Friday, June 1, 2012

Our Homeschool Week - Adventures on the Road

In my life this week…

What a week it's been! We traveled to Orlando for the FPEA homeschool convention - where I was 
honored to work for Apologia  - There were so many wonderful quotes I gathered from the workshops
by the ladies of Apologia - but one of my favorite is Rachael Carman who said with regards to running our homes and homeschools in a way that honors God "Keep your eyes on Jesus - It's all about Him!" and that is the best advice anyone can give any of us - now isn't it? 

In our homeschool this week…

We spent time with the family in Orlando and then headed for Tampa to relax for a few days - thankfully
my husband was able to join us for a couple of days (He won't have another day off for awhile - he's in 
his busy fishing season - Tarpon fishing!) 

We took a couple of field trips - one to the FL Aquarium: (now you know what a Tarpon is) 

Tarpon swimming over top of a Green Moray Eel 

Leafy Sea Dragon - one of my favorites! 

School of minnows - my little guy LOVES Adores and is Obsessed with fish -

 So-  I couldn't peel him off the aquarium wall! He sat there through the entire "class" they gave. He and my 7 year old then proceeded to explain to the docent the difference between "zooplankton and phytoplankton"
Thank you Apologia - "Swimming Creatures"! 

We also visited MOSI - Museum of Science and Industry and toured the new "Mummies of the World" :

Ancient mummy from Egypt 

We learned a good deal about the mummification process and the cultures who practiced it. We also 
learned about tornadoes, hurricanes, electricity, pulleys and more! 

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

See above! We also got to spend Memorial Day with our favorite Veteran - my daddy! He took all three boys for the day so I could work for Apologia at the FPEA conference - He's still a brave man! 

We toured the USS American Victory - from WWII - for Memorial Day and talked with a Navy Vet who was very helpful - He was happy to hear we homeschool and asked us to be sure and study the Constitution 
He was thrilled to hear that "Ya know what? We do!" Thanks to Rebecca of  MomsMustardSeeds and Founders Academy - we have great FREE lessons about the founding of our Nation and government. 

My favorite thing this week was…

That my husband was able to come up and join us in Tampa for a couple of well deserved days off! 

Let's hear it for the boys. . . 

All three boys travel well - and I was impressed (along with the docent) with all the information they have 
retained about "Swimming Creatures" from their awesome Apologia Science book and their understanding
of God's unique finger print on all of Creation. They blow me away - these little monkey's! 

3 in 30 - reaching goals just 3 at a time …

June Goals: 
1. I will loose 10 pounds - by drinking water and moving my body 30 minutes daily (walking, swimming, 
biking, yoga, or dancing with the boys) 
2. I will start my day in Scripture- I am doing the Proverbs 31 study with Amanda Pelser
3. I will finish updating my pages- I am working through the Simple blogging ebook 

Letter of the week "O" …

"O" is for Otter- One of the cute friend we made at the Aquarium

Helpful homeschooling tips, Freebies or advice to share…

I highly recommend that you join a local Science center or Aquarium! Check out the
"Passport Program" - Association of Science and Technology Centers - gives you FREE admission to museums around the country. *Read the fine print - there are restrictions - but we plan entire vacations around some of these visits. They are educational and fun - it's been a wonderful investment in our homeschool! 

There is a "likers only" FREEBIE on our Facebook Page! Download your Free Nature Study today
and add fun and scripture to your Summer Nature adventures! 

Linking with - Holy Spirit Led Homeschool , The Imagination Tree , Creative Family Fun , Read.Explore.Learn.  and these: 

            Camera Phone Friday        



Amy said...

Oh what a FABULOUS week ... I just love how much you do with your boys! :) Makes me smile! cuz Wyatt and I work together and play together and clean together! And I love that we have to keep our eyes set on the Lord... Love the leafy sea dragon! SO PRETTY!

Karen said...

What a great week! We visited an Aquarium too and were blown away by God's creatures. The Sea Dragons were one of our favorites. Aren't they amazing? Love all the pictures and all the great things you were able to do! Blessings.

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Wow! You had a VERY busy, but fun week, huh? The Apologia conference looks great! And all those wonderful field trips! You have some AWESOME places to visit and learn from!

Leslie said...

Sounds like an awesome week. I love that quote from Apologia - so true! Thanks for the reminder.

Jen @ Forever, For Always... said...

I enjoy coming here to see all your gorgeous photos. It is a blessing to have a Dad who will babysit isn't it? Mine was over this morning :) I'm going to look up the aquarium site you listed, we have one near us that we would like to go to again. Have a great weekend!

Jen said...

what a neat trip youve had :)
and Ive said it before and will probably say it again what neat museums you have in America :)

Dawn said...

What a great week. It sounds like you all had lots of fun and learning.
Blessings, Dawn

Sherri Davidson said...

What a great week!! I also am working on spending more morning getting started with scripture. :)

Kelli Becton said...

Thank you all - yes, I'm still recovering - it's raining here now so I've had the day to lay around and relax - always need the down time to go with my busy times! Balance! I don't normally pack in as much as all this - but this week just couldn't help myself!!! thanks for visiting

Susan said...

What an awesome week, filled with fun and learning!! :) Science museums (museums of any kind, really) are such great resources.
Thanks for linking up, Kelli. Enjoy your weekend!

amber @ classichousewife said...

You went to a conference to work for apologia? I'm so jealous. ;0)

The leafy sea dragon really is cool looking. I'm glad y'all had so much fun!

Stef Layton said...

FUN! Sorry we didn't meet up at the convention (dern shuttle business).

We JUST picked up Sea Creatures to use w/ our Sea World passes!! Love me some Apologia!

Aurie{OurGoodLife} said...

Such a wonderful week - I love that your little guy was so fascinated with the aquarium!! so adorable :)

Stefanie said...

Wonderful week. I bet the boys loved the ship tour.

Last time I was on one I was 9 month pregnant visiting my hubby who had just returned from deployment and had duty the day they arrived so he couldn't come home. LOL I did not enjoy those ladders. Naturally he was at the bottom of the carrier.

Tami @ said...

I've let daily Scripture reading slide again and I can feel it's effect on my life.

Great goals! said...

Wow! What a great summary of an amazing week. The museums look amazing and I love the goals you've set for yourself. Thank you also for the reminder to look to Jesus. Thank you for sharing at the Weekly Kids' Co-op. xoxo Pauline.

educator said...

We were also at FPEA, and saw your Booth. I gave a workshop on the different personality types (learning styles), and teaching to left and right brain.
Videos: Different Personality Types

Teaching To Left And Right Brain