Friday, November 15, 2013

Logic Stage Chemistry Study Week 14

So, we've finished reading all of the story about Uncle Paul, Jules and Emile from Jean Henri Fabre.  We've also finished the free upper level notebooking package from Hands of a Child about Metals. All this just in time to start studying more about nonmetals and other groups on the periodic table.  As a last assignment in HOAC, the 3Gs were asked to draw a poster supporting recycling. Today happens to be National Recycling Day! So, how about some art to support recycling and being good stewards of the Earth's resources? G#1's poster included a picture off the Internet that wasn't annotated, so I didn't include it here, but it was of a cola can made into a craft car.

Along with a wrap up of our READ and SKETCHaRESPONSE
Tiner, Exploring the World of ChemistryChapter 8: The Electron Shows the Way     62
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry, Chap 25 (Chlorin) and Chap 26 (Nitrogen Compounds)
HOAC Metals:  Read * Recycling Metal
Activity 14 – Recycling Craft
Activity 15 – Recycling
Describe NONMETALS on the Periodic Table
DK Chemistry pages p 28-29


Weekly Wrap-up: SOTW3Ch13 and 15b The French

This is the point at which WTM advised a home educator to read from A. Dumas or some profound literature from a French background. However, we've just finished the Henty book about When London Burned, and that's what I'm serious about. We've visited London and will again. The closest we've been to France is a family field trip to Montreal, or the recent Daddy trip to Senegal.  We plan to find Strasbourg v-e-r-y s-o-o-n, but even then it's a mix of German and French in the ALSACE. So, we're moving on to Johnny Tremain, and maybe another Henty in True to the Old Flag.  Did I tell you we adore our kindles and are even tackling reading a longer paper book without text-to-speech just because we've extended our abilities (hard to explain- it's just a good thing).  We've also tweaked our schedules a bit and offered a quarter reward for the student who dawdles the least and finishes their work well, and ahead of the others.  It amazes me how focus is so much finer tuned when money is involved. 

SOTW3CHChapter 13, begins on page 129
The Sun King
The Sun King of France
Synge Awakening of Europe
The Greatness of France, The Greatest General of His Age, The Battle of Blenheim
Haaren Famous Men of Modern Times Louis XIV, Robespierre
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  French Explorers, Joliet, Marquette,
Ch. XLVII (part b), Down the Mississippi, France, 1673

SOTW3CH 15b, begins on page 145
War Against the Colonies: Louis XIV Saves France
(Hillyer) Children’s History of the World:  Ch70
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  La Salle, Hennepin,
Ch. XLVIII, La Salle’s Adventures, France, 1679-1718,

Usborne pages:  Pgs. 312-313; France and the Sun King
KHE pages:  Pg. 264; The Sun King 1643-1715

Blaise Pascal, 1623 – 1662, French Philosopher
Moliere, 1622 – 1673 French Playwright

Saturday, November 9, 2013

SOTW3Ch12 Weekly Wrap-up

We've been working on the material of this chapter for three weeks by reading WHEN LONDON BURNED BY HENTY and WRITING a review in each of our GOODREADS.COM accounts.  The book had it all:  Puritans or Roundheads, Cromwell, King Charles, civil war, naval battles, plague and fire. What a GREAT way to practice our historical fiction reading.  SOTW3CHChapter 12, begins on page 115 and is titled, Battle, Fire, and Plague in England.  The first section is about how Charles Loses His Head.  We read Mrs. Synge's chapter about the Medici and St Bartholomew's and then The Story of the Huguenots which struck home within our family tree.  Later we read more from these sources:
Marshall, Our (An) Island Story:  ch. 76 How a Woman Struck a Blow for Freedom (Jenny Geddes 1637)
Haaren, Famous Men of Modern Times  - Oliver Cromwell
(Hillyer) Children’s History of the World:  Ch67
 Cromwell's Protectorate
Synge, Awakening of Europe:  In the Days of Oliver Cromwell, Two Famous Admirals, De Ruyter
Marshall, This Country of Ours:  19. The Coming of the Cavaliers 1642-1673
Haaren, Famous Men of Modern Times - Louis XIV
POSSIBLE READING CHOICES:  Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walch (the Plague), Merry Monarch, Charles II by Hesketh Pearson, Journals of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (eyewitness account), The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  Cromwell, Quakers, Ch. XXXV, The Quakers, England 164-53
Pictures from 

Plague and Fire

Haaren, Famous Men of Modern Times. Sir Isaac Newton
Dickens:  Child’s History of England,
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies: CharlesII
Ch. XXXVI, The King-Killers, England. Puritans,, 1665-1666, 1658-1662,
PAST FACT:  1649, Charles II of England is executed

"Cyril took no part in the last war against the Dutch. He, like the majority of the nation, was opposed to it, and, although willing to give his life in defence of his country when attacked, felt it by no means his duty to do so when we were aiding the designs of France in crushing a brave enemy."
Henty, G. A. (George Alfred) (2012-05-12). When London Burned : a Story of Restoration Times and the Great Fire (pp. 279-280).  . Kindle Edition.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Chemistry: 3Gs in Transition, or Even in the Metalloids

Oh my, I'm combining two weeks of Logic stage Chemistry here. The logic stage being how old they are, but the method being a Charlotte Mason walk with sources we just slowly read through and discuss. We've been using the Mason style of teaching even while doing experiments and exploring our creativity. We've already laid a solid base with the Classical Approach to Grammar Stage science four years ago when we used the Elemental Science Chemistry materials. We truly are just adding to those while exploring during this stage of development. During the Rhetoric Stage of learning in high school, the science will lend itself back into the Classical style of education, and that's ok with us. 

