Sunday, September 9, 2012

Week in Review 2-9-2012

We started reading The Blue Sword this week. I have been trying to get my kids to read this book for 5 years. It was one of my favorite books as a kid, and is still one of my favorite children's books. I finally got tired of waiting for them to read it and started reading it to them. By the end of the first chapter, they were begging me to keep reading. That's about how it goes at this house.

Something Dominic, Gabriel, and I learned from Xavier this week: A neutron star is incredibly dense. 1 teaspoon of a neutron star weighs about 5.5 billion tons!

I'm working to adjust the boys' work loads. I think the hardest thing as a homeschool mom is figuring out how much work is enough, but not too much. I think I tend to assign Gabriel too much work. We're working on it.

We did some art.

We did some reading. Okay, we did a lot of reading. The older two boys are reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy as part of their English. It's a very nice unit study because it's all already done for me. This is the first time I've had that.

This week, we studied the Panama Canal and locks. We started by watching Extreme Engineering
: Season 1, Episode 7 "Widening the Panama Canal." We drew various aspects of locks and canals. We read about canals and locks, and finally, they built their own locks. 

Xavier designed the locks, and they built them together. I was quite impressed by his design. I think it would have worked even better if he had used an impervious material.

He implemented a water recycling/holding area to conserve water, a problem the design team for the Panama canal is trying to solve. (This was one of the solutions they suggested.) His holding area is at the bottom of the picture.

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