I love this time of year. The temperature is gradually rising and the snow is beginning to melt. We’ve had a fun winter and enjoyed the snow, but I’m ready for spring. I can smell it in the air! Another reason why I’m excited is because it’s maple syrup time and time for our yearly family outing to the local Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival. I remember going as a child on class field trips and it’s important to us as a homeschooling family to make sure our children get to enjoy the same experiences.
Our local festival is lots of fun. They have a petting zoo and pony rides, guided tours and demonstrations. They even have a clown who makes balloon animals as well as face painting. The kids love it. It’s such a fabulous way to spend the afternoon as a family. Life is always so hectic these days so it’s really important to take opportunities like this to spend time together in the beautiful outdoors.
Not only is our day at the Maple Syrup Festival a day of fun, it’s a day for learning. Did you know that First Nations people would reduce the sap into a syrup by heating rocks in the fire and then plunging them into the sap in a hollowed out log? Did you know that maple sugar was the preferred sweetener by early settlers because regular sugar was too expensive? Did you know that 85% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada and that 40 liters of sap is required to make just 1 liter of syrup? If you are a homeschooler a trip to your local maple syrup festival is a great learning experience. You can create a whole unit out of it. Search online for lapbooks your kids can complete at home and recipes you can make together as well as other fun activities. You could even tap the Maple tree in your own front yard and try to make your own syrup!
Are you planning on going to your local Maple Syrup Festival this year? I’d love to hear about it. Please feel free to share the activities and recipes you have planned or have already done with your kids. I’m always looking for new ideas. I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions.
By Jennifer Saarinen: I’m a stay at home, homeschooling mom. I live with my husband and 2 daughters, along with our 2 dogs, cat, and rabbit. I suffer from depression and found it very difficult to work outside the home. Our simple lifestyle has allowed me to stay at home with our girls while my husband works. We decided that it would suit our family to homeschool. I truly enjoy the time with my daughter’s and find teaching them so rewarding. Even I’m learning new things! To help earn a little extra money on the side I babysit 3 days a week and I’m also a Oliver’s Labels Agent and Watkins Independent Associate. I started my blog, Homeschooling Mom 4 Two, to share stories of family life and homeschooling along with product reviews and giveaways.