Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mr. Slim Goodbody, Farm, and Planetarium Field Trips

Last week, I took a break from teaching to go on some field trips and celebrate our son's 10th birthday.  We started our homeschool year on August 1 so I was due for a break along with my kids :)

So who remembers Mr. Slim Goodbody on TV when you were younger?  I don't have any memories of the show, but alot of people I have talked to remember this program to teach interesting facts about your body and how to take care of your bodies.  Mr. Slim Goodbody does national tours and one of our field trips last week was to go to a 2 hour show in our hometown.  This was the second year in a row and it was as entertaining this year as last year and the kids had alot of fun learning more about our incredible bodies!  Here's the website if you want to find out more: 

So I wasn't allowed to take pictures during Slim Goodbody's show, but I snapped a quick picture with my oldest 3 children and Slim Goodbody (my youngest wasn't too sure about getting close to the man with the funny suit so she wasn't in the picture :) )

Another field trip we went on was to a local farm about 20 minutes from our home.  Our homeschool group tries to visit this farm each year and this arrangement was by the front porch of the farm owner's home. 

The children gathered around to watch the owner's dog do a trick by sitting on his hind legs.  Quite impressive and cute!

Then everyone watched how raw corn was taken off the cob with an early 1900 tool called a corn sheller.

First the corn is stripped

Then the corn is placed in the sheller and the person turns the handle manually.

Ms. Sally is holding up the clean corn rind.  It was cool to see how fast the corn came off with little effort.

After all the shelled corn was gathered in a bucket each of the kids got a handful...

And went to feed the ducks in the pond...

Then it was time to pet some adorable bunnies.

And feed the goats.  It was humorous to see the goats stick out their necks and horns to get food from everyone's hands!

Chasing the chickens and roosters is always a hit at the farm!

Then it was time to walk toward the back of the farm...

And catch a tractor ride....

And everyone loves riding the horses!

Last Friday, my hubby took off work and we took the 3 older children to a planetarium about an hour away.  I blogged about our first visit to this planetarium here.
We listened to a short presentation on meteorites and learned that they are magnetic pieces that fall from our solar system and you can "catch" meteorites with magnets.  I never knew that!
So we went outside with magnets and observed how pieces of rock/sand stuck to the magnets.

Being silly with the kids while learning more about astronomy...

After this activity we went back inside to watch a sky lab show on the 7 wonders of our solar system and learned about constellations in the sky lab.

All of our field trips during our Fall break were fun and educational so maybe we really didn't take a break from school since we were learning so much and having fun :)  We hope to go back to the planetarium this school year since we are learning about astronomy with Apologia in science.

I'm linking this post to Anna-Marie's Field Trip Blog Hop!



Unknown said...

Very cool post! I do remember Mr. Slim Goodbody. I am linking to your post in my homeschool journal tomorrow.

I love all the photos of your cupcakes with the animals. It is so much fun visiting a farm at that age. It's nice that your husband was able to take some time off and go with you last Friday.

God bless you, Tracy!

I have never heard of Mr. Slim Good body going to look that up and see if there are any You tube shows available to watch. So glad you had a week off to enjoy some fun family field trips and relax and learn at the same time. Thanks for linking up on the field trip hop. Voted for you today:)

Mom2Seven said...

I do remember Mr. Slim Goodbody! The field trips look like great fun. We have a farm here locally that I try to take the kids to each fall. My front porch arrangement looks quite similar to the one pictured... I did a double take! Happy weekend, Tracy! +JMJ+

Lisa Boyle said...

Wow, what awesome field trips! You are creating such incredible memories with your children.

I have never heard of Mr. Slim Goodbody. Looks really interesting. I just love the farm pics. What fun!

Hope you have a great weekend.
God bless,

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