Saturday, July 27, 2013

Adventures in U.S. History Week 21

We learned about Robert Fulton this week, an engineer and inventor who is credited with developing the first commercially used steamboat.  He also invented the first submarine and marine torpedoes.  We would have liked to take a trip to the Steamboat Arabia Museum, but it didn't happen this week. Maybe soon!

We usually do our spelling words verbally, but since our list this week was comprised of words that must begin with a capital letter in order to be spelled correctly, Miss M did them on the marker board!

Another exciting thing happened this week.  It was the one year anniversary of Hubby being sworn in as a U.S. Citizen!  We celebrated with red-white-and-blue streamers and cheesecake decorated with tiny American flags!

We spent a lot of time at the local library this week!  First, we attended a special showing of Pecos Bill or How the West Was Fun.  The kids had so much fun watching this cute vaudeville show.

An Elvis-inspired Paul Bunyan sang all about losing Babe, even crooning right in front of Miss M.  She gets all shy when we're in public, but she loved it just the same!

The kids have been reading all summer and keeping a log of their books/minutes, so this week they finally earned their third (and final) prize!  They each picked out a gorgeous art kit! (I confiscated the two vials of super glue…!!!)  Miss M plans to make more art for her blog.

I picked up some book basket books for the next couple of weeks.  Here's how I keep them organized before putting them into the book basket.  Some weeks, like week 23, have quite a few different topics covered in a single week, so I will probably rotate books in and out of the book basket more than once that week.

Friday arrived hot and humid! We didn't go for a nature walk (it would have been like trying to hike through a sauna), but Miss M discovered some Queen Anne's Lace growing in the yard and we had a discussion about the red petals in its very center.

Miss M can't wait until Week 23 so we can learn about our home state of Missouri!  One more week to go before then!

Our adventures from previous weeks:

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