Saturday, March 3, 2012

Weekly Wrap-up: Feb. 27 - Mar. 2

We started this week off with rainy weather, which for California (where we live), this is a MUCH needed component. It was nice to have a couple of days of rain squished into this week. Lord, bring the rain and spare our friends in the rest of the country!

School has been humming along this week at a nice pace. We finally found our groove after a rocky start to February! Of course, we found that groove right at the END of February! Ah well!

Here's what our week looked like:

We are progressing in our math and science lessons nicely. Perhaps it was the weather, or perhaps it was the realization that I haven't highlighted much of what we've been reading lately (particularly our read-alouds)so I thought I'd mention it.

Jake finished "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple" this week and came to the conclusion that he liked the book! He wasn't too sure through most of it but by the end, he enjoyed it! This is a biggie for him!
In keeping with his study of California history, his next book, "The California Trail" is a quick Cobblestone read. It's very informative about traveling the different trails, the reasons why and life in early California.

We finished our read-aloud "The God King" (World History for Josh) and moved on to a read-aloud for California History, "By The Great Horn Spoon"! Cute book so far!

Even though they were books my husband purchased long ago, in anticipation of the release of the movie, I picked up "The Hunger Games" on Monday night and by Friday morning before co-op, I was done with the trilogy! Very easy read (written for jr. high/high school reading level) but it stirred up many emotions for me. I grew attached to Katniss and Peeta and even Gale. Because the boys want to see this movie, I wanted to preview the books first. After reading, we began a SECOND read-aloud of "The Hunger Games" together. This gives me a chance to explain, discuss and teach the boys through it. We are half way through our reading and hope to finish early next week!

The boys are still moving along nicely with their piano lessons. I've enjoyed listening to them play and reminisce about my childhood years of playing. Am I old enough to reminisce?!? What the heck?! (sigh).

On Friday, our co-op gathered together for another lesson. One of our moms, who happens to be a biology professor, taught on the properties of air and wind. IT. WAS. AWESOME!
She began with a cute skit about wind and had several volunteers help act it out.

She had the entire group split up into hot air molecules and cold air molecules and we learned about the properties of those through this demonstration and other demonstrations with a candle, smoke, a balloon game and dry ice!

The kids LOVED it! The parents did too!

The kids got to try to catch what was in the wind with paperplates and vaseline! Awesome project!

Lastly, we had the kids make their own kites as a story was read! Jake and some friends are trying theirs out below. Who knew the properties of air and wind were so fascinating?!

We ended our time at the park and she brought a wind parachute that helps build strength, so the kids could feel the power of the wind and the resistance/drag when you move through it.
Very awesome co-op lesson day!

Once Chris got home, we paid tribute to Dr. Seuss' birthday by taking the family to see "The Lorax". Cute movie, although, I think I liked "Horton Hears a Who" a bit better. It was nice to see "Geisel" family members involved in the production of the movie. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
I hope your Friday was an awesome one!

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