Monday, April 26, 2010
Well there are few better towns than Boston for field trip and educational opportunities! So we headed up to Beantown for the weekend and had fun and learning experiences together. We went on a harbour boat tour and got to see old ironsides and navy ships. We also got to check out the HUGE coast guard vessels and view some of the local animals in the harbor (mostly birds!). But we got to get up close and personal with the marine life at the New England Aquarium. The seals and penguins are two favorites of the kids and of course the shark and sea turtles were also fun to see! Conall enjoyed the new frogs section down at the animal clinic. It was super crowded with MA school break this week, but we managed the crowds fairly well. We also got to dine at Fanuel Hall and go to the local playground. It was a fun trip!
Monday, April 19, 2010
So being on the road quite a bit, piano lessons, horse lessons, etc. and one or the other child waiting around, I thought we could squeeze in a bit of schooling using the iphone. I have learned to LOVE apps:). Pictured above you can see some of the ones I have. It's fantastic for learning sight words, math facts, listening to kids audio books, coin math, even learning Irish. . .you name it and there is probably an educational "app" or application for it. The kids will get excited about anything to do with using the iphone, so even if it's something as boring as rote memory kind of work if it's on the iphone they are fine with it! And the best thing is that most of the apps are $1.00 or less compared to the educational games you end up paying a fortune for. Now, even the "baby", my 3 year old, is enjoying the iphone educational games. He plays Clifford phonics, Thomas train mazes, etc. So I highly recommend the iphone for School work:)!
We took a field trip to one of the highest points in the village. Amazing views of the Hudson Valley and Catskills. We tried our hand at geo-caching while we were up there. On the way down, I pointed out to the kids one of the houses that legend has it was part of the Underground Railroad. We went into the house once and saw the secret door to underneath the floorboards. It was a fantastic day and some educational learning as well! Pictured above the Hudson Valley land views and also the old house that was supposedly part of the Underground Railroad.