November 2017…..

Devlin

  • Batkid Begins documentary
  • Continued Stardew Valley, Legends of Zelda Breath of the Wild, and Minecraft
  • Devlin is interested in exercising and is considering options including gymnastics and weight training.
  • Learned how to play Apples to Apples, Exploding Kittens and Battleship.
  • Devlin realized that matter can not be created or destroyed
  • We went to Duolingo (a language learning app) office’s for Lucien to participate in a user study for a new kid’s app. Lucien played with several apps while they watched how he uses technology and asked questions about tablet usage and then he used the app they are testing to learn a little Spanish. Devlin participated in all this and helped us answer questions. We also got to see what a tech company looks like from the inside, and learn about app development and jobs in the tech industry.
  • Devlin was very interested to discuss why we chose to grind our own peanut butter, whether it was less expensive for more expensive, so we discussed that and the ingredients of peanut butter and the process of grinding peanuts until the oil is extracted to become peanut butter.
  • Where do emotions come from?
  • Visited Phipps during the installation of the Holiday show and got to see how the people who work there create the show, as well as seeing large glass art pieces, playing a scavenger bingo game, playing in the food market and learned about the chocolate tree.
  • Devlin is thinking a lot about economics, running a business, managing money/ budgeting, and resource management while playing Stardew Valley.
  • Noted several things at the park today – tar, that had been used to patch the street – is it a natural material? A leaf cyclone, got to stand inside of it and run to stay with it, and swinging – angles created and and how to measure angles of swinging.
  • Researching the history of ninjas and now real life ninjas have been represented or used as character influence in video games.
  • Continued discussion of fire safety and conducted experiments with fire safely.
  • Used math in every day life to figure out things like – if seasons were years, how old would each of us be?
  • Dev is very interested in the 4th wall…”The fourth wall is a performance convention in which an invisible, imagined wall separates actors from the audience. While the audience can see through this “wall”, the convention assumes, the actors act as if they cannot.”
  • Learned rules for boogle and played. Jigsaw puzzles.

Lucien

  • Started playing Stardew Valley. In Stardew Valley, the player takes the role of a character that, to get away from the hustle of an office job, takes over their grandfather’s dilapidated farm in a place known as Stardew Valley. The player manages their character’s time and energy levels as they clear land, plant and tend crops, raise livestock, craft goods, mine for ores, and engage in social activities, including romances leading towards marriage, with the various residents of the small town, all while earning in-game money to expand their farm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stardew_Valley
  • In both Stardew Valley and Minecraft Lucien is beginning to recognize words and read them himself.
  • Listened to Percy Jackson and Pippi Longstocking audiobooks
  • Interested in making a video game so we downloaded Stencyl and used the quick start guide to learn about how to make games.
  • Battleship, Uno, matching game, Guess Who
  • Batkid Begins documentary
  • Women in Nasa legos – constructed and learned about women in astronautics.
  • Learned how to play Apples to Apple
  • Who invented the alphabet?
  • Lucien counted to 65 with a little help
  • We went to Duolingo (a language learning app) office’s for Lucien to participate in a user study for a new kid’s app. Lucien played with several apps while they watched how he uses technology and asked questions about tablet usage and then he used the app they are testing to learn a little Spanish. We also got to see what a tech company looks like from the inside, and learn about app development and jobs in the tech industry. Before bed last night Lucien asked me to tell him more words in Spanish.
  • Visited Phipps during the installation of the Holiday show and got to see how the people who work there create the show, as well as seeing large glass art pieces, playing a scavenger bingo game, and playing in the food market.
  • Noted several things at the park today – tar, that had been used to patch the street – is it a natural material? A leaf cyclone, got to stand inside of it and run to stay with it.
  • Experienced the division of light into rainbows via crystals
  • Used pie fraction pieces to learn about quarters as they relate to ancestry (Balto was 1/2 wolf, Balto’s children with a dog were 1/4 wolf.)
  • Continued discussion of fire safety
  • Turtles hatching, how they know to go to sea, mammals vs reptiles, egg teeth, weight/friction of giant turtle moving across sand
  • Trip to Pittsburgh Zoo. Interesting questions about plurals around the Lynx. What is a plural Lynx?
  • Thrift store trip. Lucien bought a disco ball lamp that did not work. We took it apart and learned about the wiring, gears
  • Trip to Beechwood Farms
  • Lucien is playing Stardew Valley. He is using a calendar to count dates til different events, adding and subtracting to find the out how long until character’s birthdays.
  • Lucien decided to buy a skateboard with his money. He discovered he could use it as a catapult and experimented with different techniques to see how far he could launch rocks.

