For some reason we have fewer pictures this week of what Ethan was up to, but needless to say, he kept himself quite busy. As an unschooler, he’s able to explore his interests as long as he likes and whenever he likes. He certainly did that this week.
Slightly different look
One thing I should mention is that this week’s post was written with WordPress 5.0.
The interface is slightly different and it’s easier to add a bunch of pictures at once without having to manually add a space between them.
However, when using this gallery function, it won’t allow me to add a description above the photo.
So this week, most descriptions have been written as captions under the photos.
Beautiful day today so we went for a walk in the neighbourhood.
Crossing a foot bridge over a creek that leads down to the beach where Ethan likes to play. Editing a video about dominoes that Ethan made. He actually made two videos, shown below.
Ethan took this photo of himself writing in his blog. Normally, I do all the writing but Ethan has been helping out, which has been great.
Today’s morning jog… 1.55kms. Working through a lesson on Mystery Science about plants. Doing the project from the plant lesson. Switching over to math and learning about chords and cyclic quadrilaterals. Doing his own practice equations. Time for violin practice. Worked on a lesson about using quotation marks. Reading about some Greek history. Recently, he read about Chinese history and this came in handy when we watched a documentary about Chinese history. Ethan was able to relate what he read with what he was watching and he was excited that he already knew what they documentary was referring to. Learning about NASA from Classroom Ready Science News. Drew an optical illusion. Wanted to make a video about dominoes. Filming with my iPhone. He would later edit using iMovie on his laptop. While having dinner, he wanted to try drawing a circle using only right angles. He drew other shapes by using curved lines and also using the squares on the graph paper. We finished reading The Secret Garden tonight! December 4
One of Ethan’s favourite books. He uses this together with videos on Khan Academy. He made new schedules for himself. Practiced drawing on the computer. Before drawing on the computer, he practiced drawing in his sketchbook while following instructions from a video about sketchnoting. He learned that it’s possible to draw most anything with 5 basic shapes: circles, lines, dots, squares and triangles. He also learned how to write in bold letters by writing the letter twice, connecting the ends of the lines together and then filling in the letter. Taking what he learned to make drawing. He was also drawing using the tablet. He uploaded some of these to Videoscribe as animated videos but hasn’t published them, yet. He also did a lesson about plants and trees on Mystery Science. December 5
Getting ready for nature school. After he got home, he learned about volcanoes, rocks and dirt. A Mystery Science lesson on soil. Doing well with writing in full sentences. He likes taking these exams just to try and get the highest scores. Doing some experiments on gravity in space in Universe Sandbox. This planet is red because it’s close to its star and is heating up. The stuff on the left is materials being expelled due to gravity. Here’s the star. The smaller white dot on the star’s left is the planet from above. After watching some planets get ripped apart by gravity, Ethan had some fun doodling on Google’s “Quick, Draw!” website. This is a machine learning site where you draw pictures in 20 seconds to try and help the AI recognize the drawing. December 6
Starting the day with some reading… Matilda today. Going for a jog. Continuing the volcano lesson. Practicing equations. Learning about how sound travels. Violin practice is a serious activity. But really, he just enjoys it. We went to Ethan’s gymnastics class after this. Ethan made a Christmas card for my friend Charles and his family. We spent US Thanksgiving with them last year in Washington, DC. We went out to the post office to send the card and some other Christmas parcels.
In the evening, Ethan had taekwondo class. He’s still working on getting his test form so he’s been putting in extra practice. Getting a test form means you can take the belt test.
Ethan learned about finding the surface area of an object on Khan Academy. Watching the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch live. Back to math and learning about calculating surface areas. Making a lesson on how to calculate the surface area of a cylinder. Video is below. Heading out to play with friends.
Before going to his symphony class, Ethan read about philosophy. There was a pancake breakfast event at the community centre so we had a few pancakes after Ethan finished his symphony class. Santa was in the house. Practicing violin after we got home. He told me about some of the things he learned this past week, such as why toys are made out of plastic. He told me about how he learned about finding the volume of a cone and how the volume is 1/3 of the volume of a cylinder. This was part of the lesson he made. Explaining the calculation to me. After catching me up, Ethan did some math practice using Prodigy. Ethan and Dong Eun put the lights Ethan used for his Halloween costume onto the toilet paper roll Christmas tree. And the result!
We took a walk to the grocery store and bought some dinner, too.
After dinner, we watched more of the Chinese history DVD that we got from the library. Ethan has really enjoyed this DVD and especially liked the parts about what the Chinese invented, especially how they invented soccer.
And that was it for this past week.