D&D

The boys are always begging Jamie to play Dungeons and Dragons with them. Fritz is not half bad as a DM now. It’s their favorite thing to do with their Daddy.

First Swim Meet of the Season

Saturday was the first swim meet of the season. Our team won (I don’t think we’ve lost a dual meet since Fritz’s first year on the team, five years ago). That leaves three more Saturdays to be at the pool way too early in the morning. Fritz got fifth place in backstroke and sixth place in freestyle in his heats. He was on the B team for a relay and they came in third (and actually beat our A team!). He’s a slow swimmer, but he really loves swimming.

Last Quarter of the 2018-19 School Year

We completed the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year last Friday. We learned so much this quarter.

In history, we learned about the Boston Tea Party, the founding fathers, 1776, and the American Revolution. In Geography, we learned about Japan, Iran, Samoa, Tonga, and South Africa. In Science we learned about chemical reactions, compounds, oxidation and reduction, and acids and bases. In the arts, we learned about folk music, Rococo art, and crafts. As always, we started each day by watching CNN 10.

Cameron read (listened to) The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War by Fred Anderson, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis, 1776 by David McCullough, and The American Revolution: A History by Gordon S. Wood. His grades were great:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
PE A
English A
Math A

Fritz read Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz, Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady, and My Brother Sam is Dead by James and Christopher Collier. His grades were perfect:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Piano A
PE A
Religion A
English A
Math A
Logic A
Latin A

Adrian read Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz, Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days by Jean Brown Wagoner, Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady, and Can’t You Make Them Behave King George? by Jean Fritz. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Recorder A
PE A
Spanish A
Religion A
English A
Math A

Science: Acids and Bases

Weeks 34 and 35 of school we learned about acids and bases using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 20.

We tested the pH of several substances.

We watched several YouTube videos.

We combined baking soda and vinegar to make a neutral solution.

We made a solution that turned pink and then back to clear using chemicals.

We attempted to make lemon soda using baking soda, but it didn’t go so well. We never got the proportions quite right.

We made soap.