Friday, 27 November 2015

weekly wrap up 11/27/15 (catch up)

Happy Thanksgiving!  We are enjoying a week off from school and went out to dinner for Thanksgiving this year!  Today we taking it easy and recuperating:)  I am a bit behind posting some of what the kids have been doing for school so I thought I would do a catch up post this week:)

MarioFan completed his Thomas Edison unit study and is moving on to learning about Alexander Graham Bell.  We are also continuing to take our FutureLearn course on electricity.

we completed reading this book and did all the experiments inside 
The book comes with it's own animation machine

Which MarioFan assembled and tried out 

There were several strips to try out.  We learned that Edison opened up many shops with these machines inside and charge .25cents for the public to view the moving photos.  

Next MarioFan and I tried to draw a few strips of our own and see how it works.  Neither of us are great artist;) LOL

FireDrake is continuing to work on her biology book by E.O. Wilson and was finally able to do the edible cell lab that we have been waiting to do for so loooong, lol.  After examining the many different versions out there and with this coming up so soon after halloween we decided to go a slightly healthier route.  We made a fruit pizza edible cell!

First Firedrake filled out a form labeling the parts of the cell and wrote down what fruit would represent what part of the cell.

She made a large round sugar cookie as a base  

bake it and then poured on vanilla yogurt.  Each part was label for what it represented in the cell:)

Finished edible cell, a slightly healthier version:)

Next she sat down with her brother and Dad and explained all the parts of the cell and what each meant and then we ate it:)!  which of course is the best part:)!

In History lessons we have moved on to learn more about immigration in the early 1900's and how it affected the growth of America and the Industrial revolution.
Here are a few of the books we are looking at along with videos and movies of  the time such as Gangs of New York.
I also plan on discussing child labor and overall poor working conditions at this time for many of the immigrants.

My parents stopped by for a weekend  a week or so ago for a short visit so my husband and I took them out to dinner at one of the amazing restaurants we had found recently on our date nights.  We haven't seen them since this summer so we had a very good visit catching up.  Wish we all lived a bit closer!
Hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving break!  we get back to work on Monday!