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HVP September 2015

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Page 28 of 39 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 29 YOUR VIP EXPERIENCE INCLUDES: $&XVWRPL]DEOH+RPH3DJH ([FOXVLYH&RQWHQW 6SHFLDOW\0DJD]LQHV %,**(67 7KH SDUHQWLQJ HYHQW \HDU RI WKH were meaningful. They didn't memo- rize facts out of a text to regurgitate on a test and then forget. They will remember because they experi- enced it, they acted it out, they used their imaginations and their bodies through play. And it only takes a few trips to local farms, historical sites, parks and the library. The Hudson Valley has so much to offer for learners young and old alike! Even if your children go to school, you can still participate in all the wonderful activities here in the Hudson Valley. By offering those rich activities, you are giving your child meaningful learning experiences that will stay with them for life. Abby Hoffman, an unschooling parent from Wappingers Falls, uses the recent Dutchess County Hot Air Balloon Festival as an example. "We didn't just watch. We got home and looked into how hot air balloons work. We learned the history of hot air balloons and the science behind them. There is always something new. And to watch my daughter research and learn is a beautiful sight." Do you remember all of what you learned in school? Probably not much. Do you remember any of these types of experiences you had as a child? I'm positive that you do. Now that is what I call real learning. Kelly Auriemmo is a mom, blogger, and unschooling facilitator from Poughkeepsie. Kelly Auriemmo's children and their friends learn about the American Revolution at the Stony Point Battlefield in Rockland County. Saturday October 3, 2015 10am to 5pm 30 th Annual Giant Pumpkin Party & Children's Parade Pony Rides Obstacle Courses! FREE ADMISSION & PARKING Amusements, Book Sale, Contests, Hay Rides, Games, Hay Maze, Minature Golf, Food, Crafts, & more! Grahamsville Fairgrounds For information, call 845-985-7233 Route 55, Grahamsville, New York HAVE SOME FUN BEFORE SUMMER IS DONE! • Tips on throwing your own mess fest • Scenic spots for dining al fresco • Resources for camping as a family ...and much more!

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