Eric's Weekly Update 10-25-13

posted Oct 28, 2013, 12:54 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Thursday, 31st Planned fieldtrip to Northern Lights Farm (pumpkins!)
Friday, 11/1 NO SCHOOL – conferences & clothing exchange Monday, 11/4 NO SCHOOL – conferences & clothing exchange

This week…
This week we looked at the needs of ancient Europeans by way of transportation, defense, shelter, and clothing. We also listened to some early and classic music. We also had the opportunity to get another visit from our local astronomy wizard, Rick Kang. He brought his telescope and we saw the moon and it’s many features in the west, and then the rising sun in the east. The sun was very active, allowing us to see the sunspots. They can last for days to weeks. Eliza Lenore came in and helped us begin making puppets. This was a noisy, sticky, messy adventure, and the kids seemed to love it. We will use the puppets to retell Aesop’s fables, which we have been reading for the past week. Look for the puppet show at the Book Fair in November! Thank you, Eliza! Finally, we discussed the Roman gods from…well, Rome.

Next week and beyond…
In the coming week we will begin our studies of modern Europe. That is to say, students will pick a country they want to research (Northern Europe for this round) and then present their findings on November 12-14. Students will receive instruction on the process and see an example of how to do this. In addition to all this fun, we will also begin to study the Vikings! This is going to be very fascinating. We will build a small replica Viking town, a small ship, and later look at the enormous impact these seafarers had on Europe.

On a side note, after researching the process to build a replica Viking ship, I have decided to do something a little different. The ships are beautiful, but would require a large time and financial investment to recreate. Much more than I was anticipating. I would not be happy with an “almost” replica, either. Therefore, I have an equally interesting way to set the mood for our studies that is easier, cheaper, and still visually appealing. I just love surprises! 

Please look for the permission slip coming home by the end of the week. It must be signed and returned if you would like your child to go to the pumpkin patch with us. 

Eric and Emily