Charlotte has become fast friends with one of the girls in our neighbourhood, which is great! Since her first time coming over to play she's been fascinated by the anatomy model we have. It's a female torso and head, and it comes with a uterus and fetus, which is Charlotte's favourite part since babies are… Continue reading Teaching with Honesty (in other words, talking about sex without it getting “weird”)
Charlotte finished up all her kindergarten work by the end of May, and we've just been checking off a few, random topics that we maybe have delved into with enough detail (I'm looking at you, health and fitness), but with most of those now completed, and her year-end review happening next week, we decided to… Continue reading Starting Grade 1
Charlotte and Orson love flowers. It's the sweetest thing when Orson comes in with a clutch of buttercups for me, or Lewis, or even Nana! So they've been enjoying our observations and readings about flowers this week. We're using REAL Science Odyssey: Life 1 (RSO) to cover our Life Science Prescribed Learning Outcomes in BC… Continue reading This Week in Science… Flowers!
We're wrapping up our week of gravity and black holes! The last few chapters of A Black Hole is Not a Hole don't really lend themselves to hands-on experiments, but we were able to pull one experiment out of chapters 4 and 5, looking at how light moves. We started by reading those chapters and… Continue reading Bouncy Pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
Black holes are kind of hard to explain to a six-year-old, or a 33 year old long out of university, but A Black Hole is Not A Hole is doing a good job of it. We read chapters two and three, which talked about how black holes are formed following the death of some stars,… Continue reading The Crushing Defeat of Gravity
We've met all our learning outcomes for science this year (and then some!) and Charlotte is interested in moving on to study space, which is part of our Grade 1 curriculum. We're waiting for all the new books to make their way to us, either ones we've purchased, or ones from our school resource library,… Continue reading Blast Off!
We've been knee-deep in dead people for the past month, well, more like the past year to be honest. No fresh ones, no, our dead people are thousands and millions of years old, and Charlotte has been fascinated with the ancient dead since we watched a documentary (Sky People) on PBS about a year ago.… Continue reading A View of Death in the Morning