Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Day on the Farm, the Park, the Wildlife Preserve, and the Park again


Our homeschool Knitting Group met at the farm for our first class--we learned to finger knit. That was awesome and the kids have been doing it A LOT since then. Knitting with the needles was much trickier:

learning to knit

Comparing how long the scarves are . . . and then playing some wild game with them

Our pig! The kids, though they were told repeatedly NOT to name the pig, named the pig. Flower. I think "lunch" or "pork chop" might be more like it. But then again, I grew up on a small farm . . .

Checking out the pig pen

Playing with the chickens

Playing with friends

Goofy faces

Talking politics (so fun) . . . isn't the scenery gorgeous?


A couple of days later, we decided to play at the park, because the weather was gorgeous and because, well, why not.


Our group meets at least weekly and we do a variety of things. Every year we brainstorm our classes and outings (the kids are on the field trip committee) and we do whatever strikes our fancy based on our kids' interests and what we're learning. This year we're doing Physics, Group Games, Classes at the local Wildlife Preserve, field trips, and service projects.

The classes at the Wildlife Preserve are fantastic--they do creek studies (where you climb IN the creek and study the water and bugs) and field studies and all sorts of things. This class was all about Mammals. The lecture taught by the park ranger (here is where you have a potential con to homeschooling--kids getting ONLY their parents as teachers--we have the attitude that if there's a "con," we actively work to make it a "pro." We think it's important for our kids to learn from many mentors including, but not exclusively, us and we're fine with (and encourage) them learning rules and discipline from others--it's healthy and good. So, we seek out classes and opportunities for this--everyone in our group pitches in with this by teaching and mentoring and we also sign up for many classes in the community and area) was informative, fun, and interactive. He then showed a short video and then lead us on a hike to several different kinds of habitats and asked the kids all kinds of questions and had them touch all kinds of skeltons and fur and other animal "stuff."

M loves Bald Eagles! There are 2 real ones at the preserve.

The lecture and video
Answering questions about Mammal characteristics

Getting ready for our hike to visit different habitats
Habitat: Field

Habitat: Swamp/Water

Feeling animal furs

Habitat: Forest
More animal skins


Remember how we got rained out of our Olympic Field Day? Well, we rescheduled to do it after our class the Wildlife Preserve. So, everyone ate lunch together at the park and then the games began--Various Relays and Shotput and Javelin and Beach Volleyball . . .

Gorgeous park!


D'Arcy said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to know how to knit! It's one of the tragedies of my life that I have never learned how. I think I need to come and join your home school!

kristenhcubed said...

Wow, it sure is beautiful where you live. Someday I'm going to have to come and visit!

Jill O said...

MY favorite thing about this post is that first picture of your kids learning how to knit. Their faces are priceless! Such determination.

You do live it a great place. I love that there is a wildlife preserve so close with such great classes. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are a lucky girl. :)

Boquinha said...

D'Arcy, come! We'd love that.

Kristen, it really is beautiful. And there is TONS to do around here. We love it.

Jill, I love that picture, too! Oh, come visit!

Shawn said...

I'd like to know, what every happened to that pig. I know that the evening after this activity, we had pork roast. Coincidence?

April (Thorup) Oaks said...

Good stuff. Looks fun!!

Boquinha said...

Heheheh, no connection, Shawn. Now, when we eat Pork Roast in February . . . :)

Thanks, April!