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.