My kids are home with me the vast majority of the summer and I must admit that it’s Alex that keeps the office moving! During these summer months, I’m up early and late to edit and I try to photograph in the evenings when my children are with their dad. Without Alex, it would never work, but so far this summer, so good! I’ve tried to plan weeks of fun/learning organized around themes. Our first week was “Garden Week” and we learned TONS about pollinators, plant reproduction, creepy crawly things, the water cycles and more. Here’s a glimpse into our week. XOXO, Corey
Everyone’s favorite part of the week were our two outings. We went to the State Farmer’s Market for a scavenger hunt. Walker also interviewed a farmer for an article she’s working on.
At home, we did all sorts of fun things. We made art using fruits and veggies as our brushes and we also painted acrylics of pollinators. We did some measuring to make cupcakes and C used his fine motor skills to decorate. Bug bowling was a super fun way to teach subtraction and C enjoyed it the most. We made terrariums with succulents chosen by the kiddos and we wrote letters about our own gardens to family across the country. It was tough for B, and took two days of work, but he got his letter finished and was thrilled to get one back from his Aunt Ruth!
My favorite part of our week was our trip to the NC Museum of Natural Science’s Prairie Ridge Ecostation. We went on a wonderful guided family walk through the ecostation, learned a TON about the prairie and also plants indigenous to North Carolina. We learned the difference between a damsel and a dragonfly, learned to identify milkweed and now know how important it is to the monarch butterfly. We saw several different bird species and learned about the communal ways of the purple martin. We even saw a tadpole that hadn’t yet lost it’s tail. I HIGHLY recommend this nature walk. Cathy, who led our walk, was wonderful and we will definitely be doing it again!!!!