Every March I start planning our next school year. I both hate it and love it. I hate all the options and deciding what we want to use, but I also love seeing what’s out there for the subjects I need and I really love planning.
We’ll definitely be using year 3 of Layers of Learning next year for history, geography, science, and the arts, but I needed to make some changes to things like parts of language arts (for the little guys) and math (for Cameron). I think I’ve got those changes figured out now so next comes ordering, box day, and scheduling.
For a homeschool parent, this might actually be the most wonderful time of the year.
Weeks 24 and 25 of school we learned about using vivid language in writing using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 14.
We wrote paragraphs describing a thing.
We drew pictures of monsters and then wrote a paragraph to describe them. Then we switched around paragraphs and had someone else try to draw a matching monster.
We learned how to write juicy sentences that let readers know exactly what we meant.
We wrote interesting metaphors.
Watch our 24th week of school in a little less than 9 minutes!
Weeks 24 and 25 of school we learned about non-metals using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 14.
We went on a non-metals hunt around our house. Among other things, we found water and teeth.
We watched a video of experiments done with liquid nitrogen.
We went to SubZero for ice cream. They make it right in front of you using liquid nitrogen.
We made bath salts (Cameron: yellow, lemon; Fritz: green, valor; Adrian: blue, peppermint).
We watched a music video about non-metals.
Weeks 24 and 25 of school we learned about southeast Asia using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 14.
We made southeast Asia map puzzles.
We watched videos (anthems, Indonesian animals, and Kris)
We watched even more videos (wayang plays, Philippine Eagles)
We watched even more videos (dances)
We watched a video showing an Asian market.
The boys acted out The Monkey and the Crocodile.
Weeks 24 and 25 of school we learned about Asian kingdoms using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 14.
We did map work.
We added to the timeline. Some pages are getting really, really full.
We watched videos (an Indian children’s story and an Indian singer).
We learned about Aibak and how he climbed from slave to sultan. We wrote some of his qualities on strips of paper and then made a paper chain to represent when he was a slave. Then we made the chain into a crown to represent when he was sultan.
The boys played a game of polo.
We did some yoga.
We learned about Angkar Wat.
We learned about monsoons and then made a model of a house built to withstand monsoon season.
We learned about the spice trade and glued actual spices onto a boat.
We watched a video about Indian lions and tigers.