April – Airport Outing

As you may remember, we started with Expedition Earth (light version) this year, because the boys are so curious about statues and places they see in their favourite movies. The first time we did E.E. they play-acted flying to another country for almost an hour! This of course lead to me having to organise an outing to our local airport. I contemplated taking them to the “big” airport two hours’ drive away, but it would have been too overwhelming for them, and they wouldn’t have been able to get even close to an airplane. So our personal home school group (and a friend) went off to Pietermaritzburg Airport early one morning to “catch” the planes.

Three eager boys watching the action outside. A helicopter came in, just when an airplane were ready to take off.

Three eager boys watching the action outside. A helicopter came in, just when an airplane were ready to take off.

A young enthusiastic, but not so sure with this little group, Information Guide, lead the way. She soon found her feet, answering questions, and keeping things informal. We found out it was her first day on the job, first ever group of kids.

She led the little group step-for-step through the airport, from where they got their tickets/boarding passes, check in their baggage, go through the scanners, and board the airplane. A couple of us had our handbags scanned, to great excitement of the kids, to show how it worked.

6 boys quietly waiting?? Dangerous objects; best friends in front of the scanners.

6 boys quietly waiting?? Dangerous objects; Best friends in front of the scanners.

All worked out with no less than three different airplanes as well as a helicopter that landed and took off. They watched while the helicopter pilot checked the engine before taking off again, we discussed the wind sock, landing and taking off against the wind, and a host of other related, and not so much related topics.

Expedition Earth: Japan

We started off nicely with our study of Japan, but got side tracked by watching mostly videos this time round., especially a birthday gift Mr. R received – Scooby Doo and the Samurai, which takes place in Japan. We recognised the respectful greetings, bowing, and the hello – “konnichi wa”. Some of the videos we watched:

Hope you find this just as interesting as we did. I realised that we had just too much to do around this time, so we never really took in as much as with the previous two E.E. “visits”.

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