Every state has different laws regarding homeschooling. Virginia requires homeschooled students to take a standardized test at the end of the school year to prove progress. We ordered ours online and they came in the mail. The boys will complete their tests next week and I'll mail the answer sheets back to the testing company and they send us a complete score. Then I send the scores to the Home Instruction Office here. Savannah has a different test called the Terranova, since the CAT isn't offered for 1st grade.
We went to the Museum of Natural History again, and this time we walked through the entire museum and saw it all. There were lots of school groups there, it was very busy.
We first looked at the ocean exhibit and looked at fossils
Great White Shark teeth
There is a human origins exhibit that is very large and tries very hard to prove that we were once apes and used to walk on all fours, until we evolved to walk upright, among other things. The kids and I wondered about these things and compared them to the knowledge we've found in the scriptures. We are happy with what we know from the scriptures.
This is more of the ocean exhibit.
an ocean diorama made entirely of trash found in the ocean, strange, but cool
more fossilized plants
another part of the human origins exhibit
now onto animals
this is overlooking the ocean exhibit
now onto Gems, Minerals and Geology. Bunch of sample of rock that have been smooshed and folded from heat and pressure.
Really bad picture of the Hope Diamond, it's a deep blue color.
They have a small section of Egyptian artifacts that was super fascinating
This is an actual mummified bull
part of a wooden coffin, with drawings/heiroglyphs
looks kind of like the Oscar statue
The tall one is a mummified cat, the small ones are either empty, or just have parts of cats in them.
They also mummified falcons, alligators and lizards
They had the bug cart out again in the insect exhibit, this is Tucker holding a huge cockroach. It was a very docile cockroach, it walked very slowly and wasn't threatening at all.