Week 9: Gypsies in the Palace
What a fun week! Let’s see…we went on a really cool field trip, had a substitute teacher, and made a yummy treat.
Most of this post will be of pictures. I’ll describe what happened in the caption and/or along the way. Ready? Here we go…
On Saturday, we decorated pumpkins. I purchased those foam pumpkins from Michael’s, picked up their “Ideas” brochure, and the necessary craft items. Cam wanted his pumpkin to be a mummy, and Ty wanted a ghost. How do you make a ghost pumpkin? Easy! You buy a white pumpkin, and paint it with glow-in-the-dark paint. It looks really REALLY cool in the dark!
Then on Monday, it was down to business:
One of Ty’s Bible lessons this week had him making a coat like Joseph’s. The lesson called for a plain, brown paper bag. Do they even use those anymore? I couldn’t find anyone who had brown bags (not even Publix), so I bought him this burlap instead. It was a bit difficult to color on, but I thought it turned out cute.
On Wednesday, we went on a field trip that had been organized through our local homeschool support group. They had set up a tour of the airport for the kids. We were lucky because they had set up two of these field trips (one was on the 14th, the other on the 21st). We already had a field trip planned on the 21st, so we signed up for the one on the 14th. We had about 15 kids in our group. The other group was filled quickly, so we would have had to go on a waiting list. Also, the kids who went on the trip on the 14th were mostly elementary age. The other group was middle school/high school age.
The following pictures are of that field trip (in order):
First stop: The Airport Fire Department!
After the firefighters were done showing us their uniforms, and telling us about their job, they had us watch a fire safety video. Once that was done, they gave us a tour of their living quarters.
Then, it was outside to the tarmac, where they had one of their engines drive by with the siren and lights going. When the fire engine pulled up to us, it was spraying water everywhere. The kids LOVED it.
After the firehouse, we drove over to the airport. While there, our guide took us through the terminal and back behind the baggage area (where they load the bags onto the conveyer belt). We even got to walk out on to the tarmac and watch an actual flight come in and park. The passengers were watching us through their windows and the pilot even waved to us! The kids got a big kick out of that.
Next, our tour guide took us up to the third floor where the TSA gave us a demonstration on how to look for dangerous items. The TSA part of the tour is not normally a part of the airport tour. It was really interesting. Each child got to make a ‘security badge’, and a few even inspected a suitcase for dangerous items (they found 2 box cutters and a knife).
At the end of the tour, each child was given their own little airplane. We assembled it when we got home.
On Thursday, it was my birthday. Jessica took a personal day off from school, and she was the boys’ substitute teacher for the day while Scott and I went fishing. I asked her to take pictures of their activities throughout the day so I could see what the did. Here is what I found on my camera:
Ty had a ‘Snack of the Week’ recipe to make on this day. He was to create a rabbit from a pear. If you look close enough, you might see the rabbit they created:
Even the ‘teacher’ gets in on the fun:
And then, it was back to business again.
I thought Jess did a really good job with the boys, and in grading their papers, it looks like the boys did their work well too. I’m glad they had some fun too.
More fun and learning coming up next week!