From Farm to Table: A Summertime Fieldtrip (Plus a Recipe for Georgia Peach Sorbet)

Farm to Table: A Summertime Field Trip {Peach Sorbet recipe}

The following was written by Christen Babb of NurtureBaby and originally appeared on Simple Kids in June of 2010.

It’s official:  Summer is finally upon us! Just as those long, lazy, sun-drenched days bring out the best in many of us, Summertime also gleans some of natures’ most delectable delights. Nothing says Summer like a generous sliver of ice-cold watermelon,  a peach so luscious its juices run down your chin, or a heaping handful of plump, juicy blueberries.

These delicious provisions, and many others currently in season, can be enjoyed beyond the typical grocery store experience.  In fact, Summer lends the perfect time to take your kids on a field trip to a local farm.

I happen to live in Georgia, world renowned for its exquisite peaches. However, each region specializes in a particular variety of fruits and vegetables. A great resource to find farms in your area is Pick Your Own.org. You can search local farms for a particular fruits and vegetables, or even specify locations exercising strict organic farming. Even those living smack-dab-in-the-middle-of-suburbia will find farms no more than a day trip away.

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Bundle of the Week sale: Summer!

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Summer is officially here as we mark Memorial Day off of the calendar.  Hooray!

Are you looking for some Summer fun ebook recommendations?

I”m an affiliate for the Bundle of the Week, a weekly sale featuring ebooks around a central theme for a bargain price.

This week you’ll find tips for planning a summer of fun, including “daily activities for kids of all ages, recipes to help you make the most of the food that’s in-season, tips and recipes for eating well on-the-go and dozens of delicious homemade ice cream recipes that you can make with or without an ice cream maker!”

In this week”s bundle sale, you will find:

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The Friday Five: 5 Fun Ways to Keep Literacy Skills Sharp Over the Summer Break

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Can you feel it in the air?  The days are getting longer, the pace is moving slower, (hopefully) the sun is starting to shine.  Very soon, if they haven”t already in your neighborhood, the school bells will be chiming their last before the Summer break begins.

Even as homeschoolers, my family adjusts our pace to the so-called “lazy” days of Summer.  However, like most of you, in the back of my mind lingers the question:  how can I help my kids retain all that they have learned during the school year?  What can I do to encourage my kids to keep their skills fresh and sharp over the Summer vacation?

For today”s Friday Five, I give you 5 fun ways to encourage your kids to practice their handwriting, reading, and comprehension skills over the Summer break.

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Weekend link love

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Have a wonderful weekend, friends!  Rest, recharge, frolic with your families, and enjoy these gorgeous May days. Do something simple but fun with your children this weekend.  You and your kids will both love it!

 

The Friday Five: 5 Reasons to love the never-ending crafts table

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Last winter, thanks to an opportunity as part of the Target Inner Circle, I was able to ask Todd Oldham some questions about kids, creativity, and his own childhood.  It turned out to be an experience that made a lasting impression on me and changed the way we do some things at our house.

One of the things that resonated with me was Todd’s mention of his family’s crafts table growing up and how he felt it nurtured his creative spark:

“I am forever grateful to my parents for facilitating our creativity as kids.  We had a massive craft table that was always out where we all spent our time creating and sharing with each other.  I realized how cool it was of mom and dad to allow us this endlessly chaotic and messy workstation in the middle of our living room without ever trying to tame it.  I learned so much at that table. I know it can be a real eyesore but if you can bear it or find a less obvious place for it, the never-ending craft table is a terrific idea.”

The idea of a space our kids could access all the time, a launching pad for their creative projects – one that didn’t have to be cleaned up or put away?  That idea really spoke to me.

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