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The Great American Backyard Campout

Great-American-Backyard-CampoutJune 22 is the Great American Backyard Campout!  This event is organized by the National Wildlife Federation.  Thousands of families across America will be camping out and connecting with nature and each other.

I really have no desire what so ever to sleep on the ground.  But, we will set up our tent so Z ,  J, and their friends can play in it.  And if they can talk B into staying out with them, then they can spend the night backyard camping.  However, I am in favor of campfire roasted hot dogs and s’mores and have volunteered to help with the campfire cooking.

As a homeschooling mom, I tend to make every thing a learning opportunity.  I found these links to follow as we learn “camping”.

Tips, songs, recipes, campfire stories, and more at the Great American Backyard Campout site  http://www.nwf.org/Great-American-Backyard-Campout/Get-Ready.aspx

Free camping activity pack from the coolest nature resource website http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/packs/camping_pack.htm

Last summer, the week before the Great American Backyard Campout, we made this camping lapbook  from http://www.homeschoolshare.com/camping_lapbook.php  It was neat looking back over it.  It is also a great reminder of what Z and J are going to be needing for their backyard campout this year.

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Our Homeschooling Week Ending June 14

This week E went to Tennessee with a friend’s family.  She had a wonderful time camping.  Here’s the cabin and it’s view.

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While on the trip, E and her friend had the opportunity to spend the day in Nashville.  They had lunch at an aquarium themed restaurant…

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and then a visit to the zoo!

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E wasn’t the only one to get an up-close look at animals this week.  J and Z went to the library for Animal Tales, a live animal, “edZOOcational” program.  Z was picked to assist the handler with the African Spurred Tortoise.1002093_10151501455028697_113897920_nAfter the program, Z was invited to pet a Woma Python!

983985_10151502063868697_1498871505_nAt home this week, we have enjoyed these last days of spring observing the daily changes out in our yard.  Our keyhole garden science project is growing like crazy!  This week we picked the first Hungarian Pepper.  The Jalopinos are ready to pick, too!  It’s time to be thinking about adding fried green tomatoes to our menu.

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1014340_473852806029910_1247598794_nOur Zinnias have blooms and we have our first Pansie.

988644_473852779363246_1520927192_n  10576_473852712696586_1386058004_nOur Magnolia Tree is blooming too!  It smells so good.  I brought a couple of petals in to use as air freshener.  (Our bathroom smells good, too.)

1013415_473852689363255_1390654141_nFor more about Animal Tales  click here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/13/diggin-the-library/

For another post about our homeschooling garden science project click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/23/watching-our-garden-grow/

I hope you had a good week and wishing you another good week next week!

betty jo

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