Monday & Tuesday
Writing and arithmetic all around, and of course, lots of playing together. We made rainbow cupcakes.
Our day started with studying Greek philosophers and scientists. Sam cut out different shaped triangles and then drew straight lines from each corner to the middle of each edge, so he had lines that intersected. Then with the lines facing down, I had them balance the triangle on their fingertips and when you looked up at the bottom, you could see that where your finger balanced it was where the lines intersected. Cool, huh? The principle on which this is based came from Archimedes -Yes, the same Archimedes that ran streaking through the town shouting, "Eureka!" We did an experiment based on that, too, [without the nudity. : )] Then we got an invite to a playdate at the playground so I hurried to make the Irish Soda Bread before we left. Then, with Happy Meals eaten in the car, we made it to the playground. We made it home in time for dinner of corned beef and braised cabbage, green mashed potatoes and the Soda bread. Then there was a treasure hunt with rewards of treasure and a origami shamrock made by Katie and rainbows made from bubble mix. The final clue led to the rainbow cupcakes, which were topped with gold coins with green soda (Sierra Mist dyed green). After their dessert, they went out to play with the bubble mix.
"Give me a lever and a place to stand, and I can move the world." -Archimedes
We started off doing an experiment with a lever made from a pencil and a paint stick. With the lever, one Othello token could lift 37 tokens. Then Sam worked on Prime numbers using Eratosthenes Sieve. Quentin worked on fine motor skills with handwriting and painting. Then we were off to the local homeschool support group's library opening and book give-away. We picked up a few books while the kids played outside in the mid-70's weather. (Sorry...forgot to take pictures. Back home James did his own explorations with the supplies left out from the earlier lever experiment while Quentin played with the magnetic cubes and made a beautiful picture. Sam enjoyed an Atlas I picked up for him, and was amazed at the amount of information you can find in them. while the little boys finished up their school work, either at the table or the computer. I am sure we will spend more time outside in this beautiful weather while it is here
Fridays are bread baking day three loaves of white bread made with organic naturally white flour. We practiced our Greek words, combining them together to make all sorts of new words, then we colored pictures of Greek triremes and glued on pieces of blue tissue papers for texturing the sea. We sat on the front porch and I read to them The Librarian Who Measured the Earth about Eratosthenes' many accomplishments including measuring the earth with only a 200 mile margin of error. We also enjoyed the wonderful spring weather. We delivered some of the bread to a neighbor, and stopped by the park for some play.
On this lovely first day of spring, we thought we would hold our family Olympic games. First we had a relay race to carry the Olympic torch to the games site. Our morning events included the shot put, an event in which a ball is thrown from shoulder level, the standing high jump, and a race-in-armor. We didn't have any Greek armor available so we competed in Piggy-back races instead. Other events included discus (Frisbee) throw, long jump, javelin, foot races and wresting -sock wrestling. When the games were over they were presented with laurel leaf crowns. Then we had Spring tea put together by Katie with butterfly sandwiches and the rest of the rainbow cupcakes.
Happy Birthday, Steven!