G#3 at Kennecott Mine Utah
G#1 at Kennecottt Mine Utah

So, these past two weeks, we read and sketched or narrated about the Transition and Metalloid groups on the periodic table. 
We also covered more:
Tiner, Exploring the World of Chemistry
Chapter 6: Search for Order p. 44
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry,
Chap 21 (Carbonic-Acid Gas) and
Chap 22 (Different Kinds of Water)
Hands of a Child Notebook with questions
Activity 11 – Finding Metals.
Read about Copper mine materials from Utah,
*Mining Metals, *Metal Terminology
DEFINE Last set of words in the materials

DK Chemistry pages 46-47
Usborne Science Encyclopedia p. 28-43 with an excellent link to Rio Tinto's video about the  Kennicot open-pit Copper Mine that my boys have visited on summer trips with their UTAHGrampa and learned how the ore is processed and used in our daily lives.

Tiner, Exploring the World of Chemistry
Chapter 7: Sunlight Shows the Way p. 52
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry,
Chap 23 (Plants at Work) and Chap 24 (Sulphur): 
Hands of a Child
Activity 12 – Metal Ore: mining metal ore in open pit like Utah
Activity 13 – Metal Refining: 

Or mining like Salzburg Salt Mine visit (the slide down was great!  And even Gramma licked the wall - I think?) UNDERGROUND.
DK Chemistry pages 26-27
Use your Bible to list three verses w/ metals we’ve studied.
Explore the METALLOIDS (

This is what Chemistry looked like four years ago in the Grammar Stage.

Friday, November 1, 2013

SOTW3 Ch 11 and 19 with Focus on "Lord Clive" Because We Can

This is a light history week. We've finished Mrs. Synge's "Awakening of Europe" and begun her book called "Struggle for Sea Power."  We've explored with Mr. Lang "The Story of Lord Clive" because Heritage History prepared a readable version for our used kindles.  In fact, the fellow on the cover of the cd I bought a while back along with a special from some other homeschooler for a free copy of their Spanish Empire library might be Lord Clive himself even though it looks like George Washington.  In the Heritage History characters guide they list Clive as
Sir Robert Clive1725-1774British soldier, who rose to be a hero in the Carnatic Wars and delivered Bengal to Britain at the Battle of Plassey.
Clive is mentioned all over the page that discussed guide to battles:  Carnatic Wars — 1746 to 1764 Britain fights with France for control of trade on the Indian sub-continent.  G#1 was impressed at how Clive lead the East India Company's British forces against the Sepoys who mutineed.  The cd also shows maps of India in the time of Clive and Hastings and India after the Carnatic Wars.

G#2 noticed that Clive had been very destructive and adventurous throughout his life and found it not surprising that he ended his own life while in such terrible pain. 

According to G#3:  Who:  Lord Clive (Robert Clive)
When: born in 1725, died in 1774 he died 49 years old. He died early because of the sicknesses that he got in India.
Why: for the East India Company and English power in India
What: Officer In The English-Native Indian Militia.

"The ending was awful to the billionth power, because it does not tell how the English felt about his achievements in India, and that it makes him seem like a bad guy (ironic because he was a amazing dude)." As expressed by G#3

So, this was an example of a slow week in history and how reading a biography is not bad for your health.  On the contrary, it may even teach you how to be a better leader and take care of yourself.  This book about Clive was recommended to the younger crowd, but my kids took no time to finish the approximately 68 page book and reflect about the setting.

We've enjoyed two curriculum cds from Heritage History about the British Empire both in modern times and the Middle Ages.  I've also used the Spanish Empire and Early America library cds.  I'm learning more of how I might use the Modern Europe library cd someday.

Week 12
SOTW3CHChapter 11, begins on page 107
The Moghul Emperors of India
World Seizer, King of the World, and Conqueror of the World
Aurangzeb's Three Decisions
Synge AofE: The Story of the Great Mogul, Robert Clive, The Black Hole of Calcutta
1605, Jahangir (World Seizer) becomes emperor of India
1627, Jahangir of India dies
1628, Shah Jahan (King of the World) becomes emperor of India
1658, Aurangzeb (Conqueror of the World) becomes emperor of India
1690,Aurangzeb gives the British permission to build Calcutta
1707,Aurangzeb of India dies and Bahadur Shah I takes the throne
Usborne pages: Pgs. 300-301; The Mogul Empire
KHE pages: Pg. 258; East India Companies 1600-1700
KHE pages: Pg. 265; Decline of Mogul India 1605-1707
SOTW3CHChapter 19, begins on page 181
The English in India
The Indian Empire Falls Apart
Synge AofE: The Great South Land
The Story of Lord Clive. by John Lang
The Shopkeepers' Invasion
Usborne pages: Pgs. 298-299; India in Transition 1707-1835
Usborne pages: Pgs. 328-329
KHE pages: Pgs. 324-325; The British in India 1774-1858
KHE pages: Pgs. 181 – 184; The Indian Empire Falls Apart
Henty, When London Burned, Chapters 8-15