Thursday, November 4, 2010

Baseball Unit Study

It was fun to take a break from our usual studies last week to spend some time studying baseball in honor of our favorite Texas Rangers and their appearance in the World Series (Yes, we are sad that they didn't win it all, but we are still so proud that they were even there!).   Some of the things we studied included a team of the day (we studied the four teams that played for AL and NL championships), a person of the day (including Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, and Nolan Ryan), some baseball terms and rules, and some baseball-related math (the kids' favorite math problems were the ones that involved going to the concession stand for food!).  Benjamin learned a lot about dictionary skills while looking up different baseball terms, and Hannah worked on her lower-case letters while copying the baseball terms we were studying.  We also learned to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and made a trip to the library, which resulted in us bringing home umpteen books on baseball!!  (I know there was probably more than that, but it's all I can think of right this minute as I hurriedly try to get this post done before heading out the door!)

We ended our study with a World Series Party complete with homemade lemonade, hot dogs, nachos, raw veggies and dip, Cracker Jacks, and build-your-own ice cream sundaes.  It was great fun!!  Here's some pictures from our fun week!
Here's Hannah helping me squeeze the lemons for our lemonade.  (It was SO yummy!  Why in the world do we ever buy a mix for it??)

These are the decorations Benjamin made especially for the party!

Benjamin & Hannah decked out in their Rangers gear, ready to party!!

Our modified menu of baseball foods:  turkey hot dogs on whole wheat buns, nachos made with baked chips, and raw veggies with dip!  I tried not to break the calorie bank completely with our party!!

Yummy dessert!!  My sundae included low-fat vanilla ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauces, a chopped up Reese's peanut butter cup, whipped cream, cherries and a few sprinkles!  Not healthy, but oh so good!!

Stay tuned for more on the homeschooling front!  I can't wait to share with you about our Mission India project!!

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