Winter is here, on Prince Edward Island. We had a light pretty sprinkling of snow last week. It was cute and pretty, like a layer of sugar covering everything. But today, it's a wet snow that is sticking now. It's only four p.m. and we already need the light on in our family room! All right, enough complaining. It might be technically autumn still but we can feel winter coming...
|Blue Jays were visiting our bird feeder this afternoon|
This week, Celeste was sick for most of it. Monday was a day off. Tuesday was Remembrance Day. My teens are part of the local Royal Canadian Army Cadets and were part of the Charlottetown parade and ceremonies.
The rest of the week was more productive, homeschool wise.
Celeste and I worked on our NaNoWriMo novels. The pace has slowed down, but hopefully we will keep going. Celeste practiced her spelling too.
In Math, Celeste is learning geometry: types of angles, perpendicular & parallel lines, and types of triangles.
In History, we learned about the Holy Roman Empire, the Normans and the Battle of Hastings. We did the usual work, reading, map work, dictionary, and some narrating. As a hands-on activity, we made homemade pretzels.
We read about how in the Middle Ages, pretzels were used as rewards to students for their memory work. The pretzels were also used for making wishes, two people would each hold one of the loops, make a wish, then pull the pretzel apart. The one with the bigger part of the pretzel will get his wish!
We also covered geography this week, learning about New York State in the Week Folk Art State Studies. We talked about Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Upstate New York too.
We had another field trip at the pet store, learning all about Betta Fish this time. The presentation was very interesting! The kids were able to feed the fish. The female betta fish were more hungry than the males, it was funny to watch.
This week, in science, we learned more about the universe and the different types of galaxies. We looked up several photos of some of the galaxies on her iPad. Reading about the Local Group and the size of the Universe is amazing. I don't remember learning about all this in school! It's been so nice discovering all this with my children.
|Messier 81 ~ Photo from NASA, article here on National Geographic|
It was another short week, but still filled with learning!
Here are some interesting links we came across this week:
♥ 20 Children's books told through letters from Edventures with Kids
♥ Raising children who love to write by Tracy Million Simmons at home/school/life magazine.
♥ 18 Excellent gift ideas that are not toys
♥ One video this week about a book Celeste and I loved! "Chloe and the Lion" by Mac Barnett with pictures by Adam Rex. This was a title recommended in the home/school/life magazine:
That's all, I hope you have a great weekend ♥