Some weeks are busier that others. What we
do often revolves around what is happening in our community. We have
the great fortune of having another homeschooling family to do things with.
We moms are good friends, and we each come up with some ideas, as well
as find interesting things in our community. We share these with
each other, and as a result, our families together do more varying and
interesting things than we would do alone.
This first example is a recent week in which a very large
wildfire raged in our local area. We took the opportunity to learn
about the firefighting crews .
*Cleaned the inside of the car, washed the car.
*Weighed produce at the grocery store, A. weighs to the
1/2 pound accurately.
*Watched Dad get an award at a government ceremony
*Went swimming- A. put his face in the water, and is
considering taking swimming lessons this summer.
*Afrer dinner, we went to the airport to watch the slurry
planes load up, take off, land, and go to and from a brush fire about 20
miles away from here.
*A. constructed a 3-D stealth fighter from 2-D instruction
book on how to draw military aircraft. He made his plane from a paper
towel tube and construction paper.
Tues., April 30, 2002
The fire is raging and getting very close to our area.
*Went with the S. Family to the airfield on post (the
other side of the runway) to watch the Forest Service's slurry planes right
where they are stationed. We saw up close where they fuel the planes,
and load them up with retardant to slow down the fire. We got
to see, feel, and smell the planes take off and land. While we were
there, the planes were grounded because of high winds and low visability
with the smoke. So a pilot gave us a tour of one of the C 130's cargo
area and cockpit! (We compensated the crew for this great opportunity by
stocking their freezer with popsicles)
*Watched "Astronomy 101" video on backyard starwatching.
*After dinner, we went to a neighboring community to
watch the fire at night. It is heading straight for this community,
and they are on alert for evacuation.
*Read part of a magic treehouse book on dolphins.
Wed, May 1, 2002
*A. drummed to his taiko drumming video performance.
*A. made lemonade and helped me make muffins. (He did
all the measuring) We plan to either take them to the firefighters
or to a local shelter for evacuated residents if they have to leave their
*A. made a paper airplane and thank-you heart for the
Thurs, May 2, 2002
We took A's new bike to the park for a visit with friends
M and K. The bike made a funny noise, so he didn't want to ride it.
We ended up going over to the library instead. Found Discovery Kids
magazine on Sacagawea.
*Took or firefighter goodies (nobody was evacuated) to
the firefighting staging area at the end of our street. We got a
tour of their set-up. We saw their map and planning room, supply
area, and their tent camp where they sleep. The S. Family met us
*Watched the Boston Pops 2001 4th of July concert on
*Did some starwatching with bionoculars. A. was
looking for Jupiter. Not sure we found it.
Fri, May 3, 2002
*Went for a bike ride.
*Read some library books, including "Dances With Wolves,
a Story For Children".
*Read the Discovery Kids magazine on Sacagawea to continue
our Native American studies. A.'s great-grandfather gave both kids Sacagawea
gold dollar coins at a visit with him recently, so we got the coins out
to help explain the story. The mag shows how to make a model
teepee-we plan to do that. This also inspired A. to make civil war
soldiers out of clothespins and place them in a battle scene with some
soldiers holding muskets made out of construction paper. He
was disappointed that he couldn't make the soldier hats look just right.
*Went to the Cinco de Mayo carnival at the park and rode
Sat., May 4, 2002
Went with B and W to the farmer's market in the next
city. We checked at the information booth on how to sell at the market...possibly
we will do that this summer...perhaps a lemonade stand.
*Went fishing-A. and Daddy caught several bluegill.
The fish liked the cheese and bread, but not the peas. A.'s cast
Sun, May 5, 2002
*Watched a cowboy-mounted shooting event at the
local horseback riding club.
*Went back to the carnival and ran in to the S. Family.
We went for pizza afterwards, and the boys collaberated on playing the
arcade games and sharing tickets for prizes.
Mon, May 6, 2002
*Made/measured for a rainbow cake. A also mixed
food colors in the frosting.
*Went for a bike ride.
*Taiko drumming to the video. A. is learning many
of the drum routines accurately.
*A. expressed an interest in horseback riding lessons.
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