Thursday, April 19, 2007
Ranunculus......and other stuff!
This week we met Amanda & Lucy down at the Carlsbad Flower Fields. I had been wanting to go, especially since our science unit group is studying plants right now. They have a wonderful program there for kids. While we didn't actually do the children's' school program that they have, but we did go to all the stations, except one, to have the kids' stamp passports stamped. They had a Sweet Pea maze, sluice mining (where the kids got some really pretty gemstones), a rose garden, poinsettia display, tractor wagon ride and a playground. We had our lunch there and enjoyed the beautiful day. Then, we picked up some huge juicy strawberries to bring home (only they didn't make it home!!!) See here for more pretty flowers!
Last Friday, our science group studied plants. The children observed different types of seeds, identified them and taped and labeled them in a journal. They observed & identified different types of flowers and vegetables in the garden. They made journal drawings of earthworms and the life cycle of a plant from seed to plant. Then, we had a yummy lunch of homemade mac & cheese, garden salad, and strawberries.
This week we'll be heading off to Corvallis, OR for the Life is Good Unschooling Conference. We are really excited about it. Olivia will be staying here with Nana and Dad. Violet will be bringing her Nintendo DS to play games with the other kids, her American Girl doll, and probably some Bratz dolls too. She'll also be meeting a new friend there, who she has been emailing, so she's pretty excited about that.
Our house is almost done being painted. It went from a yucky bright blue, to a warm tannish color, with burgundy trim. I'll post a picture soon. It's coming out really nice! Our house will look so completely different, especially since Dan is re-landscaping the front yard as well.