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I’ve heard that expression a lot this week. “Mom, thank you for teaching me.”
When I re-taught him the continents and where “Canada” fell into that mix.
When I helped him understand that fractions were actually division statements.
When we looked into a microscope and saw what blood looked like and then saw the blood cells MOVE.
When we sat down together to edit chapter two of his story.
It’s been a bit of an odd thing hearing this so frequently. I’m guessing the lad missed learning things when I was so ill before Christmas and then having two weeks off over Christmas.
It’s SO good to be feeling mostly back to normal again. So very very good.
So what has our week looked like?
- Most of his schooling he did before he got to grammas, why you ask? Because my lad has taken up the cause of sewing lately and his gramma helps with cutting out pieces. They sit and sew and chat together. Little stuffies are born. Veritas Press history and bible, math, human body, astronomy, all done.
- He did his reading at Gramma’s and played a game (chess I think though it might have been sorry).
- Learning about Canada … we started with where Canada was in the world. On the 3rd largest continent, 4th most populous continent, two mountain ranges, a great plain etc. All the basics.
- We worked on difficult angles in triangles and learned a disconcerting fact, the lad is VERY determined that fractions aren’t a division question or problem, they are just parts of numbers. Still working that one through. 🙂 I’m going to guess though it’s a terminology issue though as he does his fractions quite easily and he has a tendency to be very particular about words and how they are used.
- We had a great deal of fun editing the second chapter of his book. Complete with misspellings and horrid punctuation. He knows better with the punctuation but is too lazy while he’s writing to worry on it because “I can always edit it with you mom”. (me rolling eyes)
- Foodbank day so no on-line materials done. He’s required to do his
schoolwork and to help when asked. Today he mostly did his schooling
but also helped with putting away potatoes, onions and tossing mis-given
food (food that should have tossed but went to foodbank instead)
today fractions into mixed numbers, percentages and decimals. I was
mixed up with my percentages today (head not into math) so we had an
animated discussion about how if I was teaching in a school I would
deserve a stern talking to. 🙂
- at home we did our astronomy
because “Mom, I know you like to learn this too but if I read it
out-loud to you it takes too long!!”
- Our breakfast book “Tirzah”
we read at lunch time since breakfast didn’t happen at home today. We
scavenged at the foodbank. 🙂
- Excitement prevailed when … Mom
scratched open a scab and we looked at blood under the microscope. BOY
fun times!! Dad even got in on the action. We managed to even get
it hooked up to the computer which was cool.
- Astronomy was a source of fascination today. We have picked up our
study in Apologia’s Astronomy course again. Today we were learning
about real-life comets. This video fascinated and elicited an “OH WOW” from the lad. We spent longer with the wow factor that we didn’t move on as far as I had planned
- We started an art project based on the Canadian Rockies. The
project we wanted to do didn’t pan out much to my lad’s delight, so he
did what he really wanted to do.. a mountain that will be coloured using
pencil shading. He’s gotten the outline done, we’ll work on it more
tomorrow, and I started an experiment in using tissue paper to create an
abstract mountain art.
- He worked on the grammar part of
chapter one of his book.. ACED it. 🙂 It was like a test to see if he
could see what changes we made and why we made them. When it came to
making one of his sentences run more smoothly we had a good discussion
about what sounded better and why.
- Math was a lesson I pulled up
from Khan academy but I couldn’t find any practice tests to go with it
so kinda just said “That’ll do” (he didn’t complain one iota!) We are
looking at a different free math program called MEP Math. A quick look
has me thinking it makes more sense… easier to figure than Khan
anyways. Anyone familiar with it that can give me some ins and outs?
- Here’s the start to my abstract art project. It’s
going to be few layers thick I think.. I want to do a silhouette on it, add some sticky out flowers and a boat to it as well..it’s a way for my
boy to see different art in action without worry that something he will
do will be a bomb (and ergo wasted time in his opinion and therefore a hard nut to crack at times). Be mindful
of this…. it is still a work in progress FAR from done.
- I LOVE our Fridays. So relaxed yet busy.
- Today we enjoyed the cats being silly with the birds at the feeder. You should have seen his tail switching and twitching and the jumping at the windows.
- we made a DaVinci clock and worked more on our art projects.
- we also fed the snake whose been out wandering today. She eats MUCH less in the winter than she does the rest of the year so we only feed her when she’s out and about wandering. She doesn’t eat as much at one time either.
Art Series: Beatrix Potter: A great art book all about Beatrix Potter
Recipe: Scotch Scones. I like them the lads are less enamored.
Introducing Blogging the Alphabet. A linky Amanda and I are hosting.
Hymn Study: God of our Fathers.
Field Trip: Ontario Science Centre.
Connections and Thankfulness. blog posts I liked and things I am grateful for
2017‘s here, what’s in Store. goals for the new year
Linking up at the people below.