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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ross Farm Museum Hands-On Field Trip

Date:  Thursday, February 21, 2013
time:  10:00am until 2:30pm

Open invitation to all homeschoolers from all areas of the province and all teaching styles.  Come and join other homeschoolers at Ross Farm Museum on Thursday, February 21, 2013 for a great outing where history, farming and outdoor winter enjoyment meet all at once. We have the opportunity to gather as a homeschool group and take advantage of the hands-on program they offer.

The available hands-on activities are as follow:
Morning Hands-On Starting at 10:00 am

Wood Working (gr.2 and up, wooden mallet)

Farm Animals (Primary and up)

Open Hearth Cooking (gr.2 and up)

Afternoon Hands-On Starting at 1:00 pm

Wood Working (Primary and up, wood punching)

Blacksmithing (Gr.3 and up)

Wool Processing (Primary and up) or Candle Making (Gr.2 and up) depending on which one has more demands for it (We might also be able to have both running at the same time if we have enough people).

School House (Primary and up)

You may choose to attend up to two hands-on of your choice that day; one in the morning starting at 10:00am and the other in the afternoon after lunch.

The cost for the hands-on is 3$/child for one and 5$/child if you choose to participate in both hands-on.

Sleigh Rides will be available, condition permitting, at 0.50$ extra per person.

The fee for accompanying parents is 5$ each.

The Ross Farm website may help you decide which activity you would like to participate in. http://museum.gov.ns.ca/rfm/en/home/educators/schoolprograms/default.aspx
Also, on their website under the “For Teacher” heading you will find a curriculum for the hands-on which may enhance your teaching and the experience your children may take away from their visit. I encourage you to have a look at it; I think you might find it a useful tool.

Participants should plan to arrive at Ross Farm at 9:30 am. At this time the fee for the activities will be gathered from each family; please bring the exact amount to facilitate the process. Hands-on will start promptly 10:00 am.

Dress appropriately for the weather as a day on the Farm in winter can be a bit “Frosty” if not well prepared for winter conditions. The visitor center will be opened for our convenience and have a nice toasty fire in the woodstove to warm those rosy cheeks.

Each hands-on has limited amount of spaces (10 or so) so please contact me with your desired choice of activity as soon as possible by phone or e-mail. The deadline to register is February 15, 2013.
Please, when replying include the name and age of your children, their chosen hands-on activities, the total amount of accompanying adults, and whether you would like to enjoy a sleigh ride (stating how many in the family)

Cathy Hamel
Email address:  cathylrf@gmail.com
Would you have any further questions it will be my pleasure to answer them.

There is also a nice coasting hill and a few pairs of snowshoes waiting for us so come along bring your toboggan (to use during lunch break) and let’s enjoy this day at the Farm together!!!!!!

I hope to see you there,


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