Today we headed out to a park for a walk in the sunshine, the fall colors, and the fresh air! It was such a great day we went out by the Maumee River and it was beautiful! I tried to get some cute pictures of the girls for some of my frames and I think I got a couple! We walked along the river and watched the water, looked at the leaves, and just were! They loved looking at all the different bridges we came to and we even got to wander over one. I love the magic of bridges. They seem so full of new places to go and explore, plus they are so pretty!
The girls told me that they hadn’t been to the zoo in a while and asked that we go today. Since it was supposed to be a beautiful day, and since Bunny has been working so hard on Mammal research, I thought it would be the perfect time to go! I asked them what they wanted to see and what they wanted to learn about. Bunny said she wanted to see all the baby animals, and Pup asked to see the cheetahs. So off we went! I love the zoo at this time of year! The animals are all really active, so can actually see them interacting in their environment, and most of the really large crowds are in school! So it is really fun and exciting! Today we were looking for baby animals and seeing some of the baby animals the grew up (and the cheetahs of course)! We stopped by the polar bears to see the “baby” who is now all grown. They are still cute! 😉
After that we headed to see the African animals. We got to see the baby giraffe who was ever so cute! The “little” guy was running around and kicking as he went! It was the funniest thing ever!
Well its that time of year again…it is fair time! When my husband was a kid he was very into 4H (as I talked about before) and today was the day we went to the fair he was a part of as a kid! I really enjoy going there, not only because it is a huge fair, but because his family is still so involved! His sisters are still showing Steers and Dairy Cows, and his cousins have all kinds of projects! Plus it is so much fun to watch the girls ride ponies, eat amazing fair food, and watch the judging! They loved it, all of it! Of course I have some pictures of our fun!
Ok…we may have done a little too much today, but the kids had fun and so did I! There was a lot of beautiful moments and happy memories made! That is what its all about! 🙂 I hope your are having a great weekend!
Yesterday we headed out to a garden type park near our house! It was a really beautiful day! The sun was shining, the weather was pleasant in the trees, and there was so much for the kids to do. There were giant musical instruments, a natural inspired obstacle course, a bridge over a bubbling brook, a cave to crawl through, and a little play hut! All of this was surrounded by community gardens and a small wooded area! As my friend and I sat there I realized that the kids were SO happy and peaceful. This area seemed to calm them, excite them, and allow them to play without us having to get involved too much. In fact, with my girls, I could have sat there and read a book while they were happily involved in their own explorations. It really made me think alot about the natural playground movement. There is a group of people out there who have found that playground who use natural materials provide kids with a better chance to use their imagination, and move at the same time. I really do think that there is something to that. If you give a child a stick, it is amazing to see what they do with it. They make it a sword, a spoon, a walking stick…pretty much anything! Just as Maria Montessori discovered, children are draw to a respond to natural products! Nature speaks to their souls and feed their minds. It calms their bodies and inspires creativity. So much from something so simple. In fact I think that most kids need time outside. My girls need me to get them outside several days a week at least (even it there is rain or snow). What do they do? The play, they sit and think, then make things, they find peace. Have you found similar things with your kids? Does going outside seem to make them feel better?
That’s right, we were out fossil hunting today with friends!!!! Near where we live is an old quarry that is “what is left of the shallow sea that covered Ohio during the Devonian period, 375million years ago”! (I took that quote directly from the hand out they have). Basically they turned it into a park where you can go and hunt for fossils that are left over from the mining. They are chunks of shale that are in piles for you to dig in to your hearts content! How wonderful is that? While we were there we found a bunch of Brachiopods (shelled animals). Some of them were still intack with both shells. We also found some bits of Bryozoans, Crinoids, and Aulopora! What that translates into is lost of shell shapes, some coral bits, and some bits with a linen pattern! It was super fun and the kids had a great time getting really dirty!
Today my hubbie decide that we should go out to Marblehead OH for a day trip! It was wonderful, hot, but wonderful! The water we a beautiful blue color and the kids had a great time sticking their toes in the water as it splashed over the rocks. We even found out that they were offering tours of the lighthouse! Which meant that we could go up to the top! This lighthouse is the oldest, still operational lighthouse in all of the great lakes! WOW! I asked Bunny if she knew what a lighthouse was for. She told me that they are there to shine light out on the water to make sure the ships dont get too close! I was shocked that she knew! She said it was from a show on PBS! I guess tv is paying off! 😉 Finally we got a chance to go up to the top! It was so cool and little freaky! There was metal circular stairs going up and they were open! I had no issues going up (except for my flip flop falling down on someone!), but coming down I was watching Bunny ahead of me and as I looked down to realize that we could fall! Anxious was defiantly what I was feeling! But we all survived and Bunny wanted to go back up! 🙂 They both loved it! It was such a beautiful and simple day of family time and it was much needed! And as always I have pictures! 🙂
Today we headed out to the zoo again! This time we were ready to really look at the underwater animals! Bunny, Pup and I have been reading all sorts of books about the ocean and so it was fun to go and see all the things that we had read about! Bunny was really interested in the turtles! We started our adventure with lunch sitting by the cheetahs. While we ate I asked Bunny to tell me what she thought she would like to know about turtles. We talked about it for a bit and came up with a small list of things we wanted to find out. Where turtles vertebrate or invertebrate? What is their classification (reptile, amphibian, bird, fish, mammal, or invertebrate)? What do they eat? Where do they live? What do they do? I was impressed with her list (I did help her a little). She is changing and having questions. It is one thing that I really want to work on this summer with her. To help her rediscover the joy of finding answers and having questions about things. It will take some coaching in the beginning, but I know that she will get it! After finding our research questions, we headed off to the aquarium! It was fun to watch all the fish and talk about the different areas of the ocean! We saw a sea turtle, crab, starfish, coral, sea horses, jellyfish, and a bunch of other amazing sea creatures! The girls loved it!
Well as you can see from my lack of posts it has been a very busy week! We really didn’t even get to much school work, but what we did get to was ever so wonderful! Swimming, time with friends, bike riding, and a trip to the zoo! Our week was full and it was fun! Here are a few pictures from all the great days in the sun!
Today we went to the zoo for my nephew’s second birthday celebration! Both of my girls had a great time with their cousin and aunts! It was hotter then it has been all year, but it was still a great trip! Here are a few pictures!
As promised, I have pictures of our amazing soil exploration today! It turned out to be such a beautiful, very windy day! So after a bit of work time in the basement, we headed out to my husband’s construction yard. We have a bit of property that we use for our business and there is a ton of overgrown land. I thought that it would be the perfect place to dig a hole or two! So we loaded buckets, shovels, and containers in the car and off we went! On the way there, we talked about the different layers of the soil and about the different kinds of soil. We also talked about what makes up the soil. Bunny seemed to retain a great deal of the information! When we got there we looked around at all the different kinds of dirt that was around. There was topsoil, and lot of clay (which is the main type of soil here). After digging around a bit, we got to work making our own representation of the layers of the soil. We started with bedrock, then smaller stones, then subsoil (clay here), next we added some topsoil, and finally we added some organic matter (dead leaves that will add nutrients to the soil). It was pretty cool! Bunny made a small one in a cup. After we talked a bit about each layer and how the organic material turns into soil, we dumped out the big one and I offered to let Bunny make the big one again on her own! She did and she got all the layers just right! It was great fun! While we did this, Pup played in the dirt! She was SO dirty and so happy! She was running and grinning and scooping dirt the whole time! Here are a few pictures of our day! 🙂