March 2018

Lucien

  • Easter egg hunting-how many eggs were hidden? How many eggs are left? Subtraction.
  • Visit to CMU for play at the number park creating games with numbers and jumping.
  • Video games: how many more points are needed to unlock different characters?
  • Fractions: Pieces of apple
  • Hike at King’s Estate
  • In the Lego Marvel video game, Lucien creates his own characters, and gives them names, with help with spelling and counts and subtracts to see how many character spaces he has left.
  • Lucien has been practicing a lot of reading via Minecraft world naming and crafting, Pokemon character names and video games with detailed story lines.
  • Egg dying – using various techniques to create different effects on eggs using different amounts of time, dye, methods, also egg blowing, force and pressure.
  • Using magnifying glass to start fire, lenses, angles, distance, combustible materials and other variables in maximizing potential for fire. Fire safety including working on non combustible surface, keeping flammable materials away, having water available.
  • Lucien uses the microwave and enters in appropriate numbers. Bakes using measurements including fractions
 Devlin
  • Discussion on if air and other gases have mass.
  • Differences in chain mail design and consideration of physics of sword hits to humans wearing properly constructed chain mail. (Absorbion of energy). Blade design for getting through chain mail.
  • Research on medieval plate armor, weak spots relating to human anatomy.
  • Hike at King’s Estate to see fallen towers
  • A Wrinkle in TIme movie
  • Egg dying – using various techniques to create different effects on eggs using different amounts of time, dye, methods, also egg blowing, force and pressure.
  • Peep jousting contest.
  • Using magnifying glass to start fire, lenses, angles, distance, combustible materials and other variables in maximizing potential for fire. Fire safety including working on non combustible surface, keeping flammable materials away, having water available.
  • Used Minecraft to build large statue of Greek god Apollo focusing on symmetry  and scale.
  • Figuring out how much money Scrooge McDuck has. Video using several mathematical techniques to estimate the total value in US dollars of Scrooge McDuck’s fortune (turns out its more money than is in circulation in the entire world.)
  • Using exercise balls with Lucien to learn more about physics, force, direction, inertia.
  • Pet sitting neighbor cat, practiced following directions and taking responsibly for another person’s pet.

 

 

February 2018

Devlin

  • Went to Japanese Steakhouse and then Dev watched some videos about Japan and the Japanese language and noticed that Japanese works are out together in a similar way that objects are created in Little Alchemy.
  • Playing Minecraft Murder Mystery, using percentages, what percentage chance is it that you are the murderer?
  • What’s the difference between pine trees and spruce trees?
  • Visited Sportsworks at the Carnegie Science Center.
  • Doing a great deal of research on medieval weapons and lore including the mathematics and science of mythological creatures
  • Black Panther
  • Round Hill Park Demonstration Farm
  • Discussion on if air has mass
  • Differences in chain mail design and consideration of physics of sword hits to humans wearing properly constructed chain mail. (Absorbtion of energy). Blade design for getting through chain mail.
  • Research on medieval plate armor, weak spots relating to human anatomy.

Lucien

  • Watching Storybots, learned how airplane fly, rhombus, why we need to brush our teeth, the size of the sun, our respiratory systems, cow digestion system of 4 stomachs.
  • Recognizing and naming 2 digit numbers.
  • Visited Sportsworks at the Carnegie Science Center
  • Created a book in Minecraft and dictated the text, followed along as I typed words.
  • Round Hill Park Demonstration Farm

January 2018

Devlin

  • “The Day the Dinosaurs Died” Nova
  • Is time universal?
  • Trip to Children’s Museum, working with tools in workshop, learned about different types of saws and drill press
  • Number of Minecraft years that have passed since Minecraft was launched (621….)
  • Story of Stuff videos
  • Lots of Its Ok to Be Smart videos, including how human’s ability to control fire created social gatherings, allowed them to eat more food and become stronger and smarter.
  • Hike at Fall Run Park to check out newly reconstructed woodland area. Learned about erosion and flood damage, ice crystal formation.
  • Library books on history of knives, swords and armor.
  • Read recipes and baking,  using fractions to figure out how many jars of peanut butter we need.
  • Researched, purchased and plays Human Fall Flat, a physics based puzzle game.
  • World of Warcraft

Lucien

  • “The Day the Dinosaurs Died” Nova
  • Trip to Children’s Museum, working with tools in workshop, learned about different drills and drill press.
  • Hike at Fall Run Park to check out newly reconstructed woodland area. Learned about erosion and flood damage, ice crystal formation.
  • We’ve been reading lots of library books, topics including narwhals, pokemon, superheros, digimon.
  • Drawing and dictating text for stories.
  • Continues to make potions in kitchen and help with cooking.
  • Enjoys playing Human Fall Flat -a physics based puzzle game
  • Notices patterns in numbers in daily life ie Pokémon in groups of 6
  • Purchased new fish and snail with allowance, learned about taking care of them.

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