We tried a couple of new things today.  The first was a French mystery.  D-10 has been given the code name “Rumpelstiltskin”and P-9 “Stumpelriltskin”.  They are intelligence officers assigned to uncover a mystery on a tiny French-speaking Carribean island called l’ile de Providence.  The catch is that to solve the mystery they have to learn French.  Certain phrases have to be understood and practised to go on with the assignment.  I made up code name badges for the boys and secret file folders for their French vocabulary lists.  They also received mystery code-named badges for the contacts they are supposed to meet in the next part.  I think that it made practising French a little more interesting!

The other new thing we tried was making their independent research calendars top-secret.  The boys have to acquire all their information this week including their art work and put their work together next week.  I have decided to name March 19th “The Great Unveiling Day”.  This is the day where they show everyone else what research they did and how they presented it.  They are taking the dead-line pretty seriously and are going all out to keep everything under wraps.   I can’t wait to see what they produce.  Even mom isn’t allowed peeking!

 At the end of the day, we tried playing Geografacts for the first time.  Wow!  Tough game!  I barely won.  At least the boys know their continents.  The next step will be to get them to recognize countries.  It then goes down to capital cities, official language and even the currency of the country.  Yikes!  Even I have no idea!  Well, we’ll all learn together I guess!

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