We started our new school year this week. It turned out that we were at the beach for the first two days of school. There is nothing like starting off the school year with some really awesome field trips!
|Anne on the first day of school!|
|Dean on the first day of school!|
Each morning Anne and her cousin joined me on a sunrise walk along the beach to collect shells. We also enjoyed flying kites.
When we weren't at the beach, we explored the Outer Banks. This was our first time at the Outer Banks, and we wanted to get some learning into our days. We went to Bodie Lighthouse one day. The stairs going up were a bit daunting and the heat was intense. It hit 103 degrees inside the lighthouse while we were climbing! The view from the top was well worth the climb. Anne thought sitting at the top was the only safe position. She didn't stand up hardly at all on the top.
We also visited a small aquarium. It was nice and had a few different things we hadn't seen in other aquariums. The kids really liked the sea turtle hospital. They were rehabilitating several turtles while we were there. Then the kids were able to use an interactive exhibit to learn how to heal sea turtles from several different conditions.
|Aren't brothers great?|
We also visited the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The ranger gave a wonderful presentation and showed us how Orville and Wilbur made their plane work. The heat was intense, but we walked the grounds and climbed to the top of the dune where the brothers experimented with wind, lift and gliding. The brothers spent several seasons at the Outer Banks working on different planes before learning how to to give their plane a power motor and finally lift off and fly from flat ground. Their first few flights in 1903 lasted less than a minute but proved that man could have controlled flight with a power motor (instead of gliding and going wherever the wind goes).
|In the background is one of the early gliders that the Wright Brothers made.|
|Walking from the museum to the memorial|
|We made it!|
|Have I mentioned it was very hot?!|
We returned home and hit the books. This was our first week of school, after all. This is what we accomplished this week.
- Listened to the audio book, The Prophet of Yonwood ~ book three in the Book of Ember series ~ Literature
- Five hours of swimming ~ Physical Education
- The Outer Banks Aquarium ~ General Science
- Bill Nye the Science Guy shows ~ "Ocean Life", "Marine Life", "Ocean Currents" and "Ocean Exploration" ~ Science
- Five hours of puttying holes in walls, painting baseboards and painting walls ~ Home Economics
- Visited the Bodie Lighthouse ~ History
- Visited the Wright Brothers National Memorial and listened to a ranger talk ~ History
- Three hours of independent reading ~ Language Arts
- Anne ~ 6 workbook pages of cursive, 3 word study pages, and 4 reading skill pages (all 6th grade workbooks) ~ Language Arts
- Dean ~ 16 pages Test Tutor Reading Comprehension ~ Language Arts
- Life of Fred Jelly Beans ~ 7 Chapters ~ Math
- Teaching Text books ~ Anne 3 lessons and Dean 4 lessons ~ Math
- N is for our Nation's Capital ~ Filled out worksheet and added to our Geography workbook ~ Geography
- Augustus Caeser's World ~ Read first chapter and made a Roman calendar with original names of months ~ History
- Studied and identified our shells from the beach ~ Science
We are off to a good start.