Sunday, May 25, 2008
We played some bingo games this week. One was about space, and the other had lower case consonants.
We went to the park a couple times, had fun on the playground, and saw how big the goslings are getting. We also visited a park in a neighboring county to do some geocaching.
We have been having fun with the new web cam we bought. We bought it to "visit" my dad, but we have also used it to make our own little movies. It's so much fun!
The girls had fun making pictures with glitter...and I had "fun" cleaning up afterwards. No matter how much I think I got it all, I'll still see glitter here and there for a while!
The girls both received their NWF magazines and have read them cover to cover.
We had fun making shadows with our hands. We figured out how to make a dog, bunny, and soaring bird pretty well.
We learned more about China and had a Chinese meal. Olivia and Georgia seem to use chopsticks better than I do...and I've used them quite a few times in my life! They picked up on it quick!
The girls played their geography game, put together puzzles, wrote stories, drew pictures, practiced gymnastics... all the usual fun stuff!
Georgia practiced writing in cursive some more, and practiced playing the recorder, too.
We read some more library books.
Georgia has taken some more pictures with the camera.
Tomorrow we'll be releasing the snails back to the wild. We've really enjoyed watching them but its time to let them go.
I'm sure the girls will also want to make some more movies tomorrow!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Olivia has been working in her alphabet book, practicing writing her letters and recognizing beginning sounds and the letters they start with.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
We visited Routzong on Friday. We were surprised that there were not as many wildflowers as last year at this time. We took along our Nature Scavenger Hunt and checked off a lot of the items! Olivia was finding a lot of things that we overlooked. She found a robin's eggshell on the ground, a spider and web, and a snail.
On National Geographic we learned more about earthquakes on their interactive Forces of Nature center. We simulated an earthquake in different zones and intensities to see which caused the most damage. We also learned about seismographs, and triangulated an epicenter in one of the activities. We found the boundaries of the tectonic plates, found where we are on the map, and where the closest fault lines are to us.
We also watched some videos on National Geographic as well. Some were montages of home videos taken during an earthquake, others were documentary style.
Friday, May 16, 2008
We were treated to a nice surprise though. We saw a bunch of goslings! Would that be a gaggle of goslings? We did not see them during the day. They must have been hidden away until it was safe to come out in the evening.
and a duckling going for a swim...
We also saw a mystery duck. Still trying to figure it out!
Earlier the girls worked with money. They emptied the National Wildlife Federation jar that we have been filling for a donation. The girls sorted the coins by denomination before counting them. Georgia figured out different combinations to make a dollar by adding or multiplying. Olivia practiced recognizing the coins by name and value. The jar totaled $42.75.
Right now the girls are working with playdough. Olivia is mixing colors, and trying to figure out the right combination to get the color she wants.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
We also went to the city park for a picnic, playground fun, and walk. We saw lots of ducks, geese, robins, cardinals, woodpeckers, peacocks, and a swan. We saw some ducklings, really little ones, following in a row behind mama duck. We also got to witness the peacocks mating dance. He opened up his beautiful plumage and shook it in front of a female, trying to get her attention and affection. It made a rattling sound as well. We didn't bring the camera with us today, though. Next time we'll have to take some pictures of it.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
On Saturday we attended the grand opening of a new county park. The girls liked the ribbon cutting ceremony...and they'll probably be in the newspaper as they were standing right next to the oversized scissors.
Here are some pictures from our walk...
And the girls practiced taking pictures, too. Here's Georgia's pictures from today...
And here's Olivia's pictures from today...
Saturday, May 10, 2008
They had fun smashing the one they guessed was uncooked! They were right!
Georgia asked Mark about some of her feathers she has found. Mark explained to her which part of the bird the feather came from, and what it is used for.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
They are not finished with them, but when they are, they want me to scan them and put them on here. It's so cute....when they are doing something they'll say, "You want to take a picture and blog it?"
The girls have been learning how to use the camera and have practiced taking pictures. They both want their own camera. I was thinking that it would be a good birthday gift, but their birthdays aren't until September, and there will be so many great opportunities for pictures during the summer. So I need to do some research on the best ones for kids. Some have good reviews, some have bad....
While we can't go out birding, we can watch and identify the birds that come to the feeder. Whenever they see a bird come they get all excited! Today we took some pictures of them.
If you have a Netflix membership I believe you can watch these two series online, as well. But we like to watch them all snuggled up together on the couch. My dad said there was a way to hook the computer to the tv, but I have no clue how to do that...and he's a thousand miles away so he can't help!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Today we went to Winterrowd to check on the robin's nest. The girls also searched the little wetland area and found lots of snails!
We also went to Shawnee Preserve to check on the Mayapples and duck's nest.
Sadly, the duck's nest looked like a predator had gotten to it. Mark said the nest was dug up and uncovered, and some of the eggs were cracked and strewn around.
We also did some geocaching at Prairie Ridge, and then accross the way to Tecumseh Point along the creek where the girls had fun playing in the creek!