July 31, 2020
Summer school jul 27-31

After our big beach trip last weekend I was contemplating skipping adventure day. We went hiking at Mer Bleue. For some reason the road was closed leading up to the parking lot closest to the boardwalk (nothing on their website and Google showed it open), but P21 was open and not too crowded so we turned around and went back.


The trail was beautiful but very buggy. We walked along the trail for about half an hour and then turned around - the full loop is 7km or something so it was obvious we weren't doing that.


Highlights included:

  • Erika complaining that she wished mosquitoes ate plants instead of blood and Brendan pointing out that then cows might eat blood instead of plants. Then he moo'd and all the kids ran like wild things.
  • Garter snake crossing the trail in front of me.
  • Matthew pretending to be a moose.

We did manage a music class this week looking at different eras of classical music (Renaissance, Medieval and Baroque). We talked about Bach in particular. Then we made zucchini muffins as part of a cooking class focused on measuring skills.


Matthew is working on his two times tables. Elizabeth finished off her fractions book! Everyone did book reports (in french). Matthew was excited to "type" his on the computer. Amelia did a paper bag book report where you put things in the bag that were in the story and then explain why you chose each one.


Amelia and Michael's playgroup made fruit skewers this week. No one got stabbed. Elizabeth made BBQ hotdogs and steamed some frozen veggies for supper. Notable because it was entirely independent.


Elizabeth was away for a sleepover at Erika's house from karate on Wednesday until lunchtime on Thursday. They made cookies and had an "awesome" time. The rest of us went for a bike ride and stopped at a park for some play time.


Matthew and Amelia played a very elaborate game that involved building the great wall of China (later changed to the great wall of Ottawa). It had to protect the ponies from the Lego people apparently.


Elizabeth also finally finished her advertising project and did quite a nice oral presentation on different advertising techniques. She was amused because I set up a Google classroom for her but it does seem quite effective as an organizing strategy now that she can go and see what is due when. She even finished her required reading before I even told her I wanted it done because she could see the assignment online. I'm still playing around with rubrics etc. I didn't set it up for Matthew yet as I think it won't be as helpful for a single student at his grade level but we'll see as I get more experience with the software.


We started a new science curriculum this week. Amelia and Matthew are doing Elemental Science Physics for the Grammar stage and Elizabeth is doing Physics for the Logic stage. Elizabeth's class this week was mostly review because she did many of the activities in June with "real school" - it starts out with forces. Amelia and Matthew are learning about different kinds of energy.


For gym we biked, did karate, hiked and tried to play soccer. The most popular activity was Daddy's timed obstacle course in the basement for the younger three kids.


At the end of the week we had an impromptu distanced play date with Dianne and her kids.


All in all it was a fun week.

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