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What Lucien’s Been Doing

October
  • Crystals-making rock candy
  • Snap circuits
  • Dinotrux
  • Minecraft
  • Inventor books from library
  • Discovered very large puffball mushroom
  • Found important dates on calendar
  • Counted to 36
  • Borrowed Rachel’s global studies books
  • Worked on spelling and writing on halloween signs
  • Invented a car that runs on renewable magic carrots and drew a picture of it.
  • Added 3+3+3+3 and then we talked about cubes and looked at Ray’s Rubiks Cube.
  • Read some of an invention book and learned about the first metalworking that was done.
  • Watched survivalist show, tried having salmon for breakfast
  • Question: why is the sky blue?
  • Watched neighbor change a wheel that had picked up a large piece of metal in the tire. Learned about tire jacks, lug nuts, etc.
  • Worked on creating Camp Half Blood tee shirt. Learned about tracing.
  • Tracked package from Phoenix Arizona to Pittsburgh to understand why package takes time to arrive.
  • Made up own homework assignment.
  • Checked on progress of Morningside Crossing building.
  • Found important dates on a calendar.

What Devlin’s Been Doing

May
  • Continued Minecraft Classes via GamEd Academy
  • Homeschool evaluation, discussing learning with evaluator
  • Mingo Creek trip, rock scrambling, creek swimming, wildlife viewing
June
  • Documentary on wildlife in Columbia
  • Made pancakes, cooking, fractions, volume
  • Homeschool exploration at library
  • Visited University of Pittsburgh Frick Fine Arts Building to look at art and fountain relating to mythology
  • Attended grandmother’s piano recital, included piano, vocals, and string instruments
  • Attended Weather Permitting concert
  • Farm School camp – nature play, crafts
  • Trip to Portland, Oregon. Explored different city using public transportation
July
  • Adopted two 11 week old kittens, learning about cat development and care
  • Frick park camp, outdoor adventure camp including kayaking
  • Cubic yards and feet, squared numbers, 2D and 3D, volume, conversion of oz to lbs, multiplication and division/ how to order appropriate amount of mulch, how many cans of tuna fish does brother weight
  • Visit to Deer Lakes Playground
August
  • Took care of week old kittens, learned how to feed them, care for them.
  • Minecraft writing assignment for Harry Potter class
  • Documentary on low caste Indian school children
  • Fire building, fire safety
  • Much playing of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Creative problem solving, map reading, eye hand coordination.
  • Trip to Mingo Creek
  • Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, hiked and played and viewed wild life inc many frogs, fish, insects
  • Eclipse 2017 viewing, discussion
  • Cooking and kitchen safety
  • Started watching season of Project Runway Junior, learning about design process, competition, sportsmanship, decision making, team work
  • Sensory processing evaluation involving gross and fine motor skills
  • Fridays at Frick, tour of 1st floor of Clayton Mansion, learning about local history, and 1800-1900s culture.
  • Played monopoly inc handling money, making purchasing decisions based on budget, strategy
  • Kitten emergency, discussed and practiced emergency response
  • Learned how to play Uno and played many games with family
  • Card making and drawing
  • Worked on marble ramps inc designs using gravity, friction
  • Discussed magnet school application process
  • Full family Tour of Clayton learning more about the Frick family and life in the 1800-1900s.
  • Discussed Pittsburgh Sci Tech school and classes with a friend to learn more about options for 6th grade
  • Watched Beauty and the Beast and discussed themes
  • Discussed 5th grade math and science curriculum
  • Learned about barometric pressure
September
  • The history and purpose of Labor Day
  • Research: do plants have feelings? Michael Pollen video on bean plant growth and the importance of watching sped up video to understand plant activity
  • Whipped cream canisters and inhalant abuse, nitrous oxide.
  • Learned about mental age
  • Discussion of irony
  • Wild vs Mock strawberries
  • BC vs AD years
  • 2020 presidential election
  • Relaxing yoga
  • Devlin discovered youtube videos of machines created from cardboard, dowels, popsicle sticks and diy hydraulics using syringes. We ordered materials to work on these projects.
  • Discussed 9/11 attacks, mortgages, home insurance, flood insurance and inflation with grandma. ‘
  • Devlin fixed grandma’s cell phone.
  • Went to Occupational Therapy – started Alert Program
  • Played scrabble with grandma
  • Renaissance festival
  • Learned about how bones grow and get stronger in the body, researched cat behavior
  • Watched Ken Burns documentary National Parks: America’s Best Idea
  • Blending pigment
October
  • Visit to a forge to learn about blacksmith work, visit to hibachi
  • Halloween costume research: is their a werewolf in Greek mythology?
  • Videos on market dynamics and business issues within video game industry
  • Nova: remaking knight armor capable of withstanding musketballs. Metallurgy, composition of metals.
  • Parts Unknown: South Africa and Tokyo
  • Research: Bindi, meaning of wearing, and Ganeshu, Hindu elephant god, Jimi Hendrix
  • Research on Astroneere pre-alpha release video game, free trial vs buy.
  • Played monopoly.
  • Potterworld – complete written assignments for academic credit in game
  • Nova: Stonehenge
  • Set up computer for Lucien – added bookmarks for Lucien’s learning
  • Noruko  – interest in Japanese knives
  • Good Eats-math and science of food
  • Lots and lots of Youtube
  • Halloween costumes: shopping for supplies, discussion of economics via pricing strategy