I’m stretching today and sharing two weeks of activities. We have had an amazing week of summer like weather followed by a week of mostly gray skies. It has been a challenge to stay on track with “traditional” school work as we see the evidence of summer on the horizon.
Our first week began with near disaster. Columbo got to attend a park outing with his Awana class, and Magoo felt left out. As the boys are only two years apart, they share many friends and activities. In fact it is very rare to see them apart. This has been our first year of Columbo engaging in very many special activities away from his siblings.
Dad was to the rescue by quickly diverted Magoo’s attention. They set about building a nesting box from the free plans at Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Magoo measured, hammered and proudly completed the project.
When the weather allows, I’m always the first to take learning outside. God created an amazing classroom and we were ready to get out into the sunshine to explore. I printed Spring Senses Scavenger Hunt sheets from Hearts and Trees, and we were off. I really liked how the list challenged the littles not just to look, but also to listen, feel and smell the environment around them. As the list included listening for the sound of a frog, I chose a park near a small stream. We were disappointed in not hearing a frog, but the littles were amused to see a frog. By weeks end we were surprisingly up to date with our book work…..well, almost. This being the first year Columbo has to participate in standardized testing, we spent most of our rainy week in academic review.
The grand finale to end review was the mail arrival of Columbo’s ants. He had received an ant farm at Christmas, but the weather had only recently been warm enough for the bugs to travel by mail. I have to admit, when the package arrived and I saw on the label it was from Uncle Milton’s, I was a little excited for him. When I noticed a secondary label stating Live Creatures Open Immediately, I paused a moment to question my sanity. I’m not naturally a fan of buggy creatures.
Setting up the ant farm was a great deal of fun. Columbo read the directions and we all watched intently as he carefully followed each step. When it came time to add the ants, three littles stepped back and pushed mom forward. I wish I could say they all dropped neatly into the farm….really I do! In the end, they all ended up in the farm without a single incident of squashing. I displayed great restraint!!!Safely contained, I have to admit they are a bit memorizing to watch. As long as they remain contained we will get along just fine…..what was I thinking?!?