Just another normal sort of week at Dragon Academy. Much of what we worked on wasn’t a lesson from a book, it was just reading, playing, and enjoying life.
- Tuesday Teatime — Finished the Magic Treehouse Halloween book
- Puzzle Your Kids — Finished up a really long set of word puzzles. (These puzzles are really incredible. Professionally done, but at a level of difficultly good for ages 9+.)
- Read the school paper — Every day I write a short newspaper for the kids. It has today’s weather, the chores they need to get done, any information about getting ready for dance/soccer/whatever, and a short article about something. For now it helps them know how to dress for the day, what’s coming up, and is a handy to-do list… but maybe one day they’ll help me write it. Sometimes you just have to start doing things, and maybe the kids will join in.
- Friday Movie/TV:
- 2 episodes of Monk
- Howl’s Moving Castle — we watched this at their cousins house on the back porch. They couldn’t decide between having a bonfire or a movie… so they just did both! Just move the TV outside…
- The kids made a pumpkin pie and pie dough cookies all by themselves. When they accidentally added too much flour to the pie dough, they figured out what else they needed to change to make a double recipe.
And that’s why they had enough left over to make little dough cookies.
- Roman numerals (see below).
- Some sewing math.
- “I have a bag and you have a bag” — this is a game from Kitchen Table Math (I think). You make someone figure out how many items are in each bag by telling them a fact or two about it. Such as, “I have a bag and you have a bag. You have twice as many things in yours, but if I add 10 to mine, we’ll have the same”. This is algebra — it’s solving a system of two equations with two unknowns. You can make the problems harder or easier depending on the kid.
- I had too much sinus pain to think so much, so we watched a lot of youtube Videos:
- Googly-Eyed Stubby Squid — The Nautilus finds a ridiculously adorable cephalopod.
- Gravitational Waves Explained Using Stick Figures — Another from Minute Earth, providing a quick and understandable explanation of what gravity waves are and how they are measured.
- Null island – The Busiest Place that Doesn’t Exist — How programming sloppiness made a buoy popular. (So this is also good for math/programming).
- Secrets of the Snowy Owl — A really charming look at what snowy owls do.
- Spiders Tune Their Web Like a Guitar — Adorable, and explains how spiders know what they know.
- Which bear is best — Why do some species flourish and others falter? Sometimes it’s just luck.
- Where Do Galaxies Come From? — A really quick video about what scientists know about how galaxies formed.
- Science was pretty random:
- Kid #1 and his dad flew the new drone.
- Everyone played science video games… in Kerbal Space Program kid #1 apparently flew to Mars (or whatever they call Mars) twice and built a huge satellite communications system.
- I microwaved a cranberry and set the microwave on fire a little.
I was trying to see if I could cook it a little bit and determine how much liquid would come out (for adjusting a recipe). Grapes will do the same thing. I think the idea is that the shape and size of a small round fruit makes it acts as an antenna that concentrates the power of the microwaves. It was pretty crazy! The microwave is ok, but I wouldn’t really recommend replicating the experiment. You can search youtube for videos of grapes in the microwave, like this one by Veritasium.
- Roman numerals (which is funny because we needed it the next day for the Puzzle Your Kids puzzle! Serendipity!)
- Started working on the Which Way USA puzzle book for Kentucky.
- Kid #1 rode his bike every day.
- Kids #2 and #3 did their dance classes, soccer practice, and soccer games.
After seeing the Celtic Fiddle Festival, the kids listened to a lot of celtic music… and I got them all penny whistles. So they spent time on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday learning how to play them.
- The girls made a lot of interesting hair bows out of ribbons.
- Everyone decorated cookies.
- All the kids crafted with sewing materials while I worked on costumes.
Can’t think of anything in specific we covered this week… part of the reason we’re watching Monk, however, is to talk about anxiety and how people cope (or don’t!) with it. If you follow the Bravewriter lifestyle, this is one of our Big Juicy Conversations.