School is starting to feel more like fun and less like a brain battering. I don't know about you, but the first few weeks always feel a little rough. I feel like Silas is doing a great job of taking the initiative to find out what he has to accomplish next during the day. CtC is step up from what we were doing last year, but he is doing well with the additional expectations. He is especially enjoying the creative elements of this guide. He is a very hands on kid who enjoys art, experiments and projects.
This week our poem was "A Peck of Gold" by Robert Frost. I absolutely loved his vibrant painting this week!
One of the homeschool perks Silas would say he enjoys is that he always has a furry companion. His cat really only likes him, and follows him around the house (ignoring the rest of us.)
This year I am painting with Silas. I always wished I had done that when I did this guide with Aedan. I adore that our paintings go along with our poetry!
Silas did his poetry reading of the week. He is getting better. By the end of the year I think this will be a piece of cake for him. This kid had stage fright when he had to do public speaking at co-op a few years ago. This is a great safe place to practice for when he may have to do it in the future.
This is his history notebook page of the week. His copywork was taken from the story of Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac. He wrote his written narration about Jacob tricking Isaac into giving him the blessing. His full goat skin suit cracked me up!
We read about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The Birth of Jacob and Esau (though I'm pretty sure that's Golhum and not Jacob ha!.)
Birth of Isaac
Silas's history project was to make a star optical illusion. He copied Genesis 26:4-5 that is the promise that God made to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars.
Silas has been adding to his Biblical prophecies each week. We read the promise and the fulfillment and record them here. He also researched Biblical covenants.
Silas started reading The Penderwicks as his Reading Roadmaps literature.
Of course here is that cat again with his boy :)
Silas is loving science! This week we read all about Mercury.
Our science experiment was to learn why and how Mercury has so many craters. Silas found these rocks and a marble to represent meteors for our experiment.
We started with a pan of flour shaken smooth.
Next we dropped each one in one by one and removed them to show how the crater would have formed. Mercury doesn't have an atmosphere like earth, so it isn't protected from meteors in the same way.
This experiment is way more fun in slow-motion!
This is one of Silas's notebook pages for science this week. He drew a picture of the orbit of Mercury.
We are moving along nicely in IEW Fables.
This was Silas's written paragraph for the week taken from an Aesop fable. It's getting easier each week. I'm really loving IEW this year. This themed guide is especially fun. There is a joke and a short fable to read each day. It's the perfect introduction to the IEW method. See you next week!