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Category Archives: excursions
The Farm Experience program is going swimmingly.
This week the kids started a new activity through the Baltimore Homeschool Community Center: a “Farm Experience” at Kayam, an organic farm north of Baltimore that focuses on environmental and Jewish education. (The homeschool program is secular.) For the next … Continue reading
On the third Sunday of every month, the Maryland Natural History Society has a sort of an open house. A theme is announced (this month it was “skulls”), and various naturalists bring their collections for informal show-and-tell. It was remarkable. … Continue reading
Today, for the first time, I got to experience the highlight of Alex’s week: Outdoor Games. A group of about twenty homeschooled kids meets every Wednesday in the park to play games like kickball, capture the flag, dodgeball, flag football, … Continue reading
I had intended to document our Park Quest experiences, but alas, thanks to my blog hiatus I’m seven parks behind. Since I last posted, we’ve completed Quests all across Maryland, from the western border to the headwaters of the Chesapeake … Continue reading
Last Saturday was a beautiful day – breezy and cool. A perfect day for Park Quest! Michael had an all-day retreat for the church Board, but the kids and I headed out to North Point State Park on the Chesapeake … Continue reading
Today, the Questing Sand Crabs ventured forth on our first Park Quest mission: Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, right at the foot of the Bay Bridge to the Eastern Shore. The park was massively crowded with boaters and families … Continue reading
Excitement in our house has reached a fever pitch: Park Quest 2012 registration opens tomorrow! Park Quest is a genius marketing effort by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. You sign your family up to participate as a team containing … Continue reading
We wrapped up our study of The Glorious Flight with a trip to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. It was our first trip to D.C. since before Colin was born – with very young kids, there isn’t much that … Continue reading
Okay, so “climbing a Kansas mountain” was metaphorical. We still thought it would be a good idea to climb a Maryland mountain this week. “The thing that makes a mountain is a high, quiet view,” the boy’s father says, and … Continue reading
We’ve been having outstanding fall weather lately. The kids spend hours and hours outside. One of their favorite places is the Arboretum not far from our new house. They went there with Michael on Tuesday and came back with excited … Continue reading
There’s a mention in The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar that the island of Sweetbriar used to be part of Nantucket, until the ocean broke it away. This weekend, on the beach at Assateague Island, the kids played endlessly with the … Continue reading
Yesterday Michael took the kids on a field trip to the Carrie Murray Nature Center. In addition to looking up close at their collection of lizards, snakes, raptors, and turtles, Alex got to help feed crickets to the tarantulas. Oh … Continue reading
The weather hasn’t been very good for stargazing lately, but I couldn’t imagine leaving Follow the Drinking Gourd without going out at night to look for the “Drinking Gourd” in question – the Big Dipper. Friday night we decided that … Continue reading
Yeah, not much posting happened last week. I meant to post pictures of our trip to a Pow Wow, and talk about our language arts lesson on historical fiction, and report on the Magic Tree House book club’s session with … Continue reading
In Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, the basement of the new Town Hall is dug single-handedly by Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne. In search of a slightly more realistic view of construction careers, yesterday Michael took the kids to … Continue reading
I know it’s a holiday, but we had school today anyway because Alex was terribly excited about starting first grade. (We started kindergarten on June 1st, 2010, so that makes this week promotion time.) Here’s her “off to school” picture: … Continue reading