Overall, today was a great day. It was filled up school, cleaning, grandbabies, and an extra football practice for the Tar Heels. They play their first playoff game Tuesday night at 7pm.
JD did not read a book today because we forgot to go to the church library yesterday. So we went straight into math today. It re-taught us equivalent forms of fractions and decimals. More specifically, converting fractions to decimals and decimals back to fractions. It seems like we should remember this stuff from last year but it takes a reminder lesson to refresh our memories. JD scored a 90% on the end of lesson quiz.
Since we missed a couple of days of science last week I thought today would be a good day to catch up. So we did experiments to teach him emulsion and density. Emulsion is a mixture of two or more unblendable liquids. We took water and oil and shook them together. They pulled apart quickly. But when we mixed 10 drops of Dawn dish detergent in with them they mixed together like a big happy family. To teach density I had JD fill three cups with water: #1 was plain water, # 2 had 1 teaspoon of salt mixed in, # 3 had 1 tablespoon of salt mixed in. Then we dropped ice cubes in each one. The plain water ate our ice cube. But # 3 (with 1 tablespoon of salt mixed in) only ate the bottom of our ice cube. The conclusion: the denser a solution is, the more slowly molecules in it will move. Cool huh?
We did our social studies lesson today during lunch and beyond. We only watch educational shows during lunch so JD was watching the National Geographic channel and got stuck watching a show about the bordered between Mexico and the United States. He was able to tell me all about what he watched so I counted that TV show as a lesson. It’s amazing people would go through days of travel on foot to either cross the border or carry huge packages of drugs for a better life.
I forgot JD language arts lesson when I went to my cleaning job. But that’s ok with me because we had a great school day.