One of our Country Day Home School field trips was to Meijer Gardens which is in the midst of ColorFall. When we went, there was a kids tram running.  It’s like the regular tram, but with smaller seats and no old people.  It was $3 for adults and $1 for kids.  It was called a Tree-rific Tour, or something.  On each seat there was a tool kit and at each stop the kids were asked to pull a certain thing out of the it so they could talk about it.  For example, at the birch tree, there was a Popsicle stick because apparently Popsicle sticks are made out of birch wood.  I had no idea.  It was fun to see the entire sculpture park really open up for the kids, who never want to go past the Children’s Garden.

We’ve also been reading (and re-reading) some fall books.  They are all in our library; mostly from Scholastic book orders or warehouse sales.  Here’s the lineup:

  • Fall Leaf Project, Margaret McNamara.  Some kids box up leaves to send to under-leafed children in an undisclosed location; possibly the desert.  I like that it introduces the idea that there are different kinds of leaves from different trees, and what they look like.
  • Perfect Pumpkins, Jeff Bauer.  It’s the worlds shortest science textbook, complete with two page chapters and a glossary.
  • When The Leaf Blew In, Steve Metzger.  A family favorite; this was one of the first books A.P. memorized entirely learned to read.
  • Possum’s Harvest Moon, Anne Hunter. The classic “woe is me no one will come to my party. Oh wait! You all came after all!” childrens book, this time with Possum as the protagonist.
  • Apple Picking Day, Samantha Brooke.  What will that crazy Big Red Clifford get into next?
  • Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin, Mary Serfozo.  This is a really cute book about finding the perfect pumpkin to carve, and is another family favorite.

Other than waiting around for the Charlie Brown movie to come on TV in a few weeks, I don’t really have any ideas for the video (meaning, my husband’s) portion of Country Day Home School.  Any ideas out there?


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