Come follow, follow us to … a fiber festival

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I‘m so happy to share another post in this series all about our family field trips and adventures: Come Follow, Follow. Do you recognize one of the littlest Fleck’s favorite songs?

Where have we been so far? Well, you can take a peek at our new Pinterest board to catch up.

Today the kids and I wanted to share with you our recent trip to the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival.

I don’t think it is a secret that I love knitting, so I’ll admit that originally I wanted to go to this festival even before I thought of it as a family activity.

However, my oldest daughter also knits and all the kids enjoy doing handwork projects and working with wool for wet felting and needle felting. Add in the appeal of the very cute fiber animals plus ponies, and it was a date I had to mark on the calendar, for sure.

So, while it might seem like a mostly knitting mama-centric activity, I knew that there would be plenty for everyone to enjoy at the fiber festival.

Plus, much like our farmers market experience, I want the kids to know how the products they see in the store get there. I don’t want them to know yarn as just a colorful skein in mommy’s yarn stash, but to know the animals, plants, history, and processes behind it.

So, we loaded up the kids and Aunt Angela in the family minivan (affectionately nicknamed “Trolley” by my two year old Daniel Tiger fan) and headed out for some fibery adventure!

So in today’s post, the kids and I invite you to come follow, follow, follow us to … a fiber festival!

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Come follow, follow us to … the Farmers Market

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I‘m so happy to introduce a new series here on the blog, all about our family field trips and adventures: Come Follow, Follow. Do you recognize one of the littlest Fleck’s favorite songs?

So, where have we been so far? First we went to Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last week we shared our adventures at Touch a Truck Day in Fishers, Indiana.

Today the kids and I wanted to share with you our recent trip to the Fortville Farmers Market.

As my kids get older and a little more interested in how things grow, including their own bodies, and where the food we eat comes from, the farmers market is the perfect place for a little family adventure and some tasty treats, to boot!

As a parent, I love that the kids can see from weekly visits to the farmers market over the course of the season what different things grow and how the offerings change. It isn’t like the supermarket with bananas on the shelf year round. It’s a hands on way to teach what concepts like “seasonal” and “fresh” and “locally grown” mean.

We loaded up the kids and Aunt Angela in the family minivan and headed out for some delicious adventures and to see what was available now.

So in today’s post, the kids and I invite you to come follow, follow, follow us to … the farmers market!

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Did you know? Bubbles

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Welcome to this week’s Did You Know? A series about interesting things.

In this series the kids and I explore all kinds of topics that interest us and share with all of you a few of the fun facts and ideas that we are learning.

Ready to jump in?

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This week’s Did You Know? is all about bubbles. 

Light and airy, delicate, bouncy, full of rainbows, fun in bathtubs and backyards, bubbles are a childhood favorite!

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A Summer of Fun with Kiwi Crate

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I’m not just an affiliate for Kiwi Crate, my family and I are happy subscribers.” (Pretend I said that in my best TV announcer voice, ha ha!)

Seriously, though, the kids and I really love our subscription (we have a month to month subscription with an add on sibling pack and it is enough for all to share).

You can read one of our reviews of this monthly subscription box for kids here.

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For the months of June – August, each crate will include exciting summer themed projects, bonus activities and fun surprises for the family!

New subscribers can take 25% off 1st month subscription with code SUMMER25.

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Home Sweet Homeschool: May 2014

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I know not all of you who follow this blog are homeschoolers, but enough of you are that I thought sharing this monthly wrap up would be fun and beneficial.

We spent the month of May working toward the end of the homeschool year for 2013 – 2014.  What  year it has been!

Jillian and I traveled from one side of the country to the other, we’ve read dozens of books, created art projects, learned new skills.

We’re (more than) ready for a summer break.  We’ll be using the Nature Camp ecourse I’m a part of again this year and spending a lot of lazy days hanging out in the backyard, at the local park, and the library.

In the meantime, though, we had some work to finish up for May.

Here is what the kids have been up to:

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