So I told you all about our roller coaster project and all the amazing learning opportunities it is providing along with masses of fun!
Here’s the evidence of the learning part.
The boys were tasked with finding out as much as possible about roller coasters and theme parks.
This was to be displayed in a scrapbook (with imagination!).
They were also to include the things we’d learnt in “lessons” like the physics, leaflet design including what a leaflet needs and why, and rollercoaster poems.
I gave them pointers for their research like the names of a few roller coaster of differing types for them to look at and record facts about, the history of roller coasters including what and where was the first roller coaster, which is the highest, longest, most loops etc,and how does a roller coaster work is there different mechanisms?
And I’m proud to show some of the results here! 🙂
Thanks to someone stealing my Tesco club card points last year (and Nanny buying one too!) we have managed to afford Merlin passes for the whole family! So how does that link in with our home education journey? Well, after a visit to Chessington World of Adventures. I got thinking about the way a rollercoaster works and the k-nex coaster set the boys had sitting in a drawer. So I got googling and planning!
So the boys built the k-nex rollercoaster and we looked at books from the library and the internet to find out the physics of how rollercoasters work. We learnt about friction, magnetics, gravity, potential energy and kinetic energy. Shortly we will be making our own (marble) coaster which I will blog about afterwards!
We found a great maths book that used rollercoasters as a basis for lots of different maths applications. Including comparing numbers, converting measurements, finding information in a table, ordering numbers, working out areas and more.
The boys have been researching lots more about rollercoasters and theme parks and are going to be compiling a scrapbook/lapbook each to show what they have learnt and the facts they’ve found. This is including the history of rollercoasters themselves and a chosen theme park. I’m looking forward to reading these and will do a short blog post for you to see too!
Art has been exciting too. Have you seen the lovely photos people take with a sunset behind a rollercoaster track? Well we’ve been sketching track ideas and using different mediums to create a sunset back ground. A couple of weeks ago we had an impromptu art lesson on the pavement!
So much learning … but so much fun!!
Check out the pinterest board i made to help us -http://uk.pinterest.com/james0389/rollercoaster-topic/
Having read The Magicians Nephew and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe together; today we began on a biography of C S Lewis. The book is from the Christian Heroes then and now series written by Janet and Geoff Benge and published by YWAM publishing. We’ve only read chapter 1 but the amount of discussion it provoked on history, religion and politics was great. I’m excited to see the boys engaged with it all!
I got the idea about using this book from a friend who also home educates. She also got the book about Dietrich Bonhoeffer from the same authors and publisher. Some one growing up in Germany at the same time Lewis was growing up in Britain. Both lived during the two world wars. I’m sure the two books will spark much more discussion and research into the history of the era and most probably economics, geography, faith, conflict etc etc! So thanks goes to her for the ideas … they’ve really sparked our interest.
We are doing a lapbook for each book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. Which are really helping us think about what we are reading. It’s a great exercise in reading comprehension without it feeling like it!
I found lots of free online printables for making the lapbooks many referring to the bible to show the parallels Lewis draws.
These biographies read like a story, a living book as Charlotte mason would call it. Which is great! No lists of dry facts instead an insight into what life was like at that time in that place.
I’m excited about these new books we are reading and the possibilities that may spring from them for our education. I say our not the boys because I’m enjoying learning along with them!
Tonight we will be watching The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to compare the film to the book. So popcorn at the ready for a snuggle in front of the screen all in the name of education.