I don’t know whether it’s cabin fever or what, but he was one cranky boy this week. Nothing seemed to make him happy, school-wise. He got to spend some additional time with his Dad, one on one, this weekend. That usually cheers him up. Hopefully, it’ll set a better tone for the week to come. With the ice storms seeming to be over, he’ll definitely be able to go outside so that will help.
Although the sky wasn’t exactly clear, he & Dad did spend time, on a warmer night, using the telescope. Even though he didn’t get to see many stars, he got a really good look at the moon. With spring around the corner, he’ll have many more nights to experiment with astronomy.
I knew the Farmers’ Almanac was calling for a nasty winter, but I never expected the ice storms that we’ve had. Repeatedly, we lost internet reception when the satellite iced over. We’ve now had 3 consecutive 50 degree days, so, fingers-crossed, it’s over.
We’ve moved on to units of weights & mass in math. These have confused him in the past so I’m putting together another craft like the robot to assist him. So far he hasn’t struggled too much with it, but I don’t want to take any chances. State testing is only a few weeks away.
We’re finishing the play, ‘The Stormi Giovanni Club’. He not only enjoyed reading the play, but he showed great comprehension with it. For his Social Studies research paper, we’re working on the causes & effects of 9/11. Grolier On-line has done a fabulous job of explaining the event. I remember exactly where I was & what I was doing on the actual day. I was able to add a bit of that to help him understand. However, it’s never easy to detail a catastrophic event to a child. Their innocence finds it hard to process such tragedy.
In Science, we’re doing a study on the earth & moon. He’s watched a number of Discovery Education movies on tides & gravity. It’s great that he’s expressed an interest in the moon as we go through this study. He’s full of questions. I love that!
In between the research paper, we’ve begun a unit on slavery & its end. This is always an emotional topic for him. He can’t process the evil behind enslaving people. He’s often cried reading the stories, especially those of women & children. I’ve tried to focus his study on the wonderful heroes who stood up during these years. Specifically, this week, we’re going to be focusing on Harriet Tubman.
In Bible class, he’ll finish Jeremiah on Monday & then begin Ezekiel. We’ve had a wonderful time exploring Jeremiah’s book & all the great symbolism involved.
Holding onto expectations for a better week, I’m hoping for a shiny, happy student.