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Wednesday, April 25

Circle Game (Joni Mitchell)

As part of our series on homeschooling around town, we decided to visit the local doughnut shoppe....otherwise referred to by my kids as "the mothership."  The Krispy Kreme in Winston-Salem is the original store...and it's one of our favorite sweet treats!

In addition to being super yummy (and just terrible for you!), doughnuts are a great way to get some living math into your school day.

Elementary Math

Upper elementary / middle schoolers
  • Take the multiplication a step further, with bigger numbers
  • Work further with fractions (if each person gets 2 1/2 doughnuts, how many do we need?)
  • Work on estimating and multiplying

High Schoolers

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Monday, April 23

River (Emeli Sande)

Tulsa has plenty of hidden gems!  One is the Port of Catoosa, located just north of the city, and another is the Blue Whale (a classic Route 66 roadside attraction.)  It's easy to go explore around your city, as well as to incorporate child-directed learning in with those excursions.  

Here are two examples from today's field trip...

Whales Unit Study

A classic Route 66 roadside attraction, the Blue Whale has been greeting families since the 1970's.
It's easy to imagine families enjoying a picnic at these whale-themed tables, or climbing on the whale itself, which was once a popular swimming hole.  You could climb the ladder to use his tail as a diving board, slide down his fins, or simply jump off of him.  What a fun side trip from being in the car on a hot day!

Sadly, due to liability concerns, no one is allowed to use this area for swimming anymore, and the whale's popularity has faded.  He has been relegated to little more than a roadside whimsy and memories for older folks.

Port of Catoosa
At the Port of Catoosa, you can go into a towboat and walk around the engine room.  They offer a free tour (book here) for both small groups and classrooms.
Did you know that there are 25,000 miles of inland river system used for transportation in the United States?  Products can leave the Tulsa Port of Catoosa on the waterway and be shipped anywhere in the world!
Just like trucks are transporting goods on the highways and trains are transporting goods on the rail system, towboats pushing barges are transporting goods on this “highway of water.”  At this maritime center, you can learn about the history, engineering, and science behind the river systems.
Coming Soon ... 2018 Annual Spring Blog Hop

Monday, April 16

Downtown (Petula Clark)

Between the rain, and the road fatigue, we haven't left the hotel in two days.  The good news is that we've accomplished most of our workbook & reading activities for the week!  However, our little kitchen was no longer satisfying, so we headed out for an unplanned afternoon.

Exploring Downtown resources
We drove past this cute little covered bridge, one of many in the immediate area, and headed into downtown Springfield, VT to see what we could see.  Trivia : Did you know that Vermont is where the Simpsons was based?  At the Chamber of Commerce, you can have your picture taken with them.
Springfield is a cute, quaint little New England town, tucked in the hills just off I-91.  We took a nice, long walk around town and stumbled upon a used bookstore...AND it was having a going-out-of-business sale!  Not good for the store, but we had fun picking out new books together.
Continuing on our walk, we came upon the local library, and decided to pop in to check out their book sale, knock out the day's math & spelling, and see what fun things they had in their kids' section.
We were getting hungry, and decided to ask some local folks about the best place to grab some lunch.  Our experience has been that the locals know the places with the best food, and we always ask for someplace that's not in every single tourist brochure.  They directed us across the highway (and across the state line) to a local pizza joint in Charlestown, New Hampshire.
En route to lunch, we were sidetracked again by a local thrift store that was having a huge sidewalk sale.  Clearly, this was going to be a late-schoolwork day.  I gave each of the kids fifty cents, with the option of spending it or saving it for a later date.  The youngest found a glass shaped like the CN Tower in Toronto (which we just spotted over Niagara Falls a few days ago), and still had change to spare!
Finally, we made it to lunch, and it was pretty good!  The House of Pizza sits directly in front of the Ice Cream Shack, which serves hand-made ice creams that are made daily.  The flavors run the gamut from vanilla and chocolate to maple syrup and molasses crinkle....yum!
After all that pizza and ice cream, we needed another walk!  The boys had seen some strange-looking cliffs that interested them, so we headed back to the hotel and walked the half-mile to them.  They studied the rock structure, and took notes, drawings, and samples.  Afterward, we used the computer to research their find and discovered that it was shale.  Though we don't have shale in Oklahoma, it's quite common in this area.
It started raining again, so we high-tailed it back to the hotel, where they were just setting out fresh cookies!  Many hotel chains serve fresh-baked cookies every afternoon.  They're delicious, and it requires a lot of willpower to resist the mouthwatering aromas day after day...but we'd just had ice cream, so we got straight down to business.  It was time to finish the day's schoolwork - the completion of our Ethan Allen unit study. 
Tomorrow, we head off to another location with new adventures.  Another day, another state!