Learning fun!

October 23, 2007 at 8:31 pm | Posted in Homeschooling, simplicity | 3 Comments

The kids and I have been busy~busy lately! I have made a commitment to do more activities outside the house and so far I am managing to do so. It is hard to manage both the kids in open spaces, around a bunch of other kids, all by myself. I am always paranoid that something will happen to them when I am distracted. So far, nothing has happened and learning has been going on. The coolest thing we are doing is a set of lessons offered by one of our local state parks, http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/pinnaclemountain/.The park rangers there are top notch at these lessons! The kids (and I) have learned so much! We have learned about camouflage and how animals use it to stay safe from predators. The Rangers had the kids dress in camo and play a game of hide-and-seek with some of the other kids being the predators (wearing hunter safety orange). All the kids had so much fun with this!

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We also were introduced to birds of Arkansas and the kids were so excited about that they decided to join the bird watching group in here called Wings over Arkansashttp://www.agfc.com/wildlife-conservation/birds/wingsoverark.aspxWe have been having fun identifying birds and the kid’s observation skills have greatly improved with how much time they spend looking for “new birds.”blogsizeduckcalls.jpg

We also attended a class that taught us what birds eat. This lead, naturally, to us eating bugs. Yes, we all ate a delicious larva! Here we are eyeballing our feasts immediately before ingestion. Yum. (shudders with flashback to the experience) blogsizedlarva.jpg

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And that is just a part of Pinnacle Mountain! We have attended a Dutch oven cooking class, and will have a separate entry for another big event we recently attended there where they had a whole weekend of re-creating the pioneer life of the 1830-1850’s!

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  1. WOW ! You’re all off doing fun stuff!
    What a great way to spend these fall days…well except for the bug eating,lol. You’re brave!!

  2. Is it just me, or did Karma Boy seem a little more enthusiastic about eating the bug than Karma Girl and Karma Mom. I do believe I spotted the slightest grin on Karma Boys face in that picture.

  3. girl, you did NOT eat a worm! did you? ack! ack!!! i’m wanting to puke just reading it.

    i am so impressed with what you’re doing. there’s so much educational / interesting / entertaining / great stuff available out in the world that has nothing to do with a video or the television. very cool.


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