Our first field trip of the year was to the Spokane Interstate Fair, which was held the week before Labor Day. This is a fun field trip because there is so much to see and do, plus it happens the week before Co-op officially starts, so it’s a great chance to see friends we haven’t seen much of during the busy summer.
This year, a group of about 10 families met at the front gate, right as it opened for the day, to avoid the crowds, heat, and nap time! The kids were pretty excited to see the animals and tractors, and the parents were even more excited that the games and rides weren’t operating yet to distract the kids! We started out at the mini tractor exhibit and then moved on to the petting zoo. Most of the kids were really excited to see the animals they read about up close and personal. My son was pretty excited to try and communicate with the animals, saying things like “moo” to the cows and “baa” to the sheep. From the petting zoo, we ventured over to the large barns where the animals were grouped for judging. First up were the steers, followed by the goat barn, draft horses, pigs, and small animals like bunnies and chickens. The highlight for many of the kids was seeing a real camel in person. Dolly, the camel, was even willing to let the kids hand her a carrot to eat!
After a big time of seeing all of the animals, it was time for lunch. Everyone gathered at the central park area and had some food before departing for nap time. This was the first of a number of fun field trips this year. I’m looking forward to seeing what else our field trip coordinator has in store!
We did a mini field trip this week–to the post office! First we all made valentines to send (using lots of stickers, doilies, glitter, and tape), and then we braved the cold and walked to the post office next door. Each of the kids got to put their card into the mail slot. For me, mailing a letter is an uneventful task, but it was exciting for our gang to go somewhere new.
In the past three months, our kids have raked up the leaves in a nearby park, crafted feathery turkeys, and made Christmas ornaments. More importantly to me, they’re learning how to play together! This is my son’s main source of interaction with other kids, so it’s good experience for him to start learning (slowly, very slowly) how to share. The big kids are just dazzling to him, and he wants to do everything that they do . . . even if it means riding on a big boy’s back in order to participate. Everett, one of the older boys, has been especially caring with the little ones, and played peekaboo with them in the tunnel in the romper room (and didn’t even seem to mind that one of the toddlers was crawling slowly through it).
Our monthly seminars have been pretty interesting. Besides housekeeping tasks like voting on a budget and talking about fundraisers, we’ve learned about making environmentally friendly cleaning products, and two parents did a really informative presentation about different methods of saving for college. (Also: we have really good treats at these meetings. Especially the maple cookies we had the first month!) We missed the Halloween party but are looking forward to the upcoming holiday gathering, where Santa will pass out books to the kids.
Here’s a peek at some of our fun. (Click on one of the photos for a gallery to open.)