Learning Notes Week of April 17

Bella paints a coloring page.

Monday April 17

Took a post-Easter holiday to rest and relax, since Easter Sunday, while joyful, is also very busy and far from relaxing.

Lucy’s writing.

Tuesday April 18

Ben did math and letters and copywork.

Anthony did math, reading aloud (life of St Martin of Tours) and copywork.

Sophie did math, copywork, Duolingo French, and reading Child’s Geography.

Bella did copywork, math, Latin, dictation, read aloud from her Jupiter book and today’s Gospel.

Stories: Akimbo and the Baboons, David Macauley’s City, Story of the World about India.

Bedtime stories: read part of a chapter from Wind in the Willows (Mr Toad escapes from prison dressed as a washerwoman.)

Sophie teaches geography.

Sophie teaches geography.

Wednesday April 19

Ben did math and letters and copywork.

Anthony did math. Sophie did math, copywork.

Bella did copywork, math, dictation, read aloud from her Jupiter book.

Sophie did math, copywork.

Afternoon stories: Akimbo and the Baboons, David Macauley’s City, Story of the World about India, book about St Augustine, today’s Gospel and lectionary readings.

Bedtime story: Wind in the Willows.

Lucy eats noodles.

Thursday April 20

Ben felt out of sorts this morning.

Bella did copywork, math, read aloud from her Jupiter book, and wrote a letter to my mom.

Sophie did math, copywork.

Afternoon stories: finished David Macauley’s City, Akimbo and the Baboons.

Bedtime story: Wind in the Willows.

Bella reads to sick Ben. (The book is about the Voyager missions.)

Friday April 21

Sophie did math and copywork (Easter antiphon) and read to me from Child’s Geography.

Bella did math and copywork (Easter antiphon) and read to me from her Mission Jupiter book and also read me today’s Gospel.

Ben did math and letter book and copywork.

Anthony did math and copywork (Easter antiphon) and read to me from his saint book. (He re-read St Anthony of Padua.)

We did the grocery shopping.

Afternoon stories: finished Akimbo and the Baboons, began Roman Diary. Also a library book on the Parthenon.

Anthony asked about how close a satellite could get to the sun without burning up so I looked it up and we read an article that discussed both the Helios probe which orbited at a distance of 32 million miles and the upcoming Solar Super Probe which will likely be launched next year which will orbit at 4 million miles. http://solarprobe.jhuapl.edu

I love how Bella’s interest in astronomy trickles down and everyone really is interested and is learning. Funny, though, the initial interest was actually more Sophie’s. She’s the one with the space traveling stuffed penguins. I got the National Geographic special space issue mostly for her. And then Bella formed a deep attachment and asked for more books on space. And here were are diving deep. She’s reading the book How I Killed Pluto now. And I’ve got one on Saturn on hold at the library. I’m learning so much. I guess I’ll just call this an astronomy unit study. I’m not so good at sticking to a plan for science, but I am good at diving into a topic that someone has expressed even the slightest interest in.

The interesting thing about the space obsession is discovering what kind of books give the information that Bella is craving. The informational books aimed at kids are generally too brief and sketchy on details, but the books about the specific missions have been a treasure trove of information. So it looks like that’s really the best way to go.

I’m glad the space thing is going well, otherwise we seem to be in the spring slump. We need some good weather to get in some park days, I think.

Bella’s current favorite book.

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