Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fun with Color Tiles

Color Tiles are not just for making patterns in your math lesson. My children use them to express themselves in other ways. This tower was built by Z Man, my six year old.
Z Man still has a pattern happening.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Off the Beaten Path

We love to travel and see new places. Most of our travels are local and sometimes the best things are right under your nose. We have found some of these places unintentionally, but I believe that God has the Master Plan, so it was always "meant" to be. Other times I have intentionally planned out our adventures.
Exquisite hand carved stamp in the Smokey Mountains
For these planned adventures, we Letterbox or "Treasure Hunt" as my children call it. We follow directions to find a hidden box with a stamp in it, many of the stamps have been exquisitely hand carved. We use the stamp to make an impression in our book, then we date it, put the name of the box and where we found it. Letterboxing is a more kid friendly version of geocaching, the boxes are placed all over the globe. We have been to several all over the US and it has been an incredible way to learn more about each State (not what you will find in a State Fact Book). Anyone of any age can do it, you don't need to sign up for anything, it is totally free, all you need is a drive to experience something new. . . and believe me folks, we have plenty of drive!

How do you find out where the Letterboxes are, you ask, we use ATLAS QUEST. AtlasQuest has tons of info on the history of Letterboxing, how to get started, and the most important where to find a letterbox. I advise you to start locally, especially within the city you have lived in for 20 years, you still may find something new. Have fun!

Pictures were taken on our trip to Sevierville & Gatlinburg, TN.

Z Man says he's making Wudu (washing) for Prayer

This is why we go, Magnificent!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Scenic Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN offers 50% discount on admission and classes for Homeschoolers. My husband often has to work in this area, so who wouldn't take advantage of an all expense paid trip to Gatlinburg? We always have an awesome time, there is so much to do from hiking, tubing, rafting, & wading in the river, museums, eating salt water taffy, letterboxing, go-cart, miniature golf & shopping (which I rarely do ;-)

Homeschool Class

The Penguins were actually following Big A's paper fish.

Can you see the camouflage fish?

Patty Cake with Diver, even upside down!
 The kids took a class on Oceans and enjoyed it. The teacher answered all of their many questions and it was very interactive. Then we toured the aquarium, Lil A's favorite part was when the diver started to play patty cake with her through the glass. How cool is that!

Little Feet & a Crystal Clear River are a perfect combination.

A Smile that would melt any heart.
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