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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Common ground farm day





























So, there is this amazing high school in New Haven, CT. called Common Ground High School. The New Haven Ecology Project:  http://www.nhep.com/index.htm
I totally dig it's vibe, and would love to get my kids in it, if they wish to attend a high school. It has a working farm, and animals such as sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, and rabbit. They run a farm stand, they have green houses, a huge planting lot, and hiking trails. The students spend as much time outside learning as in. They even have bird feeders outside classroom windows, so while day dreaming the kids have something interesting and beautiful to catch their eye. 
I wish I went to a school like that.
 More schools should aspire to be like this. Instead of artificial learning boxes, with fluorescent lighting, and text book based lessons. You know, it's just not all about the test scores folks!
Ok, before I head down a long rant filled road, let's talk about what Miss M is doing today! She is doing this:

The Farm in Winter

Wednesday, February 20, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Explore the farm in winter and learn about winter farm foods and products.  We will take a walk in the woods to see Common Ground’s maple syruping process, use winter veggies from the farm to make delicious soup, and use wool and other farm and forest products to make crafts for taking home. Program fee: $35/child

Doesn't that sound like a really fun way to pass a really cold day! K was a bit miffed that he could not stay, but he was not old enough for the program. He will have his day though. Both boys were sad to leave M to all the fun, but it was nothing some DD therapy couldn't fix. You know I'm not one for medicating the children, but sometimes it's so necessary. These weren't hard pills to swallow. You know a spoonful of sugar and all that. I'm sure you have used DD therapy or whatever your family seeks out to placate a bad or elevate further a joyous occasion, on your kids as well. Our special pill is pink with sprinkles. I choose Dunkin donuts because you can ALWAYS find one, they are junky delish for the kids, Mama gets a Latte, and they have a drive through. 

That was so anticlimactic, eh?

 Anyway, E is feeling swell right now, I think he is still on a sugar high though. The nights are the problem. Last night, his fever was a raging, and he was talking about the sky and birds with wings. He was in a very happy place. The Motrin is a wonder drug, pulled that baby right back to earth. He was fever free for the rest of the night. I was not having such good results with the Tylenol. It just was not working any longer. I'll reserve the Tylenol for daytime fever management. The Tylenol is slightly more convenient because they have those melt-away capsules that the kids can't resist. Motrin needs to get on that, because making E swallow the liquid is not a pretty event.

The goat is still pregnant.

That is all I have for today. Maybe something amazingly exciting will happen, it's early yet. But it needs to happen in the house, because it's too cold to go out. That narrows our chances a bit.-K


3 comments:

Dawn said...

That looks like a LOT of fun!!
Glad to hear that E is feeling better.

BTW ~ Tag, You're It!
http://wehavebeenblessed.blogspot.com/2008/02/i-have-been-tagged.html

MamaK said...

OH NO! My first tag! Whee, I'll get on that!-Kim

Kim said...

That is SO COOL. Do they have any programs for little kids? I'll def have to check out their link! Jack would LOVE that.