Friday, December 12, 2014

Great Scientists and Lots of Documentaries

Here's Lu with his collection of Famous Scientist posters:

This year, we worked with this book to learn about science through the great discoveries of scientists throughout history:

Each week, Lu would work on one scientist. First, he read and took notes. Then, he designed his poster in pencil. Finally, he colored in the illustrations. The whole process usually took him three hours, over two or three days.

This was an independent project that Lu did entirely on his own, with no mama involvement. But I loved being near when he was reading about the scientist of the week because he would often, with much excitement, stop and ask me things like "DID YOU KNOW that so and so discovered this AMAZING thing?!?!?!"

Learning about science through the scientists turned out to be a really excellent way for Lu to see the evolution of science, the links between discoveries, the arguments and competition, the struggles and frustrations, the politics in science, the role of religion, the setbacks, and the construction of ideas over time.

This book was lacking in women scientists and it didn't include Nikola Tesla. So Lu did some extra internet research to include Tesla, and is planning to do a special report on women in science.

We watched several science documentaries this year:

Nat Geo - Cosmos - A  Space Time Odyssey rocked our world!

BBC - Atom is a three part series that truly boggled our minds.

BBC - Life on Earth (1979)  
with our very favorite David Attenborough

We also watched:

History Channel - Scientific Genius, Benjamin Franklin

BBC - Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

Nat Geo - Albert Einstein Biography

Nova - E=mc2

PBS - Nikola Tesla's Life

BBC - South Pacific

Nat Geo - Wild Kalahari

Watching science and history documentaries 
is something we do as a family at lunchtime, 
and it's one of my favorite parts of the day.

Cha doesn't smoke a pipe, or wear a suit unless someone's getting married, and it's more like the three of us and our four inside dogs (because we also have four outside dogs, I kid you not) trying to squeeze onto the day bed in front of my computer, holding big salad bowls between our knees (not the dogs, they don't like salad).

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tinich II

You might remember, from a few months back, our tragic chihuahua-adoption story.

Since then, Lu had been waiting for the breeder to fulfill his promise of giving Lu another puppy from the next litter. 

Two months turned into six months, ((during which my dog got pregnant and had twelve (yes, twelve) puppies)) and then, finally, Tinich II arrived!

She has now been with us for a week, and Lu has been an excellent caregiver from the get-go. Tinich is sharing our indoors with my boxweiler and her two lab-mix pups. In other words, she lives with three BIG dogs. Lu has to be extra careful with her because she's so tiny (which is what her name means), and he's doing an excellent job of it.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Birthday Week 2014

My baby boy turned 12!


When we started homeschooling four years ago,
we started a tradition of taking the whole week off
and having as much fun as we possibly can
for our birthdays.

Lu's grown SO much this year.

Here are last year's and this year's
pics of him reading his Bday card.

Here are some moments from our fabulous week:

Picnic at the Lake

With freshly squeezed orange juice by Lu


The Electric Guitar
(that he's been begging for all year and hasn't
stopped playing since he got his hands on it)


A Halloween Party

Sunday at our favorite BBQ & Pool


And missing are pics of Mega Sushi Feast, 
Ping Pong and Billiards Tournaments,
and Karaoke Birthday Night.

It was a BLAST!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

End of the Rainy Season

Rainy season is coming to an end, 
and our days are looking more and more like this:

Lu's been spending lots of time in the carpentry workshop,

and recently learned how to make 'empanadas'.

We learned all about the Nitrogen and Carbon Cycles.

 There's a Chess Club starting in town!

 We have a new, homemade ping-pong table!
It's still missing a proper net, 
but that hasn't stopped Lu and friends from playing,

with some Twister breaks in between matches :)