Our summer vacation is winding to a close. We’re ending it up here in Indiana with my family (Haus Meister is away at a conference in the DC area for the first part of the week, but gets to be back in time for the fun at the end of it). One of the things I love to do for our little homeschool is to plan a theme for each month. For example:
August = Farms
September = Apples
October = Pumpkins/Harvest
November = Thanksgiving
December = Advent & Christmas
These themes find their way into our crafts, songs, and extra reading time, as well as some field trips when we can manage it. I haven’t found a pick-your-own apple orchard yet, but an orchard near our home runs a quaint little store from September through Christmas. They sell apples from their orchard as well as honey and jams they have made. Not only that, but the best apple cider we have ever tasted. Not quite field trip material, I suppose, but we make autumnal pilgrimages there nonetheless.
A visit to the pumpkin patch is a must in October. One year we rode a train to a pick-your-own pumpkin patch; last year we visited a Pumpkin festival at a Farmer’s Market. Fun stuff! There is a Polar Express train every December in our area, and while it sold out last year before we bought the ticket, we did take the oldest two boys on a regular train ride anyway.
This year we have the unique possibility of kicking off the Month of the Farm with maybe two field trips. One definite trip is to the Indiana State Fair which opens this Friday. The other trip planned is to Fair Oaks Farms, a large dairy farm in Northern Indiana. There will be plenty for the kids to experience at both places!
At the very least, they’ll get to see some John Deere action no matter what, and that would be enough for them. 😉