This week, we managed to have some 90 degree days, and some 60 degree days. That can only mean one thing…it’s Autumn and time for apple picking! We actually went twice this past week…once with just the girls as a part of a homeschool group field trip, and once this weekend with Jedi now that he was feeling a bit better.
Sunday on Safari September 12, 2010
Today, we took the kids to a place in central Ohio called The Wilds. If you haven’t been there yet, you’re missing out! This was our second time going this season, and we want to make one more trip there next month. It never disappoints! We got to take an air conditioned bus through over 500 acres (they have 10,000 acres total, but not all is available to the public). It is the largest wildlife conservation centers in the United States and one of the largest in the world. During the trip, we got to see some awesome animals up close and personal!
Field Trip Friday: The ice cream factory! September 3, 2010
Jedi’s 1st grade class went on a field trip last week to the Velvet Ice Cream factory, and we went along as chaperones. We thought it’d be fun to see how ice cream is made (nevermind the fact that we’re a family of *4* dairy allergic people. But, they had sorbet there, so all’s good. 😀 )
The tour started out with a huge water wheel and then continued to a little “school house” where the students heard a lecture about how ice cream is made. Then everyone went to the viewing window to see the workers making and packaging the ice cream. I didn’t get a lot of pictures of the inside of the factory itself because of the way the machines were positioned. Finally, everyone went outside to enjoy the beautiful grounds and sample some treats.
Field trip Friday, part 3 of 3 August 20, 2010
This week was a busy week of field trips, so I decided to just save them all for a Field Trip Friday post. This week, we hit the Columbus Museum of Art, the Natural Play Area at the Highbanks Metropark, and the Slate Run Living Historic Farm at the Slate Run Metropark. I’ll post each in it’s own separate post since there are quite a few pictures.
Part one is a brief recap of our trip to the Columbus Museum of Art. The museum is undergoing major rennovations, so the majority of it is shut down. During the rennovations, the museum is highlighting one collection at a time. It also has free admission during most of the summer. So we decided to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the museum for free, while not having the job of tackling a large art museum with 3 small kids.
It turned out to be a great introduction to art museums for the kids. The museum was featuring a collection of animal-related art, which is perfect for us!
It’s been awhile! June 20, 2010
Goodness, I apologize for the lack of posts. Things just got very busy around here, very fast. Jedi’s out of school for the summer and our days have been filled with almost daily field trips, some Montessori stuff (it’s awesome to have Jedi home during the days to work in the room with Monkey and Bitty Bug!), and we’ve also been working a lot on landscaping. Honestly, that’s been taking up a huge amount of time–there’s only a small window of time during the year to do new plantings, and with a newly built house, landscaping becomes quite the task!
I do plan on starting up posting again, at least a few times a week! We’ve been going on so many great trips and enjoying the outdoors, and it’d be nice to document those as well! In the past few weeks, the kids have pet flamingos at the zoo, came face to face with zebras and giraffes at a safari animal conservation center, went strawberry picking, visited farmer’s markets, and went to the lake (for swimming…but they also observed minnows and shells).
We’ve been doing quite a bit in the montessori room as well. One of the big things we’ve been trying to work on with Monkey is colors–she has a very hard time identifying the names of the colors, but she can sort them just fine. I’m not quite sure how to help her with this (she has some processing issues that make understanding words a bit difficult for her. She’s always had delays in speech & language because of her selective mutism and other special needs, and verbal processing is one of the last things she’s developing). I did get her a “colors of nature” work where she sorts various animal figures and plant figures into the primary colors. She does pretty well with this (and Bitty Bug joined in…she hasn’t quite gotten it yet, but it’s interesting to watch her none-the-less. She definitely doesn’t sort, but she does carefully observe each piece–more on that in a second…). I do have to research some ideas on helping her get the names of the colors as well…three part nomenclature cards won’t quite work yet as she’s not ready for letter identification just yet. If there are other Montessorians out there who have worked with children who have processing issues, or if you have an idea for me, please do let me know!
Back to Bitty Bug and her little things obsession. This child *loves* tiny things. She will pick up every rock, shell, piece of carpet fuzz, you name it. And then she will observe every single inch of it. It is really quite interesting to watch. She enjoys going to the lake for this very reason…there are so many tiny little pebbles and shells for her to pick up and observe. She definitely will have an eye for detail, that’s for sure!
And here are a few pictures from the past few weeks…