In keeping with one of our favorite Fall traditions, the kids and I enjoyed a day at Aw Shucks Farm. (Anyone local, this is the place for all things fun for Fall.) This year, though, the kids and I visited on a homeschoolers-only day and participated in a variety of hands-on learning stations around the farm.
We met up with a few friends and spent several hours of outdoor fun while learning a thing or two. First stop: a lesson in how corn makes it from the field and to our kitchens and pantries.
We learned that corn is in over 3,000 commonly-used products today and that we eat or wear it everyday without even realizing it. The kids also learned some fun facts about corn from long ago: the husks were turned into dolls for little girls or used as bristles on a household broom, and that corn cobs were (ahem) used as toilet paper. It goes without saying that the group of kids burst into a confused mixture of laughter and eeewwws.
Fifth stop: cramming together for a short hayride around the back fields of the farm. Grady Lee was so tender and careful with Annalyse - it melted my heart to see. He kept his arms carefully around her the entire time and I caught him whispering in her ear a few times as well. For all the roughness and loudness that boy has, he has an equally soft and loving spot in him as well.
Eighth stop: choosing pumpkins! The kids rolled and lifted and inspected until they were satisfied with their choice. Micah has already devised what kind of face he wants carved on his and Grady Lee has asked if he "can take all the guts out of the inside and fill it with birdseed and put it on the deck to see what kinds of new birds come to our house?"
Tenth stop: marking my mental calendar for a return trip next Fall because we had so much fun!