Sunday, September 13, 2009
This month Olivia joined Georgia in her Park Pals class about Migrating Monarchs. They learned interesting facts about local Lepidoptera, watched a tag and release of Monarchs, played games, and had a great time.
Today was Butterfly Day at the nature center, and the girls had a chance to share with us what they learned. They both were identifying the butterflies, and Georgia explained how to tell a Viceroy from a Monarch.
Here are some photos of our day...
The girls have had a lot of fun catching grasshoppers this summer, and watching them change and grow. The last ones they caught they decided to draw before letting them go. They each had names, of course...
Olivia drew a picture of Grassy, Cutie, and Sand. (named for the sandy color on his back.) She added hearts to show her love for them...
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Today we wanted to stop by the park to take some photos of the girls. After only a couple photos taken, Olivia heard rustling in the bushes...and found a bunny. Along came Tyler and Brian to scoop it up and show it to the girls. Here's a slideshow of the encounter...
Here are the photos of the girls we managed to take...
After the park we had planned to stop by the library to return a few things...guess what books they wanted to borrow this time?? Yup, rabbits! (among other topics...)
Monday, August 10, 2009
They still like to catch grasshoppers and keep them for the day, letting them go in the evening. They have talked about the differences in the types they find, and they have been able to watch them grow from nymphs at the beginning of summer, to the adults with wings they are catching now.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
It's firefly catching time! Today we got a book from the library about fireflies and read it as we waited for the sun to go down. Then we headed outside with our bug nets and bug barns. The girls only caught a couple each before the the mosquitoes started bothering us. We had fun looking at the blinking bunch before setting them free and hanging up our nets until next time.
Here are some sites on fireflies we want to check out tomorrow.
The Boston Museum of Science is asking for volunteers to sign up for Firefly Watch. You can learn more about this citizen scientist opportunity here. They also have a lot of information about fireflies and help in identifying them.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Georgia tried out for the musical, but unfortunately she wasn't cast this time around. She had a lot of fun, though, and definitely wants to try out for more. I am so very proud of her. She is such a confident and resilient girl, so outgoing and willing to try new things. In the picture above, Georgia is singing in front of a bunch of people. (there were 79 kids that tried out) We are all looking forward to going to see the show on Saturday.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Our first book, The Twits, is now one of Olivia's favorites. She loved hearing of the tricks and pranks that were being played. When she stands on her head she says she is Mugglewump...and I tell her she better be careful she doesn't get the shrinks!!
The book we are reading now is The BFG. We've read past the Whizpzoppers chapter...boy, the girls loved that one!!!
Olivia went to the Build & Grow workshop at Lowe's while Georgia was at a nature class about creek studies. Unfortunately for Georgia, it rained most of the time and her class was only able to be outside for a short while. No wading in the creek that class...they learned about creek life from inside the nature center.
The Build & Grow project that week was building a treasure chest. It has a lock on the outside and a false bottom in the inside, too. Olivia made hers at Lowe's and we were able to bring a kit home for Georgia to do after her class. It was the hardest one we had to do so far. A lot of the kids were putting the wrong parts on, even with adult helpers. Georgia did not want any help...she wanted to figure it out herself. And she did great!