The Homeschool Mother's Journal - 15
In my life this week…
Winter is upon us! Much colder this week, although it never gets really cold here on the coast. But time for throw rugs and reverse cycle air-con in reverse.
After finishing C25K, I have found I have very sore calves after running and it has slowed my progress. After reading up on strained calves, I've been stretching, icing and stationary biking.
In our homeschool this week…
We focussed much on maths/science than english/history/geography this week. No reason, just the way we flowed!
More geometry in maths - types of triangles,
quadrilaterals, polygons and polyhedra - do you know what the difference is? The kids were quite engrossed in constructing various polyhedra from their nets:
|Note Video Boy's icosahedron (that's a 20-sided polygon!)|
I will leave constructing and deducing angles until we've done some algebra. Looking into Life of Fred to supplement our maths work, as both the kids learn well by reading.
We moved onto Electrical Energy in science. Loved Bill Nye's Electricity and Static Electricity videos! We made an electroscope:
and made water move:
The kids had been constructing simple electrical circuits using Jaycar's Short Circuits kit, but I felt Video Boy was ready to go a bit more in depth. So we looked at series and parallel circuits and did some calculations using Ohm's Law. We got out the trusty multimeter and measured voltage, current and resistance on our circuits.
Meanwhile, Wombat Girl was wanting to create an "app". So I looked into computer programming for kids and found Alice, which is a teaching tool for introductory programming. It is 3D, drag-and-drop so she was able to see the results of her programming decisions straight away. We downloaded Storytelling Alice which is aimed at Middle School students - particularly girls! She spent hours and hours working on her creations!
Also had quite a bit of cooking, with pancakes (and the accompanying mess):
and Anzac biscuits and tacos.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
Wombat Girl had a birthday party to go to, but it meant me driving for hours in the pouring rain (grrr). But she enjoyed herself. Both kids had a play-over - the mother was curious how they get socialisation if we are homeschooling (err, duh).
My favorite thing this week was…
Still being my jammies when all the other mum's were dropping their kids off to school in beanies and scarves!
What’s working/not working for us…
Working on individual interests as projects!
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…
Watt? (that's a little electrical joke for you!)
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…