I Love it When…

dscn5056Listening to Bach leads to duets on the piano…

dscn5062Reading A Weekend With Homer Winslow has them pulling out the watercolors…

dscn5000It’s warm enough to ice skate in sweaters…

dscn5021They ask to go see the butterflies again…

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dscn4994There are new exhibits at the museums…

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It’s a new day and one of them muses, I wonder… and I get to say, lets go find out.

What every mom wants to hear…

Asher to mom:

“Mom, can I stay up reading?  I’m at a cliffhanger.”

“What Star Wars book are you reading now?”

” It’s my school book.”

Oh.

Why, yes!

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Butterfly Gardens by Asher

The week before the butterfly’s opened at the gardens, we took a field trip there.  It was cool.  We got to see a lot of different butterflies.  There were a lot of butterflies, but not a lot of people.  I lost count of the number of  butterflies  after 100.  I got real close to this one, but then it flew away.

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Where you see the butterflies is a huge tropical conservatory, so it was humid and hot.  Since it was about 20 degrees outside, and we had just gotten back from the Caribbean, it felt like we were back.  It will soon be warm and I can work at my nature center in the backyard.  I hope to attract a lot of butterflies this year.

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One time I had a butterfly land on me.  It was cool.dscn4926

I had a great time.  We plan to go again next week to see if there are any new butterflies.dscn4915

Cheep, Cheep, Science by Avy

dscn48861This is our layered liquids that we did for science one day.  In the bottom of the cup is honey, then dish soap, colored blue water, oil, and rubbing alcohol colored orange.  They stay layered for a few days because of their different densities.  (That’s not a bruise on my forehead, but ashes from the Ash Wednesday service.)

dscn4889We wrote down our findings.  Water and oil are immiscible.  Water and dish soap are miscible and so is water and alcohol.

dscn4890I drew a bird on cardboard, cut it out, and covered it with shortening and birdseed.  We hung it in our yard to feed the birds.

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We’re getting ready for the return of the birds by providing nesting materials such as yarn and twigs.  I cut up pieces of yarn a few inches long and put them in an onion bag, making some of the pieces stick out.  I hope to see lots of bird’s nests in the neighborhood and nearby parks with some of our yarn in them!

Have Passport, Will Travel

Ever since dusting off the passports to go to Mexico, the kids have been looking at the map, trying to determine where we should go next.   Taking advantage of this interest in geography, I put together some work with the help of Mrs. Waffenschimdt. The kids love playing the computer game “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego” and this is a take on that.  The kids get printed clues and they have to figure out a famous person, place, or landmark, and the country it is in.

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I made them some passports where they record that information, along with latitude and longitude.

dscn4972They typically use the modern day encyclopedia, aka the computer, to help with their research.

dscn4966After they have visited “Passport Control” and have their passport stamped, they record their findings on a world map.

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They might have to get jobs, what with all the new places they want to go…