Forever Young

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

School Days!

We had a fun school day this week! While we were studying dendrochronology for science, we decided to get out of the house and study it for real instead of in a book. I'll give you bonus points if you know what that is.....
Here are some pictures that might give you a hint.

Dendrochronology is tree-ring dating. We studied archaeology in science club so this was their project for the month. They learned how tree-ring dating can help archaeologists determine the age of log homes and can provide information about the climate, floods, droughts, etc. for certain years. It was very interesting!

After that we went to our local library. They have an exhibit that we have walked past hundreds of times but never really studied. This week in school we studied about Lewis and Clark and their journey west. One of the men that went on this journey was Charles Floyd. We live in Floyd County, Indiana, thus the reason they have this exhibit at the library. Charles Floyd was the only member of the party to die during their long journey. He died from a ruptured appendix. The kids had a good time learning more about him at the library.

These were some pages from his journal.

And while were at the library, we noticed that Brandon and Bekah's art teacher had made a display in one of the display cases and Brandon and Bekah each had a drawing on display!
It's so nice to be able to get out of the house and do fun things for school!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Visit with Friends!

This past week we got to visit with some friends that we hadn't seen in a while! The Bradfords live in Georgia and were in the area visiting friends for their spring break. These were some of our neighbors when we lived in Village Manor in Louisville. They were also seminary students, so we spent lots of time together. Kathy and I were pregnant at the same time and had the exact same due date for Bekah and Kate. I've seen Kathy a few times through the years, but it had been a really long time since we'd seen her kids.

Here are my 2 kids with her 4 kids having a great time together!
While they were here we took advantage of the seminary pool (which is now free for alumni). My kids were thrilled to get to swim since it had been such a long time! Our time passed much too quickly, and then they had to leave to head back home. But we were very thankful for the time we got to spend together!

Farnsley-Moreman Riverside Landing

I am finally getting the pictures on here of our trip to the Farnsley-Moremen Riverside Landing. This was a field trip that we took with our science club on St. Patrick's Day. Our study for the month of March was on archaeology, so we took a trip to an archaeological dig site in Louisville. Here is a picture of one of the sites where they had been digging.

The kids got to dig and look for artifacts also! After they dug up the dirt, they got to participate in the sifting process. While sifting, Brandon found a piece of flint which was likely a piece of scrap from Native Americans making arrowheads. At their science club meeting they got to perform the next two steps in the process which were washing the items and then studying the items to figure out what they might have been used for.

Our friends got to come also!

The Farnsley-Moreman house was built with hand-made bricks. So, the kids also got to learn how to make bricks by making their own!

Here is the historical home from the 19th century that we got to tour.

We were thankful for the beautiful weather and the hands-on learning experience for the kids!