Thursday, January 20, 2011

Night of the Moonjellies

This week, our homeschooling lessons focused around the book Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha. We have really enjoyed this book. It is considerably shorter than some of the books we have been studying lately. Aidan and I were both glad to have a fun, short, light-hearted book this week.

We didn't do any school work on Monday. Matt was off from work for the holiday and my mom was visiting for the weekend. Tuesday, we doubled up with social studies and language arts. For social studies, we talked about what it would be like to operate a small business. Aidan already has big plans for his future machine shop. He plans to be the sole owner and manager. His only employee will be Matt, who will work there "in exchange for the spare parts (Aidan) doesn't want". For language arts, we made a list of all the great foods mentioned in the story.

Wednesday, for art, we made our own jellyfish. I found a great instructional in our Family Fun magazine. They were fun to make with supplies we had on hand and turned out pretty cool.

(Moonjellies have an affinity for white wine.)

For math, on Thursday, we learned about money. We counted quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, making all sorts of combinations. When we were finished, Aidan deposited them all in his very large, very heavy piggy bank. Well, not the quarters, those went in our Marvin's fund.

This weekend, for science, Matt and Aidan plan to learn about bioluminescence and chemiluminescence. We also checked out some fun books from the library on jellyfish and ocean life. In addition to our Five in a Row lessons, we're continuing a daily math lesson and working on letters and handwriting.

1 comment:

  1. AWESOME! :-) I love the moonjellies (and the company they keep!)