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Archive for the ‘Field Trip’ Category

Children’s Museum of Richmond

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Dinosaur egg

Milking time

Apple picking

bank teller


Sam's shop

Tire change

At the till



4 August 2012

Learning About Forces and Electricity at the SMV

Monday, August 6th, 2012

stand and spin

sit and spin

Sam tries

static electricity

bicycle power

4 August 2012

Bodyworlds at the Science Museum of Virginia

Monday, August 6th, 2012


The three of us went to see the Bodyworlds exhibit at the SMV. You can find my brief reaction to it here.

When I asked Sam what she found most interesting, she mentioned a photography exhibit that was inserted in the main exhibit–a recent study of food consumption around the world. Families from different countries were posed with a typical week’s worth of food and the price in USD.


the family from Chad only spends $1.24 per week on food and the family from Germany spends $500!


4 August 2012

The Wildlife Center of Virginia

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

We went on a homeschooler field trip to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. The Wildlife Center treats and rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals. The goal is always to return them to the wild, but many animals cannot be released. These remain at the center as teaching animals.

Wildlife Center of VA tour

A vulture:
A vulture

A bald eagle:
bald eagle


we saw lots of birds, an opposum and Buddy the bald eagle who has a disease on his beak.

14 May 2012

Fan Mountain Observatory, Take 2

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Fan Mountain 2

Skies were clear, but lines were too long to look through the telescopes. But we did look through some smaller telescopes set up by local amateur astronomers. And we learned about the upcoming Transit of Venus!

13 April 2012

National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt


bull mummy

cat mummies

15 January 2012


Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Tarantulas, unlike most spiders, kill their prey by ambushing it. Tarantulas only bite humans in defense. Some tarantulas can be kept as pets. Tarantulas are especially relaxed after they have eaten.

2 January 2012


We got to see an actual tarantula at the Natural History Museum in Washington, DC on 15 January 2012.

Do All Spiders Spin Webs by Melvin and Gilda Berger

Fan Mountain Observatory

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

The road to Fan Mountain
No pictures! (it was dark). Plus it rained and snowed so we didn’t get to look through the telescopes. But we did get an interesting tour of the equipment.

28 October 2011

NASA Exhibit

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Astronaut suit

at the Virginia Discovery Museum.

27 September 2011

The Great Wall of China

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Shi Huangdi, which was Qin Zheng changed his name to, means “first emperor.” After he stamped out the rebellion in China, he began to worry about barbarians outside China, called Mongols. The people built small walls, but the small walls crumbled easily and the people were left with small, crumbly walls, and big gaps. Then, Shi Huangdi had an idea, “Maybe I can build a wall all along the north side of China.” He called all his engineers and builders and said, “Build a wall all along the north side.”

“But there is not enough stone,” they protested.

“Then find another way to build it,” Shi Huangdi ordered.

After a couple of weeks, the builders had an inspiration: they packed a wooden frame with dirt and discovered they could make dirt as sturdy as stone.

SOTW, Chapter 32
29 May 2012