Saturday, April 28, 2012

Apple Store and Hayden Planetarium

I just loooove the Apple Store on the Upper West Side.  W had another class there last week and once again it was great.  It was called Making Music in a Garage Band.  The kids got some new yellow t-shirts, an iPad and headphones to use, and were shown how to create music.  They could use any instrument and piece it all together to make a song.  It was a fabulous 90-minute class made up of about a dozen 10-15 year-olds.  Afterwards, a bunch of us walked over to this wonderful little farmer's market right near Juilliard and Lincoln Center.  There were lots of food stands and tables & chairs.  W and I both got a prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, arugula, tomato panini and some fresh apple cider.  Mmmm.  What a lunch!

iPad fun at the Apple Store

Yesterday, we met up with some homeschooling friends at the Hayden Planetarium.  This is in the Rose Space Center at the Museum of Natural History.  Our first stop was to a special exhibition called:  Creatures of Light - Nature's Bioluminescence, and the next special exhibition we visited was called Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration,  These are fantastic. You follow a set route filled with interactive displays, short films, and larger than life models. A helpful guide went more in depth with what you were looking at. Each exhibit took about 45-minutes to explore.  Finally, we got our tickets to see the planetarium show:  Journey to the Stars.  I have always loved the planetarium since I was a child, and it's still amazing.  Click on all the links to  see what the place and the exhibits are like.  I highly recommend coming for a visit and checking these out.

Beyond Planet Earth - MARS
English: Compound words, dictionary pronunciations, antonyms, proofreading, capitalization.  Math:  Data analysis and probability, mini-test 100% (word problems, pictographs, finding the mean, probability, bar graphs).  Spanish:  Conversational lesson & audio: What's Your Name & review of prior lesson.  Science:  Weather:  atmosphere (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere)

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