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This week, we enjoyed homeschool on the road. We took an RV trip to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh, WI. I planned for weeks before the trip on exactly where Little Buddy would be in his work to make sure I had everything we would need during the trip. I am so glad I did! Preparation is definitely the key to quality homeschooling!
Each morning, Little Buddy and I would sit on the bed in the RV with the containers on the counter top at the foot of the bed and work on his school work. While we were traveling, it really was the perfect opportunity to get our work done and prevent any boredom as well. We started our day with our Bible study, then reading, grammar, writing, spelling, history, science, and math. Then, we would add a craft at the table after lunch.
For our reading, we read Hamlet for Kids! I was a little nervous Little Buddy would not enjoy this book. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much he loved it! We learned about couplets, plot, character development, and Shakespeare to boot! All great lessons in one great book. We enjoyed the book so much, I went online to Amazon and ordered the rest in the series of Shakespeare for Kids! They should be at our house when we get back home. I also ordered another copy of Hamlet for Kids! to giveaway to a lucky reader of our blog! Be sure to enter to win.
We also had great living lessons this week.
We enjoyed visiting one of the largest dairy farms in the United States at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana. I wrote a review of the farm for Chic Galleria magazine. Click here to see the full article.
In Traveling and Living Math with Navigation, I wrote about how my husband worked with Little Buddy on calculating distance, speed, and time. The end result, Little Buddy now looks at the navigation system and works on calculating the time until we get to our next stop rather than immediately asking, “how much longer?” He then asks us if he is correct in his calculations.
Now to the learning we really loved this week – aviation!
This week was just like a science or aviation camp for us. We spent a lot of time with the great folks at NASA and they had wonderful takeaway educational materials. We also enjoyed seeing the debut of the Airbus A380 landing in North America. My husband and Little Buddy toured the plane, but I was a bit of a wus and didn’t stand in line to go through because it was raining. Surely something I will regret.
We were able to see the White Knight 2. A few years ago we were able to see White Knight 1, so we were very happy for Little Buddy to be able to have seen them both.
We also enjoyed living history! We also met two of the Tuskegee Airmen and had the opportunity to shake their hands and thank them for their service. We saw tons of vintage planes, warbirds, and record-setters. We were able to hear Sully Sullivan, the hero captain that safely landed the airplane in the Hudson earlier this year.
My favorite of all though, was the the time to spend with family and good friends. We were fortunate that my husband’s parents were able to go on this trip as well. My son thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandparents. I know these will be some fond memories when he is older. For that, I am thankful.
Head on over to see what other folks were up to this week. Thanks Kris at http://www.weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers.com for hosting this great weekly event!