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"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

This Moment, The Exchange Place Edition and Snapshot Summary, July 13-19, week 35

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at SouleMama.
Snapshot Summary, July 13-19

We finished up our 50-states study with Tennessee, and made a cookie dough map of the state.

We took a lot of little trips this week. Saturday after a picnic lunch...
The Netherland Inn was a stagecoach inn, hosting many famous persons including Presidents Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson and James Polk.
we toured the Netherland Inn House Museum...
and gardens.

An exhibit at Bays Mountain's Nature Center.
 Then we went to Bays Mountain Park, a 3,550-acre nature preserve that has a Nature Center and Animal Habitats featuring wolves, bobcats, raptors and reptiles. They also have a dam of which you can get a close view. (Here are photos of our trip here three years ago.)
Katie sketches the albino Corn Snake at the Reptile House.
Inpromptu Nature Study.
Steven and James sort through the rocks and minerals at the Gem and Mineral show .
 Their special program this weekend was a Gem and Mineral show in which they encouraged beginning collectors by giving them each four free rocks or minerals from a wide selection.
Quentin views a crystal under a microscope.
 They also had displays to show gems and minerals up close, some that glowed under a black light and a   hands-on exploration table.
Katie gets her first look at her geode once it is cut open.
 This week we also went to the annual Hamlett-Dobson Farm Fest at the Exchange Place Living History Farm in Kingsport, TN
 The farm dates from the mid-1800's and the festival celebrates the pleasures of 19th century country life.
The younger boys enjoyed jumping and playing in hay, milking "cows", a hayride, free fresh summer foods such as corn on the cob, watermelon, kettle corn and lemonade, old-time crafts such as tin-punch, talking to and listening to people dressed in period clothes talk about such things as carding and spinning wool, beekeeping and woodworking. It was a fun and educational day that fit perfectly with our history studies.

 On Monday we were treated to a full afternoon of adventure at the South Holston Dam, the Weir Dam and Osceola Island, Bristol, TN. 
 It was part of the TVA projects beginning in the 1940's. It helps supply the power needs of the area and helps control flooding.
The mists were incredibly beautiful.

Looking for Fish

Playing Pooh Sticks

Osceola Island, Cherokee National Forest
Katie took Quentin and James on a nature hike through Osceola Island.

squid model in progress
We have a lot of works-in-progress.
We learned about squid anatomy by sketching and making models of squid.
 We learned about the Indian tribes of the Maidu of southern California...
and of the Tlingit of the Northwest and completed craft projects from History Pockets: Native Americans. We are finishing up our study of American Indians, but we want to do a few more hands-on projects, so I imagine that this will go on for the rest of the summer at a leisurely pace.

What We Are Reading
We read Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone by Cindy Neuschwander, which talks about polygons, their faces, points and edges, Euler's Polyhedron Formula and measurement. We had visited these geometry concepts before, but it was nice to review them again.

Our trip last month to Warrior's Path State Park, because of its Narnia play-spaces, peaked Quentin and James' interest in...
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, so we have been reading this in the evenings, along with
The Hobbit (which Sam is reading aloud to our delight) 
and The Hardy Boys book 2: The House on the Cliff.


  1. Love this! So much fun. I never played Pooh Sticks before, it looks fun. Love the reading selections. Great that Sam is doing the reading as well, it is fun to be read to. The field trips are wonderful memories I bet. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Your pictures from the week are beautiful!

  3. What a wonderful week filled with exploration. It looks like you all had a wonderful time.
    Blessings, Dawn

  4. A lot of read alouds! I love that first picture in your post, it's perfect :)

  5. Looks like you guys are having a lot of fun!!

  6. How do you accomplish so much in a week!! I love all the pictures. The Netherland Inn is beautiful! And I love the Farm Fest! How fun.

    Love all the books too. I still just adore to read aloud to Kei. You aren't that far from us I don't think.... Maybe one day. :)

  7. So many good things in your week! I think the gem and mineral show looks really neat!! I love that the kids were playing Pooh Sticks :)
    Thanks for linking up with Favorite Resources, Phyllis. We are going to listen to The Hobbit as our next audio book, and we loved listening to the Chronicles of Narnia series a while back!

  8. Love every bit of this wonderful week. Beautiful spots and so many great things you are doing!

  9. Yay for your read-aloud. We're listening to The Hobbit on audio right now and enjoying every minute of it!!! Your adventures in TN look like so much fun. Hope you're having a GREAT summer, Phyllis!


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