Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Break Fun

What a gorgeous day!

We took a trip back in time to the 1920's at the Burnaby Village Museum today, checking out the old general store, the log house with a wood-burning stove, the tram station, the barbershop... We visited a blacksmith shop and learned how they forged steel in the old days. We watched a Charlie Chaplin silent film, played Teddy Bear scavenger hunt, rode a 1912 Carousel (twice), and ate bubble gum ice-cream!

Being diligent homeschoolers, we of course balance all that fun with a little bit of "school" this week.

We discovered and thoroughly enjoyed reading Sharon Creech's "Love That Dog" and "Hate
That Cat". Serena loves all the new poetry terms and somehow manages to use the words "alliteration" and "onomatopoeia" in everything she says. Inspired by S.C. Rigg's poem "The Apple" in the back of "Love That Dog", Serena wrote (drew?) "The Bell".

We have also recently discovered the video series 'Bill Nye the Science Guy' from the library. The videos give many great ideas for home experiments, like this one:
We split the stem of a white flower (from Serena's birthday bouquet) and put the half stems in water with lots of food colouring. Now we have a bi-colour flower!

The highlight of the week was definitely our field trip with the Young Naturalists' Club. We got to meet Beaker, a burrowing owl, and we learned a lot about this endangered species from Mr. Mike Mackintosh, the Director of the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC. The children also explored the Mount Seymour forest during our nature walk and learned about habitat and adaptation.

How's your Spring Break going?

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like Serena had a hectic week.
    All the sights and knowledge to soak up
    Sounds like a very enjoyable spring break week
    Nanny & Papa