A Week, Briefly (1/4/21)
|We slid down every hill we could. Some (most of the kids) were better sliders than others (me).|
|This is the Natural Land Bridge at Unity Village. The kids divvied themselves up across the gap and had a hilarious snowball fight.|
|Any opportunity to get close to water . . .|
|Up close, they could see water still running behind the icicles.|
|Raccoon tracks were awesomely clear in the melting snow.|
|Mister Man and Belle talked Greek mythology the whole walk--quizzing each other on names, events, and relationships.|
|Ice! Everywhere ice at Little Blue Trace! Warm daytime temperatures melted most of the snow, but the water was slow to soak into the ground. It made for hours of fun for my crew.|
|Ta-da!!! We finally found a goldenrod gall! After our walk, we studied the gall fly and its winter predators.|
|The juxtaposition of our wild walk below and the urban power lines above strikes me with wonder and gratitude.|
On Friday we had a lichen hunt instead of a mileage walk. We stuck to our own yard, walking the 200 or so feet of creek bed we "own."
|Before we went out we watched several videos about lichens. Then we had a quick snack for energy.|
|Three kinds of lichen are represented on this branch!!!|
|We don't know if the brown blobs are a regular fungus or jelly lichen, but even without knowing that, we can see at least 4 other kinds of lichen on this branch.|
|Her boot tops are under the top of the water--she's drenched--and it was a whopping 33 degrees out there!|
|That's our JoyJoy that Little Princess is holding. She followed us on our hunt. And Mister Man is wearing pink bibbies because his black ones were in the laundry!|
|Everyone drew what they could see, and then wrote or narrated to me what they learned about lichen that day.|
|Nature Angel's drawing|
I found a book at the library called Mosses and Lichens. I reserved it thinking it would teach us a bit about mosses and lichens.
But it was a book of poetry.
Few of the poems were kid-appropriate, but I found 4 that actually had messages of beauty and evoked pictures of nature. And one poem was a retelling of Daedalus and Icarus that reduced me to tears. I read these poems to the kids during lunch after our lichen hunt, and it was magic.
All week the 3 older girls did additional research about whatever we studied that day. They wrote moon poems, wrote essays about the moon and/or space program, narrated one of our nature walks, researched an animal whose tracks we followed, etc..
|Baymax engaged in some voluntary reading practice.|
|Ladybug finished this spelling book!!! I can honestly say that her spelling has improved for using this course. We're taking a break from formal spelling lessons for now, but she will keep practicing through her daily narrations.|
|They pulled out the old baseboards, and I've got a mostly clean slate on which to work.|