This time of year I get a lot more relaxed about official “school” time. With one exception we have accomplished or exceeded all our curriculum goals for the year. The weather tends to be beautiful and we are all longing to be outside again. The learning doesn’t stop, the balance just shifts even more to interest led learning.
For Mother’s Day we went to Mohician State Park in Ohio. It was very beautiful. We had a cottage right next to a scenic river. Unfortunately it was very chilly and kind of rainy while we were there. We are all looking forward to going back when the weather is warmer.
The sound of the water rushing past was so relaxing. We were excited to see a heron(?) come to feed. A few people floated by in canoes.
We took a hike to Big Lyon Falls. It was so nice to be out in the woods with the leaves back on the trees.
Adjacent to the park, a volunteer group has restored a grist mill from the 1830s. We frequently find grist stones on some of our hikes but had never seen them in action. It was very neat to see old equipment and the massive size of the gears. Thinking about all the machinery in use before electricity was amazing.
On the grounds of grist mill there was an old wagon. We spent a few minutes marveling over how brave/desperate/adventurous the pioneers must have been to fit everything they would need to start a new life into such a tiny wagon and head west. I thought of how full we loaded the mini van for a weekend trip!
ON OUR BOOKSHELVES THIS WEEK:
Orchid Mantises by Andrew Hipp
The Mysterious Universe by Ellen Jackson from the Scientist in the Field Series
April Adventure by Ron Roy from the Calendar Mysteries series
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder