Power Homeschool

We’re trying out Power Homeschool with the boys right now. It requires very little from me and it a rather solid education. So far it’s going well. Fritz even got to pick a coding class for one of his electives. It’s mostly stuff he already knows, but some new stuff. If the rest of this school year continues to go well, we’ll definitely continue with it next year.

The Arts: War Art

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks eighteen and nineteen of school we did unit 11. Our arts topic was war art.

We looked at and discussed several war-related art pieces.

We learned about propaganda and examined several propaganda pieces.

We learned about protest art.

And more about propaganda.

We studied the painting The Thousand Yard Stare.

Science: Chemistry of Air and Water

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks eighteen and nineteen of school we did unit 11. Our science topic was the chemistry of air and water.

We watched a really old film on YouTube about air and water.

We watched an experiment on YouTube demonstrating that fire needs oxygen to burn.

We heated a soda can with water in it and then crushed it in ice water. It was so cool we did it a second time with a different can.

Crushing a Can With Ice Water

We watched a YouTube video of water being a solvent and then tested it out ourselves.

We tested hard and soft water by blowing bubbles.

Hard vs. Soft Water

We played with water droplets on wax paper.

Playing With Water Droplets

We used capillary action to move water from one cup to another.

Geography: Symbols & Landmarks

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks eighteen and nineteen of school we did unit 11. Our geography topic was Symbols & Landmarks.

We learned about the Pledge of Allegiance.

We learned about the National Mall.

We learned about the US Capitol building.

We watched a YouTube video of the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

We learned about the Great Seal of the United States.

History: World War II

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks eighteen and nineteen of school we did unit 11. Our history topic was World War II.

We did the timeline with a little “help” from the foster toddlers.

We attempted to save as many men as possible at Dunkirk.

We watched speeches by Winston Churchill and FDR.

We watched a Crash Course video on World War II.

We learned about the Bataan Death March.

We learned about rationing and made ration card booklets.

We learned about World War II medals.

We did mapwork.

We listened to some World War II music.

To Tie a Tie

A couple weeks ago Fritz decided to wear the dice tie he got for Christmas to church.

It’s a regular tie that needs to be tied.

Fritz had never worn a tie like that before.

All his other ties have either been clip-ons or bow ties.

So Cameron walked him through tying a tie for the first time.

Cameron had to help quite a bit for some of the steps.

But in the end Fritz had his first ever properly tied tie.

Purple Belt!

Fritz has been going to Code Ninjas for over a year and a half now. A couple weeks ago he finished the requirements for blue belt and moved on to purple!

In blue belt he learned Lua using Roblox. He really enjoyed that one. He liked it better than JavaScript. He spent about 100 hours working on his capstone project. His game ended up pretty cool.

In purple belt he’ll be learning C# and Unity 3D. His first few times, as he was with JavaScript and Lua, have been a bit overwhelming, but he’s slowly catching on and getting it figured out.

The coolest thing about him getting his purple belt? He was the first kid to reach it in San Antonio and the second in all of Code Ninjas!