Summer Stay-cation Week Eight

The Bakken Museum

A morning thunderstorm on the day we went to the Bakken was a perfect coincidence.  We were here earlier this summer, but this time Miles and a friend bravely entered the Frankenstein exhibit.  We also spent a good amount of time on the rooftop garden.

Dropping colored ping pong balls along the ramp system

Checking for frogs at the pond.  Earlier this summer tadpoles swarmed the pond.  The museum has beautiful grounds to explore.

Birthday Celebrations!

Working on his birthday rock-throwing form

Historic Fort Snelling

The scavenger hunt items change throughout the summer.  We went to the Sutler’s store and learned about ink powder and then found the laundry dolly and bucket (the square under Miles’ hand).   1820’s soldier’s wives, who were mandated to have a job while at the Fort, ended up doing lots of laundry during their stay.  Laundresses, as they were called, could earn up to $8 per month.

School’s in session, well at Fort Snelling at least.  This is Minnesota’s first schoolhouse.  We learned how the teachers whittled goose feathers down and used ink to write.

Stilts continue to be a favorite game

Working on ‘stick and hoop’ game and graces (not pictured)

Military drill

Miles is in the first row, center, for the civilian’s drill.  The soldier talked the group through marching, turning, and charging in formation.

Silverwood Park (Three Rivers’ Park District)

That’s Dad in the reflection in the glass

Little Free Library

We saw a large turtle in the water (but it quickly went back under).

Starting across the bridge to the island

Lots of places on the island to view birds (we saw an osprey and geese) and to toss rocks

Art in the visitor’s center


Continuing to enjoy weekly games.  We practice in our yard and at the park.


Kicking with their laces instead of with their toes.

Heading the ball

Pools and Play Parks

Language Arts

By the time we left the library, we were stocked up on Lego (Greg Farshtey is just one author) and Pinkalicious (Victoria Kann) series books.


Continue to listen daily to Suzuki discs in addition to a variety of genres on Spotify and iTunes.  We also continue daily rhythm flash card review (from Hal Leonard).

Miles is working on jazz versions of Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Boogie Bass (both by Carolyn Miller).  He continues playing Cradle Song (C.M. von Weber) and Minuet 1 (Bach).  My Fifth, Brother John, and Sing, Bird, Sing are his sight reading pieces from his Alfred and Bastien books.

Parker has been enjoying playing songs with two hands.  Good-bye to Winter and Cuckoo (folk songs from Suzuki Book 1), and Allegro by Suzuki are his focuses.

Music Makes Your Child Smarter by Philip Shepphard states that ‘music can positively affect a growing child by providing an outlet for expressing, a place for confidence to flourish, and for the sense of self to be reinforced.’ (pp. 332).  Shepphard believes that this prepares them for learning and reaching their full potential.


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