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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A highly distractible day

It was a highly distractible day and hard for us to concentrate fully on the lessons. Hence the name Hyder Zoo.

The devotion talked about bird banding. Hans Mortensen developed a system of placing an aluminum band on a birds legs to see if the birds would return back to him. We learned that the blackpoll warbler of North America travels 2,500 miles to South America for the winter. Then the devotion told us of the 24 kinds of birds listed in the bible and asked us what kind we were. Some of those birds were doves, roosters, and eagles. We chose to be like an eagle because Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those that wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

Luckily the math lesson was not terribly difficult. It was about working word problems by charting the data and working them out backwards. We did ok with money problems but stumbled trying to figure out time problems. Lets just say we drew lots of clocks to solve those problems. JD weirded me out by coming up with the answer before me. I was charting and he just added up all the minutes and looked at the clock in his head and backed up the time. (Oh to be visual spatial…)

Today in science we learned all about earthquakes. We learned about the different types of faults (normal, reverse, and strike-slip), the types of waves (primary and secondary), and the terms seismograph and seismologist. We learned what a Richter scale was and what “focus” and “epicenter” means. Then we watched various videos to show the devastation and possible tsunamis that could occur because of an earthquake.

JD read his Star Wars book for thirty minutes today.

Because today was so distracting I combined social studies and language arts together. JD finished his picture (complete with a legend) of his chain of islands. I had him tell me why he was moving from the United States to this new world. He was able to tell me to get away from the government and to start anew. His island chains language is English and the population is 2,000 people. They will be allowed to repopulate and have an extensive community that includes businesses, houses, barracks, an army base, an airport, fishing docks, and a capital building. (Very imaginative huh?)

1 comment:

  1. Love his thoughts on this new world, only thing
    2000 people and those to repopulate...I would not get to go with him :(