S: The Learning Academy 2011- 2012 Yearbook
BC: Brookfield Zoo | Chicago Botanic Garden | Checking out a python's shed skin at Brookfield Zoo
FC: The Learning Academy 2011-2012 Yearbook
1: Heather completed third grade and Jeremy fifth grade this year. Realizing Middle School is next, we actually toured the public middle school and considered sending Jeremy next year. However, he wanted to continue homeschooling and we all agreed it was the best plan.
2: Heather's activities: Fall and Spring Soccer, Fall and Spring Karate, Gymnastics, and Swimming Jeremy's Activities: Year-round Baseball, Fall and Spring Karate, Swimming, and the PE class at Learning Vine
4: Heather took a pottery class with Mrs. Martin at Learning Vine. Jeremy and Heather continued to take art classes with Mrs. Bauch (see a sample of their work on the next page).
5: Jeremy continued taking guitar lessons from Mrs. Larkin. Heather also started taking voice lessons from Mrs. Larkin.
7: Jeremy and Heather both took history classes at Learning Vine. Heather's studies focused on ancient times while Jeremy's focused on the Civil War - modern times. These photos highlight some fun history projects from the school year: Jeremy swearing in the newly elected president in his American Government class, making hardtack with the Callentines, Heather dressed up as Abraham for her "Who Am I" project.
8: Giving a presentation at CWE on an animal | Science
9: We continued with our CWE (Christian World Explorers) Group with the Brucks, Seuls, and Lails. We met together to do our science projects with Botany being the chosen topic all year. We also studied the Animal Kingdom. The above photos show the kids making homemade soap with herbs, collecting different types of leaves, and dissecting flowers.
10: Jeremy and Heather both took my Exploring Europe class at Learning Vine. At home, we concentrated on learning about Europe, Africa, and the United States.
11: Each of the kids wrote a non-fiction ABC book on an European country. Heather choose Iceland and is showing off her book to the right. Jeremy choose England.
12: The National Geography Bee Eleven children participated in the local homeschool geography bee. Jeremy along with his friends Quinten and Andrew were among them. Jeremy and Andrew got eliminated at the same round - four children remained at that point. Quinten actually made it to third! Jeremy's famous quote from the day is, "I can't believe I did so well when I didn't even study!" He plans to compete again next year. Maybe he'll even study!
13: Field Trips 1. Frazier History Museum, Louisville, KY 8/30/2011 2. Louisville Slugger Bat Museum, Louisville, KY 8/30/2011 3. Fort Knox, TN 8/31/2011 4. Patton Museum, TN 8/31/2011 5. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, KY 8/31/2011 6. Carnton Plantation and Carter House, Franklin, TN 9/1/2011 7. U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL 9/2/2011 8. Harmony Park Safari, Hunstville, AL (Heather only) 9/2/2011 9. Mammoth Cave National Park, KY 9/5 - 9/6/2011 10. Brookfield Zoo, 9/20/11 11. Chicago Botanic Garden, 10/4/2011 12. Wheaton Children's Concert, 10/13/2011 13. Cantigny Park, 10/19/2011 14. Follow the Drinking Gourd, Pilcher Park, 11/3/2011 15. The Color of Justice play, Paramount Theater 2/13/2012 16. Brookfield Zoo, 3/28/2012 17. Graue Milll, 4/18/2012 18. Feed My Starving Children, 4/24/2012 19. Viking Ship tour, 5/16/2012 20. Morton Arboretum, 5/18/2012 21. Science Labs at Fermi Lab, 5/21/2012
14: The Frazier History Museum Louisville, KY | One of the first things we did this school year was road trip to Alabama so Jeremy could attend Space Camp. We made numerous stops during the trip, with the first being in Louisville. We enjoyed learning about Da Vinci as well as many other things at The Frazier History Museum. The highlight of the visit was definitely the sword fighting demonstration followed by Jeremy and Heather holding the actual swords! The Frazier History Museum has the largest collection of medieval weapons outside of Great Britain.
16: Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
17: During the factory tour, we learned this is how all the bats start off! | Babe Ruth's bat from 1927. He carved notches for each of the 60 home runs he hit! | Cal Ripkin Jr's bat | We saw and held many bats from famous games and players!
18: Fort Knox and the Patton Museum | Getting the picture taken in front of the Fort Knox sign was quite a production. Before we even got anywhere close, a soldier approached us and said we couldn't come any closer. I asked about just taking a picture by the sign and he advised it would be ok only if I didn't get any part of the entrance and he had to view my picture afterwards. Luckily, at the nearby Patton Museum we were able to learn more about Fort Knox as well as General Patton and his life.
21: On the left page, you can see the Memorial Building which is located at the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. The pictures on this page are from his boyhood home at Knob Creek, which includes the reconstructed cabin where he lived. Jeremy was eager to climb into the loft. The bottom picture shows the dry creek bed where Abe almost drowned as a kid.
22: In Franklin, TN we visited both the Carnton Plantation (this page) and the Carter House (next page). These sites gave us a good picture of the battle of Franklin. | Franklin, TN Civil War sites
23: At the Carnton Plantation, we saw the private Civil War cemetery, the home which was used as a confederate hospital (blood stains were still on the floor) as well as what was believed to be the slave quarters. At the Carter House, we saw what is believed to be the most bullet damaged building from the Civil War that is still standing.
24: Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama
25: Jeremy loved the climbing walls | He loved the simulators | Each child made and launched their own rocket | Jeremy absolutely loved Space Camp!
26: Although Heather wasn't old enough to participate in Space Camp, after graduation on the last day we all got to tour the US Space and Rocket Center. We saw the Saturn V rocket, moon rocks, Mercury and Gemini capsule trainers, the Apollo 12 Mobile Quarantine Facility, etc. It was very interesting!
28: Since Heather wasn't old enough to participate in Space Camp, her and I hung around Huntsville for 3 days while Manny and Jeremy were at Space Camp. I had a lot of fun things in mind to do, but after hitting so many stops on the drive down, Heather mostly wanted to veg out at the hotel pool. We did squeeze in one really fun visit to Harmony Safari Park though! | Harmony Safari Park
29: At Harmony Park Safari, we were able to dive through the park and feed numerous animals from the safety of our van. They had bison, zebra, emus, goats, etc. We were instructed to throw the food out the window rather than let them eat from our hand. | It was really interesting for us to see which animals were in charge. The emus and zebra seemed to be the most aggressive. We saw the zebra kicking other animals away to get to the food we threw out. The emus would practically attack us as soon as they saw the window being rolled down!
30: Mammoth Cave
31: We had a great time exploring Mammoth Cave for 2 days. We did 2 cave tours as well as enjoyed a little hiking outside the cave. We saw many wild turkey and deer.
32: After participating in the flower lab class, we enjoyed the Indian Summer day exploring the gardens. The kids especially loved the Venus Fly Traps, and the Bonsai Trees. | Chicago Botanic Garden
34: Even though as each year goes by I feel the need to cover more material, we still find time to squeeze in a lot of fun during school hours! This year during homeschool swim, Heather started enjoying the slides! The kids also found they really like trampoline dodge ball!
35: Good times!
36: Viking Ship Tour - In preparation for studying Medieval Times next year, one of our field trips at the end of the school year was touring a Viking Ship! This ship is a replica of an original viking ship. This replica ship sailed from Norway to Chicago in 1893 (via the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes).