|September 18-24, 2015|
|Day 9: Field Trip|
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
We hadn't all gone to Cherry Crest in a few years, and so we went with a bit of enthusiasm. Last year James had really wanted to go, but wasn't able to so I made sure we went this year, especially for him and made sure he spent all the time he wanted and did all he wanted there.The boys are old enough now to pretty much all go in their own directions, so I didn't get a chance to take many pictures, but I took a few, Steven took a few and James took a few, including some from inside the maze. We stayed until after dark. A beautiful sliver of a moon came out over the corn maze, as we waited for James to come out of the maze. He finally emerged and he had completed his entire map, picking up all 15 pieces of the maze puzzle! On the way home, as we drove through Elkton, Maryland, we watched a fireworks display as the town kicked off its fall festival.
We spent all day at duPont Hospital for Children where
James was tested in all ways possible, but we won't hear the results until October. Meanwhile, we will be starting therapy Monday evenings so we can learn better ways of dealing with his language, learning, anxiety and OCD issues. We also celebrated Oktoberfest with a German dinner.
On Tuesday, we prepared materials that we would need for our co-op class the next day. We completed chromotography demonstrations on the ink in the pens found at the "crime scene." The class will then compare them with the ink in the note found at the "crime scene." We read about the Incans and answered some questions. Our focus this week was mostly on the social structure, particularly that of the High Inca and his Coya and the nobles. We read some of The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell and The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster each day this week.
Day 12: Co-op Day
Forensic Science Class
In the morning, we took Midas to the vets to get him neutered.
In the afternoon, we went to co-op and in Criminal Investigations class we analyzed DNA sequences, compared shoeprints, used a method to develop fingerprints and completed chromotography demonstrations to determine which ink pen was used to write the note left at the crime scene.
We rehearsed the play, and Wendy Sardo showed us a great way to show PPM, or Parts per Million.
Day 13: Off to Gettysburg, PA.
Quentin left for Gettysburg for five days with friends. James, Sam and Alex all completed regular schoolwork. Sam worked on Fractional Equations with Rational Numbers (Teaching Textbooks, Algebra II). James completed Undoing and the Golden Rule of Algebra (TT Algebra, Lesson 3). Alex completed an art project and Sam continued with his regular schoolwork.
When Quentin called me Thursday night, he told me they had gone on a Gettysburg Ghost Stories tour.
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