Where did the week go? On Tuesday and Friday I had doctor's appointments. I had planned to go to one on Wednesday, but when we got into the van to go, we found that Steven had accidentally left the keys in the car in the accessories position and the battery was dead. Dear friends came to visit on Thursday and we had such a good time that I forgot to take a single photo, which is a good thing. As I was telling Ticia, In the middle of all that has happened this week in Texas and Boston, we were studying WWII and the holocaust. It was too much for me. Or, perhaps it was because I start my radiation treatments soon and they tattooed permanent marks for where they should set the radiation machine (I will be writing more about that soon at On The Mend). In any case, we were watching Paper Clips and I couldn't stop crying. And then we read After The War, which is about what the Jews had to endure even after the war was over. It was too much and began crying. The boys didn't know what to think, because I don’t cry much. Despite all of this, I have much hope today, and for all the tomorrows, and I know He is in control, and it is a beautiful world, a beautiful life.
On a very warm spring afternoon, we went down to the beach, where they built trenches.
After they tired of that, James went on to build more...
while Katie and Quentin went down to the water's edge.
Soon all three were there, enjoying each other's company...
and built taller structures.
On another day, Quentin and James made Pirate Island, which if you look, you can see is in the shape of a whale.
history and geography
We have been learning about the 1930's, The Great Depression and President Hoover this week, watching The Waltons...
and learning about Oral History Interviews to augment our Modern History studies. We plan to have a hobo dinner this weekend to finish off our studies of the Depression Era, and I will post about all we have done next week.
|We explored the flexibility of our spine.|
Quentin has been studying one of his very favorite topics, bones and the skeletal system. I will post about it when we have finished all our investigations.
math and art
We have been exploring math concepts with origami. This has lead to some general studies of geometry concepts. James is also exploring some science topics that we will be graphing with co-ordinate graphing to predict additional outcomes. I will post more as we complete more of the projects.
- Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House, No. 4), Mary Pope Osborne
- Balloons Over Broadway: the True Story of a Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, Melissa Sweet
- Saving Strawberry Farm, Deborah Hopkinson
- Welcome to Kit's World, 1934: Growing Up During America's Great Depression (The American Girls Collection), Harriet Brown, Walter Rane and Jean-Paul Tibbles
- Tell Them We Remember: the story of the Holocaust, Susan D. Bachrach
- Mrs Katz and Tush, Patricia Polacco
- Always Remember Me: How one Family Survived World War II, Marisabina Russo
- Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children's Holocaust Museum,Peter W. Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand
- H is for Honor: a military family alphabet, Devin Scillian and Victor Juhasz
- The Sign Painter, Allen Say
- Mythology of the World, Neil Philip
- Eyewitness: Mummy
- Eyewitness: Mythology
- Kingfisher Voyager: Wild Weather
- Rabbit-cadabra (Bunnicula and Friends) by James Howe and Jeff Mack
- Interest Led Study: Origami and Math
- Hands-On History: Oral History Interviews
- 1930's, The Great Depression and President Hoover
- Human Biology: Bones and the Skeletal System
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