One of the consequences of writing up Morse code on the whiteboard yesterday, is that today the serious play with that has begun. First it was helping a friend’s youngsters to write their names in Morse code. From there we moved on to Kira writing up all the dwarves (and a hobbit’s) names from “The Hobbit” in Morse code with determined dedication. And then I began to get children answering my requests of them in….you guessed it…Morse code! What have I started!!? LOL!
We had a friend drop by with 3 of her littlies just as we were about to begin our bible reading time, so we pulled out some scratch paper, and pencils and textas to keep their hands busy and just absorbed them into the next portion of out together learning. Maddy read aloud a chapter of her choice from The Bible (Daniel), and (all) the wee ones got some more home training in how to work at sitting relatively quietly whilst Maddy read aloud and then we talked a little about the reading.
Most of what we would be doing for the rest of our intentional learning would have been a little harder for the little ones, so I improvised and asked various older bodies to pair up with younger bodies to help them write their name in English, and then to write them again, letter by letter, in Morse code. Cool fun!! :)
Once we’d helped bundle the small visitors safely into their van for their journey home, we gathered at the dining room table again to pick up with the intentional learning for the day.
I asked Kira to read aloud for us the Weaver Bible lesson reading from yesterday (Joshua 4: 1-9), and we reviewed what we had learned/discussed from that reading.
We then read through today’s portion (A, B, and C) of Objective 1 in Social Studies, “How Civilisations Record History”. So we read and talked about the Minoan civilisation (during which I was astounded to find out how much my kids knew about the practice of bull-vaulting in the Minoan culture! Which was 100% more than I knew!), the Sumerian and Babylonian civilisations (reviewing our knowledge of ziggurats from previous studies and talking about the Tower of Babel which was most likely of ziggurat design), and the Egyptians. Later in the week we’ll do a related activity that will see most of the kids interpreting a short story into hieroglyph writing. That’ll be some fun for sure! :)
After this we moved on to our science topic for the day “Physical things are always happening” and Objective 1. For the littlies the objective was just to introduce the concept, for grade 4 level it is to work towards mastering that fact, for the older ones it is for review. We looked at rivers to illustrate the point (A, and B) and had very interesting discussions about what would happen if a river didn’t lay down silt as it flowed, what might the river look like if it never dispersed some of its load as it moved towards the sea…
Part of the lesson was looking into, or being reminded of the difference between normal conditions and predicted erosion and catastrophic conditions and unpredictable erosion. We got to revisit the topic of Mt St Helens (loved our time studying that a few years ago!) and be reminded of the “in our lifetime” evidence that supports the truth of a worldwide flood and of millions of years not being required in order to create something as awesome as the Grand Canyon for example. Just the right catastrophic circumstances. very cool! Later this week, or early next week there will be a project to complete (which I’ll try to take photo’s of) to go with this lesson. A nice, hands on, super tactile one….. :)
We pushed through after this to fit in 15 minutes in the logic books for the older children, and I read a story to JJ and Jemima whilst that was happening. I read “Follow Me” by Rick and Bronwyn Searle. A good story for the concept of generations, change over time, and regeneration. After that we popped the book/folder part of our education today to one side. Nuff done for this one day.
We went on to get a number of tasks done around the house, Isaac has his drum lesson with his teacher, did some group planning for the next couple of weeks and our activities, dogs were walked, wood heater lit (!!), bread for the chooks collected from a friend (which netted Kira another 30 minutes in her L’s log book, and were pleased to finally welcome Bill home close to 8pm. Looking forward to what tomorrow will bring. :)