Field Trip to the Police Station

This week we enjoyed a fun field trip to the Cuba Police Department. Before we headed out we got our pretend police set out. We talked about what police officers do and how we can trust them.

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The handcuffs were a big hit by both. Cuffs20160315-IMG_4589Eli loved the hat so much that he ended up wearing the hat on the field trip. He was pretty cute so I didn’t fight it.

Our field trip was organized and sponsored by our homeschool co-op. We started in the lobby where we got to meet the Lieutenant who was great with the kids and led a very nice tour.20160315-IMG_4495

We got to walk through the station and saw several rooms including: offices, the kitchen, the courtroom, and the training room.

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Eli got to try to lift the “big” weights as he calls it and after a few failed attempts the Lieutenant gave him a two pound weight which was much more manageable. Eli felt pretty special.

20160315-IMG_4560The highlight of the day was getting to see and sit in the police car.

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When we got home I had a small craft for the kids to create. I found it here if you want to make one yourself.

20160315-IMG_4635The weather is once again beautiful so we were able to spend most of the day outside for this lesson and the rest of our homeschool time.

20160317-IMG_4713They turned out pretty cute. Next week we are off to the fire department.

 

Community Helpers – Librarian

Each month we are learning about a different community helper. We had a great time this past month learning all about Librarians and Libraries.

IMG_6138Our first field trip was to our local library. We are regulars here, coming at least once a week if not twice.

IMG_6101We received a private tour; Eden learned there is a lot more than just books in a library. Her new favorite is the kids magazines.

IMG_6135She also learned that she could check-out movies, music, and audio books.

IMG_6136Eden even did a short interview with the librarian.

IMG_6126One of my goals for our first year of homeschooling was to grow a love of reading.

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It is important to me that our kids see us reading, and I have made it a new personal goal to read more often.
IMG_6076At home we recreated a library in our living room. We already had a good selection of children’s books on our living room shelves; so we only had to bring in a few small tables, shelves, and props, move the living room around, and add library signage and we had a working library.

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We had lots of fun taking turns picking out books, checking them out, reading each one and then returning them at the drop off. Eli even got the hang of it, but Eden preferred to play while he was napping as she likes the quiet cuddle reading of just her and me.

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We finished up the month with our first trip to the Magic House in Saint Louis, Missouri. Their current exhibit is based on the Magic Tree House book series.

IMG_3692  IMG_3663  IMG_3679Here we were able to jump into the one of three books and travel back in time with Jack and Annie (the main characters).

IMG_3673“In each book” we got to experience the events of that time period. The costumes and activities made it feel like we really traveled back in time.

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We have not read any of the books in this series but have one waiting for us to start tomorrow. Maybe once we have read these three stories we will make a trip back to the Magic House and try these activities again to help reinforce the idea that books can really take us anywhere.