A quiet week

Overall this was a much quieter week than we have had lately. Caitlyn is growing a passion for reading, and we progressed on her studies overall.

This week we studied Joseph and the multi colored coat, and we set out to make a coat for one of Caitlyn’s babies since she didn’t want one for herself. Unfortunately me sewing machine decided to act up, so we will have to come back to that. This was our start though:

 

She successfully memorized her next poem, “Work”. Click here to see her.

AND drum roll she got her first 100% on her history test.

That was our week!

A Lego kind of week

We did another in school Lego build this week to accompany our history study. Above is Mesopotamia as designed by Caitlyn. This week we focused on how Sargon took over the area, and then ruled it with a military dictatorship as the Akkadian empire.

 

Caitlyn took her Mesopotamia and Egyptian Pyramid builds to the FHE Lego Exhibition. She loved the stop motion videos we saw, and now she wants to make her own.

 

She also went to her first Lego Club meeting, and had a great time getting to know some of the other kids and free building. She also worked on public speaking to the group as a whole, and in a small group setting. She built a “house car”.

Also for history this week, Caitlyn made her own Summerian Seal. She went through the whole process of making a mold (which broke),

 

casting a seal, 

and stamping the seal once complete.

She wants to try again with a bigger mold and a simpler design.

 

At Caitlyn’s request we did a mini science experiment to test whether objects would sink or float. She truly enjoyed herself and it was a great add on!

Caitlyn completed her second math test and we continue taking history tests at the end of each week. She is doing much better with test anxiety and made As on both tests this week.

In one of my favorite moments this week I came home from work to find Caitlyn and Mimi had created a skit and decorated Caitlyn’s room. She then performed for me and it was adorable! She also read Dick and Jane to Mimi this week, fabulous!!!

Mummification Experiment

Last week we were studying Egyptian Mummies, and I found some interesting options for science experiments. The first option was to mummify a chicken, and I was grossed out by that. The next option was to mummify a barbie, but I was afraid that would scar Caitlyn! So…. I settled on the mummification of apples experiment. Caitlyn loves science experiments almost as much as she loves art projects, and this was our most complex project yet so she was thrilled.

Supplies:

  • 10 apple slices
  • gauze
  • sugar
  • salt
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • clear cups

After gathering our supplies, I labeled all our cups with what was going to go inside. We had the following:

  • Control – Apple only
  • Control – Apple wrapped in gauze only
  • Apple with Salt
  • Apple wrapped in gauze with Salt
  • Apple with Sugar
  • Apple wrapped in gauze with Sugar
  • Apple with Vinegar
  • Apple wrapped in gauze with Vinegar
  • Apple with Baking Soda
  • Apple wrapped in gauze with Baking Soda

 

Then, we sliced the apples and covered half of them in gauze. Caitlyn thought this part was fun. We put an apple slice in each cup, and covered it with the appropriate preservative.

 

After seeing all the preservatives Caitlyn hypothesized that the gauze covered with baking soda would be preserved the best. The finished cups then went into storage for a week.

After a week we took our experiment outside to find our results. Here is Caitlyn describing her hypothesis.

We started with the baking soda gauze wrapped apple since that was Caitlyn’s choice, here it is on video. Unfortunately after that I switched from video to picture accidentally so I missed her really cute summary of the findings.

It was interesting finding the crystallized sugar, and testing the textures of the different apples.

In the end, Caitlyn observed that the gauze covered apples were less preserved than the uncovered apples because the gauze held the moisture in. The vinegar was the worst preservative with the baking soda not far behind. The sugar and salt apples were slightly shriveled but looked fresh otherwise.

As Caitlyn said in the video I lost, “Thanks for learning with us!”

Pyramids and other stuff

This week we had our kick off meeting for our local homeschool support group, FHE, and I got Caitlyn signed up for some great field trips and activities. I am even more excited about what this school year holds for us now.

This week we continued to study the of Ancient Egypt with the Old Kingdom, and a focus on Pharaohs, pyramids, and mummies. So far we are really enjoying the audio book version of the text, and its nice for me to have a break from reading aloud. Caitlyn did really well this week and only missed one question on her test.

We spent one afternoon finishing our mummification experiment, more on that soon, and another afternoon building our own lego pyramid.

We explored some new music this week too. I played Walk Like an Egyptian for Caitlyn for fun, and we listened to classical music in the background several days.

Our clay cuneiform finally dried, and Caitlyn was very excited to get to paint it. On the right is the more traditional one I made that says Abbott.

While Caitlyn posed happily for all of our history projects she wasn’t thrilled about any other pictures being taken.

Lego Technic Build

The weekend of July 20th and 21st Richard and Caitlyn built a Lego Technic set. Now it’s not unusual for them to build Legos, but this set was motorized and very informational. I kept calling it science and Richard kept laughing at me. He truly did an excellent job explaining all the mechanics to Caitlyn though, as well as just enjoying the build. I think this was an excellent science project and it was great for her to learn from Daddy for a change.

One month in and going strong

We made it to August, WOOHOO!!!

This week Caitlyn and I focused on early writing. We learned about the Summerians who wrote cuneiform in clay, and the Egyptians who carved hieroglyphs into stone. We watched a video on Discovery Education and read the book Egyptian Hieroglyphs A-Z.

 

Then we had a great time writing in the cuneiform style with our own clay. The clay I had was air dry, and it didn’t dry yet so we will be painting it for fun next week. Caitlyn made a star like we saw in the video and I wrote Abbott in mine.

We also started a history related science experiment that will be completed next week, but that will be another post.

Caitlyn continued to progress with reading and spelling assignments, and she began memorizing a new poem. She continues to do well will reading from Dick and Jane. I began reading Stuart Little and we did some copywork and narration from it. I don’t think it’s going to be a favorite, which is surprising since she LOVED the other E.B. White books we have read.

 

After a trip to the dentist this week, we did a mini science experiment on the importance of brushing your teeth well. It was good for Caitlyn to see how much is left behind after she brushed her teeth versus me brushing her teeth well.

Caitlyn continues to do well and progresses steadily with her math, nothing really interesting but a picture anyway…