Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

2nd Grade Week in Review October 1, 2011

Or rather, 2 weeks in review… 😉  Here is what Jedi’s been working on for the past two weeks:


Art:  Jedi learned about two different types of art the past few weeks.  The first was about artwork on streets.  Since art on streets tends to be in statue form, both projects Jedi made during that unit used clay.  The first was a clay sculpture of an animal–this project emphasized pulling the clay to form limbs instead of creating limbs separately and trying to stick them onto the sculpture.  The second clay project was a face in clay.  Jedi also learned about mosaics and chose to do a mosaic of Darth Vader’s face.

Jedi working with clay


Jedi's mosaic


Making a face with clay.


Life Science: Jedi finished his unit on mollusks by exploring various shells that were formerly used by mollusks.  He identified the shells and labelled them with the animal that used to possess the shell.  We also observed a slug that was found on one of the kids’ outdoor toys. Then he moved on to studying echinoderms.  He learned that echinoderms can be divided into fives and practiced that by taking a banana peel that was split into fives and creating the shapes of echinoderms.  He also studied real life preserved echinoderms.  We also watched several videos on sea cucumbers and their ability to regenerate their digestive system.

Identifying the type of mollusk each shell belonged to.

Making a sea star out of a banana peel. He also made the shape of a sea urchin and a sea cucumber.


Studying various echinoderms.


Chemistry:  In chemistry, we continued our work with the periodic table  Jedi learned the abbreviations for several elements matched the element with what the element is used for and with the element’s symbol.  Since one of those elements was sulfur, I pulled out a piece of sulfur from the mineral kit and let him smell it as well.

Working on his element matching.


Ancient History: In Ancient History, Jedi finished his unit on Ancient India by learning about the lost city of Mohenjo-Daro.  We used the Indus Valley page on BBC ( to explore more about the artifacts found at Mohenjo-Daro’s site.  We then moved on to learn about stone monuments and why civilizations create large monuments.

Viewing pictures of the buildings in Mohenjo-Daro


Reading about monuments


Math:  In math, Jedi began adding two numbers where each number is a two digit number.  We also learned that Jedi will reverse numbers even if he says them correctly–for example, I will ask him to write 62 + 48, and he will repeat it and write it, but then add it as 26 + 84.  So, we’ve began to use symbols under numbers to help him keep things straight–we use an X under the 10’s place numbers and a _ under the one’s place numbers.  This seems be helping Jedi a lot because he doesn’t reverse his numbers as much when there are symbols helping him know what to add.  Jedi also started learning about Roman Numerals.  Of course, he had a head start because he remembered how to write numbers 1-6 from the Star Wars titles!

Jedi writing his Roman Numerals


Spelling/English: In spelling, Jedi learned about open and closed vowels, and has now finished level 1 of All About Spelling!  He was very excited to move on to level 2 this past week (although level 2 starts with a very quick review of the important concepts from level 1. 🙂 )  He also has been continuing with his daily journaling, still turning each journal entry into a game show script.  He decided to do this all on his own, and by doing so, he’s gone from writing a single sentence for each journal prompt to writing multiple pages.

Geography: In Geography, Jedi worked on his unit on South Korea.  One of his favorite things was using the internet to do research on the animals of South Korea.  He especially enjoyed researching a bat found in South Korea because the first page that popped up in the search engine was a page where it showed the bat’s resemblance to Yoda. LOL!  I’ll post more on that unit later this week. 🙂

Jedi researching animals from South Korea


Using the globe to map out South Korea.


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