Friday, April 8, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - April 8

The Homeschool Mother's Journa
I'm jumping on The Homeschool Mother's Journal meme hosted by Sue of the Homeschool Chick.

In my life this week…

We are working on refining our schedule in the area of chores so that we are doing more than surviving.....we want to be thriving!

My toddler is still keeping up super busy.  We may be busier, but, there's a whole lot more love in the house!

In our homeschool this week…

Finished up our unit on the Middle Ages -- yahoo!  Onto the Renaissance!  We did a lot of reading, so there wasn't as much time for the hands-on projects.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

This week we took two field trips.  The first was to  Our Vital Earth to learn about vermiculture.  We got to take home some worms of our own and I'm happy to say that they are still alive!  I cannot wait until we have a place where we can garden.  Then we spent the afternoon romping through a nearby park complete with natural springs!  Ahhhhh!

Today we spent our morning at Orange County Regional History Center to participate in their Homeschool Program of Mr. and Mrs. President during their special exhibit from the Smithsonian called "The Working White House".

Upon getting our security clearance, we were 'greeted' by a 'Secret Service Agent' who escorted us to the first of four stations.  At our first station, the kids got some background information on the 'birth' of the Presidency and learned about the different duties of the President.  The children also got to 'vote' using an official voting booth (no hanging chads allowed!).

Next up, we heard a spirited presentation about how appearance can affect the outcome of voting (i.e. The first televised debate between Nixon and Kennedy.  If you saw it on TV, you thought Kennedy won.  If you heard it on the radio, you thought Nixon won) and  the First Ladies and their duties.  This was followed by some hands-on fun.....the boys got to make a tie and collar (fashioned after JFK) and the girls got to make First Lady Jackie Kennedy's famous pill-box hat.  (My daughter was ecstatic!).  Both ensembles were topped off with stylish 'Ray Bans' for the boys and oversized Jackie-O sunglasses for the girls. 

After posing for the perfect photo op, we were lead to the where the special exhibit is showcased and given a tour of the pictures and artifacts from behind the scenes of the White House.  I admit I didn't get to hear as much of this part of the tour as I'd like due to the interruptions of a rather cute toddler.....Following the tour, it was time for one of the yearly festivities at the White House --- an Easter Egg Hunt!  Ours of course was on a smaller scale!

Our final destination was "Top Secret"!  We arrived on the top floor where we were greeted by a tuxedo clad  gentleman who showed us into a room that was a mock up of what a White House State Dinner would look like.  This time, we were the guests of honor!   Each place setting was created with care right down to the 'disposable' gold charger plates and champagne glasses (with only the finest vintage of Seagram's "Ginger Ale" 2011).  As each course was served, we learned more about the history behind this event, who was invited and the proper way to respond while dinning.  The History Center took an original menu and turned it into a wonderful, kid-friendly version.  Caviar became a Bagel chip topped with cream cheese, a blackberry and sprig of dill.. Sushi became a little round brownie covered with icing and colorful flaked coconut on an plate covered with artistically drizzled chocolate syrup. You get the picture!

This was a fantastic presentation put on by the Homeschool friendly History Center.  This was by far the best Homeschool Day we've been to yet!!!  

My favorite thing this week was…

Watching my creative daughter thoroughly enjoy herself making a 'Jackie Kennedy Pill-box Hat' and then wanting to look up pictures and learn more about the woman behind the fashion!

What’s working/not working for us…

Actually it's something I'm going to change up the next time we cycle through the Middle Ages.  I LOVE Tapestry of Grace, but, it's just too much history jammed into the first two units of Year 2! 

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I'm actually mulling over something my friend/mentor told me about homeschooling.....she said, "If you have two options, pick the fun one"

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Voting on a design for wrist bands (that is an actual voting booth)
Voting on a design for wrist bands (that is an actual voting booth)

Jackie-O's Pill-box hat and oversized shades!
Jackie-O's Pill-box hat and oversized shades!


  1. Thanks for stopping by...I'm already a follower and enjoy your fun blog! The Pill Box hat is adorable!

  2. I love the hat! The White House dinner sounds awesome -- we should have gone just for that! :o)

  3. What adventures! I am digging the Jackie O look.

  4. Thanks for visiting Estop4 Look like you all had fun!

  5. I like that idea: pick the fun one. Will have to ponder that some more!

  6. wow! What an awesome field trip!! Sounds like it was a blast!!

  7. Hi,
    following from the Easter Weekend Blog Hop,

    be blessed!