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Last week, we were on vacation in Arizona, while this week, we got back into the swing of things academically.

The Arizona trip was mainly for my cousin's wedding, but we also managed to get quite a lot of sightseeing in.

English

While we were on vacation, Erika didn't do that much reading of books, but she did read more than half of a BrainQuest deck and quite a lot of information on displays at zoos and the like. She also wrote postcards and did other incidental writing.

After we got back, she finished reading The Nine Lives of Aristotle and read two Young Cam Jansen books. She also started writing a "chapter book" about the six lives of Meowy.

Math

Erika continued work in Math Mammoth Add & Subtract 2a, completing through page 38. She also did work on geometry, fractions, and money this week.

The coolest thing that happened in math was our discovery of Reiner Knizia's Yoku-Gami for iOS devices. It is a fun game, and provides LOTS of practice with addition. To my mind, this is the ideal type of educational game, in that it's worth playing regardless of its educational value.

Social Studies

We did a bunch of Social Studies things while we were on vacation, including:
  • Continuing Erika's education in the ways of airport maps, terminals, gates, and departure/arrival boards.

  • Looking at petroglyphs at Saguaro National Park.

    Petroglyphs

    Erika with Petroglyphs

    Erika's memories of Saguaro National Park

  • Visiting the Titan Missile Museum and learning about the Cold War.

Back at home, I read out loud from A School Like Mine.

Science

In Arizona, we visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park, Reid Park Zoo, Kitt Peak, and Kartchner Caverns. Whew! Erika learned about the plants and animals of the desert, the climate of the desert, astronomy, and the formation and preservation of caves.

Cacti

Kitt Peak

Hummingbird

Erika at Reid Park Zoo

Back at home, we continued our studies of South America by watching more of a documentary, and I read out loud from Der Regenwald. Today we went to the Natural History Museum and paid special attention to South American animals.

Erika also watched several episodes of Beakman's World this week, and saw interesting insects at the Natural History Museum.

Art

Erika did enormous amounts of drawing while we were on vacation. We had to buy her more drawing paper! She also drew with me at the Natural History Museum today.

The earth from space

I thought this drawing was quite good, considering that she drew it entirely from memory and we have not practiced drawing the earth. Some places are labeled in English and others in German, which I find amusing.

Music

A weak point, though Erika has been playing Pluto plays Music on the iPad.

Physical Education

We did a lot of swimming in Arizona, plus some hiking. Back at home, we've visited playgrounds, and Erika has had Karate and Soccer this week.

Health

At our co-op this week, the topic was muscles. Erika also watched a segment in the German children's news about healthy diet and exercise.

German

Erika finished book 5 of Einsterns Schwester 1 this week, and moved on to book 6. She read one of the stories in the accompanying reader. She also did some copywork, and a lot of homework for her class. She attended German School on Saturday.
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