Welcome to another Monarch Room week in review :) This week we enjoyed learning about the naturalist John Muir and about the Chisholm Trail We also learned what it was like to immigrate to America and a little about the Spanish-American War. That's a lot right? One great thing about learning at these young ages a small about is that someday when we cover these topics again they will have already heard of them when they're older. The extension readers have been really great in giving Aedan a greater understanding of the topics we've been studying.
While we are still enjoying our studies, I am really looking forward to spring break next week. I don't think we've had a break since Christmas, and my head is starting to feel a little mushy. I was hoping that waiting until the end of March would give us some warmer weather, but apparently yet another snow storm is on its way. Seriously....! We are going to take a full week off. I look forward to a few lazy days, and catching up around here.
We read about John Muir's great love for nature, and his 1000 mile nature walk. Now that's nature study! I'm thankful for his work with Roosevelt to establish a way to protect nature. I love visiting our country's national parks. We enjoy visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. I can't imagine how terrible it would be to see that land developed.
Our art project was to choose one of the states that John Muir walked through. The boys drew pictures of the animals that Muir saw along the way, and made a pop-up picture.
It is sad to think of all the animals that have become extinct since the time Muir made his journey on foot. I would love to have lived in a time to see droves of passenger pigeons passing over. I have such a love of nature, and it saddens me to see us not taking care of our environment and natural resources. I think Muir was very fore-thinking to see the need to protect what we have.
We read about the Chisholm Trail, and how cowboys herded many many cattle from Texas to Wyoming Territory. Our history activity was to pretend to herd cattle.
We read in A Pioneer's Sampler about how letters were sent, and how costly it was to receive a letter.
We learned how pioneers folded one piece of paper, and sealed it with a wax seal.
We read how pioneers made their own ink. Unfortunately this experiment didn't work. I may not have followed the recipe exactly. The soot of the candle was supposed to mix with egg white and honey to make ink. Ah well.
This is the experiment page for the ink and wax seal.
We learned about pioneer stores and what you could purchase in those days. Our science notebooking activity was to compare a pioneer store, and a modern store. We no longer have to buy huge barrels of salt because we can get in our car to get only what we need. I'm always impressed with what it took to live day to day in that period of time.
Elemental Science at The Monarch Room
Silas is continuing his study of the planets. We added Uranus to our sky map.
We learned how a planet's color affects its temperature.
This was Aedan's last week in his balance unit in ES Physics. We tried to find different objects around the house to balance. Some were easy, and some not so much. We look forward to our next unit where we get to build a newspaper stool. I'm wondering how that will go! Well, I'm off for some well needed rest for now :)