Every month, in Bible class, Sydney learns a group of Bible verses and commits them to memory. At the end of this time, she is graded to see how well she is able to recite the passages. Children possess this incredible ability to commit vast amounts of information to memory, with ease. There is no reason to dumb down Bible verses into little chunks of easy to remember slogans, so that children can remember them. They are more than capable of memorizing large chunks of Scripture.
This month she is working on Matthew 20:25-28; Isaiah 40:28-31; John 20:30-31.
Aaron successfully completed his 9th grade science project. He had to choose a topic and complete a short background report on it. He chose to research ambience, the certain properties of the sound of the surrounding area or atmosphere. Ambience is important for recording music, because ambience makes a big difference in how the music sounds. For example, certain materials, like wood, will reflect the sound waves more, creating more of a “live” sound; while carpet, on the other hand, may tend to absorb the sound waves more, making it sound more condensed.
He selected some specific problems to investigate and then designed a plan to conduct the experiments, and wrote a follow up report summarizing his investigation.
The final stage of the project involved the preparation of an exhibit and an oral presentation of the project.
He was more confident this year in his ability to present the project. He did a good job!
Aaron is off working on his next big project…his research paper. He’s going to tackle the topic of global warming.
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
Most states require the teaching of their state’s history in one of the elementary grades. This year Sydney was learning Georgia state history. I used My State Notebook from Abeka Book as a guideline in developing this course of study for her, but the real informational backbone of the study came from Georgia State History by Joy Dean. That resource saved not only my time, but my sanity as well! Another important resource I used was a colorful travel guide I was also able to order from the Georgia state website, free of charge. It was literally loaded to the max with pictures from all around the state that we used in the construction of the notebook.
A typical course of study for state history would be topics such as symbols, history, landmarks, government, climate/geography, industries, cities, wildlife, and plant life.
Syd will be finishing up the state notebook next week with a brief section on the history of the city we live in.