Monarch Room Summer School 2013 - Week 1-2

Monday, June 17, 2013

Hello again! We took about a month off of school, and have now started a very light summer school for about 6 weeks. I would love to take a full 3 months off without all hades breaking loose, but apparently that's the case around here without anything resembling a routine. I usually work through math and reading in the summer, but this time I decided to add science. I've been collecting Apologia science books like a cat lady collects cats, so I thought summer might be a nice place to squeeze them in. I love the idea of schooling year round, but for us taking a significant break from our full schedule is necessary (at least for me.) I love accomplishing our full program during the traditional school year, and adding in review that doesn't necessarily have to be done if I'd rather be at the pool. We will spend maybe an hour and a half per day in summer school.

I had always overlooked Apologia's science books. They looked too much like boring textbooks to me. Aedan is doing HOD's Creation to Christ, and Apologia's Land Animals of the 6th Day is scheduled. As I was reading through it I realized how conversational the writing was, and knew my kids would love these books. I found a few here and there at used sales for 15 bucks. I couldn't pass them up. My in-laws very generously bought us a pass to the local aquarium, so I thought the swimming creatures book would make the perfect summer study.

 I've decided to give Christian Light Math a try this year. Aedan really needs a more spiral math program with lots of review. I'm still bringing him up to level in math after bringing him home from PS. I think by the end of next year we should be up to speed. We'll work through a few light units this summer.

 Our first experiment in Apologia had to do with air pressure, and what happens to our bodies when we dive deep into the water. The balloon was supposed to get smaller as we stepped on it representing what happens to our lungs when all that ocean water piles on top of us. I think the balloon was supposed to be bigger before we started, but I couldn't for the life of me get it to inflate bigger. Either way the boys enjoyed smashing the bottle ha!

 Our next experiment was to discover if hot or cold water was heavier.

 We filled the large bowl with hot water, and the cup with ice water.

We punctured the cup, so that the ice water flowed like a cold current into the hot water.

 The cold water sunk to the bottom, and so it is heavier.

We did the reverse with the hot water being in the cup this time, and the cold being in the cup. 

 We learned about how whales use echolocation to "see" what is around them.

 We did the old fashioned cup and string experiment to discover how whales communicate.

My boys loved this experiment :)

We learned about how salt water is less likely to freeze than water without salt.

The boys guessed correctly.

 After 2 hours the water with the salt on the left was left unfrozen.

Normally I'm not a glutton for punishment, and would run the other direction at the mention of a lapbook. I kept thinking of how I would implement our Apologia study without the use of notebooking, and all those other things that we do the rest of the year. Uh....lapbook. I don't know what possessed me, but I purchased this lapbook file. My husband took the boys camping, and I set out to cut out all of the items for 2 lapbooks by myself.

This is the second lapbook. I know most people would let their kids cut all this out, and assemble it. I thought would be so much easier to just do it myself. This one is far too involved, and I wanted summer school to be fun. This way instead of worksheets they can add what we learn each day to each of the little booklets.

Here's a closer look.

The boys took turn filling out the booklets.

We all really loved learning about whales this week!

This was the before shot of one of the lapbooks.

Here are the sheets cutout.

And this is why I probably won't do another lapbook for at least a year :) I do thing the end result will be lovely, and such a nice thing to see what we learned all in once place. See you next week!


  1. Wow! Your summer school looks like fun :) We are still recovering from a rough year and I'm enjoying a little summer break. It feels good!

    I agree with lapbooking --it is so much easier to just have it cut out and ready.

  2. Just had you on my heart and hope that all is well.

    I will be using Beyond after all....long story, but I know that it will be easier with all that is going on in my life...I will use FIAR as a supplement.

    Enjoy your summer days!

  3. Really!? Well that's exciting! I'm happy to have another person to do it along side me. I've been printing, and printing away. I've been trying to get everything done over the next 2 weeks, so we can really enjoy the rest of our summer break. I look forward to reading your posts about Beyond :)

  4. What are you printing? {curiosity got me...hehe!}


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