Perot Museum May 2016

I took the girls to the Perot Museum on the last day of May to sneak in one more visit before school let out, then we won’t be back again until September. We wanted to see the parts of the museum we missed on our last visit.

Nadia asked me to take photos of both of these to show Mike because it’s from Jiangxi Province where she and Dani were born.

We had a great time and stopped for a photo with the frogs on the way out!

Expedition Earth – ASIA

Years ago I bought this geography curriculum from Confessions Of A Homeschooler and just waited for Amelie to get old enough to for us to start. So in January of this year we started working our way through 42 countries of the world. Here are some of the things included in the curriculum from the COH website: 7 Wonders of the World, World Lap Book, Geographical Locations, Mapping Skills, Science: Ecosystems Study, Geography Vocabulary, People of the Region, How to Pray for the Regions, Christmas around the world (we haven’t done any of this – I want to do it as a separate study), Children like me, Science: Animals mini-books for each country, Food and recipes, Craft activities, Country Songs, Review Games and more.

The first week of the curriculum is a basic introduction to geography and then you start with the continent of Asia. I posted already about our special guest from Japan but here are some fun photos and information from the rest of our Asia study.

For China we made Chinese fans. We eat a lot of Chinese food so we didn’t do anything special for food.

For South Korea we made Jeweled Crowns for our craft. And for dinner at the end of the unit we tried a Korean restaurant called Namoo. We immediately became hooked on the place and have been back for Gotcha Day’s and birthdays.

For India our craft was to make our version of “inlaid stone tile.”  One fun fact about India is that they invented chess.

For Israel our craft was to paint the “Dome of the Rock.”  One fun fact we learned is that Israel has more doctors per patient ration compared to the US.

For Thailand our craft was to make a Floating Thai boat. We took the girls to Sweet Basil for Thai food. The photo above is of Thai dumplings which were different than Chinese, but just as delicious! Fun fact was that Thai people eat 4 or 5 times a day and that chopsticks are not widely used like in other Asian countries.

Nadia’s Torii Gate was a craft for Japan along with lots of origami.

We had a wonderful time doing this study on the continent of Asia. There was a lot more than was photographed here and we learned all sorts of cool things about far off places. We watched quite a few videos on Youtube and checked out lots of books from the library. After finishing Asia we moved on to Europe.

Expedition Earth – Italy Volcano

During our Expedition Earth study of Italy, the science part was on Volcanoes. We watched a lot videos, looked at books and learned cool (and sometimes scary) facts. I found a quick and easy make your own volcano craft on Pinterest. The girls each made their own and had a lot of fun. Once we dumped the vinegar in they were giggling like wild.

Museum Day

In April the museum had special Earth Week activities so when we dropped Dani off we used our membership and went in. The big girls had a fun time trying the experiments. Upstairs we also went through the IBM THINK exhibit.

My happy surprise of the day was running into Vanessa!