May 13, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up - more field trips

This has been quite a busy week for us.  All fun, but busy.

On Monday, we wrapped up our Around the World Cooking Club for the year.  We ended up having an Around the World smorgasbord (which was really handmade pizzas & chicken wontons).  It was yummy, and I think the kids had a great time.  We used Marco's crust for our pizzas, and it was delicious!

On Tuesday, we had a Lego Robotics field trip to iSpace - a local non-profit offering STEM training and opportunities.  A & J had a Lego Robotics class, experimenting with NXT 2.0 and driving robots.  S took a WeDo Robotics class and she made an alligator that moved, and a spinning top.  She didn't want to go but then had a blast (thank goodness!)   We're thinking about First Lego League and Jr. First Lego League for next year, we'll see if that works out.  All three loved playing with the Lego robotics - it's on our wish list for the near future.

On Wednesday, all three kids had Leaves of Learning in the morning, then we rushed to a local park for a hands-on creek water testing.  It was really fun and interesting.  I learned a lot.  I also realized that I am deathly afraid of snakes.  I was wandering back to the car with our coolers and wondered why there was a black rope on the driveway.  As I walked closer, I realized the "rope" was moving, and it was not a rope, but a long, long black snake.  I backed away very slowly, muttering "giant snake ... road ... just wait".  For those of you who are not afraid of snakes the translation is, " OMG, there's a huge snake in the road, so I don't want to be in the road."   I survived, and so did the snake - it was really not too interested in me.

Still on Wednesday - J had his Shakespeare performance of The Tempest - the group did a great job.  It was a great show. I love Shakespeare.

On Thursday, we spent the day at Quaker Knoll Village for a hands-on frontier Ohio history day.  It was awesome, we rotated through six stations:  militia, cooper, child work, history of Quakers in USA, town meeting and the favorite by far, oxen.  The re-enactors were so believable and great.  A few children were able to actually drive the oxen, by far a highlight of the day.  Oxen are so very sweet, one kept trying to get close to S, she was a little worried about the spit coming out of it's mouth.  The oxen know that children will pet them, so they want to be close.

Today, we hung out at home, we needed a break.  I'm preparing for a garage sale, and culling out curriculum that we don't need anymore.  Still more to do.  Ugh.

Be sure to check out other weekly wrap-ups at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.   Enjoy!

1 comment:

Autismland Penny said...

Sounds like a great week! I love the idea of a Around the World cooking club. Thanks!