Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Walnut Acre Daily - Learning About Flowers and Other Fun

Walking With the King
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him;
for He knows how we are formed, 
He remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone, 
and it's place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord's love is with those who fear him,
and His righteousness with their children's children - 
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
~ Psalm 103:13-18

We Are Learning
Our unit this week is flowers. Here the kids are working on a craft that shows the parts of plant/flower. At the end of the week, probably on Saturday, I will post a full list of the crafts and worksheets we did, videos we watched, and stories we read for this unit. 

We also did an Ee phonics page.

We Are Reading
We only read one book today - The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds.

Here is an interesting article I found today that I thought I would pass along - 'Vertical Farm' Blossoms at Meatpacking Plant

In the Kitchen
It was a casserole kind of day with a pasta, hamburger and cheese casserole for lunch and rice and hamburger casserole for dinner.

In the Garden
Austin, Amanda and I each took a turn pulling weeds today. A lot of the earliest things I planted are almost finished producing and it's time to till them under and plant a new bunch of things - green beans and potatoes are high on my to plant list.

On Our Nature Walk
The kids were pleasantly surprised to find that this field was mowed over the weekend. It's much easier to run out here now.

I was noticing today how much more confident the kids are than when we first began these daily walks. Here they are exploring a spot for the first time. They have learned to look where they are stepping, and to carefully find a way around or over obstacles. They don't give up near as easily as they did at first and we are slowly expanding our comfort zone and exploring new areas.

Other Outdoor Fun
Popsicles are always a welcome treat.

Michael soon found that riding his bike and eating a popsicle at the same time did not work out well. 

Out and About
I took my friend to get everything in place so that she can once again drive herself to work. She was so excited to be able to drive herself again. And, while I really didn't mind providing her the transportation she needed, it will be nice now to have a little more time at home again. 

Other Notes and News
Doug took off work early this morning and he and one of his friend's were able to get his truck that broke down yesterday back home. So he was working on that this afternoon. 

This evening he went to pick up a refrigerator friends gave us to use as an extra. We have an extra now but it's very old and starting to make strange sounds at times so we were glad to take them up on the offer of this one. 

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