Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What we've been up to- homeschool part 1

Thought now was a good time to play catch up and focus on a few things A has done in school this year.
She wrote this research report on leaches after becoming interested in them from her online class.

We are using Build Your Library as our main curriculum this year, and this awesome book is part of the 8th grade curriculum.
Several sections are assigned each week and it opens up a new way of looking at math and mathematicians.

A read this section leading up to our study on Fibonacci....

...and then illustrated the story with her own comic.

After reading about both Fibonacci and the golden ratio...

...A graphed her on.

Stay tuned for more of what we've been up to!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Growing so fast

Little W is growing so fast. He's not a little baby anymore. Everyday he is more and more his own little person. He knows all his letters and their sounds, can count to 30, knows a few sight words, and is constantly exploring an on the go.

We had an exceptionally warm November day last week. The temperature soared to almost 70. The sun was out and A went fishing with dad. Little W and I took a walk and enjoyed the wonderful day.

So like his sister; he hates to stop long enough to get his picture taken, but I did manage to get a few.

This little guy makes me smile.

I love the beautiful sky. It's no wonder Montana is called "Big Sky Country". The Rocky Mountains on the horizon make my heart sing.

My little guy looks so grown up in this picture.

It was nice to have some one on one time with this little man.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Grasshopper dissection!

I am so glad we found Athena's Academy ! A absolutely loves the online classes she is taking this semester. She not only is exposed to so many new ideas and concepts, but she is retaining so much as well. She honestly can't say whether she likes Microbes or Comparative Invertebrate Anatomy more.

She does love the dissection labs in CIA though! Last week was her second lab and she dissected a grasshopper. Now let me tell you, that was tricky! Even thought this was a massive grasshopper in terms of grasshopper size, it's still a tiny creature. After examining the external structures, she removed the legs, wing coverings, and wings. Then she proceeded to cut away the exoskeleton while attempting to leave the muscular structure intact. That took quite a bit of patience. Once done, she was able to begin to remove the muscle structure and observe the internal organs. A very cool experience for a kid that has caught many a grasshopper over the years.