|Junebug keeps busy during school with|
our new LEGOS.
|Penguin loves it when we do a math lesson|
that uses Geoboards!
Penguin is still doing marvelously with her penmanship and has started working on the handwriting worksheets that correspond to her math lessons. I didn't do these with Bluebird and when we transitioned into the first grade math book, she was so unprepared for all the writing that came with the worksheets. Not making that same mistake again. Penguin's hand would start to hurt some days from writing, I figure she's building up her writing muscles and we'd call it good and let her hand rest. She likes to write. I'm so glad I don't have to fight with her over writing!
We have two weeks' worth of work left in Bluebird's Writing curriculum, which I think we'll be able to complete in this next week.
History: We learned about the Byzantine Empire, which didn't really interest any of us. Sorry, Justinian and Theodora. Bluebird enjoyed thinking up scenarios about other ways the Roman Empire could have panned out, instead of becoming split up and the last part turning in the Byzantine Empire. I wanted to make mosaics with them, but that plan never blossomed into fruition.
Science: We studied wind--how to measure how fast it's blowing and how wind even comes to exist in the first place. The experiments were lame and not very exciting. So we went off on a bunny trail.
As we studied tornadoes and hurricanes, I read where those weather events take place in the world and Penguin wondered what natural disasters happened in Utah. We read and discussed what we think could happen here in Utah, which mostly translates into flash floods and earthquakes. We read about tectonic plates in our science encyclopedia and I took them out on the deck to point out the Wasatch Fault Line, which you can see from our house.
As you can imagine, this knowledge scared the snot out of my dear children.
So we talked about what happens during earthquakes and what you should do to stay safe--listen to Mommy, get in a doorway or under a table and stay there until the shaking stops, then go out to our Safety Spot in the front yard or over to the main parking lot in our neighborhood.
Penguin was very concerned about what would happen to our cat should an emergency arise, and we discussed the difference between human life and animal life--make sure you and your family are completely safe before attempting to rescue your pets because we can always buy a new pet, but not a new brother or sister. (I imagine I might get a little flack from some people for that, but that's how I feel about the issue.)
We came up with a motto for emergencies: "Safe and Alive," to help us remember to keep ourselves safe and not do anything that could hurt ourselves during an emergency.
It's got me thinking about an "Emergency Preparedness" unit study. Subjects are always more interesting if you can apply them to your life. And we belong to a church that places heavy emphasis on emergency preparedness, so it crosses over into our religious studies as well. I think it could be a really great idea for us.
And that was our week. It was rather low-key, but we got a lot done and learned about some things that the girls found very interesting.