Thursday, February 25, 2010

Now That Was A Cool Field Trip!

One thing about Otherwise Educating is that there is never a shortage of things to do. For any non-homeschoolers out there, if you've ever worried about the "socialization" issue (and it's the rare "outsider looking in" who hasn't expressed that criticism, er, concern), please don't worry. I find that we have so many options for enrichment and socialization, that I have to choose carefully or we'd never be at home to work on math and grammar.

We've had the opportunity to do many things away from home this year. We've done some really great things, and there have been a couple of activities that have left me thinking, "Yeah, we probably should have stayed home and worked on math facts."

Our latest field trip was the best yet. Our co-op went to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for a behind the scenes tour. It was so cool and we all loved it! We have been to many performances at the PAC, including several plays this year through the Young At Art Series (which happens to be the best value in homeschooling), so it was really fun and interesting for the children to see the PAC from a different perspective.

We saw all four theaters at the PAC and were able to go on stage, backstage and to the orchestra pit in the theater where we see the Young At Art plays.

On Stage, Williams Theater:

Orchestra Pit in the Williams Theater:


We saw dressing rooms:

We rode in the freight elevator...

...which was the highlight of the trip for Thing 3:

We even got to go all the way to the top of the PAC to the spotlight room...

...where we had a great view of the Chapman Music Hall:

Orchestra Pit In The Chapman Music Hall:

This is the glass art piece that hangs in the lobby. They say that sucker weighs 4 tons. Think about that next time you're in the lobby waiting for you show.

It was great day!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

National Pancake Day

In case you missed it, today was National Pancake Day!

If you dropped in to your local IHOP today, you might have gotten a free short stack of pancakes. If you are like me, you dropped in but didn't get the free pancakes because you don't really like pancakes, so instead you ordered the $8 omelet. Add the cost of the coffee, side order of bacon for the munchkins, tip and suggested donation to Children's Miracle Network (a worthy charity) you might have spent $30 for breakfast when you could have eaten cereal at home...had you not been lured in to the IHOP by the promise of "free" pancakes. However, I have a difficult time resisting the lure of anything free, even if I don't need or want it. I also have a difficult time resisting the temptation to put off regular "school" for an hour or two. So, we turned Pancake Day into school.

We studied a little about Pancakeology, as well as the history of Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday...who knew?), then we headed to IHOP for "free" pancakes. Again, some might ask what might be the practical application of this new pancake knowledge. There is none. However, if my children are ever on Jeopardy, look out!

"Alex, I'll take 'Lesser Known Christian Holidays' for $1,000."


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