This week was a fun week for us! One of the best parts was the baby bunny that Merideth (with the help of another dad) caught during Grant’s baseball practice. It was soooo adorable and almost too much for my little animal lover to handle. Well, actually the only part that was too hard for her to handle was the part where mom and dad said, “we can’t keep the bunny after today, we will need to let it go.” Seriously this child is like the animal whisperer or something. She just has a way with any and all animals! We let her bring it home and feed it sugar-water. She kept it overnight in a box and then the next day we took it back to the park where she caught it and let it go. After we explained to her that baby bunnies caught in the wild have a very little chance of living, she was a little better about releasing it back into the wild.
In Science we started learning about Protists. We learned that the three main groups of protists are Ciliates, Flagellates, and Amoeba. The kids drew pictures of them and labeled what they had learned about them. We went to the pond at the park to collect some water so that we could look for Protists under the microscope. We did see what we think was a Ciliate. We also talked about the different parts of the microscope and how what each one does. Up until this point the microscope has only been used for them to explore on their own with it. We had never used it as a part of our structured school.
In History we continued reading Imprisoned in The Golden City.
We continued on with Spelling and Writing, reviewed math on the dry erase board, and Grant continued drilling his multiplication facts on the FlashMaster.
This was our last week to read to my friend’s 1st grade classroom. Both my kids and the kids in the classroom were sad about this. We have enjoyed our time with them each month. When we arrived one little girl came and threw her arms around me and said “Jesus is alive! I went to church on Sunday and that’s what they told me.” This made me so happy. Happy that this girl knew that I would be excited to hear about Jesus from her and happy that she wants her friends to know about Jesus too. Another little boy ran up and thanked me for his eggs. Last month this little boy was totally enthralled with my Resurrection Eggs, so our family bought a set for him to have at home so that he could touch them and read the story as many times as he wanted to. The kids had written a letter to us during their group time this morning and the fact that said they loved it when I told them about Jesus was another bright spot in our visit with them today. Each child had also made thank you cards for us to bring home and my friend had a goody bag for each of my kids as a thank you for coming in this year. We will miss these little guys, but look forward to forming this same bond with a new group of kids next year.
We also had 4H and went to a special program at the Conservation Center for our meeting. The program was all about Reptiles and Amphibians. Both of my kids like all types of animals and creatures so they really both enjoyed it. Grant had gotten a 3D model of a frog for Christmas, so we decided that this week would be a good time to build it. We needed help from daddy for this because the holes where the pieces were supposed to snap together were too small. He is going to have to make them a little bit bigger before we can finish it.
This week was our final meeting for our Felicity American Girl Doll meetings. We watched the Felicity movie and ate way to much junk! We will start meeting again in the fall, when we plan to read the Kit books.
Here is a picture of Merideth at her last gymnastic practice before championships this weekend. This will be her last meet to compete as a level 2 gymnast. She is trying to do decide right now if she wants to continue doing competitive gymnastics or if she wants to try something new. She talked with her coach before practice yesterday about her “concerns” and why she is considering not coming back next year. Her coach encouraged her and was very affirming as they talked. I think she will probably go back, but we are trying to let her make the decision.
Grant’s Cub Scout Den carved soap carvings and went over knife safety this week. Turning little boys loose with knives is an exciting adventure to say the least
Our family was rejoicing this week as our friends The Underwoods went to Ethiopia to bring home their new daughter. I think this is one of my favorite pictures that she has sent back to us so far. I love that Kabaina has her little arm thrown around her new mommy. When they went to meet her she did not like hugging and didn’t give to many out!
Wrapping up with Weird Un-Socialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap-Up…..