Feb. 7th, 2011

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We had a fairly peaceful, uninterrupted week of school last week. Highlights included Erika reading her first book in German, and a field trip to the Air & Space Museum.

English

Erika finished reading Big Cats out loud this week, and continued with Asia. She also kept reading Violet Bing to herself.

In addition, she practiced her Shakespeare lines and wrote a letter to her pen pal.

Math

Erika kept working in Math Mammoth Subtraction 1 and Place Value 1. She's almost at the end of Place Value 1, working on bar graphs and counting pennies, nickels, and dimes. In Subtraction 1, skipping some of the pages that are mainly intended to practice subtraction facts seems to be working well for us.

I also gave Erika a math puzzle this week, and was pleased that she stayed calm and let me help her identify strategies for solving it.

Social Studies

I continued reading out loud from the DK Eyewitness China book, read You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Great Wall of China, and started You Wouldn't Want to be in the Forbidden City.

Science

We did a couple of rocks and minerals activities this week -- we made a sedimentary rock using sand, salt, and water, and separated materials into layers by shaking them in a tube filled with water.

We also watched some of Wild China.

The big excitement was our trip to the Air and Space Museum on Sunday. Before going, we watched parts of "When We Left Earth," so everyone was very enthusiastic about the Apollo program stuff and space exploration in general. Picture of Erika in front of a moon rock )

The kids also participated in a program involving a paper airplane contest. Photo of Erika throwing her paper airplane )

Art

Outside of Shakespeare rehearsal, not much went on in the art department. Erika rehearsed without her script for the first time.

Music

At our co-op this week, Erika learned about Jazz, Blues, and Rock and Roll Music, in honor of Black History Month. We also wrapped up the Classics 4 Kids segments on Scott Joplin, and Erika practiced the piano on her own.

Physical Education

Swimming, Karate, romping around in the snow.

Health

Erika finished observing the second of our mold-growing experiments, and wrote up her results. She determined that mold requires water and heat to grow.

German

Erika read her first German book this week. It was a first grade reader, Finn und Lili auf dem Bauernhof. I was impressed by how well she did with it!

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