ice cubes to our water. Within about an hour, the ice cubes had melted and the water level had risen above the land bridge demonstrating how the two continents were now cut off from each other.
History in April

We colored a map of some early North Americans.
History in April

We learned about the giant Olmec heads and came up with a story of why they are there. Fritz thinks they are monuments to their great generals. Adrian thinks they represent their gods. Cameron thinks they are just heads because carving a whole body would be too difficult.
History in April

We learned about the Mayan hierarchy (classes) and drew pictures to go with each group.
History in April

The final week of April, we learned about Ancient South Americans using Year 1, Unit 16 of Layers of Learning.

We learned about some of the ancient South American groups and placed them on the map.
History in April

We learned about the importance of jaguars (and eagles) to the ancient South Americans and made jaguar masks.
History in April

We learned about camelids and chose to learn extra about alpacas and teach each other what we learned to each other.

We learned about the Nazca Lines and drew our own.
History in April

Art in April


Expanded Moment: The boys worked together to choose something to take a silent video of. A picture, but longer. They chose to give the guinea pigs some bits of tomato and then videoed the girls for 2 1/2 minutes.

Art in April
Exquisite Corpse: The boys had to take turns adding to a picture. Cameron started it and left a clue and then covered what he drew. Fritz went next and then covered his part as well. Adrian drew his giant last.

Art in April
Imprint: The boys had to select an object, cut it in half, dip it in paint, and press it on paper multiple times to make an imprint. Cameron used a Celtic knot he made a while ago. Fritz used a plastic Easter egg. Adrian used a stick.

Art in April
Under the Influence: The boys had to look at art by any artist or creator they liked and then create something in that artist’s style. Cameron chose Jeff Agala (Don’t Starve), Fritz chose Vincent Van Gogh, and Adrian chose Toby Fox (Undertale).