A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at SouleMama.
|Snapshot Summary, March 19-23|
First Day of Spring
|Easy First Day of Spring Cake|
angel-food cake, lemon curd, whipped cream and fresh fruit
This week in school we did mostly reading and writing and since it was not hands-on or anything unusual, there are no photos of that. As far as more hands-on, this is what we did:
Quentin wrote his name on a sheet of graph paper and then wrote the names in his family on the next rows, then he compared the names. Who has more letters in their name? Who has less? Who has the same? How many more or less letters do each of the names have?
My first attempt at acrylics on left; Katie's cupcake on the right.
I had planned to do a acrylic painting activity using the tutorial at Hodgepodge this week. I had never worked with acrylics before, so Katie and I decided to do ours first to see what possible problems the boys might encounter. I am so glad that I do this sort of thing because we found the acrylics extremely hard to work with. Katie has some experience with acrylics and said that the acrylics that I bought were extremely thick. They did not wash out with water and they were hard to apply. I will pick up some paint thinner this week and give it another try. This is why I always at least do the art activities along with the boys, if not before I do it with them.
Picture Study: Audubon
We had studied this artist briefly a three years ago, but we took a second look at his work in a historical context. He was painting in the early to mid-1800's, which is the period we are studying now in our history studies. He also fits in well with spring nature study.
We added Illinois to our postcard-geography album and enjoyed a wonderful Chicago-style dinner of...
Chicago-style Deep-dish pizza andChicago Dogs.
We are so thrilled to be coming down to the last few states!
Our salt-dough map has come in very handy with our history studies.
Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery, Part 3:
Through the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean
We have been doing some work with our next section of following Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. I will post about it when we have completed our work.
Little Log Cabin Model
James made a model of a little log cabin with notched popsicle sticks. It connects to Lincoln's log cabin for our Illinois study and the Little House books we have been reading as well as the pioneers which we will be getting to soon.
Osmosis and Diffusion...what is the difference?
We put potato slices in plain water and salt water to show how the molecules travel in osmosis. We put sugar in a napkin, taped it into a bundle and put it in a glass of water. The sugar and the water passing through the napkin is an demonstration of diffusion.
We experimented with fresh pineapple and pineapple cooked on the stove to show how fragile enzymes can be. The enzymes in the fresh pineapple prevented the jello from gelling but the cooked did not.
Signs of Spring
The boys are enjoying watching the signs of spring, like this snake in our backyard.