Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

One last post for today…our Montessori work October 26, 2011

I’m almost completely caught up on posts!  I have a couple more to get to, but I’m just going to attempt to get one more post out today.  Bug & Monkey’s week (or two) in review!

After the pumpkin patch, the kids get to do their two favorite works--the first one is scrubbing pumpkins! The kids love sitting on the porch cleaning all of the new pumpkins.


Their second favorite work of the year is to hammer nails in pumpkins. This year the older two wanted to make actual designs with their nails as well.


Monkey working hard!


Jedi and his Frankenstein design


Monkey and her face design


Bug and Monkey collecting leaves at the park


Jedi collecting leaves


Their stash of leaves!


Monkey and Jedi with their bag of leaves


Pinning clothespins to foam pumpkins


I made a spider web out of pipe cleaners for the kids to put the spider rings on.


Monkey threading the spiders on the web


Sorting the Halloween rings by shape (skull, spider, bat)


Bug working with the fraction skittles


Spiders in the sensory bin!


Monkey learning to weave using strips of paper


And finally.... This is what happens when I give Bug a brand new box of crayons. She loves to break them all and peel them. I probably should have just given her the old ones!


Field Trip: The Wilds

Filed under: Field Trip,Lower Elementary,Nature Studies,Preschool Learning,Toddler learning — Barefoot in Suburbia @ 7:43 pm

The Wilds was in the national news quite a bit a week ago, as they were one of the organizations called to assist with the escaped African animals in Zanesville, Ohio.  Just a couple days before that incident, we visited The Wilds.  The kids always have a great time seeing the animals and going on the safari bus.  This time, it was really windy, so the animals weren’t as active as they had been in the past, but the kids still were able to see a lot of them (I just wasn’t able to get many good pictures).  Here are a few pictures from our trip!

Beautiful fall day!


Bug on the bus and ready to go


It's always an amazing sight to see herds of African and Asian animals just grazing here in Ohio


A camel...this little guy kept trying to eat the trim off the bus!


Przewalski's wild horses


One of several gorgeous lakes on the property


Sichuan Takin


One of the many native Whitetail Deer that roam the fields


Bug and her daddy (the other kids were here too...not sure how they neglected to be in front of the camera. 😉 LOL!)


Banteng...I think?


One of the new ostrich


Another shot of the beautiful scenery


There were a lot of animals that didn’t make it into the pictures–we saw rhinos (including a little baby one!), some zebras, bison, etc., but they weren’t close enough for a clean picture. 🙂



Field Trip: Ohio Historical Society

The Ohio Historical Society was on the list for our week of field trips.  While we were just at OHS a few months ago, they were debuting a couple new exhibits, so we went to see them.  As always, the kids had a ton of fun at the historical museum.  OHS really does a nice job of making Ohio history interesting to even the youngest kids!


The kids in front of the mastodon....they love this thing!


A side shot of is absolutely huge!


An artifact from the archeology exhibit


A petroglyph from the archaeology exhibit


Bug and a reconstructed bowl


Jedi finding where he was born on the map


One of the exhibits was called "Controversy", which was an exhibit of things that have caused a controversy in Ohio. The exhibit was very powerful and lead to some fantastic discussions with Jedi. However, we didn't take many pictures of the exhibits simply because of the nature of the exhibit. One of the most powerful pieces was the KKK robe....we had a good discussion with the kids on the consequences of hate after viewing that. This was something a little less difficult in terms of choosing something to photograph--the electric chair, which has now been banned from use in Ohio.


Jedi thought this was interesting--a contraption used to keep infants from sucking their thumb (notice Jedi's nervous thumb position.... LOL!) He thought that was horrible...I had to tell him that you can actually still buy similar devices today, which is pretty sad. 😦


OHS did a fabulous job in compiling articles on each of the pieces on exhibit, so we were able to show Jedi how the pieces were used and what the significance of each was.


