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Thursday, July 22, 2021
mung bean seedlings on Sunday... having been planted on Thursday!
the next day, Monday, they are ready to eat
and are very helpful in our comparison of monocot vs. dicot
we save a box turtle crossing the road and move her to Miss Brooke's yard
making a fermented garlic spray to (hopefully) repel the chipmunks which are nibbling our vegetable garden
we explore some monocots
everyone gets a personal onion to explore (this was a surprising hit)
we save the papery skins for dyeing with later
the onion membrane is fascinating
and they love exploring the rings!
surprisingly, the hyacinth is related to asparagus and NOT onions!
enjoying some Stamp Game division outside on a beautiful day
after building the quantitiy, it is shared out fairly between the little men
the activity set gives the problem with the correct color coding for each digit
flip the card over and reveal the answer
this "control of error" allows children to work independently, checking their work and moving on to the next problem if they got it right... and coming to find me if they got it wrong
as the days get extra hot, we open up the option of some indoor play time
baby pumpkin plants!
dying oatmeal for sensory play
this is nice measuring work
we lay the colors out in the sunshine to dry
finishing up the shoebox tapestry, a desert scene in Southwest colors
excitedly taking armfuls of cut weeds to classmates for a Greenery Shop
the Grass Family feast
bamboo shoots, mini corn, popcorn, sweet corn, lemongrass
we appreciate our new pop up tents for shade in the summertime
the Rainbow Oats are dry!
the horses love to snack on them
moving from the Decimal Fraction Exercise for adding and subtracting...
to the Decimal Checker Board for long multiplication
the numbers are first built in the upper right hand corner
the colored bead bars are then used to actively work with the problem
(while solving the problem, the location of the bead bars on the mat will change based on the place value of the digits in question)
after simplification, the bars are then slid diagonally down the mat to reveal the place value of each digit in the answer
adding some pouring work to the Rainbow Oats
decorating box forts with block beeswax crayons
we admire the shape of a grass flower
(what a good thing I hadn't mowed my yard!)
grass drawing lesson from Klocek's Drawing from the Book of Nature
we also use his instructions to make a paper model of a stalk of grass
teff... the world's smallest grain!
the watermelon seedling shows its first true leaf, and reveals its Plant Family
I finally track down a horned melon for Zac to taste (and to share)
Ms. Aimee comes to share the fascinating and varied Rose Family
there are many delicious fruits in this family!
there is a lot of fascinating Botany terminology to explore
quiet reading and handwork time
snuggling with the dog
and hanging out with the rabbit
looking at a cookbook for children
Ms. Renee, can we make this recipe?
a clever way to catch and save the water that drips from the spigot
an evening fire to celebrate the Summer Solstice
more pumpkins germinate!
it's fun to see the space where the strawberry used to be
we discover beetles crawling on the magnolia blossoms... are they its pollinator?
the magnolia blossom is just fascinating
(the stamens are at the bottom, in spiraling rows)
thank you to the students who helped assemble Foldscopes!
quiet morning reading time before the start of a busy day
the very obvious pistil of the daylily
there are lots of flowers to look at in the vegetable garden!
2- and 4-finger knitted snake
working hard on Star Gnomes so they'll be ready for the party
a lesson in making a gnome beard
carefully checking the pattern for the pig
showing off a solar power project
exploring oobleck with food coloring
happily, the mulberry tree that was accidentally cut down is coming back
we need it if we ever decide to raise silkworms!
a gnome is born
both early childhood children have shut themselves up securely in their forts
in case of bears, of course
marshmallow roasting party for the Mallow Family
but the fresh okra was the surprising hit for this plant family...
because of its goo!!!
cutting into it different ways
in the middle of all the excitement, a First Tooth is lost!
cotton is in the Mallow Family as well
as is cacao
they take the stickiness to new heights... literally
an adorable unicorn
and a fierce Triceratops
strong friendships have formed over the course of the year
we explore the Deadly Nightshade family
a feast, of course!
friends who are done with the Star Gnomes help friends who are not yet done
hmmm.... can I knit myself a gnome hat?
the gnomes are ready! time for our Party!
our Gnome Party aka Pizza Party
sending home well-loved & unfinished chapter books for summer reading
packing up all the supplies for making gnomes
sneaking in a last few favorite board games
popsicles at the end of the day
we hang the Summer Scarves up to dry out now that school is done
good-bye and have a great summer, everyone!
Posted by Renee at 11:56 AM