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Saturday, June 5, 2021
April Photos Part II
Talib, the local beekeeper, comes by to put a bee swarm trap up in the cypress tree
we caught two swarms last year!
on my birthday, Zac and I do the wildflower hike at Chautauqua Bottoms
Zac and I have such a good time, we decide to come back the next day and bring the school kids
cleaning off our shoes before and after, of course!
snack in The Secret Garden
our frozen poi from Hawai'i has arrived
time for a Hawaiian feast!
two different brands of poi plus homemade roasted taro root chips and fresh mango, papaya, and pineapple
the papaya seeds are so beautiful!
checking out the Audubon exhibit at SIU
setting up pineapple and avocado experiments in Early Childhood
we positively ID the worm we found as a jumping worm, an invasive species
note the grey color, smooth white clitellum, metallic sheen & unusual length
mustard extraction... a good way to find out what worms live in your yard
what is the relationship between an analogy and a ratio?
everyone does oil pastel Art projects in the Library
making an oil pastel / watercolor resist map of Egypt
if you do oil pastel for the sandy desert, use the watercolor paint for the water areas
if you do oil pastel for the water areas, use the watercolor paint for the sandy desert
the other group is doing a scratch art project for their Jataka tale
first step, cover the paper thickly with a layer of oil pastel
second step, cover the oil pastel thickly with a layer of black paint
third step, use a sharp stylus to scratch colorful eyes glowing in a dark cave
a surprise late April snowshower!
this book says that coconuts float in water...
checking to see if they really do
looking at the process of mummification...
what happens if you cover cucumber slices with a layer of salt?
the cucumber slices become wet as the salt pulls the liquid out of them
covering them with even more salt to see what will happen
two days later, the cucumber slices are dried and leathery
can we mummify apple heads?
multiplication problems with the Colored Bead Bars
we rehydrate a bunch of peat pellets all at once to see how much water they'll take up
we find the seeds in a sugar snap pea pod...
and in a bell pepper
one of the children has "opening a coconut" on his wishlist, so we do
freezing a coconut overnight helps it crack open more easily
especially if you get the kind that comes pre-scored
student divide up into pairs and throw their coconuts against the sidewalk to break them open
the little face on a coconut is what gives this nut its name
< coco >
a perfect break!
time for a taste
of course, I had to get little paper umbrellas for this
and I got some cans of coconut milk as well
drinking coconut milk out of a coconut half, and tasting the fresh meat
this was one of our favorite afternoons of the entire school year!
the recipe for Oobleck is two parts cornstarch to one part water
what is the relationship between a proportion and an equivalent fraction?
Ms. Anna donated this huge whiteboard for our outdoor classroom, and I very handily had an old microwave out there... perfect to sit on as a stool while I write!
fish printing... also an Art project that everyone could use in their MLB
it went well with the Jataka tale of the "The Deceitful Heron"
and with our Ancient Egypt project of mummifying a dressed rainbow trout
and the youngest children did it just for fun!
I like to use Daler-Rowney pearlescent acrylic ink for this
use a foam brush to cover the fish completely with a thin layer of ink
lay down the newsprint very carefully
press the rubber fish carefully with your fingers so that every detail prints
students in one group got to arrange and photograph a dried fig still life for one of their Jataka tales
while the other group used clay to make lids for their canopic jars
this jar of honey is the perfect shape
the falcon head
playing an ancient Egyptian board game: Senet
a bee swarm arrives!
I purchase a set of canopic jars so that we can look at their details up close
thank you to Ms. Aimee for our four beautiful strawberry plants!
we begin to have a long line of plants in front of the house as our garden planning & planting picks up steam
making a long long spreadsheet with the full list of everything the children want to plant, so that we can organize all of our notes:
who is adopting this plant?
what day was it purchased?
what day were the seeds started?
what day were the baby plants planted?
what garden bed were the plants planted in?
what day did we begin the harvest?
setting up celery and sweet potato experiments in Early Childhood
building a path of pavers through our pollinator / native prairie plant garden
moving the cardboard and mulch layer which covered the gardens all winter, we find earthworms!
planting a tiny black cherry tree
after using the light table to transfer our dried & fresh fig still lifes to paper, we begin the process of filling in the shapes with water-soluble oil pastel
this allows us to transform the photograph into a painting
it helps to trace the pencil lines with fine point Sharpie first
building the Decanomial
as we plant some of our plants, new things arrive and join the line in front of the house
thank you to Ms. Francine for sewing two of these for each child
they are filled with water beads and, when soaked in cold water, are very refreshing!
setting up a plant research station in the driveway
weaving a fence around the PawPaw Patch
more plant research!
an introduction to Fractions
our celery is showing signs of new growth
lunch under the magnolia tree on a rainy day
the children bring me flowers from the yard
even more plant research!
on the front of each index card, they write
the name of the plant
who adopted it
how wide and tall does it get
what are its sun / soil / water requirements
is it prone to any pests?
on the back of each index card, they write
what it likes to be planted by
what it does not like to be planted by
we happy to see that last year's milkweed is coming back up
box forts will never go out of style
neither will playing in water and mud
the line of plants along the walkway is refreshed with some new additions!
thank you for the donation of the fabulous new books!!!!
Poem in Your Pocket Day
setting up seeds for the Darwin experiment
if we soak them in salt water, will they still germinate?
setting up the Ant Farm
gathering in the driveway for SSR, snack, lunch
measuring the garden bed and making a scale drawing
starting lots of seeds!
Queen Nefertrouti lies in repose beneath a bed of salt
we change the salt every few days until it is no longer wet
sorting out all the companion planting index cards
looking carefully at all the smiley and frowny face lists to help decide on the best arrangement for our garden beds
we place each pot on the straw bale where the plant will go
straw bales make excellent weed-free raised beds... they also absorb water well and stay wet for a long time, reducing the need for summer watering
testing out the water sprinkler to see if it reaches the entirety of our garden
wait, the sprinkler is on?
everyone comes running!
Posted by Renee at 4:01 PM