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September School

October 10, 2016

I’m not even attempting weekly reports this year, but I do like to go back and see a summary of some of the things we’ve learned.  Once I’ve photographed and blogged a project, then I feel like I can throw it away guilt-free.  currently I’d really love to reclaim the counter space currently occupied by three sugar-cube pyramids!

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It’s been Ancient Egypt month around here.  We read lots of books,

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made pyramids, wrote in both hieroglyphs and cuneiform,

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and started on the mummification of a cornish game hen.

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Washing the chicken with rubbing alcohol drove us outside to finish the job.  Apparently Little A thinks it still stinks.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We stuffed the chicken with the salt/baking soda/powder mixture,

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And left it to dessicate in a gallon bag.  Speaking of which, I need to change out the salt mixture.  Again.

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We also planted grass seed next to a model of the Nile river, but it never grew despite several floodings of the river, probably because it wasn’t simple grass seed, but seed mixed with fertilizer.  Hopefully we’ll have more luck with it when we spread in on our back lawn next week.

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The first flood of the season:

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Little A always wants to be involved and thankfully will color any map or coloring page we put in front of her before she moves back to coloring on the walls.  Gah! None of the boys have done this, except for a phase A went through when he first learned to print his name and I started finding his name on everything: doors, walls, furniture.  But Little A colors on everything, and I do mean everything.  Luckily she’s pretty adept at wiping down walls.  She’s getting a lot of practice.

D has been reading our geography book about Egypt and completed a nice map.

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He also played senet online while we listened to some Egyptian music.

His cursive is coming along beautifully; he’s been memorizing and writing out the Articles of Faith.

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Academic writing is still like pulling teeth, but now that he can spell (thank you, Apples and Pears!) he has written some decent sentences.  We’re working our way up to coherent paragraphs.

In science, he and E have learned how to measure tall items by measuring themselves and their shadows, then the shadow of the tall item.  We estimated that the cottonwood tree in the backyard is about 77 feet tall.  We might have gotten a more accurate measurement if the ground with the shadow on it hadn’t been on a slope. We also experimented with sound waves using different size rubber-bands stretched over a bowl.  I like our science book in that the lessons are short and the experiments are fairly simple.  I’m hoping it continues as science always seems to be the thing we let go of once it gets too involved.  For now we’re just doing it once a week as E is also learning about the human body.  He’s actually really interested in this and is having fun filling in his paper body with body parts.

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D has been reading literature books about Egypt like Casting the Gods Adrift and The Golden Goblet, while A, C, and I have been reading O. Henry short stories and talks about the Declaration of Independence and Constitution by Ezra Taft Benson.  There’s not much more to show for their school.  They’re pretty independent with science and history online, then reading writing, math, plus German for A.  We’re using cram.com for online vocabulary practice for both German and Latin.

D finished Singapore 6B and is starting the same pre-algebra review packet that C is working on.  I decided not to do the entire Dolciani Pre-Algebra book.  We’re just going to review a few things and learn a few new skills, then move into algebra at a slow pace with both of them.

C, D, and I have been working a drawing curriculum once a week (we should probably up that or we’ll never finish).  So far we’ve practice drawing straight lines and ellipses, and drawing outlines of jars and glasses.

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I started an art program with E, but he didn’t really like it.  The first assignment was to draw a self-portrait and after asking me too many times to draw it for him, he finally came up with this:
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He really wants to do art (as does Little A!) but I can’t seem to find a program that fits him.  He’s doing really well with math and reading lessons though.  He also finished his last Explode the Code primer.  He sat down one day and decided to finish it–40 pages in one day!  He was so proud of his work.

Other than that, my orchestra prepared a quite difficult concert in a short amount of time.  It was an intense month of practicing while suffering with equally intense allergies. The hay fever has been ridiculous this year!  Luckily it’s mostly over.  It kind of killed my idea of doing school outside every day though, which made me mad, but I’ve tried to get the boys outside every day.  We’re trying hard not to become indoor people, but old habits die hard, and we haven’t enjoyed our big backyard nearly as much as I would have liked.  But it’s not snowing yet, so maybe there’s hope!

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  1. October 11, 2016 8:04 am

    Looks like a good time! We’re probably going to do the cuneiform tablets today, though I think I’m going to chicken out on the mummy…

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