November 14, 2008
I’ve been a bit absent from the blog the last couple of weeks while our whole family went on a vacation an educational school field trip. People always say how hard it must be to home school. I keep insisting that it really isn’t. We just have to open our eyes to all the educational moments around us. Here’s how our vacation was actually a school trip. I thought you might enjoy a sample of our studies:
The Great Salt Lake – a science smorgasbord!
Tracks in the sand – Can you guess what animals made them? Answers at the end of the post. (The first one is much smaller than the second ones)
We learned about the brine shrimp in The Great Salt Lake and how the cool sand is made of oolites which are “particle(s) with a shell of concentric layers of calcium carbonate deposited around a central core–usually a tiny piece of brine shrimp “poop” or a mineral fragment.”
States of Matter – liquid turning to solid salt crystals – A splash of water from The Great Salt Lake happened to land in a perfect teardrop and dry into this cool salt crystal shape.
Biology and Animal Husbandry Class – We watched the Great Bison (“Buffalo”) Roundup on Antelope Island where they roam free the rest of the year. We watched the tagging, immunizations, and pregnancy tests that are part of the yearly health maintenance routine for these amazing animals.
Cranes, Pulleys, Shapes, Patterns, Blueprints, and more at the Salt Lake Children’s Museum.
And a final lesson in nature: The wondrous autumn molting cattail! Moms everywhere dread them and boys love them. Here are two of my boys shreading them into a huge pile of fluffy ‘cotton’ to make a bike trail booby trap. They loved watching me ride right through their trap, cotton flying everywhere. Just remember to get the vacuum hose out before letting any ‘cotton’ covered clothes in the house.
(Answers: The first track is an everyday dog print. The second are bison tracks, something you’ll have a hard time finding nowadays)
See. Science is everywhere and a lot more fun to experience than to learn about sitting in the house reading a book. This lighthearted series about our great vacation school trip will include followup posts of how we learn art, gym, language arts, and the infamous socialization while having a fun vacation. Enjoy!
How do you turn your everyday life into homeschool moments? Please share with us in the comment section. I appreciate all your input!
Also in this series:
- Part 2: Art Classes
- Part 3: Gym Classes
- Part 4: Language Arts
- Part 5: Socialization