In Bible class Aaron has been studying the life of John the Baptist, Peter and Jesus Christ. He is working his way into the book of Acts where he will follow Paul through his missionary journeys. He has successfully memorized John 1:1-5, John 6:47-51, John 5:24, Galatians 5:22-26 and is currently working on Ephesians 4:1-3. In Bible class they also sing three hymns each day, and Aaron has been learning how to play a few of the hymns on his keyboard.
He has been learning about the first English colonies such as Jamestown and Plymouth, the failure of socialism and the benefits of free enterprise, representative government and religious freedom. He studied each new colony that came onto the scene, and then he explored in more detail life in Colonial America - the variety of peoples and faith, industries, culture, education, arts and science and form of government. He is currently making his way through the "Great Awakening" and heading towards the French and Indian War. He completed three geography projects - Western Hemisphere, North America and Canada.
Aaron has been studying geology - structure of the earth, plate tectonics, mountains, topographical maps, earthquakes, and volcanoes. He started planning the beginning stages of his science project. This project is an individual activity in which he has to research a topic and then conduct a series of experiments to solve a scientific problem. The general field of science he chose for his project is Physical Science (the study of non-living things). The general area of the field he chose is Computers and Mathematics. The specific topic he chose is Computer Technology (the study of the application of computer science). He is going to be working on computer simulations of physical processes. This is a great choice for him because he already has a great deal of knowledge and experience with the topic.
Already in just 20 days Aaron has had a total of 100 spelling words and 50 vocabulary words to study. He has been reviewing capitalization rules (I should too), proper punctuation and learning how to write summaries. He has been reading a wide variety of short stories, poems and essays. He memorized Footprints on the Sands by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and My Native Land by Sir Walter Scott.
So far it has been smooth sailing for Aaron in his Pre-Algebra class. I hope it stays that way but I know the first unit is review of basic computation skills, and harder problems are right around the corner. I am enjoying the ease of it all for now. He is finishing up the first unit which consisted of all the basics; factors, prime and composite numbers, greatest common factor, least common factor, fractions, proper and improper fractions, adding - subtracting - multiplying - dividing fractions, decimals, adding - subtracting - multiplying - dividing decimals, ratios, proportions, percentage, and problem solving strategies.
Next we'll find out how little Syd is doing.