Sunday, March 11, 2012

Week 26: (MFW wk 25) Iowa, Wisconsin, Gold in California, Atoms & Molecules

Wow! It's March already! We've come a long way this year and I can see the end in sight! This was a really good week. We got a lot accomplished this past week, and had our last Zoo School field trip for this school year.
This week we added Iowa and Wisconsin to our map. Dario really seems to enjoy his state studies. He's really good at recognizing the states by shape. Part of this is from playing "Shake the States" on the iPad. In History we read about Captain Sutter and finding gold in California. We also added another piece to our timeline - I hope our timeline is long enough to complete this year's study!
In science this week we studied Atoms and Molecules. We learned that atoms combine to make molecules. To make this more visual, we created a water molecule. We used toothpicks and two different colored mini marshmallows. Two marshmallows represented Hydrogen and one marshmallow represented Oxygen. We put them together to form a water molecule. We made several of these "water" molecules and placed them in a glass to give to Poppy when he got home from work.

We also started another chapter in our Health book. This chapter is about nutrition. We learned about the Digestive System and are learning about the various nutrients our bodies need to grow and develop.

Dario also went to the Zoo for Zoo School this week. I don't have any pictures this time, because he said he didn't want me to go with him! Huge step for him! I was very proud of him...and he seemed to have a really good time, but was disappointed that we have to wait until next fall for the next Zoo School! I do know that they learned about South American animals and that they got to see a tarantula and a parrot up close.

This week Dario continued to work on his multiplication facts - adding in the 3's family. He also continues to use the iPad to review Place Value, Number Sense, Addition, Subtraction, Time, and Graphs on a daily basis.

We're moving right along with our Language Arts curriculum. I just realized today that we only have five more weeks of spelling left! He's done really well with his spelling this year!

Here are the books we read this week. We seemed to have read quite a few! We both enjoy our reading time each day...a time to curl up on the couch and just enjoy the books!

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