Friday, October 1, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up ("Homeschooling" at 2 years, 10 months)

Reminder: I just posted a give-away yesterday for a really fun, all-ages card game called Aquarius (there is even a preschooler variation included in the directions).  You can enter here.

This was a light week in terms of homeschooling, since we had family visiting.  We really didn't use the "learning boxes" at all.  Here is a round-up of our blog-worthy fun:


We went to the aquarium, twice actually. 

Oozey Octopus: A Tale of a Clever Critter (No. 22 in Suzanne Tate's Nature Series)Perry Penguin, A Tale of a Brave Family, No. 30 in Suzanne Tate's Nature Series While there, we read a couple of books from a great (inexpensive!) series --  Perry Penguin, A Tale of a Brave Family and Oozey Octopus: A Tale of a Clever Critter.  I really like the amount of information that these books include, without making them too above the heads of young readers.  If you click on the book jackets, you can use the "search inside" feature on Amazon to see some excerpts.  I'd like to track down the others in the series eventually.

Rainforest Eco ExpeditionThanks to a generous Nana, we also left the aquarium with a Rainforest Eco Expedition play set, which has been a good source of imaginary play this week (here they are in lego arranged zoo enclosures).

Apple Picking
Like many other blogging families out there, we also took a trip to a local farm for some apple picking.  The Bibliophile chose to pick a total of:

1 apple,

1 peach,

and 3 small green peppers,

for a whopping 69 cents!  Combined with a mini pumpkin and some fresh apple cider and raspberry marmalade from the gift shop, there were smiles all around (don't worry, I was assured that both of those pumpkin faces are indeed smiling):

These were other activities we posted about during the week --
A laptop craft.
A Picasso-style collage.
And an impromptu skee-ball game.

We also played with Dreambox (just a 2 week trial) and Jumpstart (a 3 month trial we won from a give away on Superheroes and Princesses).  We'll probably post our thoughts about them more in a later post.

Next week, we plan to be get back on track with the learning boxes.

I am linking this post up with Weekly Wrap-Up, Tot School, and Preschool Corner.

Comment: What have you been up to this week?  Have you been apple picking this year?  What is your favorite kind of fruit picking?

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MaryAnne said...

Our apple picking trip was rained out, unfortunately. Your outing sounds fun - and hopefully we'll make it there this month!

Ticia said...

I'll be curious about what you think of Jump Start, my boys are crazy for it, but Princess isn't so much. I'll be curious to see if it's a gender or age thing.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Great week - the first series about sea creatures look interesting. I hope you enjoy your family visit.

Giggly Girls said...

Love his pumpkins!! Too cute!

I got the Beethoven's Wig cd and we are loving it!

Cheryl said...

Holy cow, you fit a lot in! I love the field trips!

Leah C said...

Sounds like a fun week! We were supposed to go to the apple orchard Tuesday but stayed home due to sick kiddos. I hope we get another chance to go this fall!

Kristen said...

His pumpkins are adorable!

Despite doing an apple theme this past week, we didn't try going picking. I think my tot will appreciate that more next year and beyond.

Laura said...

What a fun week :) I would love to go to an apple orchard, but don't think we have one close by. We will definitely go to the pumpkin patch though to select a pumpkin and see all the animals :)