What I liked and Disliked about this School Year!

Today was the last day of school! This year has gone by super fast! Today I will be telling you what I liked and didn’t like about this school year!

This school year I really enjoyed writing short stories! When you write a story you get to be creative and there are no rules! There is nothing that says something doesn’t exist! You can make it exactly how YOU want! I never realized how fun writing could be until this class! Last year I would write but I would really enjoy it! Maybe it’s my age that helped me understand how much fun it is, or maybe my teacher! Another thing I really enjoyed was the robotics section! In this course I created many things! Instead of creating the robot that my teacher made I used a kit! The robot that I used is called Snap circuits! This was so fun that we actually ended up buying another one! Building a robot like this isn’t as complicated but it helps you remember what the symbols of resistors, diodes, and much more!

The things that I didn’t enjoy this year, there weren’t that many because this school year was fun, there isn’t much to complain! However, the main thing that I didn’t like this year was having to read G. A. Henty books! The reason why I didn’t enjoy these books were that they weren’t that fun to read! They just aren’t what I like! Some people do like these books, that’s their taste not mine! One other thing I didn’t like about this school year is how I didn’t have that many assignments to write a story! Many people wouldn’t complain about that! However, I find writing stories very fun! I really enjoy stories where I get a topic and I get to make up a story all about that!

In conclusion, I really enjoyed this school year! I really wouldn’t want to change anything! This year was fun, and I am excited to do another year of homeschool next year!

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The Vikings!

The Vikings were a Germanic tribe who settled in Scandinavia, Russia, and North Atlantic islands.

The Vikings had an age called the Viking age and it lasted from 793 through 1066. The loss of the battle of Stamford Bridge is what caused the end of the Viking age.

The Vikings had their first attack when an assistant to the king tried to tax them for no apparent reason.  Later on the Vikings killed that man. People say that, that instance doesn’t count as an attack but no one really knows for sure.

As almost everyone knows the Vikings were a very cruel and barbaric people.

Later when the Vikings grew bigger they had to expand, well, that’s one reason they could have needed to expand another reason would be because they had such an urge for war the wanted to go to it rather than wait for it to come to them!

The Vikings had many different religions however for the Christians did finally outlaw dioceses. That is when they murder their own child if they do not want it. I, personally am very happy that they outlawed it because it is MURDER!!

The Viking age was over in 1066 but, that does not mean that they all went “extinct” they did start to populate more and continue to expand their land!

Fun Fact: on my dad’s side of the family I am actually related to Vikings!

See you next time for a whole lot more in Learning In Pajamas!!!

Sleep Is Not Optional!

I often go to bed around eight or nine o’clock. Then every morning during the week I get up at seven. That is an average of ten and a half hours. Many teens stay up very late then get up very early. Adults who work usually go to bed late and then get up early. As many people know sleep is very important it can lead up to many bad things like stroke, heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases! I will be telling you steps that you can take to start getting enough sleep!

Step one: to get enough sleep before you go to bed you will want to keep all electronics away. Electronics keep you mind “awake” when you honestly need the sleep.

Step two: if you want to get full rest you should keep out all lights if your alarm clock is very bright then I would recommend a mask for you eyes!

Step 3: Do not eat anything with caffeine in it before you go to bed. It will make you energetic and you will not be able to sleep when you need to. Also do not exercise before you go to bed or else your mind will be very busy and will stop you or make it harder for you to go to sleep! If you want to do these things before going to bed make sure you do them at least 3 hours before you go to bed!

Step 4: during the day you want to get out as much as you can because the more you went out the more sunlight you got. At night you need to sleep in complete darkness so at the end of the day the sunlight you got payed off !

I hope this can and will help you get a lot more sleep. Many things can happen if you don’t get enough sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep you have a 12% chance of dying because you are not as aware. However if you get too much sleep your chances are raised up to a 30% chance!

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English semester report

Throughout the first half of my class I have been reading and learning a lot in my English class. Today I will be doing a semester report on everything that I have done or learned in my English class!

When I started this year I began to learn about plot! First, I learned about exposition, which means introduction. I learned that in the exposition you have to introduce the main character or characters. Also, the setting is introduced in the exposition. The book that I was reading at the time was: The Dragon and the Raven by G.A. Henty! As my teacher says, “He does a very great job at explaining the setting!” However, even though I did not like this book I would recommend this book to people who like to read history, but in a story mode! The next part of the plot is the rising action. When you reach the rising action in a book you learn about a problem and sub-plots. A sub-plot is a mini plot in the story where you have a slight problem or issue that gets solved in the climax! Also the rising action builds up to the climax! The climax is when you have the big/main problem that the main character or characters need to solve.  When an author is writing his/her story they have to try there best so that you don’t know the outcome or even what the climax is going to be about!  That is when you can see their personal writing style very well! Coming right after the climax is the falling action! In my teacher’s words “it is one of the hardest parts of the story to write effectively.” in the climax you are building up the tension but you have to be careful when you release the tension in the rising action you could write something that is expected, or something that can be “called” before it has even happened! Last you have the resolution. In the resolution the author is just ending/finishing the story! If they leave too many cliffhangers in the  resolution the readers will be expecting another chapter! If they don’t have another chapter than either they will have to add on and write another book or they’ll have to expect bad reviews on the book due to the fact that the readers are left confused and/or expecting more!

