It's been a while since I've had the weekly lessons board up and running! At long last it feels like we're back on track.
As you can probably tell, we're studying the earth this week. I must point out a few other things, beginning in the upper lefthand corner:
- Porcupines - we're just kind of interested in them right now. Fisher cats are making a splash in the local headlines and they are the only predator that can successfully hunt the porcupine. We realized how little we know about porcupines (I'm not sure we want to know about fishers) so we dug up some information - from Big Backyard magazine and The Beginning Naturalist, to start.
- An invitation to a friend's birthday party.
- A coloring page of Henry V and his sword (our history topic this week).
- Some photocopied bits and pieces from various history resources (in addition to Henry V, we also are reading about Joan of Arc).
- Magic School Bus Inside the Earth, the picture book (we also have the CD-ROM somewhere around here).
- My grandmother's pie crust recipe (kind of a long story involved here, something to do with Earth Day - more on that later).
- The map with the stars is a project I "borrowed" from Suzanne. The stars show all the 4Real children who are making their First Holy Communion this spring! Isn't it a lovely idea for these children to pray for one another as their big days approach? CJ was so happy to apply each and every star, and it was a great geography lesson to boot!
- If you have a child making FHC soon and would like to leave his or her name and home state in my comments, please do and we will add you to our map - and our prayers!
- Finally the Earth book we're using - DK Eye Wonder: Earth, in conjunction with a science encyclopedia for meatier info., and a chart of the earth's layers.
- Oh! And there's our Earth Day reminder, smack dab in the middle of the board. (It's this Sunday, by the way.)
A few more pictures from today:
A favorite picture book, timely for this study and this week. The apple peels were brought directly to our compost bucket beneath the sink. (We'll talk more about compost and soil later in the week.)
To make the earth chart, I cut up strips of construction paper (with a little help from my friend there) and then the boys helped me arrange them in the appropriate order:
As you can see, the earth's layers are represented by varying colors. They are surrounded by pale blue atmosphere and, further out, by starry black space.
So now that the board's all set, it's on with the work! Have a great night, everyone. See you in the a.m. - or sometime roundabouts. :)