Thursday, October 29, 2009

Homeschooling from a hotel room

As many of you know, we've been in Paducah, KY with Hubby as he's been here for work (training Nurses). It's been so nice to be with him. Living in a hotel room has been nice in some respects & challenging in others. We do have a 2 room suite so that helps but you still feel like you are on top of each other all the time. Makes me thankful for my house!

Even though we are at a hotel, we are still doing schoolwork. I brought a crate with our spelling, math, writing, phonics & other workbooks. I also brought a bunch of Halloween/Fall coloring & worksheets I printed out from various websites for fun! The kids have actually been pretty good about doing their schoolwork. In fact, David finished his Phonics K book & will be starting Phonics 1 when we get home! He's so excited!

We've had lots of PE class! Jamie swam from 1 end of the pool to the other for the first time. David has learned to swim underwater & Jessica is learning to swim also. We are so proud of them.

We also were able to take some field trips.

On Saturday we were able to go to the Paducah water front (Ohio & Tennessee Rivers). We also went to the Lloyd Tilghman Civil War Museum and the River Discovery Center. The kids loved going to these places & even Hubby & I learned some new things!

On Sunday, we went to Land Between the Lakes Federal Recreation Area. We visited the Homeplace, an 1850s working village. The kids learned about spinning wool, making tools & even got to pet some sheep. Then they got to dress up in period costumes! We also visited the Bison & Antelope prairie but did not spot any animals. We were all disappointed in that.

So, while schooling on the road is challenging in some respects, it has been a great learning experience. We have gotten to visit some places we wouldn't normally have went - Who goes to Paducah, KY on vacation? The kids have gotten lots of exercise - swimming almost every day. Most importantly, we've gotten to be together as a family for 2 weeks straight.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumpkin Day

Today was pumpkin day in our house. We had 6 pumpkins from my dad's garden which I needed to puree before they went bad. So I turned it into a learning opportunity.

So, we guessed which pumpkin weighed the most. Then we weighed them. They weighed 9 1/2 lbs, 9 lbs, 5 1/2 lbs, 5 lbs, 4 lbs & 3 1/2 lbs. Then the kids drew pictures of the pumpkins. Next we guessed which would have the most seeds. Then the fun began. I cut the pumpkins open & the kids took out the seeds. Later I counted all the seeds. We have a total of 2,861 seeds. The biggest pumpkin did not have the most seeds, the 2nd biggest one did.

Then my work began. I cut, peeled, cleaned, cooked, pureed & bagged the pumpkin. I also boiled the seeds & put them out to dry. Tomorrow we will roast them.  We got 28 cups of pumpkin puree. The kids were disappointed that I did not make something with the pumpkin tonight!