Monday, June 30, 2008

Fun with Friends

On Friday, the kids and I met Natalie's 2nd grade teacher (Jen Muhlbeier) and her kids, and their neighbor for lunch at a sprinkler park in Kennewick. The kids loved the sprinklers, but had more fun at the koi pond and garden that is next to it. Here's all the kids (minus Kaylee - she was guarding our picnic paraphernalia). from the left - Andrew, Trace (on the floor), Laney, Caden, Natalie, Macy, Drew, & Colten.
What is is about a fish pond that makes the kids just flock to it??
Now, this is why we love Jen sooo much! She totally turned into teacher mode and was giving the kids lessons on the herbs that the Master Gardeners have in the garden. She had the kids taste a leaf from most of the herbs and then would tell them what kinds of foods that they would go with. "The is rosemary, it goes well with chicken or pork." "This is thyme, it goes with meat or you can taste it in spaghetti sauce." "This is dill, doesn't it taste like pickles?" The kids were totally mesmerized! The garden also has veggies in it. It was fun to go around and see how all the different veggies grow. We see the onions, cucumbers, asparagus and peppers on the farm all the time, but it was really neat to see how other veggies grow too. What I thought was going to be just a fun play day turned into a learning experience that the kids thought was so much fun.


amy welch said...

Wow! That must have been a fun day....and they got some learning in too.