First week of Spring Break, although for us, it might not be much different. It’s definitely a benefit when we’re not trying to scramble to enjoy time together over a two week period. Unschooling has allowed us to spend so much more time together as a family. Here’s Ethan’s week…

March 17

March 18

March 19

Ethan ended the day by going to Don Steward’s math teaching blog ( and checking out some of the lessons there. He wasn’t too interested because it’s a plain looking website but he found something interesting related to geometry.

March 20

March 21

March 22

Today, Ethan decided to take the day off because we had a family lunch and would be out for most of the day.

We read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea before Ethan went to bed.

March 23

Day off yesterday, so he had to finish his Friday activities today.

After watching Bill Nye, Ethan and Dong Eun had a chat before bedtime and talked about the similarities and differences between chess and Rubik’s Cubes.

Ethan said that the similarities are:

  • Need strategy to solve or win
  • Taking control of the centre is important
  • Both have colours
  • Can be done blindfolded

The differences between chess and Rubik’s Cubes are:

  • There are more pieces on a chessboard
  • 2D vs 3D, as chess in played on a flat board
  • More possibilities on a chessboard
  • More colours on a Rubik’s Cube
  • Two players for chess versus one person for a Rubik’s Cube

And that was Ethan’s week. A lot of chess this week!

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