"'Education is the Science of Relations'; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of––
'Those first-born affinities,
That fit our new existence to existing things.'"

Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education
with a quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Academic Fair

Our homeschool co-op had our academic fair this weekend, and it was wonderful! All three of my kids were excited to put projects together. They all picked science projects (surprise, surprise!)

Ds#1 still had a clam specimen left after I finished the dissection class for co-op, so he built a project around that. It's in a bag sitting on a dissection pan in front of the display. The lapbook was one he made in co-op last year based on Pagoo by Holling C. Holling.

Ds#2 did his project on volcanoes, immediately going to work drawing the graphics for his display. We had multiple books for him to get information, several of which he put on display. He really wanted to create a model volcano and have it erupt at the fair, but I didn't think we'd be able to do that in the building.

Ds#3, as soon as he heard his brothers were doing projects, insisted to me that he do a project on plants. He learned the 4 parts of a plant and the 4 things plants need to live and grow. While I printed out graphics for his display, he made the clay flower and labeled it with just a little help from Dad.

Below is a slide show of the whole fair. Only five families participated but most of us had multiple kids with projects. What was really wonderful was all the family that came through to see what their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins put together.


Cheryl said...

The kids' projects came out so great. I am truly impressed with how quickly your little guy did his project too.
Good idea to do the slide show - you have to post this entry to FOF because you know I'm never going to get my pics downloaded onto the site tonight.

Kris said...

Good idea--I just did!

EverythingIveGot said...

Wow! Love your slide show, Kris, first off! And Love the projects!! Sorry we missed it :-( (I was off on a money making venture--gotta do what I can now that I'm unemployed)

Great job, Everyone!

Kris said...

I hope the venture was successful--we're praying stable employment comes to all in your household and the rollercoaster ride ends!

Cindy said...

They look awesome!!!