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Field Trip!

Yesterday was a fun day for us.  Daddy has been picking up acorns for work (He is a forest ranger, and one of his many tasks is to gather seeds for the state tree nursery).  So, yesterday we spent the morning helping him gather acorns.  We made it into a lesson about nature and trees, and the boys had a blast.  Please forgive the poor picture quality.  I think my camera was on a weird setting for part of them.

Here is what we spent the morning gathering :)

Logan, hard at work!  Someone gave us that halloween bucket last year, but we don’t celebrate halloween, so it became an outside play bucket.  Now, it’s an acorn gathering bucket.  He had so much fun filling it up, but mostly asking mom and dad to fill it up for him so he could dump it into the big acorn holder.

And of course, daddy was hard at work the whole time gathering acorns as well.

Caeden was so excited.  He woke up yesterday and said, “I have to get my work clothes on, because we’re going to work today.” Apparently, these are his work clothes:

Even mom was picking up acorns:

(Yes, I did really just post that awful picture of myself…see, all about authentic around here! lol)

And, we had some fun too:

The boys really enjoyed getting to “go to work with daddy” and we got to learn about the fall trees, and acorns and white oak.  We also learned that acorns can be really good math manipulatives :)

I wish I had taken a picture of the final product–a HUGE bag of acorns that we gathered over a couple of hours…but alas, I didn’t.

What are some of your favorite everyday field trips for homeschooling, or family outings?



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  1. Very cool! And you’re a beautiful mama. :)
    My son goes to public schools, but we try to go to fun (free preferably) places on Mondays so that he can get some extra enrichment that he wouldn’t get in the public school. Hiking at a local state parks is one of our faves!

  2. Looks like a terrific field trip! And that is not an awful picture. You have a lovely smile!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Our latest “field trip” was to an apple orchard. The kids absolutely loved it! They had a playground and hay maze as well as picking the apples. All we had to pay was for the apples $.65/lb! Loved that! Your look great in the pics! I think we all tend to be a little too self-critical sometimes.

    • Thanks for the kind words about the picture. I really want to try and find a local apple orchard, I bet my boys would love that as well.

  4. What a wonderful outing! Where I live in Arizona we dont have the seasons change, so I enjoy when we go up north to see the leaves change colors.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful trip! This is my first time linking up! Your blog is a blessing and I am now following it, and I invite you to follow mine, Saved by Grace:
    Love in Him,
    Laurie Collett

  6. sounds like perfect “work” for kids! And I don’t know what you’re calling awful!

  7. Anonymous says:

    It was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to plan another “go to work with daddy” field trip. I’m very proud of our boys.

  8. It was lots of fun can't wait to do it again.

  9. Sometimes simple is best, something we adults tend to forget!

  10. That really does look like fun! beautiful acorns – our FL acorns are much smaller.

  11. Great thoughts on homeschooling – i love when work and learning collide. I would love you to link up with me:


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