It was a good week, despite two really light school days. On Wednesday the weather was so beautiful… warm and sunny. We have so few left before the cold weather sets in, so I set the Peeps free in the afternoon to play outside! Thursday we spent the day at my sister’s visiting. I did bring a few things for them to do, but mostly they just enjoyed visiting with their aunt and grandparents. 🙂
That said, we did finish up their two current blocks. Peep #1 did the last four Egyptian god/dess pages. Here are a couple of those (sorry for the blurry photos this week; I had to use my camera phone!):
He did a little tie in to math with learning about how the Egyptians used the length of fingers, palm, and forearm as a tool for measuring:
Another math sheet. He learned about different polygons in Saxon this week, and I had him do a page to help reinforce it. Some of them were challenging for him to draw, so I pan to have him repeat this exercise next week.
Peep #2 finished up her Botany block– for now. We’ll do another week or two in the spring. Here are some examples of her work this week:
We are learning about different herbs and their medicinal qualities (this will extend past the Botany block), so she did a page on Lavender. The second page shows the spore prints we did for mushrooms last week. She also did a sun print of a fern leaf which was so pretty, but by the next day it had faded away. We must have done something wrong!
Another example from the Land of Pome math activities:
A painting lesson on symetry:
And we also read about the origin of numbers and counting in The History of Counting. We made our own Sumerian counting beads out of baked clay:
I’ve been wanting to teach the Peeps to sew for a long time, so this week for handwork we made bean bags. I was surprised at how quickly they took to it– especially Peep #1. His stitches were so neat and straight! He keeps surprising me with this stuff!
Peep #2 and I finished the first side/half of our knitted unicorn. I’ll update that photo on the Needles page later today. For art we worked on some water color painting, blowing the colors around with straws to see what we got:
We also played around with our beeswax block crayons, working on a lesson from Coloring with Block Crayons. In this one, the goal was to draw the sky at different times of the day using different colors for the sky (i.e. yellow for dawn, purple for evening):
That’s it for this week. Til next time!