Unschool was the way human children, like their mammal cousins, learned for millenia. It was not called "unschooling" because the institution of forced education had never been forced upon children until very recently in human history. What is now seen as a new philosophy is not new at all; it is a deliberate attempt to return to nature;s intent, to return children to their natural, organic state of innate passion. ~Laurie A. Couture

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Library Day 8/7/12

Tuesday, we took a family trip to the library. Cory immediately went to the information desk and asked where the dinosaur books were. He was amazed at all the choices, but here's what he decided on:

Just in the Dinosaur Wars book, we covered:

  • Metric conversion chart, height/length comparisons (how many Daddy's it takes to match dinosaurs), weight comparisons (dinosaurs weight in tons = x amount of Daddy's truck). They really enjoyed doing this and got a huge kick out of dinosaurs equaling 10 or more of Daddy's truck. relating to that really helped them understand the size

  • definitions- 
    • herbivore-  Noun:   An animal that feeds on plants.
    • carnivore-
      1. An animal that feeds on flesh.
      2. A mammal of the order Carnivora.

    • prey- 
      An animal hunted and killed by another for food.
      Hunt and kill for food: "small birds that prey on insects".
    • predator- 
      1. An animal that naturally preys on others.
    • fossil- 
      1. The remains or impression of a prehistoric organism preserved in petrified form or as a mold or cast in rock: "sites rich in fossils".
    • serrated- 
      Having or denoting a jagged edge; sawlike: "a knife with a serrated edge".
  • geography- Spinosaurus lived in AfricaGiganotosaurus lived in South America

Cory isn't the only one that got books, I racked up too. Can you tell I'm a little worried about teaching him to read? LOL

Earlier in the day, we had a special lesson and guest. Our Diabetes Educator came by and got Cory all hooked up to his insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor. We listened as she explained all the details and taught Cory the importance of wearing it and not getting it wet.  He's pretty proud, can you tell?

Throughout the day we discussed various topics including:

  • ancestors of crocodiles
  • how to fold shirts
  • volume and capacity of containers (more on this another day)
  • origins of the word dinosaur - Greek (Cory is really interested in the Greek language, thinks the words sound funny)
  • importance of eating healthy foods and brushing our teeth
  • weather
  • writing worksheets
  • what you can buy for $1/saving money/allowance for chores

Mara's letters worksheet

We were also lucky enough to be able to go to McDonald's play room while Daddy went to a class at church. That was a very fun filled 90 minutes of running and climbing goodness!

Old pic of Mara, but same McD's

All of these subjects have blended into today (Wednesday) also, which is fine by me, this is stuff they enjoy.  Later today they will be spending the afternoon and night with Grandma, so no updates from me till probably Friday  :)

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