2017-18 School Year is Done!

We finished the 2017-18 school year on May 25th. This has been an amazing year. We learned so much all year and the fourth quarter was no exception.

In history, we learned about medieval China and Japan, Pacific peoples, American peoples, the Renaissance, and explorers. In Geography, we learned about China, Micronesia, Canada, Italy, and the Caribbean Sea. In Science, we learned about electricity, circuits, technology, magnetism, and motors. In the arts, we learned about Asian arts, Pacific Island arts, Indian legends, and Renaissance art. We started every day by watching CNN 10 and then working on grammar and spelling using The Nose Tree.

Cameron learned about more elements of poetry. He read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Kula Keiki Ali’i, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, The Feud that Sparked the Renaissance, and Columbus: Lies of a New World. He continued learning about personal finance both at home and in a weekly class at church. His grades were great:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
English B
Math A

Fritz learned more logical fallacies and made a reference lapbook of all 28 fallacies he learned this year that he’ll be able to use in his further studies next year. He learned more Latin vocabulary and has done a whole lot of translating. He continued working on learning to play the piano and improving his drawing skills. He wrote several essays about short stories and completed the year by writing a much longer research report. He read Chinese Fairy Tales, Ancient China, Call It Courage, Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison, The Second Mrs. Gioconda, and Where Do you Think You’re Going Christopher Columbus? In math, he continued preparing for pre-algebra and did a whole unit on statistics. Along with his little brother, he completed studying the Book of Mormon. He also finished reading the actual Book of Mormon on his own. He started learning how to code and has made quite a few little games in Scratch. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Music A
Religion A
English A
Math A
Logic A
Latin A

Adrian narrated several of passages from books. He read Night of the Ninjas, Ninjas and Samurai, High Tide in Hawaii, If You Lived With the Indians of the Northwest Coast, Along Came Galileo, and You Wouldn’t Want To Sail With Christopher. He continued learning to play the piano and to speak Spanish. He started learning about decimals and changing to fractions to decimals and back again. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Music A
Spanish A
Religion A
English A
Math A

The Arts: Renaissance Art I

Weeks 33 and 34 of school we learned about Renaissance art using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 19.

We drew pictures in the style of the Mona Lisa.

We took something apart and drew all the pieces.

We painted like Michelangelo.

We practiced shading using a picture of a profile by Raphael.

We drew and painted pictures in the style of Raphael.

We compared Byzantine art to Renaissance art.

We did some shading on a cube.

Science: Magnetism

Weeks 33 and 34 of school we learned about magnestism using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 19.

We found magnetic things around the house.

We made a magnetic racing boat.

We watched a YouTube video explaining the physics of MacGyver.

We attached a chain of paper clips to a magnet and had a contest to see who could make the longest chain (Adrian).

We showed how a paper clip is attracted to a magnet and can stand sideways because of that attraction.

We showed how opposite poles of magnets repel each other.

History: The Renaissance

Weeks 33 and 34 of school we learned about the Renaissance using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 19.

We added to our timeline.

We learned about the heirarachy of people who could vote and hold office.

We learned about Marguerite of Navarre.

We made puppets of types of people who lived during the Renaissance.

We did mapwork.

The boys each got a blank little notebook that they can use like Da Vinci.

Ani and Valium (Wisdom Teeth)

Just over a week ago, Ani got her bottom two wisdom teeth removed. Because of her chronic health issues, the oral surgeon didn’t feel comfortable knocking her out for it, so instead, she did conscious sedation using Valium. The night before, she had to take one and things got kind of amusing. (Note: Ani remembers none of this. Also, she’s healed up very nicely and this weekend was much better than last weekend.)