Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Tot School and Ketchup

Not so much ketchup as catch up!

I blame the wonderful weather God has blessed us with the past few weeks. It is the only reason I have not been posting or even reading others blogs. I'm here tonight so I will do a short review for you.

While we have been outside a TON my camera has not been joining us for some reason, I really must have a talk with that contraption and convince it to come outside with us more often.

Tot School has consisted of zoo trips and playing outside. We have been doing a lot of reading inside some coloring and puzzles but mostly we get outside as much as we can.

We now have a membership to our local zoo. Brad and I have been talking about getting one for a while. Jenny called me a few weeks ago to see if we would like to go to the zoo with them for the morning so I decided it was time to get that membership!

Unfortunately for us we decided to go on the last day of Easter/spring break for our school district, which also happened to be one of the first nice days. We along with every other mom in the tri-county area had the same brilliant idea: zoo trip = get out of the house for a few hours.

When the weather gets nice our state flower comes out too. You don't know what our state flower is?! Why it is the beautiful orange cone!

After sitting in construction traffic I sat at one stinking light for over 20 minutes. The "zoo traffic" was just as bad if not worse than the construction traffic.

We finally made it into the parking lot. Being 6 1/2 months pregnant at the time would immediately cause me to park at the farthest point from the entrance. So after we parked, took a long stroll through the parking lot, paid for our membership, and put sunscreen on we were finally inside looking at the animals.

Bookworm and Pumpkin had fun and didn't even fight the whole time in the zoo! (There was a moment when someone wanted to hold someone else's hand and something else or other but that was only 30 seconds so it doesn't count, right!?)

We had a nice snack while the warthogs came to say hi (I think they wanted some of our food...)

Why are kids so drawn to water? The girls didn't care about seeing anymore animals they just wanted to stand at this nasty gate and look at the mucky water. Really?!

Gypsy would live outside if we would let her!

We went back to the zoo last week as a family. When I was a kid we took pictures in front of the fountain, the water had not been in the first time so Bookworm and I had to get a picture this time.

The girls loved the butterflies.

We heard a bunch of people telling their kids, "look at the kitty." Why would you ever tell your kid that beast is a kitty?! It is one thing to teach them that tigers are a part of the feline bread, but don't use the word kitty, please.

The flamingos are now one of Bookworm's favorites (power of suggestion from Pumpkin!).

This peacock had it bad! We watched him for a while strutting his stuff and he would not give it up.

As soon as the little lady walked away he could care less.

The arctic exhibit is wonderful! The girls love watching the seals above water and down below.

One of the polar bears gave us a nice show!

And there is this cool wall of ice that we all had fun touching.

If you have a zoo near you, a membership (unless you are one of those tremendously lucky people who lives near a nice free zoo) is a great investment.

We finished reading Charlotte's Web this morning. I checked out the audio book from the library and we have been reading it during lunch time. I used to use audio books in my classroom at lunch time almost every day. I think it is a great time to listen to a book and help calm younger children before nap/quiet time. We took the book back this morning and checked out the cartoon and the movie that was made a few years ago. Bookworm can't wait to watch them. Our new book we started today is Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus. Bookworm and I read Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine back in February. She didn't get it totally so I though I would put off reading some more of these books for a few months. But she is talking about Junie B. all the time so I thought I would try again. My sister started reading these books when she was younger and LOVED them! My students (both boys and girls) loved them. I love them. While some argue that she is bratty I think she is just an exaggerated normal almost-six-year-old girl. I take every inappropriate word she uses (stupid, dumb, hate, etc.) to teach once again how we need to be careful of the words we use. My students would catch Junie B. saying words that were inappropriate that I would pass over if I wasn't paying attention. And I would hear them playing and correct others for using "inappropriate" words. I think the books you read with your children for fun or school can all be used to teach something. Now to choose our book to read after Junie B. 1-4 is done....

Don't forget to check out other Tot School posts.

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.

1 comment:

  1. Our trip to the zoo was certainly a trip to be remembered and I can guarantee we will never make that mistake of going during Spring Break again...LOL Fun none the less :)Thanks for coming!!

    Your family trip looked much more relaxing...:)

    I am going to try the book thing...thanks for the idea


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