Posts tagged ‘Homeschool’

Lefties

My poor left-handed daughter 🙂

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Fasanerie

This past weekend we found a wildlife park in the woods just outside of downtown. The best part is, it’s free!

Cady fell asleep in the car on the way there so she hung out in the stroller for awhile while the rest of us fed the deer.

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Not wanting to play yet.

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Topper wanted me to take his picture, which is rare.

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Oh, now we’re playing!

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Did you know there are European Bison!? I had no clue. I thought they were an American thing only. These guys were longer legged and not as wide as American Bison. I took the picture of the sign and then my phone died.

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Fasanerie also had bunnies, pigs, wolves, bears, goats, wild boar, sea otters and sheep. I’m sure I’m leaving out something we saw. There is also a large playground, biergarten and snack bar. Since it is free I am certain we will be back and often. There is even a city bus stop outside the gate so we don’t have to use a car to get there either 🙂

Bicycle Painting

I taught a class this week on bicycle safety and maintenance for our local homeschooling group. The kids had fun and learned a lot and at the end of the class we made a painting with the kids’ bicycle tires.

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Field Day!

Last week we got together with our homeschool group and had Field Day! I remember Field Day was one of my favorite school activities when I was a kid.

For ours we had four teams, Red, Blue, Yellow and Green. For some of the activities the teams were divided into Bigs and Littles.

Activities were:
Bean Bag Balance
Three Legged Race
Ping Pong Ball Blow
Egg Walk
Tug of War

Cady and her friend ready for the race 🙂

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Topper blowing the ping pong ball.

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Cady kept wanting to give up but she did make it across eventually.

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And then the Dads got in on the ball-blowing fun.

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Afterwards we feasted on hot dogs, baked beans, Mac n cheese, chips and team color cupcakes. We had a great time. The kids are got little medals to take home. I was surprised when Topper got competitive during the tug of war and an older brother jumped in to tell his younger brother to “PULL!”. He got right in his face just like a Drill SGT. Hilarious, I love homeschoolers.

Busy, Busy, Busy

We have been busy around here helping friends move, watching extra dogs and driving an hour north every other day (it seems) to participate in events in our soon-to-be new community. Can we move already!?

Also the weather has been cold and rainy and yuck!

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We went for a trip this week to Ludwigsburg to pick up my new Didymos wrap. Sadly no pictures yet.

Topper joined the Boy Scouts yesterday at their bridging ceremony. He had a great time and made a new friend. Unlike last year he is really excited about scouting and can’t wait to get started. Especially when he heard he can earn something for playing video games. *rolls eyes*. Oh well, whatever gets him excited.

In the next few weeks we will start our summer reading program. I’m doing a Roald Dahl theme. We will read a few of his books this summer, the kid friendly ones. We will also do some crafts and projects and *gasp* watch the movies.

So, look for new posts and pictures in the coming weeks. I also have some exciting things coming in the mail that I want to review soon.

Flashy Friday May 10

We had loads of fun this week continuing our study of Ancient Rome. Justin was home this week to help us build an aqueduct. The kids both had a great time pouring the water down the chute into the bowl. I hope they have a better understanding of the way aqueducts were used to bring water into the cities.

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This project came from Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome (A Kid’s Guide series)
We borrowed ours from the library but I will consider purchasing in the future. It is full of child-appropriate activities to help relate the ancient cultures to children. We are going to do a few more of these before I return the book.

We started baking our own bread this week thanks to a borrowed bread machine from Oma. Here is the first loaf, it came out delicious and was quickly followed by two more loaves.

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Our custom wrap conversion ring sling arrived at the beginning of this week. Cady always hates the “demo” at home but then loves to be carried when we are out. This wrap is a hemp/cotton blend and is great for heavier “babies”. Unfortunately Cady hates the color of this and she can be very opinionated. I hope I can talk her into liking it soon. I sure love it. It is made from Natibaby Olive Gears and I chose Bronze rings to give it a Steampunk look. Zanytoes did the conversion and she did an excellent job and got the sling to me exceptionally fast. She’s my go-to chopper from now on.

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May 9th was a German holiday, Ascension Day. I think it is also their Father’s Day (Vaters Tag). Justin was off and so was a friend of ours so we took him and the kids up to Heilingenberg to the Thingstätte. This is still one of my favorite places close by and the snails here in the spring are pretty awesome. I’ve never seen giant, fat snails like this in the States.

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It makes me want to pop over to Strasbourg, France to chow down on some escargot! 😉 Next week maybe?

Flashy Friday May 3

This week we continued our study of the Romans. We learned all about the Roman Baths and how they were built and operated. Living in Europe gives us a unique opportunity to visit Roman ruins. We took a field trip this week to the spa town of Baden-Baden, Germany to visit preserved ruins from a military Roman Bath. The museum is small but it was still possible to see the heating systems they used as well as the drainage systems. The museum is really well thought out and we definitely enjoyed our visit.

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There were guide-phones to use in English and a short animated video of the assumed layout of the building. We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying Baden-Baden. We hope to return some day and take advantage of the thermal baths in town!