March Science Experiments

We drew food webs for our backyard (including our dog and lizards… she really eats lizards).
March Science Experiments

We looked at a torn blade of grass under the microscope.
March Science Experiments

We looked at rhizobacteria under the microscope.
March Science Experiments

We made a terrarium in an empty pickle jar.
March Science Experiments

We picked two identical leaves off one tree. We put 1/2 cup of distilled water in one jar and 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar in another jar and added a leaf to each jar. We let them sit overnight. The next day, the leaf that had been in the water was bright green and still looked healthy while the leaf that had been in the vinegar was very dark green and a bit shriveled.
March Science Experiments

We planted four radish seedlings and watered one with pure water, one with pure vinegar, one with 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar, and one with 4 parts vinegar and 1 part water. The one with pure water kept growing, the one with pure vinegar died within a few hours. The one with mostly water tried to keep growing, but wasn’t healthy, and the one with mostly vinegar grew for a couple days and then died.
March Science Experiments

Art in March

Art in March

Brain Sounds: The boys had to think of a sound of something real or imaginary and represent it visually. They all decided to also represent it audibly as well so I put it together in a video of all three.

Art in March
Make a Thing: The boys had to take something from the virtual world and make it in the physical world. Cameron drew his favorite emoji. Fritz made a clay Pac-Man eating a power pellet. Adrian found an Angry Birds slingshot and made a clay bird to go in it.

Art in March
Desktop Monument: The boys had to look on-line for a natural setting they had never visited. Then they had to use an image of it to create a desktop monument of it. Cameron chose the Great Wall of China, Fritz chose Old Faithful, and Adrian chose Arches National Park.

History in March

After Spring Break, we decided to change our history a bit and finish out our ancients year using Layers of Learning (just using the history portion). The boys are enjoying it much more and I think they are learning more, too. Cameron and Adrian both learn so much better hands on and Fritz, while he learns any way I throw at him, enjoys the hands on stuff a lot.

In March we did two weeks using Year 1, Unit 4 (Ancient Greece).

We colored the city-states on a map of ancient Greece and identified ones still around today and the ones that had letters written to the church there in the New Testament.
History in March

We had a little mini-Olympics. The boys (and Lola) ran a footrace (notice Cameron is barefoot as usual).
History in March

And the little boys competed in the long jump.
History in March

Adrian told his brothers about bull-leaping in Crete. He had read a book that talked about it a few weeks ago. Then they built a bull out of blankets and pillows and took turns jumping over it. Eventually, Lola claimed the bull as her own and spent quite a bit of the rest of the day hanging out on its back.
History in March

We learned about the Greek and Persian War (and also the Peloponnesian War). We colored a map showing the different sides and neutral areas. We looked at the big world map and found the area and what countries they are today.
History in March

We acted about some bits of the wars. Cameron decided they surely had tiny war wolves so Lola had to join us. We made a video reenacting Pheidippides’ Marathon.
History in March

We learned about Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns.
History in March

We watched a Crash Course World History video about Alexander the Great.
History in March

Three Quarters Done!

As of Friday, our 2016-17 school year is three quarters complete. Only 9 more weeks to go!

In Science, we finished learning about the organ systems of the human body and learned about evolution, natural selection, fossils, biomes, food webs, and cycles of life on earth. In History, we learned about ancient India, the Persian Empire, Crete, the Myceneans, ancient Greece, and mythology. After spring break, we switched to Layers of Learning for our history curriculum. We did more interesting art projects from The Art Assignment. Of course everyone is still doing taekwondo for PE. Cameron also goes bike riding a bit to build up his endurance.

Cameron completed several lessons of Math-U-See Geometry, but it wasn’t working for him so he switched to Khan Academy. The MUS videos just confuse him so hopefully the Khan videos will work better and also it will find what he is weak in. He wrote some essays. He read (listened to) The History of the Peloponnesian War, The Republic, and Rhetoric, Poetics, and Logic.

Fritz finished Math-U-See Epsilon and move on to Zeta. He has completed through lesson 5. He finished reading the Harry Potter series and also read the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief series. He has complete the first two Artemis Fowl books. He is almost finished learning how to connect letters in cursive (just y and z left). He has completed a couple more chapters of Latin. He took the National Latin Exam and National Mythology Exam for the first time.

Adrian has almost finished the final lesson of Math-U-See Gamma. He’s now in book 7 of Explode the Code. He is now able to mark his spelling passages on his own and diagram simple sentences with subjects, verbs, adverbs, and direct objects. He read D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, King Midas: The Golden Touch, Pegasus, Favorite Greek Myths, Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales, and The Five Chinese Brothers. He’s about halfway through his final book of the year, Traditional Irish Fairy Tales.

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

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

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

February Science Experiments

We pretended to be owls and hunted different colored pom-pom mice. We chose the color we could see the best for the first one we grabbed. Both Fritz and Adrian picked yellow while Cameron chose black.
February Science Experiments

We looked at Lola’s hair under the microscope.
February Science Experiments

We made fossil casts. We pressed shells and things into clay and then poured plaster of paris on top of the clay.
February Science Experiments

We looked closely at the layers of a sedimentary rock.
February Science Experiments

We completed a logic puzzle identifying which fossils are found in what layer at the Grand Canyon.
February Science Experiments

We looked at cut pieces of trees and learned about the rings and what they mean.
February Science Experiments

We compared different soil samples under the microscope.
February Science Experiments

We learned about and made biomes.
February Science Experiments

Art in February

Art in February
Boundaries: The boys had to represent a boundary somehow. Cameron kicked the door to show breaking down boundaries (he wanted to actually kick the door down, but I vetoed that). Fritz connected the boundary between the floor and the guinea pig cage with Duplos. Adrian showed himself refusing an orange because eating one is a boundary he is not willing to cross (he is allergic to oranges).

Art in February
Imaginary Friend: The boys had to create an imaginary friend and give it a back story. Cameron’s friend is an unnamed Asian owl that does not speak English and is an unemployed vagrant. As this owl is imaginary, Cameron chose not to represent him in physical form. Fritz drew a rattlesnake named Jerald. This rattlesnake is always paying attention and reminds him that dreams are not real. Adrian adamantly refused to come up with anything, though he stood on his head on the couch for quite some time thinking about the fact that he wasn’t going to even try to come up with an imaginary friend.

Art in February
The Muster: The boys had to create a uniform for whatever cause they would fight for. Cameron would fight for the right to sleep all day and Adrian would fight for the right to watch YouTube videos all day. Fritz, however, actually took the assignment seriously and made a badge for his uniform. He said he would fight for the rights of all people no matter what their gender or race.

Art in February

Collaborate With Son Lux: The boys had to listen to a song by musician and composer Son Lux (Ryan Lott) and use it for inspiration to collaborate with him. They chose to make a stop motion animation, Boom Goes the Dynamite, with 7 seconds of the song as the soundtrack. The little guys made the backdrop and Cameron made the clay characters.

Art in February
Whitescapes: The boys had to find two white objects and compare the colors. Then they had to change the light source and compare them again and name the colors they saw.