Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Field Trip: The Works Science & History Museum January 31, 2012

Last week, we decided to play hooky from homeschooling on Friday and meet up with a friend at The Works Science and History Museum in Newark, Ohio.  We used to go to this museum all of the time when we lived in Newark, but since we moved a ways away two years ago, we haven’t been there very often.  It’s a small museum, but the kids love it!  Usually we stay on the main level with all of the science stations, but this time, the kids also wanted to venture upstairs to the area of the museum that talks about the county’s history.

Monkey trying to balance on the skateboard.

 

Monkey and her new friends. 😉

 

Bug tossing marbles into the hole.

 

When the sign said to hang, Monkey had her own interpretation of it....

 

Bug making a car.

 

Racing her car.

 

Jedi building a car.

 

Bug working with magnets.

 

Monkey and Jedi with the snap circuits. Jedi was trying to show her how to make a fan.

 

Monkey and Bug decided to go to the toddler area and pretend to paint a fence.

 

Monkey with the glow writer.

 

Jedi loved the lasers!

 

Here, Jedi was jumping and tossing little felt circles onto the velcro strips.

 

Playing magnet tug of war with a friend.

 

Bug making the ball balance on the air stream.

 

Jedi and his friend trying to make the rings spin on the platform (which was spinning in the opposite direction.)

 

Monkey and the light table.

 

Jedi looking at the samples of flint.

 

Bug playing with the wooden boat. This was in the area about the canals in the county.

 

The kids loved looking at all of the artifacts from early Ohio!

 

A life-sized replica of an old factory.

 

Replica of a mastodon's foot!

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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

 

Field Trip: Franklin Park Conservatory–Butterflies & Blooms August 30, 2011

This week, we took a field trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio.  During the summer, the conservatory has a program called “Butterflies and Blooms” where they released newly emerged butterflies into the gardens.  The tropical/non-native species are released to an indoor garden and the native species are released outside to the pollinator gardens.  Since we raise butterflies to release in early September every year, it was the perfect opportunity for the kids to see the life cycle happen on a larger scale…with hundreds of chrysalids!

The Franklin Park Conservatory has a permanent Chihuly collection, and so Chihuly's works were incorporated into every exhibit.

 

I loved this piece...it was a glass ceiling with this Chihuly work sitting on top of it.

 

Some cacti in the desert room.

 

Some smaller cacti

 

Blown glass pumpkins in a pumpkin patch

 

Blown glass pears under a pear tree

 

We all sat in on a lecture on glass blowing

 

Some Chihuly pieces floating in a koi pond

 

Jedi watching the fish

 

Cute little Bug

 

Beautiful flower in the Tropical Rainforest indoor butterfly exhibit

 

This blue butterfly was huge! It's hard to see from this picture, but he was easily the size of my hand.

 

Bug and her daddy

 

Monkey & Jedi

 

As she was releasing the butterflies, she gave a talk on the different types she had in her container. We also went to the release of the native butterflies later that afternoon, where she gave a lecture on the lifecycle and migratory patterns of monarch butterflies.

 

Bamboo garden

 

Some glass winged butterflies emerging

 

Walking to the outdoor gardens

 

It was well past naptime for Bug

 

Some flowers in the Pollinator Garden

 

Some pitcher plants

 

Another pitcher plant

 

Sunflowers on a gorgeous day

 

A huge bee doing his job in the Pollinator Garden

 

 

 

Field Trip: Columbus Zoo & Aquarium August 9, 2011

Today, we decided to head to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium with some friends for some socialization time with the kids (as well as a fun outing!)  The Columbus Zoo is a very nice zoo, but very big, so even in the 5 hours we were there, we didn’t come close to seeing everything.  Now, that also might have been in part due to the 20 zillion bathroom trips the kids needed (it was hot and they were chugging the water!) and also due in part to the polar bears being so entertaining that the kids wanted to stay in that one exhibit for well over an hour.  But regardless, we saw about half of the zoo, and the kids had a blast!

Two brown bears

 

Maybe Monkey should look to her left...

 

Polar bears wrestling in the water

 

Taking a break

 

He really looks like he's doing crunches

 

My Buggy boo

 

The bear kept throwing his ball towards us

 

Polar bears playing

 

All three of my kids watching the polar bears

 

Flamingoes

 

Penguin

 

The kids brushing a goat

 

 

 

Field Trip #4: Creeking/Natural Play Area at Prairie Oaks Metropark August 3, 2011

The final field trip last week was to Prairie Oaks Metropark to play in the natural play area.  This metropark is quite a ways from our house, but because we were already out at the art museum, we just kept going. 🙂

The kids walking down the trail in the woods

 

The kid sin the creek with their nets

 

Bug trying to decide whether to get wet

 

Look what they caught! A big and little crawfish

 

Trying to catch more...

 

In the end, they ended up with one toad and several crawfish.  They also learned that if they want to catch the crawfish, they need to move around the rocks…so they had a lot of fun moving as many rocks as they could. 🙂

 

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Field Trip #3: Columbus Museum of Art

The third field trip we took last week was with the homeschool group to the Columbus  Museum of Art.  The last time we were there, the entire museum was undergoing renovations.  This time, the remodeling is finished, and the museum looks spectacular!  In addition to the wonderful works on display, there is now a large (and very fun) children’s area, as well as children’s activities integrated throughout the museum’s regular exhibits.

Monkey using the magnetic utensil display to attempt to create a face.

 

Jedi trying to make a face with the other magnetic display.

 

Jedi taking a moment to relax in a nook.

 

Jedi & Monkey in the fort building area

 

Monkey & Bug using the animal parts to create new animals.

 

Still working on their creations.

 

Bug looking at the animal displays

 

Bug & Monkey making a magnetic sculpture

 

Bug & Monkey sculpting

 

A beautiful work by Chihuly

 

The kids making sculptures out of packing peanuts and rubber bands

 

Jedi working with some friends from The Attached Mama (http://theattachedmama.blogspot.com/)

 

A lovely piece of art created with scraps of fabric. I'm pretty sure we will have the kids try to recreate this later.

 

As always, comments are welcome, either here or on our facebook page.  Let me know you’re reading along!

 

Field Trip #1…Cosi Science Museum, Columbus, Ohio August 1, 2011

I’m finally back home, settled in, and ready to catch up on a whole list of posts….coming up today, pictures from the *4* field trips we went on last week.

 

The first field trip we went on was to the Cosi science museum in Columbus, Ohio.  The kids always love this museum, and there is always so much to do for children of all ages.  We never get through the entire museum in one visit simply because there is just so *much* to do to keep the kids’ attention!

 

Jedi in the Space Exhibit, pretending to use the astronaut bathroom

Learning a little robotics... The kids were able to control these replicas of the robotics used for space exploration.

Jedi controlling the water stream

 

Monkey trying to control the water stream

 

Bug wanted to avoid the water play at all costs...safe in her daddy's arms.

 

Jedi balancing a ball on a stream of water.

 

Jedi inside of an old submarine

 

Jedi trying to control where the laser was aimed using mirrors.

 

Playing with electricity

 

Using pullies to pull himself to the top

 

Monkey using the pully

 

Bug riding a little scooter

 

Bug in the toddler water area

 

Bug & Monkey in the toddler water area