2014 Summer School–Week One

We got started on summer school this week. Only three days about baseball, plus a nature walk/science-y/blackberry picking day. That’s the fun of summer school, though…we decide the schedule!

We started our baseball school with a lot of geography and math. We mapped all 30 MLB cities, plus nine other important baseball locations that I chose: the Baseball Hall of Fame in Coopertown, NY; the Little League Museum in Williamsport, PA; the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO; the site of the College World Series in Omaha, NE; the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, IA; the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville, KY; the Cardinals triple-a affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds in Memphis, TN; the Cardinals double-a affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals in Springfield, MO; and Roger Dean Stadium, the home of the Cardinals spring training complex in Jupiter, FL.

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After we placed all 39 locations on the map, I had Turkey and Bunny each plan a road trip across the country, with stops at each attraction. Turkey had to begin his trip in Boston, and it ended up being over 14,000 miles long. Bunny’s trip began in Seattle, and was just over 13,000 miles. Ryan and I also came up with a hypothetical road trip, but we started our in St. Louis, and even with having to double back, ours was the shortest trip, at just over 11,000 miles! There was a lot of adding in this project, as well as looking up rough directions on Google Maps. It was a lot of fun!

We learned about a few baseball players this week, including Cy Young, John McGraw, and Ty Cobb. We also learned about the two oldest ballparks in baseball: Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. The children really enjoyed Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888. Turkey and Bunny worked on a little extra math in our Baseball Math book. We also learned about the origins of Take Me out to the Ballgame, which I think might have been Chickadee’s favorite part of the week!

More baseball next week, plus some early American history as we approach the Fourth of July!

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