S: The Learning Academy 2010 - 2011 Yearbook
BC: taken at Adler Planetarium
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1: Heather's favorite subjects this year were math and reading. Jeremy's favorite subject was history. He also starting taking electric guitar lessons with Mrs. Larkin. In the photos, Heather is showing the poster she made about America's early explorers and the routes they traveled. Jeremy is showing his poster about the branches of government.
2: CWE | We started our own group this year with the Brucks and Seuls. The kids named it CWE which stands for Christian World Explorers. We met twice per month and in our time together we did projects relating to our astronomy studies, the kids gave presentations, and we played review games with memory work the kids had learned in prior years at Classical Conversations. The kids absolutely loved this group!
3: On the left, the kids stand under a model solar system made from balloons. In the first row above, the kids are making a salt dough model of Mercury and Heather is giving a presentation. In the middle row, the kids made lava (like on Venus) and made a compass. In the bottom row first picture, Heather and Jeremy make their Olympus Mons volcano erupt. The middle picture in the bottom row shows the kids trying real astronaut food at our lunar eclipse sleepover party (unfortunately it was too cloudy to see the eclipse). The last picture in the bottom row shows Jeremy and Heather looking through the telescopes they made for the astronomy play the kids wrote and acted out based on the discovery of Uranus.
4: Science Our science this year consisted almost entirely of studying astronomy. The kids learned so much on this topic, it was incredible! The picture to the left shows the miniature Stonehenge Jeremy made when learning how it was used in early astronomy. Heather also took 2 science classes at Learning Vine. | Language Arts Jeremy and Heather both still excel at reading and really enjoy reading for pleasure. In the picture on the right the kids are holding the poems they wrote this year - one Haiku and one Acrostic poem. Heather also wrote a couplet. Grammar thankfully came much easier to Jeremy this year. Heather is off to a good start with grammar.
5: History Heather learned about American History this year. Jeremy enjoyed learning a general overview of world history as well as a having refresher on American history by covering that material along with Heather. He really enjoyed learning about Greek mythology this year. | Check out the Minotaur's labyrinth
6: Math Heather continues to enjoy math. Jeremy continues to dislike math although he really does very well in the subject. | Bible In addition to our bible study at home, the kids continued to enjoy participating in the Awana program. The picture on the right shows Jeremy at the Awana Christmas program.
7: Geography The above picture was taken in Heather's Learning Vine geography class. At home, we studied states and capitals as well as Central America, Europe, and South America.
8: Learning Vine | During both semesters at Learning Vine, Jeremy took Creative Writing (he is showing one of his stories above), Karate, and Art. In the fall semester, Heather took Geography, a Scientific Method class, and a Language Arts Fairy Tales class. In the spring semester, Heather took a Language Arts Fables class, a Science Life Cycles class, and Art. In the above picture, she is getting ready to release the butterfly she took care of from the caterpillar stage as part of her Life Cycles class. Jeremy's stories in his creative writing class were really quite impressive this year! The story he wrote 2nd semester was six typed pages long! He is considering writing a sequel next year.
9: Below are some of the amazing creations Jeremy and Heather completed in their Learning Vine art classes. The bulldog was done by Jeremy.
10: The kids always enjoy visiting Cantigny Park and this time was no different. I was especially proud of Jeremy because during the tour of the mansion, he was able to properly identify all the portraits of our founding fathers. The tour guide said he was the first child to ever do so. Apparently they usually miss Alexander Hamilton. | Cantigny Park
11: Fabyan Dutch Windmill
12: Museum of Science and Industry
13: It was cool to see the actual Apollo 8 spacecraft. The three man crew on this mission were the first humans to see the entire earth and the first to see the far side of the moon. They orbited the moon 20 times. We enjoyed reading that the crew read from Genesis on a special TV broadcast on 12/21/1968.
14: Adler Planetarium | touching a piece of the meteorite that crashed into Earth creating a huge crater in Arizona
15: The artists we studied this year were: Picasso, Rembrandt, Seurat, and Degas. We loved seeing Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte after learning about Seurat and his pointillism technique. On the musical side of fine arts, we learned about Chopin and Wagner. | Art Institute
16: Heather participated in winter and spring soccer as well as gymnastics this school year. | Jeremy participated in baseball, basketball, and karate this school year. We also enjoyed recreational swimming and ice skating from time to time.
18: FIELD DAY | May 24, 2011
19: Field Trips | 1. Cantigny Park - 9/16/2010 2. Fabyan Dutch Windmill - 9/28/2010 3. Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 9/30/2010 4. Wheaton College Childrens Concert - 10/14/2010 5. Graue Mill - 10/21/2010 6. Hubble Telescope IMAX movie - 11/17/2010 7. Museum of Science & Industry - 12/6/2010 8. Field Museum - 12/15/2010 9. Adler Planetarium - 1/12/2011 10. Art Institute - 1/21/2011 11. CYT performance of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - 2/17/11 12. Waubonsie Planetarium Sky Map Show - 5/10/11 13. Morton Arboretum - 5/10/11 14. Chicago History Museum - 5/11/11 15. Pinkalicious Play and Millenium Park - 5/12/11 (Heather only) 16. Morton Arboretum - 5/27/11 | -