I mentioned in my strawberry post that when we went to get strawberries at the u-pick we were pleasantly surprised to find out that there were saskatoons ready too! I could not resist picking a pail of saskatoons, but I felt a little guilty about it because our neighbours actually have a saskatoon u-pick, which is only about a mile across the field from where we live! Since the saskatoon farm is so close to where we live I decided we needed another field trip :)
Rhubarb is a fun spring food, but one of my all time favourite foods is fresh strawberries, straight from the garden! There is nothing else like popping a fresh strawberry into your mouth after you have picked it with your own hands!
Unfortunately, after years of fighting with the stinging nettle that insists on growing in my strawberry patch, I finally moved a few plants to a new location and worked under my original strawberry patch. I use to get an ice cream pail full of strawberries every three or four days from my patch. Now my patch is much smaller and we are getting only enough to eat a few fresh ones every other day or so. I wanted to make strawberry jam and I needed more than a handful of strawberries. So I decided a field trip to a u-pick was in order :)
Our little Munchkin is now five years old! Munchkin is also a huge animal lover, so for her birthday party we visited a petting zoo with some friends. If you live in southwest Saskatchewan, I highly recommend visiting Gramma Zoo Exotics! They have quite a variety of animals and the kids had a great time!
Last week our family participated in a homeschool fair with other homeschool families in nearby communities. A homeschool fair is like a science fair, except that your display does not have to be a science display. Besides the displays that each family brought, there were also tables in the middle of the room for anything we wanted to give away for free and we were also allowed to sell used books. Mostly, it was a great chance to meet other homeschoolers and see what kinds of things they are learning about in their homeschools.
I love field trips! Especially when we get to join other homeschoolers! Recently we met with several other homeschool families for a trip to the Morse Museum and Cultural Center. It was a lot of fun, and perfectly timed for some dot-to-dot connections with our Little House on the Prairie unit study :)
I found a new blog title recently that made me laugh; Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. It seems like that’s what many people think of homeschoolers. I can't even tell you how many times I have been asked if I am worried about the socialization of my children because we homeschool. People assume that because our children are not sitting in a class with 20 other kids their own age 5 days a week, they can not possibly be socialized properly. Seriously, when in real life do you ever spend that much time with so many people the same age as you? Who decided that is the only way to learn how to socialize with other people? Why do people assume that because we homeschool we never leave our house to be with other people? I just don’t understand the big deal about socialization.
We went on our first field trip of the new school year yesterday. We went to the lake. Yep, I consider that a field trip. We believe that every experience in life is an opportunity to learn something. So, what did we learn at the lake?
Today was the first day of school for the students at our local school. What did we do today, while everyone else was in school? We went to a “Not-Back-to-School” party with some other homeschoolers. We met at a playground, with a water park and a big soccer field. I think there were ten families there. We had a picnic lunch and the moms got to chat while the kids played together.