Thursday, November 20, 2014

Air and Space Museum Field Trip

A few weeks ago, we visited Washington, D.C. for Lego Man's birthday. Almost every year for his birthday, we head to some museum in Washington D.C.  We have been to the natural History Museum, the American Histroy Mueseum, the Udvar-Hazy Museum in Dulles, and the D.C. Zoo. Obviously, we have visited a few a couple of times. It's sort of a tradition now. It started when he was two. He asked Daddy to go see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. Gotta love a kids who LOVES visiting museums!

So this year, he chose the Air and Space Museum downtown. We have already visited the Udvar Hazy Museum in Dulles a few times already, so he was interested in seeing how this one compared.
We hit a little bit of traffic on the way in but overall it was rather easy. It's nice when you live a few hours away. You can live out in the sticks but can head into town and see the "fine culture" when you want.

We saw the beginning development of aircrafts, the early pioneers.


The Wright Brothers




Their first flight

We saw Amelia Earhart's plane.



A storybook that Amelia Earhart helped create. She didn't think there were enough books about planes for children.
It was very cute!



We saw planes from World War 1 and World War 2.






We saw some of the first space crafts and saw how space technology has come a long way.


I still don't think I would like to head into space. The spacecrafts just look like tin cans to me.



They had a wonderful hands on exhibit from NASA for kids(and adults) called Moving Beyond Earth. The kids had fun trying out the exhibits. They even got an opportunity to try their hand as a mission control flight director. Mom did too...sadly my mission ended rather too quickly. I didn't lose any astronauts though.

They had a wonderful exhibit called Explore the Universe. It was great! They talked about all the great scientists that the kids will be learning about later this year.....Galileo, Copernicus,and Kepler.



The museum is two floors and filled with all types of planes, space crafts, and hands on exhibits. It is a great place for kids to learn about planes, history, and space. We were there for 5 hours and still didn't see it all!

If you don't live close by, they do have some online exhibits that you can check out on their website.
You can head on over to see for yourself.


Till next time
~Monique

CCM~ Gamma Year Week 2

Religion~
This week, we are learning the chief marks of the Church. I found a brief description of the Marks of the Church at Loyola Press. You can find an explanation for younger kids here. While researching online, I found a more in depth explanation at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church website. You can find that here. It gives an explanation and sites bible verses and references the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
We did a fun craft for their religion notebooks called We are the Church from Look to Him and Be Radiant.





We prayed The Apostles Creed and talked about how we say the Chief marks of the Church every Sunday at Mass.

Geography~
Of course we labeled the map. We actually did this last week. We have been  naming the continents and the oceans for the past two weeks.




We filled in the Name the Oceans Worksheet. Found here. We added the Southern Ocean to our learning.


At the end of the 4th week, I gave the kids a test to see if they could label and name all the continents and oceans.

Great Words~
We continued on with our learning the poem about Christopher Columbus.




At the beginning of the week, the kids write the new stanza into their copy work notebooks. We then repeat the poem twice each day. Both of them have been given a copy of the poem, so they can practice it at night or when they have free time. So far, Princess P is leading!

Math~
Counting by 3's! We just count by threes....I also have the kids count items by threes....like buttons, pennies, pretzels. It's a great way to reinforce multiplication.

Latin~




We have continued to listen and learn the Salve Regina by using the Chant Kit Cd. We love the Gregorian chant and it really is easy for the kids to follow along. The monks sing low and clear. It has helped the kids pick up on the pronunciation. We sing all 4 lines about 5 times each day.

History~
We learned about the Mayans, the Aztecs, and the Incas. We filled in our explorer note booking pages for Cortes, Coronado, and Ponce de Leon from Homeschool Share.  I created the page for Pizarro. You can find that sheet here.

We read Our Lady of Guadalupe by Tomie de Paola.



We colored a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Catholic Playground. You can read more about Our Lady and Juan Diego here. 
You can two more lesson ideas for Our Lady of Guadalupe here....


Science~
This week, we learned what an element was! We checked out a few books from our library to learn more about elements.


                                 

We created some elements using a kit from Hobby Lobby I got on clearance. Everyone loves a good deal!

Ammonia NH3


Methane CH4
I think they look like giraffes that are missing a leg.


Propane C3H8
One of the cats stole a hydrogen ball

and of course WATER!


H2O


Here is a similar set


or you can just use colored marshmallows or gumdrops with some toothpicks. I figured there was less chance of the kids eating the Styrofoam balls. Of course, we did lose some to this sweet little kitty.



~Till Next Time
Monique




Friday, November 7, 2014

A Beautiful Day for a Field Trip

This past week, we had a wonderful time on a field trip with our Monday co-op. This year, we are studying the early explorers of America and the colonial life in America all the way through the War of 1812.

So we headed to the Frontier Culture Museum. It has a fabulous display of early American homes and homes from the "Old World." We toured the New World since we are currently learning about Jamestown and the early settlements in America.

We started out touring the Native American village. The kids were able to explore a Native American village. They stepped back in time and were able to see how a young Native American child would have lived.



They got to try their hand at carving out a canoe.



They ground up corn.


They were able to look at tanned hides, animal furs, and even played a few games that Native American children played.

From there, we went on to explore an early American farm from the 1740's. The children got to see a one room house. They learned about different types of crops the early settlers would have planted. They even got to help the young lady at the farm spread manure in her garden.


We left the 1700's and jumped forward into the future. We explored a farm from the 1820's.

                            

Here the kids got to visit with some farm animals..chickens, sheep, pigs, a turkey, and a house cat to keep the mice away.


They learned how to cook on an open fire. The learned how to spin wool. 



They even helped with a few farm chores. They brought water to the house for washing.


The children visit a one room school and were taught by the school master. They had a handwriting lesson and a spelling lesson.





The kids had so much, but sadly we ran out of time. They all have asked to go back and see the "Old World" section. I see another field trip in the future. I'm thinking we will make it for the spring when we know the weather will be even more beautiful.








Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkins, Fall Hikes, and Kitty Cats

Fall has arrived and has been here for awhile.



We have tried to get out and enjoy the season...before it gets too cold and snowy.
We went to the pumpkin patch and picked out HUGE pumpkins.



We went to a local farm for a fun filled adventure (depending on who you ask) through a corn maze, a hayride, a picnic lunch, and some "socialization" with friends!



Every year the farm picks some fun theme to do. Last year, it was Angry birds. 
And this year.....

                                                        LEGO SUPER HEROES!






Sorry no picture of the amazing corn maze. I tend to get lost in those things. It takes too much concentration for me to make it back out.






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