Friday, October 25, 2013

Bethany's First Preschool Field Trip

Thursday, October 11th, 2013, Kelly, Lyssa, and I got to tag along on Bethany's class field trip to
Apple Orchard (Plymouth Orchards). It was a beautiful fall day and sweet Bethany was beyond excited to see her friends and her teachers. 

I have many great memories of this apple orchard as I came to this particular one quite a few times on field trips as a child.  I hadn't been to this particular one in so long, it definitely brought back memories.

Upon arrival we were to wait for Ward preschool classmates and parents (Tuesday and Thursday morning classes) over by the pumpkins and cute photo props.


After everyone arrived we were directed to a barn where one of the workers put on a presentation about bees to the preschoolers.  She was pretty hilarious and the kids loved her.  I can't remember her name but she included the fathers' that were present that day.  The majority of parents were mothers' and about 8 of them were fathers.'  The orchard worker was very sure to emphasize this in her presentation which was pretty funny.  Each father was asked to be a drone and put a bee puppet on their finger and buzz around a fake apple blossom tree that was in the center of the room as a prop.  She then had them shake their tushies as it's what drones do. HAHA!  They were such good sports. The children were roaring with laughter and all of the moms where just laughing hysterically.  It would have been so great if their daddy could have been there for that one, haha!  So fun.

Sweet Bethany
Serious Kelly

Silly Lyssa

After the barn presentation, we went on a wagon ride over to the apple orchard where we all got to pick an apple from the trees.  The children were taught to twist and pull and not yank as to not hurt the trees.  They all seemed to do a really good job of that. 

After all the apples were picked, we rode the wagon over to the pumpkin patch where all the preschoolers got to pick their very own mini pumpkin.  Bethany found one with a very cool and bendy stem.  She was very proud of it.

After the wagon ride, we headed inside and enjoyed a yummy cinnamon donut and fresh apple cider.  Delicious!  Believe it or not, Bethany did not like the cider.  She said it was too sour, haha!  She dove into the donut though....of course!!!

After that we were dismissed so we went through the market and picked up a few goodies like pumpkin butter, popcorn, peppermint sticks, etc. 

It was time to head home and pack up for our up north trip!  I will post those pics soon.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Spunky Monkey Adventures

Sweet Bethany bean was selected to bring home her preschool class mascot for the weekend; Spunky Monkey.  Her teacher included a journaling sheet with instructions to bring back up to 7 photos of Bethany and Spunky, friends, adventures, etc.

What a weekend for Spunky Monkey to come to our house.  Here is our adventures with Spunky Monkey.
  • Thursday, October 3rd- Spunky went with Bethany to ballet class.  So cute! I think he learned a few moves. Hehe!
  • Friday, October 4th- Spunky and Bethany went shopping with daddy and then shopping with mommy for cousin Owen's birthday party for the next day.
  • Saturday, October 5th- Spunky went with our family to my nephew's birthday party.  He enjoyed the bounce house, a wagon ride, and lots of fun and friends.
  • Sunday, October 6th- Spunky came to church with us then off to lunch at Red Robin and Target.  Afterwards we went back to church for Kelly's drama rehearsal and hung around in church café for two hours.

Phewww, poor Spunky and Bethany were super pooped, but they most definitely had a blast.  It's so cute having a preschool mascot in our home to teach language development.  I miss teaching preschool!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Learning the Presidents' of the United States Lapbook

Just the other day when I was doing research for our homeschool, I came across a Yahoo headline about how many Americans can not name (in order) the first four Presidents of the United States.  Talk about crazy, right?  I had to do a refresher for myself.  Thankfully I remembered them, but  I just had John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the wrong order.  Can you name the first four presidents of the United States?

  1. George Washington (Everyone should realistically know this)
  2. John Adams
  3. Thomas Jefferson
  4. James Madison
Since this really struck a chord inside of me, I went on the search for free lapbook studies on the presidents and came across a great one on Homeschool Share

The Presidents of the United States Lapbook study includes printable:
  • Research (Basic info on the Presidents)
  • General Mint Books which can be used with any President
  • President Matchbooks
  • President Layer Books ( It covers up to the 43rd President of the United States)
I cannot wait to get started with the girls on it, it looks like a fun way to learn all of the Presidents of the United States.

It's so important that our children learn about our country.  It's often overlooked so I am glad that the article reminded me of this!

We are hoping to start our labook next week.  I am going to let this be a group project as there is so much information to include in the lapbook.

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