This week we did a new forensics lab, comparing typewriting samples, and focused on Native Americans in history. My oldest took his first Pre-Algebra test, and my youngest is almost done with his first CLE 5th grade light unit. We also worked on some logic puzzles, finished our first lesson in Apologia’s Who am I? for bible study, and read a lot of books!
In history this week, my boys made an Indian Story Bag for their lapbooks. This was from Time Travelers Early 19th Century CD and it came out really well. We talked about different tribes, the Trail of Tears, and the Cherokee Alphabet. I had an interesting discussion with my oldest, about the way we treated the Native Americans in this country, and the results of that treatment. The story bags came out really well!
In forensics this week, we did a lab that compared different samples from typewriters. The point of the lab was to identify which person wrote the ransom note. The boys really enjoyed this, and they both came to the correct conclusion! They also continued to read their individual forensics books, as well as discussing the reading from our DK Eyewitness Forensics book, and our read aloud, Time Stops for No Mouse, which is getting really interesting!
The forensics study is turning out to be one of the highlights of our year, and it ties in beautifully with our Human Anatomy study as well!Our other subjects are going very well. Both of my boys are enjoying logic, they love the logic puzzles, and my oldest is finishing up The Fallacy Detective and getting ready to move on to The Thinking Toolbox. My youngest is working on Logic Liftoff, and doing very well. Math and reading are going well too, and both boys are enjoying their novels so far. My oldest is reading The Red Kayak, while my youngest is reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a perennial favorite!One thing both my husband and I have noticed this year, which brings us both great joy, is the fact that our boys seem to be growing closer. They spend more and more time hanging out and playing together, which is awesome. Of course, they still argue! (they are brothers after all 🙂 ) However, they are building a relationship they didn’t have before, and we truly believe this is because of the time they spend together as a result of homeschooling!!On a personal note, I have begun reading Educating the Whole-Hearted Child, and I love it so far. It gives a great argument about the biblical basis for homeschooling, and has some great ideas and tips in it too. After I finish it, I plan to move on to How to Have a Heart for your Kids,I am always looking for growth and inspiration as a homeschool mom! 🙂