Leaving the Flock

Geocaching, Nighttime Hiking & the Crow

Mondays have started to turn into one of my favorite days of the week. They are typically quiet since we don’t return to the city until Tuesdays and it is nice to have this almost forced ‘scheduled-activities break’ day. This week we filled it with soaking in as much of the warm, fresh air and radiant sunlight as possible.


I have been adding to Sebastian’s academic load and boy, has he caught on! By that I mean, he wakes up, immediately brushes his teeth, comes to find me and ask for the day’s work. He now flies through double-digit addition & subtraction, that used to weigh him down. It is clearly time to move on to new math topics but it has been exciting for me to see his confidence skyrocket as he grasps and excels at these previously challenging subjects. We finished our unit on measuring (cm. vs in.) and will move into fluid & temperature measurement. In science this week, he learned all the planets as we have been reading and studying the solar system. We are also studying the basic functions & identifying of all the major organs and systems in the body.  As a science major, this stuff is right up my alley! A few weeks back we incorporated an app into our Spanish studies called Duolingo. This helps push him a little farther in sentences & grammar than just translating our spelling words. He also finished book 3 of the Diary of Minecraft Zombie series and will start book 4 in the new week. Please keep in mind this boy was still in kindergarten easy readers at the end of his first-grade year. To say I’m excited about his growth in reading and comprehension would an understatement.

This week there was progress made on the Dali! I’m starting to see the resemblance to the original, The Persistence of Memory.

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This is who I pick up post art class. Happy excited Sebastian, ready for dinner with his family.

On this day we were at the Crow Collection of Asian Art for a homeschool class about art installation with Danny Skinner.

At the Crow
At the Crow

This beautiful sculpture by Soheap Pich was made from rattan and bamboo in Cambodia.  The cannonball tree was the inspiration. Danny found the piece in New York when he secured it for display in Dallas. It comes apart into five pieces and was transported by truck to the Crow.

We heard inside stories about how works of art in the museum were installed. This piece of hand-carved red sandstone is the facade of a residence from the Mughal period, 18th Century India. Danny was telling us about its incredible weight (equivalent to four elephants) and how it is specially secured and supported on the second floor of the Crow.

Then students built sculptures of their own and used different tools art handlers use to install their works of art. This was very exciting for all the kids as they were able to display their pieces in the Crow’s display cases. Sebastian named his art ‘The Phone Coming Alive.’ He said the black pipe cleaner is the frame of the phone and the colorful pieces are the ‘Alive’ part. 😉

Coding class at Techie Factory included a STEM building challenge. They constructed structures to support this box from sticks & tape.

STEM Building at Techie Factory
STEM Building at Techie Factory

Another unit of study took us geocaching! We started with a lesson about the compass and how it works. Then we hopped in the cart and took off to find TREASURE.

Off to go Geocaching!
Off to go Geocaching!

While we didn’t find any treasure at either of two spots we went to, we did ALMOST find it at a third spot. We have learned a lot about how we need to dress and supplies we need to take when hunting. Long pants, sleeves, bug spray, and flashlights are a must if hunting in the woods while the foliage is still thick. We DID find a friend to join us AND some amazing views!!

I learned that “Native Americans would bend trees in order to create trail markers that formed an early routing system, which served multiple purposes. From indicating that water and food was nearby, to warning travelers of rough country ahead, these landmarks were important features in navigating the early Americas.” We saw one while geocaching!

Native American Trail Marker Tree
Native American Trail Marker Tree

To my delight, Sebastian was invited to attend a mile, nighttime trail walk at the Hagerman Wildlife Refuge. Afterward, they learned about the night sky & constellations. Thanks again to Nicole, Penelope & Pierce for inviting Sebastian!

Night at Hagerman
Night at Hagerman

 

Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT week! ~Natalie

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Natalie, Founding Author

We are breaking the chains of conventional education. Leaving behind common core, standardized testing and institutional buildings to give our son something different. In our minds, something far better. Welcome to our worldschooling adventure. If you want assistance finding your next great adventure, contact me at CrafttheTravel.com.

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