Geography: Netherlands

Week 11 of school we learned about the Netherlands using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 7.

We watched lots of YouTube videos about the country.

We looked at pictures from my parents’ 2012 trip to the Netherlands.

We did mapwork.

We learned about their government.

We found the Netherlands on the big wall map.

We tried gouda, edmam, and limberger cheeses.

We made mock delftware using blue sharpies. It turned kind of green in the oven.

We ate kroketen for dinner.


Science: Mammals

Weeks 8 and 9 of school we learned about mammals using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 5. The first week Cameron wasn’t with us because he was being the PE teacher for the day at a local elementary school.

Fritz picked sheep and Adrian picked moose and they wrote factual reports about their animals and then wrote fictional stories starring their animal. They did a great job with them!

We learned about dog anatomy with a little help from Lola.

We learned the life cycle of a mouse.

We watched a YouTube video about echolocation.

We watched a YouTube video about mammals.

We did some experiments with Lola and her treats to see if she could learn where they were even if there was something unexpected about the location. She scored 23/27 and definitely demonstrated that she learned from the first to subsequent trials.

We watched the Naked Mole Rap because why not.

We sorted animals into categories based on whether they were placental mammals, marsupials, or monotremes.

We compared Lola’s and Adrian’s respiration rates while at rest and after exercise.

Fritz, my mom, and I dissected a fetal pig. The other two boys opted out. It was fascinating and super cool.

History: Renaissance England

Weeks 8 and 9 of school we learned about Renaissance England using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 5.

We added to our timeline.

We watched YouTube videos of Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh.

We made spoon people of Queen Elizabeth I and others in her life.

We learned about the Spanish Armada.

We learned about how the British Parliament is set up today.

We learned about Roundheads and Cavaliers.

We watched a YouTube video about the Great Fire of London.

We learned about the Gunpowder Plot and made an effigy of Guy Fawkes.

And then we went outside and burned it. I do wonder what our neighbor thought when he came out to his truck to leave to go somewhere and saw the six of us (my parents joined us for the burning) standing around this thing being burned in the middle of the street. But we were, you know, remembering the Fifth of November (a little early).

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.

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.