“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

Here we are, the first day of August, and are we ever enjoying this beautiful summer!  Longfellow Park served as a wonderful backdrop to all of our visits and discoveries this past Park Day.  New friends were made and old friends were able to reconnect on this breezy, sunny, summer day.  The scene was familiar:  picnic blankets laid out, shoes kicked off, and conversations flowing.  Off in the distance, though, our Co-op kids were very busy with other plans.  You can’t keep these active kids planted on a picnic blanket for too long!  A walnut tree was spotted in the park, and curious hands grabbed the walnuts for inspection.  What is inside a walnut?  How does it feel?  On this day, some of our inquisitive Co-op kids dared to find out.  Check out the video below to see how you too can harvest a walnut!
Let’s play ball!  Football?  Soccer?  Both!  A football was shared at the park and our children practiced throwing spirals to each other.  Do you know how to throw a spiral?  If not, check out our link below… or just talk to one of our talented Co-op kids!  They could show you a thing or two~ like how to play ‘keep-away’ with a soccer ball.  This was another sport enjoyed by our homeschoolers on this pleasant day.  These kids are seriously on the move!   When they weren’t playing ball, or harvesting walnuts, they were chasing each other and inventing games of tag.  Giggling, running through the sprinkler, and digging rivers in the play sand all made for a sweet summer Park Day.
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Do you want to learn more about walnut harvesting?  click here.
Would you like to learn how to throw a spiral football?  click here.
What are the rules to Keep Away Soccer?  click here.

Taking Time Out for Fun at Longfellow Park