Friday, October 23, 2009

Weekly School Report

It has been a busy week here at the academy for wayward children:) The kiddos have a yucky virus so we were unable to do our weekly nature walk....but we were able to keep up with the rest of our studies. Here are a few of our projects.

T is studying the circulatory system and this week we focused on blood composition. To illustrate the various components we made a blood model. We used Karo syrup to depict the plasma, red lentils for red blood cells, dried garbanzo beans for white blood cells and blue dyed rice for platelets. This lab was really cool...and sticky!

In history this week we are focusing on the Babylonians. We studied up on Hammurabi's code of laws and T decided to make his own code of laws for his room. The drawing is a depiction of him issuing his decrees.

We also covered Babylonian architecture specifically ziggurats which are terraced pyramids of successively receding stories. T made a replica of a ziggurat using some recyclables and painted it reddish brown to resemble mud bricks. He of course had to add a Lego Indian Jones and a golden idol for authenticity. The ideas for these projects came from our Story of The World Activity Guide.

All in all considering how sick we were I think it was a very successful week....I really was hoping to call in a substitute this week but apparently that's not an option for homeschoolers;)


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