Monday, October 19, 2015

Lifestyle of Learning 2015 Edition: Volume Twenty-Six

October 11 - 17

Sunday:  Maceo attended his first wedding today.  He helped the bride and groom set up for the wedding then performed during the wedding.  Not only was it the first time to attend a wedding, it was the first time that he was paid to sing.  He's a professional now, I suppose!  (8 hours).  After the wedding he attended Huck Finn rehearsal (2 hours).  It was a full day for Maceo.
Lately Bishop has been going on walks routinely; he took two today.  He also made the most amazing chili which we enjoyed for both lunch and dinner while watching some football.

Monday:  Maceo had Huck Finn rehearsal this evening (3 hours) while Bishop went to his regular scout meeting and his Citizenship in the Nation merit badge class.  After helping teach the merit badge class I had the amazing opportunity to be part of an Eagle Scout Board of Review.  It was a new experience for me and an honor.  Also today, Bishop received another Try the World box.  This one highlighted the foods of Spain.

Tuesday:  Maceo had a cool experience today.  He traveled to St. Louis with some friends and attended a Chance the Rapper concert.  He had a blast, of course.  In the meantime, Bishop and I worked at the food pantry (4 hours), read history and experienced a new restaurant.

I had goat cheese stuffed wontons, wilted greens and grits.
Bishop had cast iron crispy chicken, garbanzo bean "fries" and wilted greens.
And we shared a most remarkable dessert - a bread pudding made from locally-made (and nationally renowned) donuts and topped with locally-made (and internationally renowned) chocolate.   It was amazingly yummy!!!!!

Wednesday:  Today Bishop attended his science and history groups.
In the science group we continued to study the skeletal system.  We reviewed the names of some of the bones by playing a bones bingo game and we tested their knowledge by having them label a skeleton.
We studied the different types of joints and made clay models of them.
We explored the spine, its different regions, and the structure of vertebra.
It was quite productive.
Afterwards we went to the park for a picnic.  The kids were very active in their explorations of the park.  Then we resumed studies by conducting history group.
We did a timeline activity

and mapped twelve different empires to inhabit Persia.

Bishop hung out with friends for the remainder of the evening.
Maceo participated in his pre-professional acting course (1 hour and 20 minutes), then went to Huck Finn rehearsal (3 hours).

Thursday:  Today Maceo had Huck Finn rehearsal (4 hours) and listened to an interview with one of his favorite playwrights, Anne Baker.  Bishop attended a meeting of our local branch of the Audubon Society.  The guest speaker shared photos and information about the wildlife of Yellowstone.

Friday:  Bishop had his pottery lesson today.

Maceo went to the touring company rehearsal (3 hours) then got to have a little fun by attending a Huck Finn cast party then a sleepover at a friends house.

Saturday:  Bishop attended a BBQ competition that some friends were participating in.  This is something he has thought about actually performing in so this served as a nice introduction.  Maceo returned from the sleepover long enough to take a quick nap and a shower before heading out to hang our with friends and go see a production of Hamlet vs. Zombies.  Afterwards he had a different friend come hang out.

These are some of the high points of our week.  There is so much that goes undocumented here.  Some of the undocumented things are things I am not even aware that they are doing or learning until they pop up in conversation.  It is always a refreshing surprise.  I love that it works that way. 

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