Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Jedi's week (or 4) in review November 23, 2011

First off, a huge happy 8th birthday to Jedi…I can’t believe that 8 years ago, Jedi was just a little tiny 6 lb 15 oz button of a baby.  Today, he is a wild, creative, spunky young man who loves Star Wars, reading, science, Mario Bros., and working with his Snap Circuits.  Happy birthday sweet baby boy…we love you!

And, since I’m like a month behind on Jedi’s posts, here’s just an overview of the major things he’s done over the past month…

 

In earth science, Jedi learned how most of Earth is made of water. We played a game where we tossed the globe ball back and forth, and calculated the percentage of time our right index finger was pointing to water. It turned out we only landed on land less than 30% of our throws!

 

In art, Jedi learned that calendars and magazines feature artwork as well. He made a calendar that counted down to his birthday.

 

In life science, we learned about arthropods and insects. Here, Jedi's observing the body structure of a pillbug.

 

Jedi also experimented with balloons to see if air takes up space and has mass.

 

In art, he also learned about how some artists painted on church walls and ceilings. To help reinforce the idea, we covered posterboard with plaster, and then Jedi painted a mini mural

 

In geography, Jedi learned about Stonehenge. I made some sand dough (clay with added sand for texture) and he recreated stonehenge. And then Bug recreated the destruction of Stonehenge when she flattened the entire thing when Jedi was at martial arts.

 

Observing insects in acrylic

 

Jedi working with the geo board

 

Jedi's geo board creation

 

Jedi also raised caterpillars to see the life cycle of a butterfly up close (this is the third time this year we've done this...he loves it so much). Unfortunately we had to travel during the last part of the life cycle so we couldn't wait until they laid new eggs.

 

Since we are going on vacation to central America next month, Jedi began learning about the countries we will be visiting (Mexico, Honduras, and Belize)

 

At our homeschool co-op, they had an "interest fair" during the end-of-the-session showcase. Jedi wanted to do a project on Mohenjo-Daro, which is one of his favorite things he learned about. Here, he's putting his posterboard together on the various things he learned.

 

Jedi then made some clay bricks and glued them to a diagram to illustrate the ruins of the city

 

Jedi at the interest fair with his project--ruins, the posterboard, and his 2 reports he wrote and typed (one on what Mohenjo-Daro was, and one about what he thinks happened to the city)

 

Jedi's new obsession--Snap Circuits. Well, not new--he's had them since he was 4. But over the past month, he's been working with them non-stop--even inventing new creations that weren't in the manual!

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One Response to “Jedi's week (or 4) in review”

  1. Beth Says:

    Hi, I’ve just found your blog, and am here to stay! I have two boys dx with ASDs. I was actually searching for Christmas gifts for my older son and found your blog via the search for snap circuits and whether they’re good for children with Autism (PDD-NOS to be specific for Thing1). I’m glad to see that your Jedi likes them. Thanks for your blog! I look forward to reading more!


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