Eric's Weekly Update 9-30-11

posted Oct 3, 2011, 9:30 AM by Cynthia Friedman
This week…
We have learned a lot in the past week. From a perfect field trip to the Science Factory, to understanding the difficulty of mapping the earth, to the Clock of Era’s, we have had a scientific feast! My hope is that some sparks of excitement will catch the tinder we have provided and the students will dive into all the possibilities. There are so many interesting things happening in the field of astronomy right now. Yesterday we learned that two moons in our solar system Europa, and Titan have water and the potential for life. There was also a recent article about faster-than-light particles (neutrinos). We’ll wait and see if the results can be validated by similar results when they re-do the experiment. I could have told them there were things faster than light…Just watch the kids at recess!

Next week and beyond…
Starting on Monday we will begin the Third Great Lesson. This is the story of the Coming of Humans. Why do I capitalize all this stuff? Good question. Since these are classic Montessori lessons and are probably universal in all proper schools using her method, it is deference to the importance Maria herself placed on these lessons. Lessons she felt EVERY child should be aware of and understand. If she thought they were important, who am I to use lower-case letters? J Along with the Coming of Humans, comes the notation of time (or noting the passage of time) and the Fundamental Needs of Humans. There’s that darn capitalization again… We will also begin an overview of Africa, with a short side trip to discuss explorer Christopher Columbus. We know he didn’t ‘discover’ America but he was still influential. Besides, it gives us a chance to talk about latitude and longitude to supplement what we already know about the north and south hemispheres.

Adriene and I would like to thank all those who helped chaperone and watch over the students during our trip to the Science Factory. Thanks go out to Jen Hackstadt, Jen Allee, Gary Jenkins, and Jackie Land. Without their help we would not have been able to go and return while still remaining sane. Kudos!

Eric and Adriene