Monday, September 5, 2011

Field Trip Friday--R & K

Kyndall, Kassidy, Kaydence Ryder and Rustin

With the new school year starting, one question I get all the time is "Are the quints in preschool this year?" The short answer to that question is NO---at least not a "real" preschool. They do not qualify for the preschool run by the school district and "regular" preschool tuition times five is a LOT of money, so instead I am making up my own. Each week we focus on 1-2 letters of the alphabet. We do lots of activities, songs, books etc to go with our letter. Fridays have become our "field trip" day. This week we were learning the letters "K" and "R", so I did my best to come up with a field trip to go along with it!


"K" (gotta love Kyndall crossing her eyes!)

For the "R" portion of our field trip, we decided to sight see in the neighboring town of Round Rock. Round Rock is one of the larger suburbs of Austin. Both Riley and Kaiya were born in the Round Rock Medical Center, but I didn't know much about the history of Round Rock.

Round Rock was settled in 1851. After the civil war, it was one of the stops along the route for moving cattle from South Texas to Kansas. The route became known as the Chisolm Trail.

Along the Chisolm Trail is the round rock for which the city of Round Rock got its name.

Kaydence, Kyndall, Kassidy, Ryder and Rustin check out the Round Rock. This was the first time I had seen the round rock and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed---it is smaller than I imagined and when I heard round, I thought spherical. Nevertheless, I am glad I finally got to see it!

The kids sitting ON the round rock. Normally there is a creek that flows through here, but with our big drought this summer, there wasn't much water.

Next stop on our Round Rock field trip....the railroad tracks! Round Rock is also where the big-time train robber, Sam Bass, was shot and killed in a historic gunfight.

The kids were kind of nervous about being on the train tracks....they were worried that a train was going to come along at any moment and run them over. I told the kids that if a train came, it would toot its horn to let us know and we would get out of the way. This made Kyndall worried about the loudness of the horn and she walked around with her ears plugged.

Kyndall, Rustin, Kaydence, Ryder and Kassidy

More railroad tracks...

For the "K" portion of our field trip, the best I could come up with was a trip to Burger KING for lunch, complete with King crowns.

To finish off our tour of Round Rock, we drove through Old Town Round Rock and stopped at the famous Round Rock Donuts.

Believe it or not, this was actually the first time that the quints have ever had donuts!



Quintuplet Dad said...

I still can't believe that we never gave them donuts before. I am not sure if that means we are really good parents or really bad ones.

Gene Pool Diva said...

Oh my.

Field trips with siblings ... good times.

tktakesphotos said...

You doing a great job Rachelle. And I say good for you that the quints had never had donuts before!!

Andrea Farrell said...

Those pictures are so adorable! Every single one looks like it's from a magazine. I loved the summary of Round Rock history and even learned a couple things I- as a Round Rock resident- didn't know!

Angela said...

With five kids the same age I'm sure it is like preschool every day at your house. You sure planned a fun field trip for K and R.

Emma said...

Wow what a funfulled day . kindy was the best fun in my day .i wud luv to beable to go again .amAzing famly ans so adorable what an amazing family!

Jennifer said...

I'm right there with you on the donuts. I believe my daughter was almost four or perhaps it was a little after her fourth birthday that she had her first one. I actually bought her one because a conversation came up about them and she was adamant they were for dogs. =) After her first donut she not only recanted them being dog food, but she also wanted another.
BTW, if you guys don’t have them, I would suggest buying the Leap Frog videos. My daughter was able to read at 3.5 years old after watching them. She’s not big on doing what a cartoon tells her to do, but the videos held her interest and she really learned from them. I noticed her preschool teacher is using the same techniques to teach the kids letter sounds. I haven’t been impressed with the Leap Frog number video we have, but all the letter/word/reading videos have been great.