Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chicks and Bunnies

For nature Wednesday a few weeks ago, we went to the Animal Shelter where our dogaphobic little girl fell in love with a friendly little handicapped puppy. It had a broken leg, and was being cared for by the staff there. Adrie begged and begged for days to take that puppy home. I still haven't heard the end of it.

This week we went to IFA to see the chicks and bunnies. The staff was so friendly. They took out the bunnies to let the kids touch them and told them some fun facts about chicks.
Like how those chicks will grow up to lay eggs in 6-8 weeks! Wow!
And the dark brown chicks will lay green eggs. The yellow ones will lay brown eggs.
They'll lay about one egg a day and those eggs will be much healthier and tastier than the hormone filled ones you buy at the store. Hmmm.
They brought out a package of marshmallow Peeps for each of my kids! What a happy fieldtrip!

If I had to have a pet, I'd choose chickens over a dog. Until then, I'm looking into buying farm fresh eggs.

As it is Easter week, we read another one of our favorite holiday stories. The Country Bunny
If you want an easter story that you and your kids will LOVE. Read this book. It has a beautiful a message that kids and adults will relate to and remember.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter Egg Tree

We've had a few changes this semester with homeschool. First of all, Brynn left us and joined our local elementary school. She's in Mrs. Crane's 2nd grade class. Her begggging to go to "real" school started way back in September (which is weird because we've had so much fun here:) But, we gave it a few months and she persisted and I felt good about her going back too. She fit right in and made a host of instant friends because she's like that. Even though her days are much longer, she says she's glad to be in public school.

Having only Adrie the kindergartner at home has had it's plusses. We've had a good time one on one, with a lot of Cannon, in the way. It has been way more relaxed at home. Isn't kindergarten supposed to be fun? Adrie is a pretty proficient reader for her age and we still keep that up. We've been reading stories and doing activites from the Children's Book of Virtues. She has been doing k12 online math. We've been learning French together every week and I've started teaching Adrie the basics of violin. That's pretty much our curriculum with some shopping trips, playdates, rollerblading, and cleaning in the mix.

Despite all these changes, one thing that has remained is Art Day, Friday, we read The Egg Tree, and then made our own. The girls' (we invite our neighbor over for this) had a fun morning dying eggs to hang on our tree outside. Turned out our little apple tree was good for something after all. We took the eggs off and ate them for lunch.

In past weeks we've done finger painting and string art. We made houses out of styrofoam block and painted them.