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Our Field Trips, OKC Style (Part 1)

Since we have been in Oklahoma City, I have been trying to cram all of the really neat and fun things around here into our schedule. Initially, we were just randomly going to different places, but since my discovery of Homeschool Share and all of the wonderful units housed there, we have started studying about a topic, then visiting the appropriate museum. So far, of the places we have visited around here, my favorite has been the science museum.

Originally the Onmiplex, the Science Museum Oklahoma changed it’s name a few months ago, but to my knowledge it is still the same on the inside. I was really impressed by the size of the museum. We went specifically for the Human Body traveling exhibit, but did spend some time looking around other areas too.

The human body was really cool. You couldn’t take pictures inside, hence the reason I have none, but they were real human bodies dissected in different ways to highlight the body systems. It was the perfect end to out unit study about the human body. It was a little pricey, but definitely worth it!

One really cool thing (that I was not expecting) was the exhibit about the AWACS. They had a section set up like the inside of the plane and a video about all the training. There were also some models of the plane set up.

Among other fun things? A giant slide,

water stuff,

and face painting.

It a funny story about the face painting actually. I did Madison and she did me. So you can guess what mine looked like – a big blob. After we left the museum, I completely forgot that I had it on and continued to do the rest of my errands – went out to lunch then went to the base, where the gate guard asked me “Got your war paint on today?” It was pretty funny, after I got over my embarassment.

And last but not least, my favorite part of any museum: the gift shop. It was a pretty amazing shop, with lots of fun and educational souviener. So what did my wonderful daughter choose to remember our trip (about the human body)? A butterfly glittery snow globe ring. Oh well. It was only $2, right? I also made her get a human body pencil (plus we bought a lollipop with a real bug in it – how cool is that??).

There was also a space exhibit and a planetarium that we skipped completely since we are planning to do a space unit in a few weeks and that will give us an excuse to go back 🙂

If you want to see the rest of the pictures from our trip, visit our album at Flickr.

This post is part of a meme at Heart of the Matter online. If you want to read about more field trips, visit them!

Week 16 1/2 Report

For the last week and a half, we have been studying the human body – I waited to post this weekly report because I wanted to include all the human body stuff in one big post, plus we are leaving tomorrow for a week in New Mexico with my grandparts, so today is the end of our week 17.  Well, we are taking a little bit of stuff to do in the airport, but we are pretty much done.

We had a really great week!  We used a unit that I am creating for the HSS Blast contest, and I really enjoyed it.  We used the books Inside Your Outside, by Tish Rabe, The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body, by Joanna Cole, plus about 20 other books that were about the body system.  Some of the fun stuff we did was 1) Make a brain, 2) Draw a human body outline and fill in the major parts – we did this with chalk since I didn’t have any butcher paper, 3) Make a plaster mold of our hands, and 4) A trip to the human body exhibit at our science museum.  I don’t know if you have head of this exhibit, but it is actual human bodies dissected, and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life.  Madison thought it was a little gross, and I guess I did too, but it was also really cool.  I have pictures of all this stuff, but I forgot my computer at my parents house this weekend and my husband is out of town for work (and had the nerve to take his computer with him!!), so I am at the library typing this before we leave town tomorrow.  Anyway, to read more about our unit, you will have to wait until it is published at HSS.

The rest of our week was regular, although I am contemplating a few changes to our curriculum, mainly math…  I am thinking about switching to Right Start.  Some other things I wanted to blog about:  how we use our memory CD (since I was asked 🙂 ),  our upcoming unit studies, our current progess with Headsprout, and much much more… but all that will have to wait until we return from New Mexico.

We also went to the circus with Grandma Sandy on Friday night.  That was definitely an experience, and again, I will post some pictures when we return home.  We;ll be back next Tuesday, so until then, have a great week!