Saturday, June 25, 2011

Week 25 - Trees, Trees, Trees

During our week learning about trees Grace and I were highly focused on watching a mockingbird build a nest in one the small oak trees in our backyard. One afternoon (thanks to cloud cover) we had a picnic lunch outside and enjoyed watching the busy bird build away. It was really quite fascinating I tell you.

There is one slight concern however in regards to this bird taking up house in our tree - mockingbirds have an aggressive side. We surely don't want our sweet and unsuspecting Sophie to be on a lizard hunt (don't worry she never catches any) one day and come up missing a patch of fur. Needless to say, this will be one situation that we'll being monitoring closely.

While reading the mountain of library books about trees this week, we came across a proverb that was quite fitting.......

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps
the singing bird will come.
~Chinese Proverb

We encourage you to step outdoors and enjoy the trees that surround you - you never know what you'll find!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Week 24 - All About Candy

We're quite excited that our summer routine has started around here. To keep things entertaining and not so humdrum (such as.... Me: what do you feel like doing today? Grace: I don't know!), we're giving our weeks some focus by choosing topics. There will be a new topic each week to keep the energy lively and fun. And there's no need to worry, there will be plenty of time for relaxing, swimming, meeting Daddy for lunch and the like.

So what do we plan to do with these themed weeks you ask. For now we plan on... visiting the library to obtain books on the given topic, reading all the said books, writing a story, getting messy with art and craft projects, completing a "large" puzzle and taking a field trip.

For this week Grace selected candy as the theme - which I believe has something to do with her LOVE of chocolate and fascination over the story, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl. So in addition to reading over twenty picture books, we made a variety of candy (peanut butter cups, chocolate dipped oreos, "twix" bars, saltwater taffy - which was unsuccessful, and lastly, rock candy), measured and weighed candy, completed a 350 piece chocolate themed puzzle, wrote a story titled "Candy Land of Candy", went on a search for the new Wonka bars and finally, visited a newly opened candy shop in town - talk about a kid in a candy store, wow!

Well, enough about candy. Next week we're off to focus on a topic a bit less sugar laden....trees!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Week 23 - Catching Up

Sorry for the lack of posting around here, I suppose my goal of one post per week has officially bit the dust. I do have a really good excuse though - computer issues. Ah yes, ever since Dean upgraded our Explorer I've had issue after issue while blogging. However, I'm happy to report that the problem has been resolved - all by placing an order for Grace on the Gymboree website! I know it doesn't make sense, but after encountering a problem submitting my order, I called the helpline. And viola, the kind operator new exactly what the problem was (apparently I wasn't the only one) - issues solved!

So shall we catch up a bit? Ah yes, I do believe that would be a good idea. Here are some pictures of Grace during her final week of school.....

.....All smiles prior to Kindergarten graduation

.....Posing with Macaroni, one of the many animals Grace's class help support with the "Unless Project"

.....Atop the alphabet fairy quilt I made, which was our gift to Grace's amazing K teacher

.....Enjoying a cold treat from the ice cream truck during the end of school celebration

.....Lastly, all glitzed and glamored for her dance recital

I can't tell you how excited we are that summer break has arrived. So here's to relaxed mornings, reading a stack of books at one sitting, afternoon swims, messy art projects and the like!