Homeschooling: May 2009 Archives

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Yesterday I went with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn redux to an all-day field trip at the Arch.
 
Bear!     I HAD to

Ewan just wanted to look at the animal skins. Liam was glued to his friend-who-is-a-girl-but-is-not-his-girlfriend, gosh, stop ASKING HIM ABOUT IT ALREADY. (Seriously, eight? Is this when this happens, people with children?)

Liam completed his Junior Ranger requirement, though he was a bit cross with me because I wouldn't let him rush through it so he could run outside.

BS Peace Medals.

Wah.

After their classes on the plains Indians and pioneers, the first half of our group ventured to the swollen river to board the Tom Sawyer and take a trip upstream. 

The boys

My whole life I've never lived more than a few miles from the Mississippi River. We pulled away from the sound of zydeco music and the smell of fried food and out into the muddy water. The river's current is deceptively strong; the kids were fascinated by the giant pieces of driftwood that floated past and bounced between the barges. Open this in a separate window, listen, and look:

Lunch on the Grand Staircase

From the Tom Sawyer

Money shot

Grand Staircase and the Arch

Eads Bridge

The Admiral

Mississippi

Eads Bridge

A coal-burning electric plant. Because 84% of the country's electricity comes from coal.

Laclede

UE plant

The Grand Staircase


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The colon nests

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We recently began a study of the 13 colonies and of the American flag. I'm a huge history buff, so this is pure bliss for me to teach, though I had to correct Liam a couple of times from calling the colonists "colon nests." I have it scheduled so that by the time we get to the lesson on the Louisiana Purchase, we'll be boarding a riverboat for a cruise on the mighty Mississippi.

Studying American history

This is one of the reasons that we have school all year long; it seems a lot more fun to study the birth of our country near its actual birthday.

All about the flag

"And also because of the fireworks," Liam says.

Of course, the pyro. God bless 'Merica.
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