Monday, December 3, 2012

We Were Sick!

Antarctica and How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World fizzled to a sad end because we got very sick!  10 out of 10 members of our household have had fevers, coughs, sore throats, runny noses, and aches and pains; it began with little H3 and has taken 1 or 2 more down ever since Thanksgiving Day. 

We did have our Antarctic movie day though--Blue Planet "Frozen Seas,"  Planet Earth "The Poles," Eight Below, and March of the Penguins.  It was a good educational day while we were just starting to feel crummy.  Once we were really, really sick we kept right on watching movies, but I also read for at least an hour a day from Troubling a Star by Madeline L'Engle--our literature connection to Antarctica.  We haven't quite finished Emperors of the Ice, and I'm not sure we will, but I'd like to.  Those explorers were intrepid!

My little girls do want to finish exploring the world and then make apple pie together, and I quite think we should!

We missed International Day. 

It was a dreadful disappointment. 

We're thinking of saving everything we've done and displaying it at the Spring Learning Expo, but we certainly can't save our hydroponic plants until then because the beans are already 2 feet tall, and there's no room to keep them.  Besides, they're just living off liquid fertilizer, and that's gross.  If we ever do this again, I'm making compost tea and fish emulsion for them to grow in; I like for plants to grow with real nutrients!

I guess we can snap pictures now or just start the hydroponics project over again in the spring.

Today we're going to wrap up what we've learned with journal entries and discussion time.

I hate to go out with a fizzle.

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