Hieroglyphics.... Since Jedi had just learned about these, he found them very interesting.


"I have no clue why a mummy is in a museum about Ohio history!"


Jedi and a spinning wheel


Monkey and Bug pretending to prepare a meal at the pioneer house


Bug churning pretend butter


Bug & the Bell. 😀


Field Trip: Santa Maria & Cosi

As I mentioned a few posts ago, our week and a half off school was filled with field trips.  One of the field trips we had planned was to visit the Santa Maria replica in Columbus, Ohio in honor of Columbus Day.  However, that plan didn’t really come to fruition.  We went to it and were able to see the ship, but due to various circumstances, we weren’t able to tour the ship that day.  We did decide to head across the street and visit Cosi, the children’s science museum in Columbus.

Bug walking by the river


The Santa Maria replica


A display of various knots.


Bug at the Dora exhibit at Cosi


Working in the animal rescue center.


Monkey with Diego


Jedi making a giant metal dinosaur move

Jedi and Monkey are in this submarine...


Playing with the water bells


Jedi forming a pipe system


Bug operating some moon robots


Bug loved the exhibit where you could make a short animated video with the astronaut pieces.



Pumpkin Patch #2

Filed under: Field Trip,Lower Elementary,Preschool Learning,Toddler learning — Barefoot in Suburbia @ 6:36 pm
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I’m still working on emptying the camera of the hundreds of pictures from the past two weeks. 🙂  So, here are pictures of the second pumpkin patch field trip!


Some turkeys at the farm


Cute little goat


A camel that was at the pumpkin patch


Bug on a giant rocking horse


Jedi rock climbing


Bug & Jedi driving a train


Monkey and Jedi as human hamsters


The kids were having a blast at the pumpkin patch!


It was a beautiful fall day too!


The kids went through a corn maze, and then little Bug led the way through the mini maze.


The mini maze was so cute--a little soybean field!


Bitty Bug's not so bitty!


She may not be bitty anymore, but she's still obsessed with tiny things, so she wanted a pie pumpkin to carve.


Jedi wanted a huge pumpkin of course.


Monkey using all her muscles to lift that pumpkin!


Field Trip: Pumpkin Farm #1 October 24, 2011

As part of our weeks off from school not so long ago, the kids went to two separate pumpkin farms.  One was part of a field trip with our homeschool co-op and the other trip was a family trip.  Here are the pictures from the first visit to the pumpkin farm…

The kids jumping on a hay bale mountain


The kids all attended a lecture on rings on a tree


Getting ready to ride the barrel train


Jedi on the train


Monkey on the train


The kids listening to a lecture on pollination


Trying to find the queen bee


Learning how grains from the farm are used in different food products


The kids pretending to drive an old tractor


Bug liked this one!


I told Bug, Jedi, and Monkey to try to navigate out of the corn maze...I went in with them, but they were the ones responsible for getting us out before dark. 😉


Jedi apparently making corn angels


Driving the tractors and bikes


Monkey burying Jedi in corn


Apparently this is becoming a theme….

Filed under: Uncategorized — Barefoot in Suburbia @ 2:35 pm

Yes, I realize I am way behind.  That seems to be a common theme lately.  I’m thinking maybe a set posting schedule isn’t a good thing for me because I have them set up on days that are already very busy.  So, instead, I’ll continue posting, but I won’t necessarily commit to doing it on a certain day.  I’m thinking that’s just setting me up for failure.  (Not sure what to call it if not Montessori Monday though. LOL!).  We are also in the middle of Jedi’s IEP meeting and setting Monkey’s IEP process up, so we’ve been knee deep in paperwork and assessments and meeting this past week

Coming up this week:

-Halloween/fall themed Montessori work

-A huge catch-up on Jedi’s work

-Field trips to The Wilds, the Columbus Zoo, Cosi, and the Ohio Historical Society

Hopefully, I get that all caught up before we leave in a couple weeks for Washington DC. 🙂