Back to normal activities this week after Spring Break. Let’s see what Ethan was up to this week.
Ethan was busy doing his tasks today, such as math. Here, he watched a Khan Academy lesson about the coordinate plane and functions. He answered the questions on the computer today by using Google’s presentation app. He learned about adverbs and wrote a story using them. Today’s element was darmastadtium. He went out to play with Kal a couple of times today. They love playing on their scooters. After dinner, we watched another Prehistoric Earth DVD. April 1
Ethan went back in his math book and did some practice mulitiplying and dividing fractions. Today’s element card was curium. He read an article on eating well. He read about the golden age of China. He answered some questions about the golden age of China. He learned about using the comma and wrote a fun story using them. After dinner, we took a bike and scooter ride to the library to pick up some books on hold. This is one of the books he picked up, How to Beat Your Dad at Chess.
We read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea before Ethan went to bed. We want to finish this before moving onto The Hobbit but it’s taking a little longer than expected. An interesting story, though.
Ethan started off his day watering plants and checking the mail for our neighbour. He then worked on a project using salt to create separate colour layers of water. He also did a project to show how a paper boat can be moved by soap. Ethan learned about solving log equations. Afterwards, he played outside, then had taekwondo class. After we got home, he did some remixing of a platform game in Scratch.
We finished the night reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. We’re finally on Part II!
Nature school today. This is what they did, according to Ethan’s teacher, Scott:
Our first day back together was rainy, but we made the most of it! We started by deciding to take a walk down to Lynn river in search of Licorice fern root. I talked about the rhizomous growth pattern of the fern and how to harvest it in a way so as to keep as much of it growing as possible. Also, we talked of the fact that the spot we harvested from was a good one to choose because of the abundant amount of the fern in the area.
After washing up the roots, we walked back up to the tarp shelter that we had constructed and re-joined Blake’s group. Here, we had lunch and started up the stove. Blake’s group helped by adding more ingredients.
While sipping tea, we played a game of “Catch the poacher” with Blake’s group, then spent the rest of the day playing on a big tree stump!
Ethan was at nature school today. In spite of it raining all day while he was there, he had a great time. After a short rest, he got into some of his activities, starting with violin practice. He continued learning about solving log equations and how to check your solutions. The video he learned from is from a YouTuber called NancyPi. The element he learned about for today’s card was copernicium. He wanted to know how to pronounce copernicium properly and found out that it was named after Copernicus, the mathematician and astronomer who’s model of the universe had the Sun in the centre, instead of the Earth. Once he was done all his work, he started playing some games in Scratch. He then went to work on a game he was remixing. In this platformer, you’re controlling both blue squares simultaneously. You need to get around the black blocks by figuring out how to move the blue blocks. The other game he remixed is one that requires you to use magnetism to move the blue circle to the green squares. You have to drag a positive or a negative icon onto the screen. You then press the play button to see what happens. The negative icon repel while the positive icon attract. Ethan’s symphony class has a photoshoot this Saturday and they have to wear concert clothing. After a full day outside, Ethan had hit his 10,000 step goal. He was still hungry after having dinner so he got a treat from A&W. After eating, he taught us what he learned earlier in the day about solving log equations and checking your solutions. He then spent some time listening to the Brains On podcast after we had read a little bit of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. April 4
Ethan continued learning about log equations today. He started working on videos about the elements. One thing that he had to do was learn how to make the atoms go around in a circle using Keynote’s animation function. Spoiler Alert: He figured it out. He wrote about Japan today and used a variety of colours, as well as text effects. Ethan played outside for about an hour and he also had taekwondo class. After he got home, he wanted to do some playing and coding in Scratch. He found a music composer program in Scratch and programmed it to play the beginning of Hunters’ Chorus. This was him working on the music program.
We’re more than halfway through Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It’s a challenging book to read as some of the scientific terms and other words are difficult to pronounce. Anyway, it’s fun!
Ethan spent most of this day making videos so please see this one about
He also learned about probability and did some practice exercises, too. He wrote about the Japanese Nara period. This is using Keynote to make the graphics for the beryllium video. He made this element card for berkelium but we’re not sure it was from today. April 6
Today was photo day for Ethan’s symphony class. They had individual photos taken. And a group photo. After symphony class, Ethan played a bit then it was time for his skating lesson. Big game played at the end of the lesson. Ethan’s the one on the ice on the left. For lunch, we went to the new Northern Vietnamese restaurant near our place. It was awesome. Ethan watched this yesterday and wanted to watch it again with us. He has been re-inspired to try origami again because of that origami documentary. He’s inspired by how much math is involved and how many things you can create using origami principles. Watching origami videos. Those pyramids he made earlier are actually cones and they all fit together. You press them down and let them spring up. He was trying to learn some advanced origami designs. This is like the fortune teller but it does something very unique. It can change into this rectangular box when you squeeze the sides.
And that was Ethan’s week!