The next subject that I focused on was genre! I have previously made an essay on this subject check it out in the link above! The definition of genre, according to my English teacher, is: “a term for any category of literature or any other form of art or entertainment based on some set of stylistic criteria” in most books you can immediately tell what genre it is. In non-fiction books you read it and you come out knowing more and also knowing that that book was telling you facts not a story. It may have been told in a story like way. In my opinion I prefer that way because then it’s more like a story and to me a lot more fun!

I have also been reading books in this class. One of my favorite books was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a book written by Charles Dodgson also known as: Lewis Carroll. It is about a girl named Alice who fell down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world with all “peculiar” creatures. The story, even though is a fiction book, has logic, helping the story last in both adult’s and children’s memories. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the nonsense genre. That is the summary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! I would rate this book as a 9 because for me it is very crazy and odd. However I love the storyline and it is a fun story to read!

Another book that I have read that I really enjoyed was A Christmas Carol. I have also written a book report on this. Check it out in the link! A Christmas Carol is a story by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old man named Ebenezer Scrooge and how he changed his personality in just one night because of visits by the ghost of his previous business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future! This is the summary of a Christmas Carol! I would rate this book a 10 because it’s a classic story that everyone knows and is very well written!

This is my semester report on what I have learned in English! Thank You for reading this post! Come to my blog for more learning in pajamas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring break :What I was up to

For the last week I have been on spring break! Today I will be telling you all about what I was doing!

The first day of vacation my family and I went to a few beach bathing suit stores to get swimsuits! At first no one knew that we were going to the beach, however, me being me, every time I would see the beach I would say “beach”! Now when you’re at the beach you will find that at every other turn you can see the beach, so imagine saying that over and over!  you can tell I LOVE the beach! My mother and I got these really cute swimsuits from a real beach shop! That is kind of important to me because I ALWAYS got my swimsuits from wal-mart or target! This was my first real beach bathing suit! Once we got all of our necessities: chairs, towels, sunscreen, and water, we were off to the beach! The beach that we went to was called Neptune Beach! My brother and I had fun while our parents watched! One time my mom got in the ocean and she tried, note that I said “tried”, to teach me to “catch a wave”! Sadly, the wave toppled on top of me! Soon after that it was time to go home!

For the next two days my brother was sick so we didn’t really do anything.

That Tuesday we had a guitar lesson. For the first time in a while my mom got to be a part of this lesson! My grandma came in and she joined the lesson! We watched TV for a while then we ate. This day wasn’t as exciting l but I got to see my grandma and that is something!

Later on in the vacation we went to the beach again but this time it was a different beach! On this beach there was a tide pool! When we were in the ocean I met this one girl her name was Fiona! We had a lot fun! We even found some really cool shells! Some of them even had holes in them so I plan on making them into necklaces!

On the last Friday of our vacation my mom, grandma, grandpa, brother, uncle, and myself went to see Steel Magnolias! The director of the latest Play I was in played the main character in the play! It was a very well done production!

That ends my vacation, for more about me and what’s going on in my life, be sure to come back to Learning in Pajamas!

Science Fair

Last weekend my dad, my brother, and I went to the science fair! The science fair had many different booths.! Most of the booths were very interesting! Today I will tell you what my first and second favorite booths were!

When we first got there we were welcomed by a Barnes and Noble booth. Previously we bought snap circuit robots. Well at the booth they had snap circuits so I was very excited about that! Also, at another booth ,shown by Mayo clinic, you got to be a brain surgeon. You also got to test “pee”, it was really apple juice, and you got to perform CPR! I think I did a really good job at being a brain surgeon! That was my favorite booth, my second favorite booth was the booth about : How to make ice cream! I liked this booth because 1. Ice cream is awesome 2. Ice cream is awesome and 3. I love ice cream!! To make ice cream you get a bag and put salt crystals and water in it. Next you get a smaller bag and put milk, sugar, and flavoring! This was my second favorite booth! They have science fairs a each year and they are hosted at UNF!

