The Arts: Mogul Art

Weeks 5 and 6 of school we learned about Mogul art using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 2.

We drew pictures of animals that might be found in India.

We watched a YouTube video explaining how to draw a dodo bird.

We drew pictures of people in profile. This required explaining to the younger two what profile meant. Cameron is surprisingly good at art (for our family at least).

We drew miniatures. Fritz generally draws tiny pictures so I figured he’d like this assignment. He put his tiny images inside cubes for some reason. Adrian wasn’t much into it. He’s never much into art.

We worked together to design an elaborate garden. It made no sense to Fritz that a garden would have flowers. To him, gardens grow things you eat.


Science: Fish

Weeks 5 and 6 of school we learned about fish using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 3.

We learned about the anatomy of a fish.

We dissected a fish. Cameron left immediately. He really does not like dissection. Adrian hung around about 5 minutes and then was gone. Fritz kept at it for well over an hour.

His grandmother stayed with him the whole time helping out.

He learned so much about the parts of a fish, including all about the lens of the eye which was extra interesting since his grandmother was about a week from having cataract surgery and his grandfather and other grandmother had it done a while ago.

We watched some YouTube videos about fish.

We learned about the life cycle of a trout.

History: Mogul Empire

Weeks 5 and 6 of school we learned about the Mogul Empire using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 3.

Before we started the unit, I had this conversation with Adrian:
Me: Tomorrow we start learning about the Mogul Empire.
Adrian: The Muggle Empire?
Me: No, the Mogul Empire.
Adrian: Muggles?
Me: No, Moguls. In India.
Adrian: Muggles would be better.

I don’t disagree with him, but as a friend pointed out, because they were non-magical, they were in fact Muggles. So this two weeks we learned about the Muggle Mogul Empire.

We found India on the map.

We did mapwork.

We watched a YouTube video of a woman speaking in Urdu.

We added to our timeline.

We compared airplane travel to traveling on the Grand Trunk Road.

We set up a bazaar to try to sell each other things.

We colored Mandalas.

We made tissue paper lotus flowers.

We talked about the Taj Mahal and looked at pictures of it.

International Homeschool Spirit Week 2018!

Last week was the annual International Homeschool Spirit Week and we actually remembered to participate!

Monday was pajama day. While many homeschooling families stay in pajamas every day, we don’t so it was different and fun for us.

Tuesday was out and about day. We went with Cameron to taekwondo when he had to work in the morning and all three did some schoolwork while waiting for student to get there. Then Cameron treated his younger brothers to Sonic milkshakes.

After lunch and the boys had finished their schoolwork, we went to the park. We took our bird along and she seemed to enjoy it though we didn’t stay very long because it was back in the 90s and the mosquitoes were really bad out there.

At the park, I took what might be the most adorable picture of Rae yet.

Wednesday was crazy hair day. Cameron gelled up his younger brothers’ hair.

Thursday was fandom day. The little boys and I decided to all dress in Pokemon shirts.

Friday was giving back day. My mom made cute little bunnies and the boys named them.

Then we went around the area and hid them in plain sight for kids to find.