Benny and Braidon have spent the past few months learning about the American Revolution period. This time line was the culmination of their work. They had a great time learning about this crucial time in American history and an even better time putting the time line together.
**Disclaimer** The events on the time line are not in chronological order. We didn't discuss chronological order until after they were mostly done. Apparently we had a miscommunicaton somewhere about what a "time line" actually is.
Benny and Braidon are very busily working on their Great American Revolution Project. For the past several months, they have been studying the American Revolution in great detail. It started with the viewing of Liberty's Kids, a PBS cartoon series about the Revolution. That got them really excited and then they asked if we could pursue it. So we put aside our ancient cultures studies for the time being. We are now wrapping up our study and they are doing an illustrated time line as their big finish. Hopefully we will have it finished by the end of next week.
We finished up our experiment about rising water today. It's the old colored water and celery trick, but the kids thought it was really cool. These lessons are mainly for Benny and Braidon, but Olivia and Anna wanted to join in today. I didn't get a picture of Anna's drawing, but it was a very good representation of the actual pink tinged celery stalk. The above picture is Olivia's take on the experiment and (to my surprise) the microscope we used to take a closer look at the celery. She started out saying that she couldn't draw the jar, and look what she ended up with! This is one of the reasons that I almost always refuse to help them draw things, they almost always can do it very well themselves! I also refused to spell "rising water" to her (because I wanted her to acknowledge that her brothers CAN help her). She ended up copying Braidon's title from his main lesson book. I thought it was quite resourseful of her. There are somedays when I can really see that unschooling works well for us. Today is one of those days!
We have started studying chemistry and are working our way through a great book of experiments. Today we studied the principal of inertia and then applied it to "real life"...
In the afternoon, we had some errands to run and we dropped the boys off at a friend's house to go sledding. When we got done, we drove through the ally behind their house to see if the boys were still out. They were indeed and regaled us with the tale of Benny racing down the hill, trying to turn and then slamming into a haybale, flying over it when he hit. Benny exclaimed proudly, "We're studying inertia!" I turned Ollie, all teary-eyed and said "It's working, honey! They really are learning!"
We spent a lovely New Year's Eve with our good friends and I spent today shopping and recovering. It has been a long time since I have mad any resolutions that stuck, so I am calling these "goals" this year.
1. Knit through Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac
2. Knit one pair of sock every month
3. Create a plan to get healthy and actually stick to it.
4. Get answers to some BIG questions that I have.
5. Maintain my purging spree and really simplify our home.
6. Learn how to use my serger.
I think this is a pretty hefty and sufficient list, for me at least. I'd love to hear others' goals as well.
Olivia has started the first Miquon Math book and is absolutely loving it! I can't believe how much she loves math, it's amazing! Benny and Braidon are learning about Atlantis this week. Benny imagined some flowers that might have grown on Atlantis, then he named them and gave them attributes. Braidon drew an Atlantian boat and wrote a story about it. This has been a fun week!
I am currently reading Homeschooling; A Family's Journey by Gregory and Martine Millman. I just happened upon this book on my library's "new" shelf the other day and thought I would give it a try. I am only 53 pages in and I am totally hooked. This could be my family! One paragraph struck me so soundly that I needed to share it here.