Catherine did her first spelling test today. She doesn't quite get the idea of a test as she kept asking for clues or 'freebies'. Despite that she managed to get all but one right. Math was simply drills.
History was Chapter Five of Story of the World, 'The First Sumerian Dictator.' I think I mentioned before about the similarities between the babes-in-baskets stories of Sargon and Moses. We'll be finding more similarities between ancient Summerian and Hebrew tales as Gilgamesh is next on the agenda once I find a good version. In it we get a first glimpse of the serpent from the Garden of Eden and the prototype of Noah with Utnapishtim, a man who survived an epic flood.
In science we moved on to Helium. We did up our periodic table card, stuck it up on the wall and then carried out an experiment I found on the website of the PBS show, Zoom. It's about creating 'Flinkers', ballons that neither float nor sink.
We had a little bit of a problem finding helium ballons because the regular shop we go to for those was out, "due to the worldwide helium shortage." Story here. I suspect helium prices were just too high for the little shop. A nearby national grocery chain had oodles of it and we managed to get our balloon.
Then I gave Catherine the balloon and explained her challenge. Make it a Flinker.
"It didn't work."
"How can I do that?!"
In the end, with lots of help from me, we got it hovering in the middle of the kitchen but I'm now in the process of googling the bejezus out of "problem solving skills" in search of more activities that will get her thinking.