Week Seventeen

Language Arts

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Spelling practice with Boggle Jr.

Ruby has been getting into finger plays and action rhymes, and we did many from Washington County Library.

Enjoyed listening to audio book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Activities ideas from Gay Miller and Homeschool Share‘s chocolate unit.

Science

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Cozy sleepingbag reading nest for listening to A Bald Eagle’s World by Caroline Arnold and Loon by Susan Vande Griek.

Read Moose by Kate Riggs and If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff.  Enjoyed activities from Homeschool Share, such as graphing our favorite muffins, making a moose fact book, and discussing the story flow.

IMG_4508Yellow painted hands that will get cut out and attached to paper plate painted yellow (for the sun) as we continue our lessons about the solar system.

Looking at and learning more about (at Constellations Lesson) constellations mentioned in Fearless John by Kelly Emerling Rauzi:  Orion, Canis Major and Canis Minor.  Diagrams and star map from Science Teachers and Almost Unschoolers.  Orion, Gemini, and Taurus are good winter constellations to spy, so we’ll keep a look out for them.

Read Starry Messenger by Peter Sis and Galileo’s Journal by Jeanne K. Pettenati.

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Learning phases of the moon with tasty activity from Science Bob.  Read Faces of the Moon by Bob Crelin and If You Decide To Go To The Moon by Faith McNulty.

IMG_4534Gloop!  Discussing if it’s a solid or a liquid or both. Some ideas here.  We added food coloring, cornstarch, and a bit of water to a bowl.  We continued to add water until it was thick enough for oozing and playing with.IMG_4519Exploding milk!  Not really, but we when added a drop of liquid soap, the colors moved about and mixed quickly.  The soap is reacting with the fat molecules in the milk.  More here.

Music

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Listened to disc that came with Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite by Anna Harwell Celenza  and made nutcracker puppet (art by Jim Gamble) from Homeschool Share.  Compared with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite (on Spotify).  Also listening to and playing Christmas songs, both for fun and in preparation for the upcoming Christmas recital.

Continuing to enjoy our weekly lessons at MacPhail.  This week, we also have group theory and performance classes.

Math and Logic

A Million Dots by Andrew Clements for place value and reading large number practice and using commas.  Working on adding, multiplying, telling time, and reading thermometers in Fahrenheit.

Health and Wellness

IMG_4512Swinging by the smaller park on the way to play with buddies at the larger park.  Bundling up and mild weather make it easy to play outside and chat with friends during the pre-dinner hours.

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