Yesterday brought sun, gardening and Earth Hour. Today brought rain and a trip to the library. Here are some of the books in our book basket that I will be enjoying with J and B this week.
The Story of the Root Children is and old favorite. We've read The Happy Hedgehog before but not for a while. How Mama Brought the Spring is new to me. It looks wonderful. In the story the Mama makes cheese blintzes and there is a recipe at the back of the book. We'll make the blintzes this week.
The Robins in Your Backyard is a sweet book about our feathery friends. Frogs has some spectacular photographs. Linnea's Windowsill Garden is a favorite, full of fun activities and information.
I also picked up Living Sunlight-How Plants Bring the Earth To Life(amazing illustrations), the classic, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck and First Spring (an Innu tale).
Another book on frogs, sheep shearing and Diary of a Worm. I will be using this book next week for a chemistry class I am leading (we will be making worms as we learn about polymers). More on that next week. There are few things better in life than returning from the library with arms full of books!
Last night we participated in Earth Hour. All across the world people turned off their lights from 8:30-9:30 as a symbolic vote for Earth(a vote to take action against climate change). We spent Earth Hour first by taking a walk around the block carrying lanterns. When we got home the kids got into their pj's and we gathered in our candle filled room to read The Story of the Root Children. Then it was off to bed. What a wonderful night!
There has been a long standing joke in my family about how I start projects and never finish them. I have a mitten with no thumb, a sweater with no back, J's bureau is painted(all except the legs), piles of mulch sit in my driveway all summer, the wheelbarrow is left in the yard full of leaves. Then there is the half tree. I decided a year or so ago to paint a mural in my basement. I was full of enthusiasm. For about a day. When I got tired of painting I stopped, put the paints away and moved on to something else(probably the garden). I didn't even remove the blue painter's tape from around the woodwork. Every day when I go down those basement stairs I see that tree and I am confronted with my lack of sticktoitiveness. And, I feel bad. So. . . this week there is rain in the forecast and I am determined to finish that tree. Yes, I WILL FINISH THAT TREE! I'll show you the tree when I'm done.
We did a couple of fun projects today. First, we made a terrarium! It was so much fun and so easy. We took a large jar and filled it with pebbles, activated carbon, sphagnum moss and potting soil. Then we went outside and dug up some moss, a stick, rocks and birch bark. We added these along with a couple of fairies to the terrarium. We watered it well and that's it, it should be pretty self-contained.
Next, we planted potatoes indoors. We bought some seed potatoes(but I'm sure you could use some old potatoes you have hanging around), cut them up so each piece had at least one eye, and planted them in a large pot. Hopefully we'll get some potatoes in 2 or 3 months! Thanks to 5 orange potatoes for the potato idea!
After visiting my sister in MA I was inspired to do some needle felting (she was felting a bunny while I was there). Here are pictures of Mother Nature with a newborn(with very long hair) and an Easter egg. The egg has a bunny on one side and an Easter basket on the other. Now I'm finding needle felting to be kind of addictive!
We're back home now after a few days visiting with my sister's family in western MA. J and B enjoyed playing with their cousins and exploring the co-housing community where my sister lives. We found a woolly bear on a nature walk, fed the guinea pigs and collected eggs from the chickens, visited a nearby park and played with the pygmy goats(we discovered they love bark and dried leaves) and went to Magic Wings in So. Deerfield to see the butterflies-it was a fun thing to do on the first day of spring! Now we're settling back into our routine and I've started cleaning up the garden(it's a beautiful, chilly spring day). Welcome spring!
We've had a wonderful couple of days. First of all, the weather's been great-who can complain about the mid to upper 50's in March! Our days have also been filled with fun, interesting activities. Yesterday was our 2nd meeting of our learning co-op. We were studying famous artists and the kids painted and sculpted in the style of the artists. The parents who have been in charge of the last two weeks have put so much time and effort into the "classes"-what a great homeschooling group we have!
Today, we started the day off with a tour of the post office. Very cool. Then, we went to the Boys and Girls Club to sing, play games and learn about inertia. The parent in charge set up 5 or 6 experiments for the kids to do. All hands on and fun. After physics we headed to the waterfront with another family and had a picnic and played running games. The kids were laughing, running hard and falling to the ground in exhaustion. J and B came home in the car singing about spring and the perfect day they were having. What could be better?
11/8/09 Crazy warm temperatures. 64 degrees today, bright and sunny. I'll take it! 10/1/09 Cold and rainy. 9/5/09 We have been having a beautiful stretch of sunny weather. Mornings are cool. Saw a praying mantis today! 8/5/09 Cool mornings and beautiful sunshine here in the Adirondacks! 5/14/09 The wind is howling outside. Pass on through storm to make way for the sun tomorrow! 5/13/09 What a glorious day! Warm, clear blue sky and creek full of tadpoles! 4/9/09 Full moon tonight and, could it be, a clear sky?! Yes! 4/1/09 We had an April Fools Day joke played on us today-the forecast was for sun and warmth and instead it was cloudy, windy and cool. The crocuses are now in bloom! 3/27/09 Woke up to the glorious sound of birds chirping. Jays, cardinals and robins are out in abundance. 2 bunnies made an appearance this evening. A beautiful sunny, spring day. 3/26/09 I've started to clean out the garden beds. We've had days of sun and are now getting a spring rain. The daffodils are coming up! 3/10/09 We had a squirrel and a woodpecker at the bird feeder today. The squirrel also loved a jar of peanut butter we left out.