Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

2nd Grade Week in Review September 6, 2011

Once again, we were gone for the weekend and got in really late tonight, so all of my weekend and Monday posts are a few days late. One day, we’ll have a quiet weekend at home! 😉  This weekend, we were in Michigan visiting my family, which all of the kids really enjoyed!  They got to swim, hike, and play with their cousin, aunts, uncles, and grandparents!  It was hard getting them to agree to come back home…they wanted to stay longer! 🙂

Art: In art, we are continuing our unit on places where art can be found.  This week, the first lesson was on finding art in pottery and dishes.  Jedi made a bowl out of clay by using an ancient technique–in ancient times, clay used to be pressed into baskets or dishes and molded to that shape.  Jedi used a small bowl as his mold for his clay bowl.

In the second lesson, we learned about art in palaces.  Jedi made a piece of art using the fresco techniques to reflect what he learned about fresco paintings in palaces.

Making his clay bowl


Jedi being goofy after finishing his fresco painting of a giraffe

Life Science: In life science, Jedi learned about the Cnidaria phylum of animals.  First, we learned about the different types of Cnidaria, and then we focused on the sea jelly in order to study the life cycle (egg/sperm to larvae to polyp to medusa).  Jedi then created the cnidaria page in his animal kingdom book.

Jedi's cnidaria page in his animal kingdom book


Working on his 3d model of the life cycle of a cnidaria


Jedi's completed model

Chemistry: In chemistry, we continued our study on the parts of an atom with studying electrons.  In order to study electrons, we used a balloon to find out what happens when you create friction on the balloon (by rubbing it on the carpet), and then putting the balloon on the wall…or his sister’s head.  He learned that the electrons from the atoms in the carpet transferred to the balloon, creating a charge.

The balloon sticking to the wall


Monkey helping us out since she was the only kid with enough hair to make this work.


Apparently you can make a balloon stick to a dog as well!

Spelling/Handwriting:  In spelling, we continued working on beginning & ending blends, and added in double letters as endings (such as ending in LL).  We also worked on when you use a ‘c’ and when you use a ‘k’.  In journaling, he continued to do daily journal prompt exercises in order to work on handwriting and free writing.

History: In history, we finished our unit on Ancient Egypt.  We reviewed the myth of the Nile River flooding, and learned more about mummification and pyramids.  Jedi watched a Reading Rainbow episode on how mummies were made, which he really enjoyed.  The episode was well suited for his age range, without being too babyish or too scary.  The video can be found here:


Watching the Reading Rainbow episode

Reading his history lesson


Doing his review sheet on the myth of why the Nile River floods


Math: In math, we worked on adding 3 to a number, and adding 9 to a number.  Jedi also did a lot of practice with doing math facts that add up to 10.  He still needs to work a big more on these, as he’s really struggling to do the math facts without having to count out each number, but he’s making progress on it!





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