Wednesday, June 10, 2015

More things to do in Miami

These are the seven attractions included:
  • Everglades Alligator Farm: South Florida’s oldest alligator farm is near the main entrance of Everglades National Park. It offers guided airboat tours plus alligator, snake, and wildlife shows. 40351 SW 192 Avenue; Homestead, Florida 33034; 305-247-2628.

  • Flamingo Gardens: Flamingo Gardens, established in 1927, has more than 3,000 tropical and sub-tropical species of plants and trees in its 60 acres and also has the largest collection of Florida native wildlife in the state. 3750 S. Flamingo Road; Davie/Ft. Lauderdale 33330; 954-473-2955.

  • Jungle Island: Jungle Island offers animal shows, exhibits, streams and waterfalls plus hands-on animal interactions. 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail; Miami 33132; 305-400-7000;

  • Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science: The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science offers educational programs, exhibits, a Planetarium and the Batchelor Wildlife Center. 3280 South Miami Avenue; Miami 33129; 305-646-4200.

  • PĂ©rez Art Museum Miami: PAMM includes 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space, including art galleries, a waterfront restaurant and bar and an education center. 1103 Biscayne Blvd.; Miami 33132; 305-375- 3000.

  • Sawgrass Recreation Park: This attraction in Broward includes airboat rides and an animal exhibit area with more than 100 mammals and reptiles, including a Florida panther. 1006 N. Highway 27; Weston 33327; 954-389-0202.

  • Young At Art Museum: The Young At Art Museum includes permanent galleries, studios, a teen center and recording studio and a preschool and early childhood learning center. 751 SW 121st Avenue; Davie 33325; 954-424-008.
And MORE stuff HERE... I like these better...but don't worry about clicking away from this page... it's included at the bottom of the other list as well.  See you there.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Happiness is homeschooling for 2 years and seeing your daughter's reading scores improve 5 grade levels. :)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Scout made doughnuts for her elf.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My car

My car makes me feel like wonder woman.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sticky Buns

Candace has
Alexandra Stoddard books
She cuts them up
to free them
so they glow

they attach themselves
like sticky bun sugar
and spread icing all over life
making it yummy again

 "oh yeah," they say,
 "this feels like home to me."
             Meli 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kayak Journey

My old friend from college flew down for a girl's weekend getaway with me.  We launched out of Everglades City and kayaked through the Florida Keys 7 miles out and camped on a deserted island: Tiger Key.  It was quite relaxing and we had a fabulous time.  The next day, we packed up, and kayaked back through the channel.
I was hoping to see some wildlife - not much out there this time, but I did see a Skate.  It's from the ray and shark families.  (Thanks Yoelly, from Deering, for identifying it for us!)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sunrise Earth...Miami

The ducks came to visit this morning.  They flew down from the north lands.  It must be getting cold up there.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Scout certified

Scout completed her diving certification this morning. Way to go, girl!   We had to special order all her equipment because you just can't find things that small, especially since the diving age limit is 10.
  (She's the size of a 7yr old)
After a dive you are very tired - Scout loves to rest in dad's arms.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Scout's net

How do we test skill retention in home school?
This morning I found scout out on the dock.  She had fashioned a net out of tule and string,  and had already caught 14 fish.
Those eco academy and wilderness conservation classes at Deering have created a survivalist.  :)
Economic collapse?...Bring it on!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Solar ovens

Scout made a solar oven all by herself from tinfoil and cardboard.  She tried it out this morning making nachos. It worked great! It was so hot inside, the cheese melted in 10 minutes.
She got the idea from her big sister who was assigned to do it for her middle school science project.  Her sister had to melt/make a smores treat.
I'm so glad to see my girls with survival skills.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

My Artist

Scout just loves her elf!!

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Scout and I are doing a writing workshop this year called Writer's Craft.  This is her notebook,  and her first sample of writing.  It will be great to compare it to her writing at the end of the year.

Spelling scrabble

Scout does lots of activities and games to study her spelling words.  Today we are using the scrabble tiles. Montessori style.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Art class

Scout and I have stumbled upon the most amazing art class ever.   Candace, the teacher,  has the most amazing techniques for bringing out the original creativity of each person.
We are so honored to have found this gem.  She doesn't advertise,  and if she did,  she would soon be overrun with interest and the class would lose the feel that makes it so incredible.
I hope all my friends will come and join the class too - check out her WEBSITE!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Graduation Day

Eco Academy and Wilderness Conservation Graduation Day

 Alexandra and Panama handed out certificates.
Scout was the only one in ALL THREE classes
and got 3 certificates! 

 Way to Go!
Chocolate Milk was taking a final at the university, so he couldn't make it, but he called and left a message for us to hear.   What a great year it was!