Tuesday, August 14, 2007

First Day of School!

We started school yesterday- Monday, August 13th. It's early for us, but with our travel schedule I thought it best to get a solid start before September. Everyone is excited to begin a new year of studies. How fun is that??

We started off by setting up a small weather station. We have some things to work out, but each day the kids will head outdoors to measure wind speed, temperature, and wind direction. There's also a rain gauge and a snow gauge. We've determined we'll need to invest in a yard stick to measure our snow accurately. My goal is to keep a weather calendar and talk about it each day eventually leading up to the kids predicting the kind of weather we'll see for the day. We can also compare the readings to those at the elementary school just down the road. They have an official weather station on the roof which is accessible by internet. These instruments are portable and require that we take them out each day to do the readings. I would LOVE to have a permanent station in the backyard at some point with sturdier instruments.

The middle kids began with Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha. One of our all time favorites, we like to do this in the summer. It will be followed by Gramma's Walk and a trip to the ocean AND to see who else? Grandma! (and Grandpa too...). I'm excited to take a trip to the ocean while there and an aquarium too just to tie up all those loose ends. Love it when a plan like that comes together!

I-5's notebook page. We did a map of New England learned about cardinal directions using a compass rose.

At the end of the day, we went to a local waterfront to a restaurant and to see the marina which we had talked about during the story. We had a wonderful first day of school 2007-2008!

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