We are steadily making our way through the days and weeks here in our little corner of the woods. It feels good to have accomplished what we have so far, and yet I'm not ready to say goodbye to this year's learning. It really is a privilege to spend my days with these incredible boys. I try and remember that on the days that feel painfully hard, and on those days that my inadequacies shine through far more than my strengths. God is somehow still faithful to be my strength when my weaknesses want to show up and raise a ruckus.
It's been fun painting with Silas again. I have enjoyed having paper to paint with him again. This week we pained a sunset based on Robert Frost's poem "Acceptance."
I remembered when we did this painting with Aedan that it was a little difficult to use masking tape to make the shapes of the sun and clouds. Instead we used sticker paper (shipping labels to be exact) to draw the shapes and then cut them out.
We drew a horizon and added the shapes to our sky.
Next we followed the instructions in the guide to paint the water and sky.
The sticker paper worked great!
Next we finished up the clouds and water. This is one of my favorite paintings so far!
Since we have been learning about Greece our history project was to hold our own Olympic Games Trials. We looked up each individual event on YouTube, so we knew how the actual event looks. We used our cotton ball shot put, straw javelins and paper plate discus to have 3 of the events. So silly and fun, because really, how far can one throw a cotton ball anyway?
Athens Vs. Sparta - Peloponnesian War - 431-404 B.C.
Philip II of Macedon gains control of Greece - 338 B.C.
Reign of Alexander the Great - 336-323 B.C.
We enjoyed learning about the life of Alexander the Great! Silas's "Traveler" Bucephalus made me giggle.
Aedan drew Bucephalus, Alexander the Great's horse by following the instructions out of Draw and Write Through History. I always love his pictures!
He wrote about the conquests of Alexander the Great for his written narration. His picture shows how Alexander started dressing like the Persians and his army men didn't love that so much.
We saw where in the world Alexander seized power.
Silas read more about Alexander the Great with this extension book.
In science we read about tectonic plates and continental drift.
I'm so glad we have continued to persevere through Singapore math. Silas wows me each week with his ability to do so much of his math in his head. I often ask him to teach (me) how he figured out a problem on his own. We have worked through fractions, decimals and have recently moved onto percents. This is the kid I sort of agonize about what next step to take in math. It's one of his strengths, so I want to challenge him. I don't want to over-do it though. This is one of those areas I'm hoping the Lord will give me wisdom. We wills stick with Singapore next year, and then I will have to make a decision about what comes after that. I'm thankful for a little more time.
How was your week? Have you started planning for next year too?