What I Learned Today 11/3/2014

Ancient Civilization:

Today I started Minecraft Homeschool class, Castles and Cannons. The main theme for the first two weeks is peasants. I learned a lot of things about them. I learned that peasants were forced to work in exchange to keep their land and had to give everything they got from 50 days out of the year. Most people now at least have to work 80 days a year to get their paycheck, but the common peasant had to work one month less than the average everyday person. A little earlier than 1831, the Pope could take young peasants to a school. Their goal wasn’t to memorize the alphabet or to know arithmetic, but to be legally savvy. In 1831, the peasants had enough knowledge to make their own code; writing that meant to go somewhere or fight someone, etc. Once they had every peasant at one city, the peasants made their revolt. Most of the code was telling them to not loot or kill random people. Instead of anything you would expect, they killed anyone involved with legal affairs, and burned any legal documents they could find. In my Castles & Cannons class today, I watched a video about monks and peasants. I learned about Cruck houses. Those are houses peasants built and lived in. There is a picture of a real Cruck house. I had to build one on the Minecraft Homeschool server to make it historically accurate, including bedding, fire, cooking, hanging herbs, and animals. I also had to relate and plow rows of fields in the team build. I have to be careful with my money so it lasts all week. So it’s kind of like we have real money to spend and have to make a budget. Here are some pictures of what I’ve made so far.

You can learn about peasants here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg3YDN5gTX0


I also finished coloring my map of the United States, but I still have to finish labelling the states, capitals, rivers, and lakes, and color and label the mountain ranges. I think I am using triangles for the mountains.


I started learning about exponents (powers) today. Specifically squares. We use ^ to mean an exponent. Here are the rules about squares:

Order of Operations: We perform the operations in an expression in the following order.

1. Evaluate expressions inside parentheses first.

2. Compute powers.

3. Multiply and divide from left to right.

4. Add and subtract from left to right.

Square of product: let a and b be numbers. Then

(a*b)^2 = a^2*b^2

Square of reciprocal: let a and b be a nonzero number. Then

(1/a)^2 = 1/a^2

Square of quotient: let a and b be numbers if b is nonzero. Then

(a divided by b)^2 = a^2 divided by b^2

To Kill A Mockinbird:

I continued reading TKAM today. I’m still not that into it, but my mom says I will be. I also had my second book club with Haddie & Emma Saturday. Grama Tina read to us and used voices for the characters!

I got to go a Trick or Treating with them Friday night, too! I was Rainbow Dash, Haddie was a scary Red Riding Hood, Emma was a Monster High doll, and Miss Meredyth was a dead doll. We had fun!

I also got to go see a Grandma Hilma & Grandpa Ernie this weekend! I love going up there! That’s me showing Grandpa Ernie how to play a video game on the iPad! I love my great grandparents!¡!¡! 🙂


  One thought on “What I Learned Today 11/3/2014

  1. November 4, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Good job. Be careful about your commas. I fixed most of them. Just because you use a FANBOY does not mean you have to have a comma. You only need the comma with the coordinating conjunction (FANBOY) if you are hooking two complete sentences together. I loved learning about the Cruck house! I think yours looks great! I bet you can’t wait to build a castle! Love, Mom


  2. Judith E. Deck
    November 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I love hearing about your learning history, as I am a history nerd. And, of course, we love the Rainbow Dash! You looked great!


    • November 5, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you so much! And if I can get to Bronycon, I am going to wear a rainbow dash shadowbolt costume! I am also curious if Stephen is going to Bronycon. I would love to see him at Bronycon! Thank you for reading my blog!


  3. November 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Love your mindcraft village, you are very talented. It looks like lots of fun, but it’s probably pretty hard to do. BTW, I made a pumpkin roll just like your grama Tina. Haven’t tried it yet, but it looks very yummy. So glad you get to see your great grandparents too. Please give them our best! Love and miss you lots.

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Thank you for replying everyday. It really means a lot to me. In my opinion I think building in Minecraft is a lot like designing something because you have to know how the building should look like, how tall it should be, and how wide, and also how tall. I think the complexity of building in Minecraft is really amazing. I am hoping to see you soon and love to read your replies. Love you through the long ways we are apart, Sage


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