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Observation: Clouds and Rain

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

We saw mostly small, fluffy clouds but a couple of wispy clouds here and there. We also saw some mysterious wispy clouds low in the sky.

Rain: we measured 1 3/4 inches of rain in our weather station.

28 August 2012

The Weather

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Guess what? There isn’t any new water on earth. Every time it rains, just imagine that it is raining last time what it rained. This is how it happens:
1. The sun heats up the water in rivers and seas.
2. Little bits of water go up into the air and turn into big clouds.
3. When the clouds get too big, they let go of their rain that goes straight into the sea.

Snowflakes come in all different shapes but they have one thing in common: they all have six points.

First Encyclopedia of Our World (FEOW)
p. 16-17

Caesar Fights the Celts

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Julius Caesar decided that if he would be king, he would have to fight more battles. But Caesar was bad for a little bit because if he lost a battle he would send a note back to Rome saying that there was victory in his sword. And then Caesar went to Britain to try and conquer the Celts. But when he saw them, it was really astonishing, for the Celt soldiers were naked. They also had tall helmets and they had painted their bodies blue, thinking it would protect them from swords and arrows.

Caesar and the Celts
Caesar, played by Emma Bear, confronts the Celts. Notice that the Celts are all blue.

28 August 2012
SOTW, Chapter 25

Brave Cloelia

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Sam loved, loved, loved reading Brave Cloelia by Jane Louise Curry. It’s an adaptation of a story from Livy’s History of Early Rome.

Rows and Columns

Monday, August 27th, 2012

rows and columns

Players take turns, picking up cards in any row or column that add up to 15.

27 August 2012

Autumn Garden

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Sam waters the new garden bed
We spent the weekend putting in a raised bed, 4×8, and then filled it with a mixture of topsoil, potting soil, manure and our friends the Zmicks’ fabulous homemade compost. Today Sam and I planted lettuce–Bibb and Black Seeded Simpson–a repeat of last spring. Last spring the seeds germinated in 11 days. What will happen with August plantings?

Sam predicts 11 days, same as the spring. We’ll see. It was pretty hot today– high 80s.

27 August 2012

Caesar and the Senate

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Caesar wanted to become king of Rome, but the Senate blocked his way. The Senate was a group of men who looked over the consuls and told them what to do.

23 August 2012

We also started reading The Life and World of Julius Caesar by Struan Reid.

The Rise of Julius Caesar

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Caesar Is Kidnapped

One day a rich couple gave birth to a baby boy. Now this boy wasn’t any boy. He was Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar’s father claimed to be a relative of Romulus, who built Rome. Julius Caesar’s father sent him to school where he learned writing, reading, mathematics and rhetoric: talking to people in public. Julius was very good at rhetoric. But he also wanted to work in the government of Rome. Then he heard of a great rhetoric teacher who lived across the Mediterranean. But when Julius tried to cross the Mediterranean, he was kidnapped by pirates! When the government finally paid to get him back, Caesar had a plan. He asked the government of Rome to lend him three warships and a bunch of soldiers. Then he went back to the Mediterranean and killed all the pirates.

SOTW, Chapter 34
14 August 2012

Early Roman Numerals

Monday, August 13th, 2012

We resumed math today and started in on early Roman numerals from 1-10. (Early Roman numerals use IIII for 4 and VIIII for 9. Later they adopted IV for 4, etc.) Sam didn’t seem all that interested in the system, but then as soon as we were done, she disappeared into her room and then returned with a different notebook. Then she turned out her own Roman Math Book:

Roman math book

Roman math page 1

13 August 2012

The Phoenix and the Lion

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Sam read Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book I)
and the Wikipedia page on the Phoenix. She decided to write up what she learned in order to pursue her new career goal as a beastologist.

the Phoenix’s talefether’s are gold, red, blue, purple and green. the Phoenix has a 500 to 1000 year life cycle
near the end of its life cycle it build itself a nest of twigs. then when the phoenix’s birthday comes around it sing’s its last song then it bursts into flames When the flames go away the nest still glows buetefully. You must keep the nest shieled from the wind and feed it cinamon twigs and you have to keep it warm or the Phoenix will not hatch.
Phoenix Ritten in Pershan looks like this [Persian copy]
Phoenix ritten in greek looks like this [Greek copy]

Also, there’s a “loins Picture”
and information about lions titled “loins informachan”

lions are the Largest prdeders in Africa. thease powerfull cats live in groups called Prides in bush contry or on grassy Plains.