CAT Results

About two weeks ago Ani took the California Achievement Test. I knew she had gotten all the answers correct so I was curious to see what her results would be. The results arrived today.

Vocabulary: 91st percentile
Comprehension: 96th percentile
Language Expression: 90th percentile
Math Computation: 95th percentile
Concept & Application: 98th percentile
Reading Total: 95th percentile
Mathematics Total: 98th percentile

Done With Dinosaurs

We finished our dinosaur unit today. The kids had lots of fun with it, but we are all ready to move on. The remainder of what we did is:

  • Finished reading Jurassic Park
  • Read The Lost World
  • Read Magic School Bus Chapter Book #9, Dinosaur Detectives
  • Discussed map skills and followed coordinates to map out a path
  • Discussed how body temperature varies throughout the day and took our temperatures each hour for 6 hours and then graphed the results
  • Played Dino-Mite card game (many times!)
  • Tried to predict where a drop of water dripped on the back of the hand would go
  • Discussed largeness of prehistoric animals and insects
  • Discussed differences between herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore teeth and determined humans are omnivores
  • Built four wooden dinosaur skeletons (brachiosaurus, T. Rex, stegosaurus, and triceratops)
  • Identified model dinosaurs using Dinosaur Dictionary
  • Used the projector to enlarge and trace dinosaur models
  • Assembled Dinosaur Museum
  • Cameron copied an entry in the Dinosaur Dictionary (this was totally Cameron’s idea and not assigned)
  • Ani used information from Dinosaur Detectives to write a short report on T. Rex (this was totally Ani’s idea and not assigned)
  • Ani used information in the Dinosaur Dictionary to write a short report on Maiasaura (also Ani’s idea and not assigned)
  • Assembled dinosaur notebooks from all the papers they have worked on through the dinosaur unit

We are planning to begin reading the kids’ Dinotopia series tomorrow. The kids liked the Dinotopia TV mini-series (they saw that a few years ago) so I think they’ll enjoy the books as well.

Journal Writing Cameron Style

The last couple days Cameron has been writing in his journal a lot. Of course the most interesting part of that is Cameron does not know how to write or even how to read. So I finally asked him what he was writing in there and he said “Math.” Okay, he does know how to write some of his numbers.

This evening as I was reading to the big kids at bedtime Cameron was writing in his journal again. I asked him if I could look at it and he said I could. He has been writing his numbers 0-9 over and over, but even more amazing to me than that, he has also been practicing writing his name. This is the child who wrote CA on all our Christmas cards 3 months ago and let me fill in the meron. Apparently he asked Ani to show him how to write his name and now he is committing it to memory by writing it over and over!

Dinosaur Museum

The “big finish” of our dinosaur unit was to build a dinosaur museum. We’ve still got another week of wrap up to do to finish up completely, but I set out the dinosaur museum pieces on the dining room table Friday and told the kids to arrange them however they saw fit. The only direction was “build a dinosaur museum.”

The pieces were some plaster of Paris “fossils” they had made and painted, some flat wooden dinosaur shapes they had painted, a cardboard T Rex skeleton, four wooden dinosaur skeletons (T Rex, stegosaurus, triceratops, and brachiosaurus), and several small plastic model dinosaurs. From those pieces they created their museum. They then proceeded to take turns being the museum curator and the visiting kid asking and answering questions about dinosaurs.


They even got Fritz into the action and took him on a tour of their dinosaur museum.