Saturday, July 26, 2014
Our Week - Week 8
On the road again....we are in Chicago this week. We will probably be here a month. With a couple weekend visits home because we are very close to home here. I don't know what we would be doing without the internet. We can stay on track for school and stay in contact with friends and family. Of course, without the internet....my hubby might not have a job either...lol.
So this week, we visited the Jelly Belly Factory in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, went to the Chicago History Museum, Peggy Notabert Nature Center, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. We may get a visit into Chinatown tomorrow, but not sure yet. We are going to visit a couple art museums next week, and just hang out and relax. Our hotel has a pool and basketball court which the girls and Joey have been enjoying all week. Brayden doesn't swim and he doesn't play basketball anymore either.
I also got a new laptop this week. My old one was acting up and my hubby was able to fix it, and he needs a better machine for lab work. So I gave him his old laptop back (it's a Power Mac), and I now am trying to learn this new Windows thing. It took most of the weekend to transfer my information from one machine to the other, and I don't think its all transferred yet.
I have a ton of work to get done this next week for Homeschool with Minecraft Classes. I need to get all the fall classes uploaded for the next few weeks. I got a few done this week, but Caty has decided that this week she will not play by herself at all. So I have been spending a lot of time playing extra board games, which is good but I am having a hard time getting work wedged into my day....lol.
We spent two days totally at the hotel this week. I think we all needed to chill out. For the most part we kept up on "school". The two days we didn't do school, we learned plenty of nature and science topics. And the day at the History Museum, well was full of history. We learned several chunks about the Chicago Fire. I would've liked to have gotten a couple more days in, but it's just book learning...lol. Nothing like a little life skills on driving in rush hour traffic in a busy city.
We are continuing to use Discovery K-12 as a base for our learning and then doing a more child led direction for history, science and art. This week Caty loved learning about space. So we read a lot about space (because of the planetarium visit last Friday). Lydia was still interested in fashions through history. Her interest was peaked because of Discovery K-12 and we were able to see some great displays at the Museum of Science and Technology and the Chicago History Museum that she enjoyed. She has kept watching the videos in her lessons too.
We also watched Magic School Bus Takes Flight and learned more about airplanes this week. We are staying near Midway Airport, so we have seen a bunch of planes taking off and landing. Plus Joe has worked by O'Hare a couple days too. So we really got up close to a few planes as they were landing and taking off this week. The kids really enjoyed that. So we took advantage of that interest...lol.
Our hotel had a pool which was a welcome addition after 3 weeks in New York without one.
Minecraft Presidents class.
It has been a good week for the most part. Normal meltdowns, and some allergy issues. At least the traffic was a bit more bearable than New York. But Joey was quick to point out that people were just as rude. He was a bit freaked out about big cities anyway. He watches the news too much. At least we don't have to live here permanently....just a month.
Everyone have a great weekend and hope your week's were wonderful!!!