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Friday, September 24, 2010

Our Week in Review: Week 4 Already?

I’ve been a bit remiss in recapping our weekly activities. I could lie and say I was just too busy doing those activities…but the truth is if I don’t do it in the heat of the moment (before the week is actually done), my mind is already off to the next thing. By the time Friday comes, what happened on Monday seems like an age ago. And if it’s Saturday, forget it, the drive simply is gone.

Maybe I should do a daily wrap-up or something.

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Emma “reading.”

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Homemade compasses.

We learned about the difference between geographic north and magnetic north.

We also made a gigantic

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Compass Rose,

using our homemade compasses as a guide.

This was a real effort in teamwork.

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Although the team was not entirely willing. A little grumpy, actually.

What is it with 10-year-old brothers that they suddenly can’t get along with little sis?

Must be that tween thing.

We built

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pyramids out of sugar cubes.

(I won’t say how many sugar cubes they consumed. Let’s just say that many of the cubes were “imperfect.” Ahem)

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David asked to study architecture this year, so we are working on architecture.

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An excellent resource on how the pyramids were built is a Nova video called Secrets of Lost Empires: Pyramid. Basically, they try build a much smaller version of the Great Pyramid (in a ridiculously short period of time, of course)---but their mistakes and discoveries offer a lot of insight into the process.

We viewed the moon through our telescope. And Jupiter!

This is the moon through the telescope.

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We learned about instruments of navigation.

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We went on a few nature walks.

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Did some running around.

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And, of course, the 4 Rs: Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, and…Reasoning.

Like to see what other homeschoolers busied themselves with this week? Head over to Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.


  1. My kids really wanted to make sugar cube pyramids last year, and I couldn't find sugar cubes! I'll have to look for them again at our local stores, it looks like a great project (even with less than perfect sugar cubes to be eaten!)

  2. We used Domino "Dots," which might be a bit smaller than traditional cubes, I dunno. They are also not technically cubes (shorter on one side)---something to look out for when littles are making the first layer.

    We found that a double-wall worked best. Peter's looks like it will cave (it's actually quite stable, though, we used plenty of glue:-), because it was completed first with only a single-wall.

    Now to figure out what to do with them:?)

  3. I could have written every word that you began with! It's Saturday and I think I'm at least weeks behind in weekly wrap-ups!

    Love those pryamid sugar cubes!!!!

  4. Awesome! Love the pics...great pyramids and compass!


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