Monday, August 11, 2014

Not Another Brick in the Wall

If you ask my girls the #1 reason they don’t want to return to school, they will say they do not want to sit at a desk all day.  They are constantly in motion, therefore our homeschool is constantly in motion.  
We do spend some days at home, where we begin gathered at the dining room table, watch CNN Student News and then branch off to bedrooms, couches, floors and even the outdoors to work.  
But the best days are those that are in motion, when the flow of learning matches the flow of physical energy expended by the girls.
We leaned nature studies in nature at Acadia National Park in Maine.

We learned about marine science aboard The Dolphin Fleet in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

We got some more science in at the Science Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.

Music is a big deal in our house and we try to fit in as many performances as possible, like this one at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, New York.

We were back in New York for Peter and the Starcatcher (best show ever).

There are so many opportunities to learn in New Haven and we are always registering for classes at Yale.

Marine Science class was held on the water in Stamford, Connecticut.

To the north of us is Bradley Airport and the Museum of Aviation where the girls took a class on aeronautics.

We visited The Great Hunger Museum in Hamden, Connecticut to extend our learning of Irish immigration.

Maurice Sendak’s works were on display at The Museum of American Art, in New Britian, Connecticut.  

We took our study of the Periodic Table to The Peabody Museum in New Haven and to UCONN Main Campus in Storrs, Connecticut.

The holiday season began by spreading good cheer by visiting The VA Hospital in the Bronx, New York.

We absorbed history in Savannah, Georgia and St. Augustine, Florida.

We took in all that Epcot had to offer.

UCONN Storrs, Connecticut was the venue for The Piano Guys.

Physical Education was covered at The Discovery Zone, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Lilah deepened her love of crafting at the Duck Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio and happened to help set a Guiness World Record for most participants in a duck tape fashion show.

More live music in Nashville, Tennessee.

Who says homeschoolers are not socialized?  We traveled to Alabama to finally meet our long time friends Karen and Keilee at HomeschoolGirls.  They took us to Huntsville to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.  I was surprised at the amount of History this museum contains.

The girls experienced their first dinner theater at Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Our year closed with another first: attending a high school graduation in Lake George, New York.  Their graduations will look quite different, but equally special.  

As we enter into the 2014-2015 year, I am already lining up the places we will go and the things we will experience.    I have to agree with Sandra Dodd’s words:
My world's pretty cool. It has become gradually cooler since I had kids and have tried to figure out how to make THEIR worlds cooler. Mine got the side benefit of what I learned about how to help keep them happy. —Sandra Dodd


Joan Otto said...

Love, love, love! We pretty much love everything about homeschooling, but for us, the very best part is just being able to be out and about, exploring anything we can. We spent Saturday in Pittsburgh, and I can't even begin to list all the things we saw, did, talked about and experienced in just a few hours. Learning and living together is awesome. :)

Jen Dunlap said...

I love this, a recap of your year in photos!!

Karen said...

Love, Love, LOVE!!! I am just blown away by all you do. And as I have said 1,253,593 times; I WISH we lived closer. What a beautiful year and I can't wait to see what this year brings.

Jenn said...

This is amazing! Totally the reason why we learn the way that we do...

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