On Tuesday Dad was home telecommuting. Both he and Matty were pretty sore and tired from working on the patio they are laying in back, and we had stayed up quite late a couple of times over the long weekend. Tuesday, needless to say was not our most productive day, but we got some reading done and finished our mummified apple experiment from the previous week.
|one week later: control apple was beginning to get moldy|
|Not a huge difference, but one has mold and the mummified one does not. Both dried out.|
|entering the exhibit with friends|
|There were wonderful videos throughout the exhibit|
|Perry the Platypus! On the Titanic! What are the odds?|
|The detail of the 18 ft. scale model was amazing|
|the distress telegram from the Titanic|
|The interactive wreck...step on the wreck and see where you are on the Titanic|
|detailed model of the wreck used in the movie by James Cameron|
In literature, we finished The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, began listening to War Horse by Michael Morpugo, and covered 9 chapters! We hated to turn it off, so we just kept listening--over lunch, in the car, back in the house. It is a wonderful way to introduce WWI to kids, and while it conveys the miseries of war, it does so without too much graphic description that could traumatize younger children. Thanks for the idea, C.!
Thursday saw us doing more of the standard work: Geography, writing, math, reading. Matty returned to piano lessons after a long summer break Thursday afternoon. I asked him how it felt to be back and he said, "Well, it's like a boxer who takes a break from boxing, and goes back to it. He's ready to go back to boxing, but he's not happy about getting hit."
Friday we did morning work and then enjoyed getting together with friends for our first French class of the year followed by our first literature club meeting. We discussed Call of the Wild, and everyone came prepared and ready to participate. It was an excellent discussion and everyone left with a deeper appreciation for the book.
|Learning Thesaurus skills with Writing With Skill|
|Mapping North America|
|Matty's World Empires map by Map Trek|
|Kirigami (Paper cutting) is Molly's hobby that she works on when I am busy with Matty|