AUG
11
2011

Butterfly Pavilion Field Trip

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  We had the privilege of touring the Butterfly Pavilion this summer. We’ve never been there before and while the tour was short, the scenery was incredible!     I’ve never seen that many different types of butterflies before. They were flying all over, and with all the luscious flowers tempting them, we were able to get some good photos! One of the highlights of the trip was “Rosie”. An extremely docile and patient brown tarantula that allowed dozens of children to hold her. They each received a souvenir badge stating that they “held Rosie” to commemorate the occurrence.   The exhibit was also filled with some buggy, insecty things. Most of which I’m glad do not normally live in this area.   Each day they release dozens of brand new butterflies into the room. As they emerge from the cocoon’s they tell a bit about each type and then release it into the air. These butterflies are all imported while still in the chrysalis from Brazil. They … [Read more...]

OCT
21
2010

Trip to Mars and beyond

We took a day during our Geography studies to veer off course a tad and ventured to Mars for the day. We also saw the space shuttle along with an Egyptian Mummy display and the Amazon Rainforest! They were at our museum this week and even though we aren’t in Egypt or Brazil I wanted to make sure we caught this while it was here. And went to Mars, where we got to hold asteroids, & moon rock! Checked out the giant earth and named all the oceans and continents. They did pretty good so that made Mama happy! They all tried their hand at docking the space shuttle: They loved this one, it is Mars sand that had water running down the tray. They were supposed to build a dam to slow the water then a delta to direct the water. Great activity to go along with our geography vocab! They had a live astronaut there talking about what it was like to be on Mars and interacting with the kids.   They also got to drive the shuttle from inside, this was a favorite. Next we ventured … [Read more...]

SEP
07
2010

Aquarium Field Trip

This is our first trip to the Aquarium this year. Everyone had fun, we learned lots about the animals there and the Teeny Tot was amazed by all she saw. We usually go about once a year, and I thought since we're studying animals this would be a good addition. Here are some pics of our adventure: View Full Album … [Read more...]

AUG
19
2010

Zoo Field Trip

This was our first trip to the zoo this summer and we had a great time. I made these super cute little flipcards to carry with us as we visited each animal. I downloaded the zoo cards from Early Learning Activities, but sadly I ran out of laminate the night before and so we couldn’t bring them with us! My plan was to have the kids bring a pencil and write down something fun on the back of each card as we saw that animal. For the little kiddos I was going to let them put a sticker on each animal signifying that they saw it since they can’t write. So, it was a good idea, but we’ll have to do it next time. If you’re interested here are some pics of our trip, and I’m not sure how, but the kids still managed to have fun without their books. Maybe it was because we were celebrating my son's 6th birthday and there was candy involved. I pouted some ;o) View Full Album … [Read more...]

JUN
28
2010

Milking Goats

We had a chance to go on a ‘hands-on’ type of field trip today and we love those! A dear friend of mine has a new goat farm and did a wonderful session on milking goats for our Keepers at Home group. The girls had a wonderful time playing with the babies and learning to milk goats. We even got to bottle feed a baby, and try the milk our selves! It tasted quite good and I look forward to sampling some of her cheeses soon ;o) Click below to view the whole album.   View Full Album Thanks Audra! … [Read more...]

OCT
19
2009

Fall Festival Pumpkin Patch

We'd planned on going to the pumpkin patch for our Letter P week, unfortunately weather (snow) made this impossible, so we finally went this weekend. Actually its a whole harvest festival thing and we were so tired by the time we got done that we didn't even get pumpkins! LOL! Oh well...Here they are going into the corn maze (which by the way was huge, and very hard!):Here they are lost in the corn maze, as my 3 year old says "We were totally lost, and didn't even have a map, I thought we'd never get out of there!"Some fun in the corn sand box...man that stuff was soooooo DIRTY!!Riding the barrel train, it goes over fun little hills and all around the festival property.The duck races, you had to pump water to get the ducks to go...And the giant pillow jumper, they could barely get on it!Helicopter rides, just $30/person and they flew around the property and did some fun little dives and turns and such that would've made me puke. … [Read more...]

SEP
27
2009

Another Pioneer Day!

Well, its not like us to take 2 field trips in one week, but there was another free Pioneer Days by our house, and since it was a weekend our Daddy could come so we ventured up. First we saw a live buffalo and got to touch the fur.Then we watched Apple Pressing and got to taste the freshly squeezed juice, yum!We saw a salamander and some snakes, namely the rattle snake which we are trying to learn to live with in harmony...uh-huh.Next the girls made corn husk dolls, and got to dress them as well. They turned out cute.Next we took a wagon ride down to their sod village, where we met up with lots of different people making a homestead.We went into one of the 'nicer' homes of the day, it was a sod home, but the walls were covered with wood slats. Her house was quite cute.Then we got chased by her turkey.Next we went to see the blacksmith, everyone got a turn pumping the fire and we learned how to make a J hook.Next we went to a house where they were making pies. The girls were surprised … [Read more...]

SEP
25
2009

Vision Heirs

Field Trip! Today we went to the Vision Heirs Living History Day. It's a fun re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and a great way to see what it was like to live in the days of the pioneers. As we are going through this in our curriculum, timing was great. There are lots of pics in this post, so bear with me ;0)They start with a play where they explain the Declaration of Independence and why we are at war with the British:Then we went outside to their different stations, our visit was with the long hunters, named that due to the long trips (6 months at at time) they would take to hunt and trap furs. We learned how to load a rifle, why it was called a rifle (due to the spiral inside the barrel) and how to set animal traps and tan a hide. Did you know that God created the animals to have just enough brains to tan their own hides? Me neither, but apparently they would kill the animal, then soak it in their own squished up brains to make it nice and soft...ewe … [Read more...]