Science: Climate & Seasons

The first two weeks of school we learned about Climate and Seasons using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 1.

We read a book about how the sun makes the seasons.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We put a balloon over the mouth of a jar and placed the jar in a pan of boiling water. The heat from the water blew up the balloon.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We made a sundial.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We pulled the colors out of spinach leaves. We mashed up the spinach and then covered them in nail polish remover. We put a piece of coffee filter barely into the nail polish remover and then waited several hours. Eventually, we could see shades of green, yellow, brown, and red on the coffee filter.
Science: Climate & Seasons

Science: Climate & Seasons

We watched Bill Nye the Science Guy: Climates.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We colored maps showing climate change through ice melt, a climate map, and El Niño weather patterns.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We put one cup of water and five ice cubes in jars. We put a sandwich baggie over one jar and left both in the sun for one hour. After an hour, we checked the temperatures of the water. The jar with the baggie over it was 12 degrees warmer than the jar without, demonstrating how the greenhouse effect works.
Science: Climate & Seasons

We showed how the water moves in an El Niño by pouring very cold (dyed blue) water through a funnel into very hot (dyed red) water and then blowing warm air from a hair dryer over it.
Science: Climate & Seasons

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History: Byzantine Empire

The first two weeks of school we learned about the Byzantine Empire using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 1.

We added some people and events to our timeline.
History: Byzantine Empire

We colored a snapshot in time (500 AD) of the Byzantine Empire.
History: Byzantine Empire

The younger two boys wrote a jounrnal entry about changing names of people and places (Cameron wrote a persuasive essay about having a state church).
History: Byzantine Empire

We colored a map of Justinian’s Empire in 555 AD.
History: Byzantine Empire

We learned about The Code of Justinian.
History: Byzantine Empire

We played a game pitting Heraclius against Khosrau (Heraclius won pretty spectacularly).
History: Byzantine Empire

We played Hide the Coins.
History: Byzantine Empire

We compared the Romans and the Byzantines.
History: Byzantine Empire

Geography: Turkey

The first two weeks of school we learned about Turkey using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 1.

We did some map work.
Geography: Turkey

We made some camels.
Geography: Turkey

We had a Turkish feast.
Geography: Turkey

We read a book of tales from Turkey.
Geography: Turkey

We colored the flag of Turkey.
Geography: Turkey

We watched a video of whirling dervishes.
Geography: Turkey

We made a bald ibis hat.
Geography: Turkey

Adrian learned about van cats and told us about them.
Geography: Turkey

Cameron showed us a PowerPoint presentation he made all about the country of Turkey.
Geography: Turkey

First Day of School!

Yesterday we went back to school for the 2017-18 school year. As is typical as we get back into the groove, the day was long, but good, too.

Cameron has seminary at 7:15 this year. That is so much better than 6! The boys and I got ready for the day and I made breakfast (cinnamon rolls) while he was there. When he got home, we ate breakfast while watching CNN10.

First Day of School!

Then we moved into the dining room for grammar and spelling. We are using IEW Fix-It Grammar (The Nose Tree).

First Day of School!

In addition to going over the sentences and copying them, the boys are also circling the letter chunks (like they did in Spelling You See the last couple years) and diagramming parts of the sentences.

First Day of School!

Then we did geography. We are studying Turkey (using Layers of Learning) for the next two weeks. We did map work.

First Day of School!

We learned about camel wrestling and made little paper camels.

First Day of School!

The boys did their on their own work including Spanish (for Cameron and Adrian) and Latin (for Fritz), math and reading.

First Day of School!

This year all three boys are assigned to learn about whatever they want however they want. Adrian has chosen to do science experiments and record what he learns. He played with the super absorbent polymer that is in baby diapers. He was fascinated by it.

First Day of School!

Adrian finished school about 2 and the other two around 3:15. Considering we went to taekwondo and so were gone for a bit over an hour in the morning and then had to make lunch and eat it before getting back to school, I figure that’s not bad for the first day of school.

For snack, we had some hazelnuts. Adrian was not impressed.

First Day of School!

For dinner, we had ajvar, a dip made with eggplant and red bell peppers, kebabs and rice, and kuru incir tatlisi (poached stuffed figs).

First Day of School!

What We’ll Be Learning When

When we start back to school in just over a week, we’ll be using year 2 (with a few science topics switched for ones from year 1) of Layers of Learning for our all together work (history, geography, science, the arts).

Weeks 1-2 (August 29-September 8)
Byzantines, Turkey, Climate and Seasons, Byzantine Art

Weeks 3-4 (September 11-22)
Barbarians, Ireland, Forecasting, Illumination

Week 5 (September 25-29)
Islam, Arabian Peninsula, Clouds and Precipitation, Creative Kids

Weeks 6-7 (October 2-13)
Vikings, Norway, Special Effects, Viking Art

Week 8 (October 16-20)
Anglo Saxons, Britain, Wild Weather, King Arthur Tales

Weeks 9-10 (October 23-November 3)
Charlemagne, France, Planets, Carolingian Art

Weeks 11-12 (November 6-17)
Normans, Nigeria, Stars, Canterbury Tales

Weeks 13-14 (November 27-December 8)
Feudal System, Germany, Earth and Moon, Gothic Art

Weeks 15-16 (December 11-22)
Crusades, Balkans, Satellites, Religious Art

Weeks 17-18 (January 8-19)
Burgundy, Venice, and Spain, Switzerland, Humans in Space, Oil Paints

Week 19 (January 22-26)
Wars of the Roses, Russia, Health, Minstrels and Plays

Weeks 20-21 (January 29-February 9)
Eastern Europe, Hungary, Metals, Printmaking

Weeks 22-23 (February 12-23)
African Kingdoms, Mali, Carbon Chemistry, Textiles

Weeks 24-25 (February 26-March 9)
Asian Kingdoms, Southeast Asia, Non-Metals, Vivid Language

Weeks 26-27 (March 19-30)
Mongols, Caucasus, Salts, Fun With Poetry

Weeks 28-29 (April 2-13)
China and Japan, China, Electricity, Asian Arts

Week 30 (April 16-20)
Pacific Peoples, Micronesia, Circuits, Pacific Island Arts

Weeks 31-32 (April 23-May 4)
American Peoples, Canada, Technology, Indian Legends

Weeks 33-34 (May 7-18)
The Renaissance, Italy, Magnetism, Renaissance Art I

Week 35 (May 21-25)
Explorers, Caribbean Sea, Motors, Renaissance Art II

One Quarter Planned!

With just under a month until school starts, I finally have one entire quarter completely planned (actually just over one quarter is planned – I’ve completed 10 weeks since the sixth Layers of Learning unit will be done over the 9th and 10th weeks). To be fair, it’s only the Layers of Learning units (history, geography, science, and the arts, each done once a week, plus pre-reading for all three boys) that still have to be planned. Everything else is already done. I’m hoping to have at least half the school year planned out before the first day of school.