October 9-15, 2015
The Christmas Carol
The most exciting thing that happened this week was that Quentin auditioned for a part in The Christmas Carol at a local theater. We were delighted when we received this email a few days later,
"Hello everyone! I want to congratulate you all on a wonderful audition. I had 47 people in all try out for this show, so please don't feel discouraged if you aren't on this list- the competition was fierce! My decisions were made based on your audition and your availability that you listed in your sheet. Thank you!" and below Quentin's name was listed for Tiny Tim!
He is ecstatic!
|Rainbow at the beach after a storm.|
Other Things That Happened This Week:
Therapy for James' Anxiety
We completed our usual work in English (The Logic of English) and we began a new study in skeletal archaeology in science. (A post coming about this.)
Continuing with Quentin's (grade 6) study of geometry, we reviewed the formula for finding the area of a rectangle or square (base x height), and the formula for finding the area of a triangle (base x height divided by 2). We also explored finding the area of an oddly shaped area by counting the number of square units within the area. We talked about occasions when this type of math would be used such as laying tiles, carpeting or baseboard molding.
We also worked on measuring the volume or capacity of the inside of a 3D object. He learned that to find the volume of a rectangular prism, he needs to multiply the base x height x width. To find the volume of a non-rectangular prism, he had to find the area of a base, then multiply the base x the height of the figure. Since this was half of a rectangular prism, the figures had to be also divided in half. The volume of a figure is always expressed in cubic units.
James (grade 8) completed a lesson on algebra notation.
Alex completed his Incan art project he started last week. It was based on the art project (Peru Mixed Media Canvas) at That Artist Woman and it shows the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian mountains that name the ruins and a llama. We read Lost City in the Clouds, The Discovery of Machu Picchu by Elizabeth Gemming to accompany this project. We should be finishing up our study of the Incans next week and move on to the Aztecs.
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