Thursday, April 28, 2011

Log Cabin Village and Pioneer School

We had an awesome field trip to the Log Cabin Village with our homeschool group.
What a great addition to our America semester at co-op!
Almost all of the kids dressed up, which really added to our experience. They were all super good sports about sitting in the one room schoolhouse and enduring the "lessons".
We had school during the morning hours, a lunch break (with our authentic lunches) and then a tour of the village in the afternoon.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bucket Bonnets

This week, we will have a field trip to the Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth with our homeschool co-op, Homeschoolers EXCEL. This is one of our final events to wrap up our America Semester. The first part of our field trip will be a one room schoolhouse experience (hm...that will be different :p) with some of the moms as teachers. Log Cabin Village encourages participants to wear costumes and pack authentic lunches to help enrich the experience.
I posted a couple of weeks ago the dresses and bonnets that I made for the girls. This is one of the events that those were made for. The kids decided we needed metal pails for our lunches...and, no, one large pail would not be sufficient. We EACH need a pail. We found the perfect buckets at Home Depot last weekend for about $3 each. Joseph, however, thought that we needed covers for the pails so that they weren't exposed to the elements and bugs. He thought something like a shower cap would be good. So, we made bucket bonnets and matching napkins.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day!

We had a very busy Earth Day!
(First, I will give Alex credit for all of the following pictures. Adobe has figured out that my trial period has ended and I can't edit the pictures that I took. I guess it is back to a very old version Photoshop Elements for me!)
We started out the day at the Heard Museum doing one of our Nature Challenges.  Bonus! Alex was with us all day! :D
Oh! We faux tie-dyed tshirts and then put Earth Day iron on transfers. 

From there, we met some friends at Twisted Root for some awesome burger goodness and then we tried to walk over and see the Wyland Gallery, but it closed down. We did play giant Checkers for a little while though before lunch.
After lunch, we headed over to catch our annual Disney Nature Earth Day Film. This year's movie is African Cats and it was wonderful! The landscapes alone are worth watching the movie. 
After the movie, we headed home for an hour and a half so that Alex could take a nap and then we headed out again to the Zoo for Frog Club. On the way, we made a quick stop at The Disney Store at Northpark to trade plastic bags for reusable Earth Day bags. Score!
We had another great Frog Club meeting, although we still didn't hear any frogs during the listening times. We did have an awesome Metamorphosis Lab. Jessie and Lucy had all kinds of amphibians for us to examine in all stages of development. Way cool!

We were in the Amphibian and Reptile building for our lab, so we go to visit some of the other residents. This Cobra was quite agitated and actually attacked the aquarium three times while we were watching him. There was venom running down the sides of the glass. 

Happy Earth Day!!!!