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Our studies are moving along now, so we want to add some field trips and take advantage of learning activities around us. Fortunately, I have found three that look like fun educational opportunities for Dana.

The first one on the calendar is a science workshop provided free for 6-8 graders (homeschoolers welcome) by Kenyon College, which happens to be very near where we live. The LADS (Learning And Doing Science) session for boys will be from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, Saturday, October 22. This free session called “Chemistry All Around You” will include”  “KABOOM! Come see the hidden powers of common household items. How can you tell if a liquid has enough acid in it to burn through a table? You don’t want to touch it to find out, but a food in your fridge can tell you. We’ll watch candy blow up, and make and eat delicious instant ice cream. Come learn how chemistry can be cool! Registration will be open from September 1 to October 14, 2011.” If this one goes well, we will also register him for one in February on light particles. For more information, if you are anywhere in Knox County, Ohio, go to: http://www.kenyon.edu/physicslads They already held the first session for girls, but another will come up in March (http://www.kenyon.edu/x58103.xml )

Then, on Saturday, November 5, from noon until 4:00 pm, we will be taking a “Walk In the Past” at Mohican Outdoor School in Butler, Ohio. This is a family event giving the opportunity to experience what life was like in Ohio in the 1800s costing only $5.00 for the whole family. Click here for more info and to download flyer:  http://www.mohicanoutdoorschool.org/events/view/56/169.html No registration required.

On Tuesday, November 15, Dana and his granddad will be attending Mohican’s Fall HOOT (Homeschool Opportunities for Outdoor Training).

The website says: “Join us for the Fall 2011 Session of HOOT!, from 10 am – 2 pm.  Let’s start digging – that is, digging in our mock archaeology dig site!  We will explore the geology of Hemlock Falls, and learn about archaeology during this HOOT! session.  Cost per child: $5.00.  No fee for parents.  Please bring a packed lunch for child and adult, something to drink, and outerwear appropriate for the weather, as we will be outside for most of the class times, rain or shine.  Pre-registration required.”
Click here to register online

Hopefully these will all be great experiences and are all either free or extremely inexpensive. If you don’t live in my neck of the woods, check your own area for great activities. Happy Fall homeschooling!

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We visited lots of art and craft booths, the old theater where Dan Emmett and others performed, and heard some of the entertainers, but Dana most enjoyed the small Civil War engagement “reenactment” from the town square and down the street as the Union soldiers chased the Rebs out of town. The musket volleys were loud, though! Afterwards, Dana got interested in the Union soldier statue on a tall column with plaques in the park on the square and the “Walk of Honor” bricks in honor of those who served and died in many wars and actions. So we got in some spur-of-the-moment history. We left before the big stage show because Dana can’t handle the loudness of the speakers.

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Tomorrow is the 234th anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride. For today and through the weekend you can download FOUR wonderful resources
all related to Revere and the history surrounding his midnight ride. Here’s the complete rundown:

Listen My Children (MP3 audio) –
FIRST UP up this a great half hour audio story about Revere’s long life and influence, including the events of that fateful night, as originally dramatized on the radio program “Cavalcade of America”, in December, 1952.

“Listen My Children” Listening Guide (PDF ebooklet) –
Next, you’ll want to use this PDF discussion guide with background info and questions to accompany the above audio program.

Paul Revere’s Ride (MP3 audio) – Next, is a SECOND classic audio for you: A wonderful dramatic performance of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s classic poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” as performed by Frederic March. If your kids have never heard it, they are missing out on one of the quintessential American poems. Give it a listen!

And FINALLY,  a neat PDF art study lesson focusing on paintings & sculptures depicting Paul Revere (as well as the Minutemen), courtesy of Yes You Can! Publications. This is lots of fun and a great way to combine history with art appreciation & hands-on activities to boot. 

Today and through the weekend you can download all these free resources. While you are there, why not sign up so you can receive weekly notification of upcoming freebies. It is a great site run by a homeschooling dad and I have gotten tons of great stuff there. Go to:  http://www.homeschoolfreebieoftheday.com

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