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A New World: Part 3

A New World: Part 3

As I was floating through the air in my rocket my only thought was “I get to see my family”. Which is okay, but….. I could have been thinking about what I was gonna eat for dinner, what that note from the queen was meaning, or even if I was even gonna make it through this! The only thing that matters to me is helping my mom get better. Then out of nowhere there was a big bang! It came from the slumber chambers. I got up and started tiptoeing towards my room when I heard whispers from behind me close to the door! I took a look around but I couldn’t  see or find anything. I assume that I am just hearing things but it still seems strange. What seems like a few hours later I feel like I have stopped so I look out the window and there are hundreds of people sitting around including the news, NASA, and the FBI! I step out in the warm sun I feel the warmth rushing through my body. I walk out of my rocket and start strutting out as if I were on a catwalk. I suddenly get overwhelmed with questions. I rush through the crowd of people. I finally find my house in a crowd of what used to be familiar but now is almost unrecognizable.

I walk in and call for my mom. As I shut the door a man walks in from the dining room confused.

“How did you get in?” he asked me. “ I live here. The real question is how did you get in here!?” I replied.

For some reason I couldn’t even faintly remember who this guy was! “Hey! Do you know where my mom is? I need to see her!” I yelled

“Wait a minute! I recognize you you’re Kaylee Mariner!” He exclaimed “I bought this house after you’re mom went to the hospital!” “ the hospital.” I whispered “ we need to go!” I shouted at him

After he told me which hospital she was in I demanded him to drive me! After a while I was very nervous to see her but also exited! I was also feeling gloomy. What caused her to go to the hospital. Also the fact that my house was full of this guys stuff, yet there are no boxes, tells me that that he has been there for a while! Which also means she has been at the hospital for a long time.

When we arrived I jumped out of his black and blue Jeep! When we opened the doors to the hospital I was shocked. The room was completely empty, except for the nurse at the front desk. I ran up to the nurse and asked her about my mom. “ OHHH. your mom was, Lesley mariner, she died years ago!” I felt a tear about to drip off of  my blood red face so quickly wiped it away. “ do you know” I stuttered “how she died?”

“ she died from Hydrocephalus one of the worst brain diseases, you can go read about it in that pamphlet over there.” she pointed to pamphlets.

“ I don’t WANT to read about it I WANT my mom back!” I couldn’t take it any longer. “ I no family, I have no friends, I have no home, and worst of all I have no mom!” I started to pour out crying. Not knowing what to do.

Then, I woke up. It was all a dream I was so happy! “ where am I!?” I yelled.

Someone came up to me and told me I was in the hospital! Shocked I yelled for my mom! “Honey I am your mom don’t you recognize me?!”she told me confused yet still joyful because I am awake. “ Mom… how long was I here”

“ 5 years.” she replied. I gave her a hug and cried again. Mom walked out of the room and tons and nurses came in! They all asked me questions. Soon they told me I could get up. But I would be in a wheelchair for a while. They told me that they will push me to my mom’s car while she gets it so I let them put me in a wheelchair!

I get in the car and have a silent ride home. When we get home mom introduces me to netflix and shows me tons of shows. We start binge watching stranger things. As we get to episode 4 I fall asleep. I wake up in a few hours and have dinner. I guess this is my life now! I am just happy to be home with my mom!

The Black Death

Recently, I have been learning about the black plague, also known as black death. Today I will be telling you all about it!

The black death was, in my teacher’s words, an epidemic plague that attacked Europe in the 19th century! This plague was very contagious and horrific if you got it. Some of the symptoms of the plague were: fevers, chills, aching, and large boils on the skin.

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If you got the plague you would want to see the doctor. Today we have some very smart doctors that tell us all about germs and how they spread! Well, back then doctors didn’t know about germs so they didn’t know how the plague spread. If they had known about germs I think that they could have possibly cured the plague or at least developed the theories for the future!

Many people didn’t know where or why they got this plague. Others thought that it was a judgement from God. To gain favor with god, they would publicly whip themselves. This might not have helped but it did give others hope that the plague would be over very soon!

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Ring around the rosy. Pocket full of posies. Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.

 

As a kid we would all sing the classic nursery rhyme “Ring Around The Rosy”. As kindergartener to second grade, I was not taught the actual meaning of the song.  I  had not even thought about what the words meant until my brother had told me it was a “bad” song. Now In seventh grade finally I know what they mean!

Ring around the rosy: the plague would cause large boils on the skin and there would be a ring around it.

Pocketful of posies: many people would be dying but, there were too many bodies to bury so they would just burn the people so the stench of death was all around them. They would collect flowers and put them as close to their noses as possible so that they would not have to smell the stench of death.

Ashes Ashes we all fall down: well when you burn someone, also known as cremating them, you get ashes, and they burned a lot of people so they had a lot of ashes. We all fall down was all of the people who were dying. My Father had a very good thought he said there is another possible interpretation. “The ashes would float into the sky, but as we all know: what goes up, must come down. We all fall down as ashes. We are all going to die.”

As you can see the classic Ring Around The Rosy was not as innocent as we thought!

🎉🎆Happy New Year🎉🎆 from me, CaityCakes, to you! I hope you’ll join me for more homeschool adventures in 2017.