Okay...we love The Nashville Zoo. I know that some people may not be impressed with the zoo, (from reviews read on internet..and you know you can always believe everything on the internet) but we have been multiple times and have thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, we are even members. This weekend the zoo had Harvest Days. You could go over to the Croft house and float from tent to tent learning all the fabulous mysteries of days gone by. The Croft house, in case you didn't know, was the house left to the National Children's Museum, by the Croft sisters Margaret and Elise. The one stipulation that they had in leaving their house and land was that it be turned into a nature learning center and that is exactly what they've done. How do I know so much about the fascination Croft sisters you say? Well, if you go to the zoo website you can download a teacher packet to help your kiddos with a lesson or two when you visit. How cool is that? The lesson is geared toward 5th graders, but as all my talented teacher friends know, it does not matter the age because we can roll with it. Our visit on Friday was focused on "Where in the world are Margaret and Elise?" because they were world travelers and we are in geography right now. So we will be pushing our push pins into our map to follow them around the world. The other thing we focused on for our trip was for our poetry lesson. In the same teacher packet, they had a list of animals that have taken up residence there. The kids went through and picked out the animal that they wanted to research and write their diamante poem about. Awesome! I know you are sitting on the edge of your seat to find out what they picked.....okay...I'll tell you. Solomon picked the stork and Elyza picked the kangaroos. Yes...they have kangaroos that you can actually pet at this zoo!
So, since we had our lesson all set, we were on a mission, but what we were not prepared for was all of the amazing learning on the side that happened along the way. We soaked in so much about honeybees, the civil war- infantry and naval, General Forrest, time period toys, hammered dulcimers, violins, sheep shearing, whittling, blacksmiths, hand-washed laundry and we got to tour the house! We had a blast!