On our last day, we went to the Visitor's Center at listened to a presentation regarding the local wild life. It was very informative, but meant for kids, so they had some hands on. It was great! He felt red fox pelt and beaver pelt. He also held a beaver skull. There was a taxidermy of a bobcat that they allowed the children to pet. They taught them about the environments they live in, ie. den's, lakes, etc., and what type of effects they had on their surrounding environments and eco systems. Obviously Tyler is a bit too little to understand the latter, but he did get some hands on at the presentation, which satisfied his curiosity! At the end, because he was able to name some of the animals, he was given a Jr. Chipmunk Ranger sticker.
Below is the ranger that gave us the presentation. She's holding the beaver skull that is there to show their teeth. He was so fascinated by it.
The other thing he kept doing while at our site was play with his dino's. He's really getting into them. So we're trying to teach him their names as well. He had brought along his tiny shovel and rake (their smaller than gardener tools) and he would dig up the dirt, get the rocks and make a circle around his dinosaurs. It was really cute. I like to think he was making them a circle for protection. Then again...that could just be me-lol!
Being that our little one is still young, we are trying and researching much in the different styles of teaching and learning. In other words...I'm very new to unschooling. So what I may or may not be doing in the "Summer Unschool" project may be how it's done or may not be, but I'm learning about it all the same. Despite what we end up going with our chosen education method, once it does come time to "officially enter Pre-k"-earthschooling, homeschooling, unschooling, a waldorf school...I do want it to be waldorf inspired. It definitely has had a positive effect on Tyler overall and is so in tune with our families philosophies from what I have learned thus far. I also know that what may work for him may or may not work for Zoe. I try to keep an open mind an am always willing to learn. Therefore, please feel free to give me your input or suggestions on anything. I feel it's great to share...that's how I learn about new things and hopefully other's may too! There's so much out there in the world of education that I never knew about before I had my babies. It's pretty amazing stuff!