This week we transitioned from our family summer camp, Camp Bergenholtz to the beginning of the new school year.
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Saint Leonard, Maryland
has 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River in Calvert County, Maryland, In the Exhibit Barn we saw "FARMERS, PATRIOTS and TRAITORS: Southern Maryland and the War of 1812." We then took a pause for lunch. Brenda had made us a lovely Antipasto picnic lunch. There is also an Indian Village which shows how life as it might have been when John Smith visited the people who lived along the Patuxent River. The Indian Village has four lodges of different sizes, a central fire pit, and racks for smoking fish and meat. It is protected on one side by a palisade that the Indians used to help keep out raiders from other tribes who would take the stores of dried corn. A working garden is located just outside the palisade where a variety of plants represent the crops Native people were growing.
Eating Out at Ledo's Pizza and Nagoya Japanese Bistro
Sam had his first taste of Sushi and he helped Brenda learn how to use chopsticks.
We had our traditional First Day of Homeschool School lunch. This year I took inspiration from Brenda and made a toasted cheese, tomato soup, green beans and peach halves. I also added "Lunch Lady Brownies." James and Quentin had their traditional school cones.
|Alex's (age 21, special needs) first art project of the year, Late Summer Dandelions.|
This week we:
- Began our history studies with the Incan Empire, focusing mainly on the geography of the area, legends of the beginnings and how their centralized society worked including travel and communication. We learned about chasquis, or runners of messages or goods and reviewed quipu, a method of keeping records. We are reading Incans, Aztecs and Mayans by John Holtzman.
- James began Teaching Textbooks Algebra I with a lesson called advanced arithmetic.
- Quentin began his math work with place value including decimals.
- We began Tai Chi lessons.
- We began rehearsing Murder at the Banquet, our play for this year.
- Sam began his year with some old favorites, Rosetta Stone's Japanese, Teaching Textbook's Algebra II (Solving First-Degree Equations) and The Power is in Your Hands writing program.
- We began reading The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell and The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster.
- Alex began his school year with an art project...late summer dandelions. He also worked on some programs on his iPad.
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