Math - While Turtle and I had a reading lesson, Racer and Chicklette worked on their math. Racer was doing problems involving estimation. He got all his problems correct again. When he was done with his workbook math, he did Xtramath. Chicklette was still working on problems with hundreds, tens and ones. She still is having some issues understanding that concept so I need to grab a couple worksheets off the computer for Friday's practice. She did her Xtramath as well after finishing her workbook.
Science - In science we investigated the concept of air pressure. What do you think happens when you suspend two balloons and blow between them? What about when you lay a sheet of paper across two stacks of books and blow under it? We thought the balloons would go away from each other and that the paper would blow upwards. Imagine our surprise when the opposite occurred both times. When you blow between two hanging balloons, they come closer to each other. When you blow under a paper, it bows toward the ground. T.A. explained to us that they were following Bernoulli's principle. Moving air creates lower air pressure so the paper is pushed toward the ground by the higher air pressure on top. The same idea happens with the balloons. After science we headed to the library where story time focused on the letter T and counting down from 10.
History - Today's history ran longer than I expected. First, we kept trying to learn the Fifty Nifty United States song and for entertainment we watched Wakko's version of all the states and their capitals. We read about Washington, D.C. in our National Geographic Atlas and then went to the White House website. Then I remembered there was a movie about the White House on Netflix. We watched the National Geographic special on the White House and that ran about an hour and a half. Chicklette got bored halfway through so she did her handwriting while we were watching.
After history it was time for snack and then we finished up our Writing with Ease. Racer had dictation and we talked about semi-colons and the rules for forming plural nouns. Chicklette narrated to me one thing she remembered from the excerpt from Pinocchio.
Because history went long, we will do our Latin flashcards tomorrow when we listen to our Latin CD. I will also need to give both the kids a piano lesson which I will do during their piano practice time.