It was a school holiday last Friday and on my way out the door to the office Oliver asked me what he should do all day.
“Do some research on volcanoes,” I said.
And a few hours later in my email box arrived a collection of images and links on volcanoes and earthquakes.
So on Sunday we went into iCal on Oliver’s computer and set up a Research Calendar for him, with a topic for every day. Here’s what this week looks like so far:
- Saturday: iPad
- Sunday: Family History
- Monday: Estonia
- Tuesday: Lions
- Wednesday: Van Gogh
Last night, in anticipation of today’s “Lions” topic, Oliver suggested to me that lions can navigate using the stars – I think he got this idea from The Lion King, but I’m not sure. I initially dismissed the idea – lions can’t use sextants, after all – but some quick web research revealed that animals use all manner of methods to find their way in the world, so who knows. More study needed.
This morning on the way to school we talked about how dogs are “canines” and cats are “felines” and we wondered what lions are. So Oliver’s going to look for an English to Latin translator when he gets home from school.
We welcome suggestions for future topics.