It was a good schooling and living day. 🙂
Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)
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My lad was pleased at his own efforts.
He was disappointed we couldn’t find any black bugs.
He was angry at bunnies making lunch of his maple leaf fan.
He was happy he was able to do good work with mommy.
He was uncertain about using poison to keep ants out of our house…but happy he was able to help daddy find where the ant hills were.
no pill bugs were harmed in these experiments. 🙂
in response to the story the lad said “I liked it!” When asked why he liked it I got the response of “I liked it, mommy, I liked that the good witches were good and they helped the frog”. And yes, for those concerned .. he knows that we don’t believe in witches, that witches don’t love God and therefore are something we need to be wary of.
Then we finished off pirates in our world history book.
He finished off both of the Pirates sticker books.
When I asked if he was pleased with how we did the pirate work and how the books turned out he said yes. When we talked about the pirates today we learned that there are still pirates today, but the pirates in the past were beaten because the navy built better ships. Only the young ones (those up to 16 years old) weren’t executed for being bad pirates.
we did another page in the “imagine a place” book
This has been such a fun book to use as a art book. We read the poem and then draw a picture. When we are all done with it, then we look at what the artist came up with and discuss it. Today we needed to imagine place were music sings where one dances all night on a summer night in a breeze (that wasn’t how the poem went but something like it). This sparked good conversation about what it means that music can sing, and what it means to dance, and I even needed to demonstrate what a waltz was. 🙂
We learned about bugs today. We played another game, this one also purchased while yard saling.. called Go, Bugs. You play it similarly to Go, Fish. the object of the game is to build a four piece bug. We didn’t follow the rules since some games are difficult to play with just two people. But we had fun and we learned about different types of bugs.
Part of the afternoon was spent in catching two moths and one spider. The spider was a teeny tiny one we found in the rhubarb patch.
OOH OOH.. and before I forget. Our robin who is nesting outside the upstairs bathroom window has TWO eggs in her nest now! 🙂
Today we spent time on Studyladder. We worked on sight words, blending, using descriptive language, and what not. In the afternoon we went for a walk at the dam. We took a different trail than normal and we spent time looking under stones and deadfall to see what type of insects we could find.
We seemed to be plum out of luck in finding anything other than the ordinary ants, earthworms, small black spiders and pill bugs UNTIL we stopped to look at a sign and there we saw an interesting bug which obliged us by staying still long enough to be captured in our insect catcher. 🙂 We want to show the lad who is teaching the bug class during HOPE days tomorrow.
OOH.. we had a LOT of fun watching some water spiders
They were sculling back and forth on a stream we came across. It was the lad who first saw how interesting their shadows were. The lad had fun experimenting with what he could do to make them come out and play and what would make them go and hide.
We saw a variety of interesting small flowers coming out to bloom. Trilliums and dog tooth violets, then these funky little yellow ones that made me think of violas but they weren’t, and these white and purple ones that grew together in the same patch. Haven’t a clue what they are called but they inspired comment.
The merger: OH My but the lad is having fun creating tiny newspapers WITH comics strips. The angry birds are busy doing funny things in their stories, and the borrowers (a movie we’ve watched recently) are busy telling a story too. These are multi-day comic strips. He has news articles and ads and all sorts of things in them. They are tiny as the lego characters must carry them around, and they are rolled up just as the newspapers are rolled up. 🙂 Every once in a while I get the question of “Mommy.. do you think they would write about this in the newspaper?” My standard answer is “Sure, why not? They write about all sorts of things.”