A busy week of science and math, as well as a hike to end this week of unschooling. One of the thing’s Ethan has really enjoyed is the weekly workshop hosted by SelfDesign. He was looking forward to it all week so thank you to SelfDesign for hosting the workshop.
Sunday. Coding a platform game in Scratch. Grocery delivery brought a lot of dry ice for Ethan to play with. September 16
Waking up on a Monday morning and taking time to read Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. He’s read this book so many times. We’re trying to encourage him to read new books, reminding him that he can always re-read his favourites. He added to his history timeline. Notice the guy that brought a gun? Russia defeated the Germans on an ice lake. He learned how to solve for time using Khan Academy. He learned about discontinuities. He wrote what he did in his journal. He did his music notation homework. After violin and taekwondo class, we went to the library. Ethan found some history books. September 17
He learned about vinyl acetate, how it was used and the potential harmful effects of it. He studied physics and learned about speed and velocity. He learned about continuity at a point. He did some language arts practice using an article from Canadian Reader. Cursive practice writing “s.” That night, he said he was a little bored but he got a package in the mail with a piece of string for doing cat’s cradle. He had the book from before. He’s been watching some interesting math lessons on Khan Academy where the teacher uses a notebook and speeds up the video while narrating. In this video, he learned about borromean rings. September 18
Today was Soaring Eagle Nature School day.
After he got home, he made this optical illusion drawing. He also did some coding in Python.
Afterwards, Ethan had taekwondo class. Wednesday’s are very full days but he loves nature school.
SelfDesign workshop time! He said that his favourite part is when they have the breakout groups. He had to finish about 15 minutes early because he has swimming lessons. We went to the library for a little bit after swimming. He likes the Horrible Histories books. Learning about doodling in math and whether Shakespeare’s plays were encoded within pi or not. Making a flip book while listening to the math lesson. He learned about dragon dungeons. He made a He did some work in physics , learning about acceleration. Learning about infinite limits. He learned about the upcoming federal election in Canada and about initialism from Canadian Reader. He practiced writing cursive “r” and said it looked weird. September 20
He learned about intermediate value theorem. He learned about acceleration vs time. He watched a Crash Course episode about Chinese history. He added more to his history timeline. Learning and writing about binary systems. Watching a Crash Course episode on astronomy and the history of the universe. Spanish practice using Duolingo. Practiced “w” today. He made a hexaflexagon and a game to go with it. You move around the board based on the number you get in the hexaflexagon. September 21
He got a print of the photo from his symphony class. We went to the library in betwen symphony and swimming lessons. He tread water for 3 minutes and swam 400 meters. In the afternoon, we went to Lighthouse Park with Ethan’s friend Kal and his little brother. They loved running in the forest, playing hide and seek and when we got to the ocean, they played on the rocks and made things on the beach. It was a fun few hours of hiking and playing. Back after hiking and Ethan did some coding in Scratch. He also learned about Fibonacci numbers on Khan Academy.
With two swimming lessons a week, taekwondo and nature school, Ethan’s been more active so far than last year and it seems like he isn’t as tired. He’s also been ramping up his math and science studies. With the SelfDesign workshop, this has helped Ethan in terms of interacting with other home learners and we might try to find other classes where he can collaborate with other kids. Let’s see what next week brings on Ethan’s unschooling journey.