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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Break - Homeschool Log 12/21/09

We have finally dug out from all the snow that fell on us this weekend. Mostly. Final measurement was 30 inches. That is almost unheard of in this area.

I haven't assigned any schoolwork to Austin and Amanda for this week and will not for next week either. They do still have their regular chores but other than that they are on Christmas Break.

For the next two weeks I am going to log the things they do on their own. So much learning is accomplished outside of traditional lesson  plans.

Both Austin and Amanda watched Mystery of the Crystal Skull. This was a 30 minute program that looked into a crystal skull found in the Mayan ruins. It actually came on the Syfy channel but it had a lot of history, geography and science packed into 30 minutes. Austin also watched part of The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence. Once again this show was on the Syfy channel and once again I was surprised to see how much actual science and history was in this program. It was a two hour program but Austin only watched the last hour.

One of Austin's friends was here today and they spent a long time this afternoon building and playing with Knex and action figures. They had a great time together. Austin has requested another set of Knex for Christmas. He spends hours building with the sets he already has. It has been fun to watch his creativity blossom with these.

Amanda read a lot today. She's reading book 4 of the Keystone Stables series by Marsha Hubler. Teamwork at Camp Tioga has really captured her interest. In fact she has enjoyed the whole series of  books.

This evening she made Double Cheese Macaroni and Cheese. She doubled the recipe and once again she had a fraction workout. She also had to convert measurements in ounces to cups. She did a good job on the math and the cooking and there were not leftovers.

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