Downtown Field Trip

On Friday we went to see the Spirit of America show downtown.

It was the history of the U.S. told through the eyes of soldiers.

It was amazing!

Nana and Papa came with us, and after the show and some pizza

at our favorite downtown pizza joint,

we took in some art at the art museum.

We also walked around downtown checking out some of the more than 1700 pieces of art installed for Artprize!

Kentucky by Asher

We started June off by going to Kentucky, (Well, Northern Kentucky/Southern Ohio) with my Grandma and Grandpa for 3 days.

Day 1.

On the first day we went to the Creation Museum.It’s a museum about, well, the creation story.

Day 2

We went to 2 things that day.

First we went to the Lego store.

Then we went to Entertrainment Junction,

the largest toy train layout in the world.

It also had a small train that you can ride on.

It also had hand-crank trains.

Overall, it was a great trip!!!!!!

In The House

If you have some hip-hoppers in your house, and you’re studying American History…

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then this might be the book for you.  It’s getting a lot of use in this house.

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Two Presidents

Today we headed out to the Ford Presidential Museum.

First up was a play about Abraham Lincoln.  (Happy Birthday, Mr. President!)

It was a delightful play put on by these two chaps, who did a fabulous job!

After the play, they took questions from the audience and showed how the special effects were done.

The kids loved it and laughed their way through it.

After the play, we toured the museum.  We started with a new exhibit on the Cold War.

We then moved on to the rest of the exhibits, all about Gerald R. Ford and his presidency.  We had done some reading on Ford this past week and while we have toured this museum before, this was the first time that Asher was really drawn in.

Every time I turned around, he was totally engrossed… reading, listening, watching…absorbing.

I thought to myself, “Now this is school.”  He even asked to see the President’s grave, located outside by the river.  We had a security guard approach us and offer to give us a tour and talk about the crypt.  Gotta love those security guards!

Avy experienced the museum in her own way.

She danced her way though the museum.  (I think the President would be happy.)

All that dancing tires a girl out.

More of these days, please.

Mark Twain with a little St. Louis thrown in: Part I, by Asher

So we took our first field trip of the new school year.  To Missouri.  This was back at the beginning of September.  We went with Nana and Papa and met up with the African cousins and aunt and uncle.  Really it was a family vacation, but mom loves it when we can do some learning too.   So we started our school year researching Missouri and reading about Mark Twain and watching Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn movies.

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One day we went to the Mark Twain Museum. It was a lot of fun there.   My cousin Clay and I went around the museum trying to avoid his younger brothers, James and Samuel.

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Avy and Grace just went around and looked at the exhibits and took notes.

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Another day we went to the Mark Twain Cave. There were over 50 trails inside it that were 6 miles long. We went on a tour on a few of the trails.

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All of the cousins had a great time with each other.

And are ready to have another great time together down the river.

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Let’s Study Mexico! by Avy

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Hola amigos!  We decided to take a “field trip” to Mexico!  So of course we had to study Mexico’s history, culture, geography, that kind of stuff.  We spent 2  weeks making, cooking, crafting, and studying.  I made cinnamon oranges, (slice oranges into little suns, sprinkle with cinnamon and powered sugar) a pinata for our fiesta, and painted pots in bright Mexican colors!

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We worked on a HUGE Mexican flag.  Asher is an awesome artist, so he drew the eagle crest on the flag.  We did some Mexican Folk tin art.  We made a sun and a cactus.  We made a few papel picados every day to hang in our fiesta room, otherwise known as the dining room.  By the end of our study, they were hanging everywhere!

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We sculpted magical Aztec Suns out of clay.

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We also made homemade corn tortillas.  They were so yummy with cheese on them!

At the end of our study we had a big fiesta with our next door neighbors, Sarah and Johnathan.  We had Mexican food, broke open our pinata, and played Carmen San Diego

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