Field Trip!

So Thursday we packed up and headed to the in laws for a quick visit and bonus....some fun field trips. We hit the Crayola Factory and The National Canal Museum.... and funny enough the canal museum was A's favorite part LOL.
Here we are at the Crayola Factory about to start!
Memom and PopPop had fun too.

Daddy and A watching the demonstration
The demonstration was really awesome. I think we enjoyed it more than A but we got to see how crayons are made.

Lots of hands on activities were a ton of fun.

Then we headed on upstairs to the National Canal Museum
A got to learn hands on how the canal and lock system works. Which she found really interesting especially since we have remnants of a canal down the street from us that we explore quite often.
Here she is floating her boat through the canal system and learning how to work the locks.

We learned what life was like during the time canals were active here, and how the boats were steered and loads lifted onto them. A explored the pulley exhibit, and told me that the pulley with 2 ropes was much easier to lift.

It was a lot of fun! We spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with Memom and PopPop and then headed home. Took A fishing for the first time today...but thats another post LOL


MommyWise said…
I've always wanted to go to the Crayola factory! Since a very young age... I have a "thing" with brand new, sharp-pointed, crayola crayons. In fact.. I have a box... all to myself of hundreds of them lined perfectly up... never used. LOL! Now you know how insane I am! LOL!
Amanda said…
It was awsome. And no I don't think you are crazy, I have always always loved new crayons. And I love to color as much as Ansley. LOL
MommyWise said…
About E.T.C....

It progresses slowly and has a lot of repetition but builds in a very fluid way. It's heavy with writing (I like the writing practice) and spelling words so is great for a beginner writer. Work pages may have you circle the right answer, fill in the blank out of a word box, or just write the word from memory.

Aidan actually is reading on a solid 2nd grade level now as well. It's hard to recommend the right book level to start with because if I moved her into her reading level... we'd skip into at least Book 3... maybe 4. However, I plan on having Aidan complete the whole set so that she will have phonics "down." (Although we may end up doing many pages verbally so she isn't too bored with circling the right answer i.e. busy work) I think it depends on how well Ansley is writing... if not well then she should start at Book 2 (book 1 and 1.5 barely move out of cvc words)... if she's great at writing then go for 3 or even 4.

Also, E.T.C. is online as well. Obviously, there is no writing involved but it's still phonics practice.

Bk-1- cvc words and basic vowel sounds
Bk-2 consonant blends
Bk-3 silent e, digraphs
Bk-4 compounds, syllable divisions, common endings

(I don't own any beyond Book 4.5)

Hope that helps!