Saturday, July 30, 2011

An Outdoor Classroom and Playgroup prep!

Today we were too tired to go to swim club so took a break and stayed at home. I took the opportunity of being at home to clean and prep for the Fall. I still have IHIPs (NY paperwork) to do! But since those aren't as much fun as creating an "outdoor classroom", I focused on the new addition to our learning environment. All 3 kids were great helpers and had lots of fun. They caught insects and spring peeper frogs to put into our aquarium on the table, wrote on the chalk board and begged for more "science" animals (pets)! They couldn't convince me that the idea of adding a snake was a good one. Yes, I'm sure there are lots of learning opportunities that snakes would bring to science class, but they still give me the creeps! The outdoor classroom will also be used this Fall with my youngest's new playgroup! He's really looking forward to having a group his age since he's constantly being dragged to the big guys activities and classes. Enjoy the pics of the new "Outdoor Classroom" designed by mom and kids and future space of the PuddleJumper Playgroup (that's what we've been nicknaming it here since the kids are big frog fans!) (And while working on it all, our cat, Gem, was being lazy and enjoying our company - Eoghan snapped this picture, I thought it caught the mood of the day well!)

Summer time fun! (and some learning mixed in there:)

Kid have been busy this summer! Between swim team, chicken keeping (and show prepping), and camps we've been busy! But not too busy to sit back and enjoy the summer sun and long days.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Finally Hatched some Eggs!

We finally completed one of the projects we always wanted to do - hatched eggs!! It was all that we expected and more. Now 12 chickens later, we are finding ourselves addicted to chicken raising!

Met two of the kids favorite writers this year!

The kids attended book signings with two of their favorite authors, Erin Hunter (Warrior series) and Rick Riordan. They got their autographs and learned a bit more about the writing, editing and publishing process.

One of our Science habitat projects this year...

Our Homeschool Art Class!

We adore our homeschool art teacher, a very talented artist who encourages the kids creativity. In class they study a country each week. The teacher uses a globe to show them where the country is and art books with the samples of the country's art. This year the kids studied China and the Ukraine, as well as created water colors and self portraits. We are really looking forward to the Fall classes!