Home School: October 22 - 26

Happy Halloween Week!

We enjoyed the past few days and got to spend some precious moments in Little Noonday Creek before the cold weather sets in. We worked in teams to build straw boats (boats made of drinking straws) and floated them down the creek. We created watercolor landscapes in blue and green. We looked at the the biggest shelf fungus in Cobb County. It was delightful to have Brolin's Mom, grandparents, and great aunt with us for his 10th birthday celebration. I've attached some photos below.

Please bring any rock or leaf collections that you would like to share this Tuesday. We will also start work on our lanterns Tuesday, gluing tissue paper to the jars. Due to parking and after-dark safety concerns, the evening Lantern Walk will not take place this year. Our HomeSchool group is going to walk the trails with our lanterns during the school day and we will write and draw cards to patients at the Veterans Hospital here in Atlanta.

We are beginning our study of newts and salamanders this week, and will have some animal ambassadors from Sweat Mountain Park. Please continue to work on your Take-Home Amphibian projects so that you are not rushed at the end. These are due Tuesday, November 6th. Be sure to practice your presentations at home at least once.

Bring rubber boots, rain jackets, warm jackets, and extra socks this week so we can spend some time outside on the trails. Write your name on everything!

I am extending an invitation to all HomeSchool families to join me at the Amphibian Foundation's annual Open House and Ribbet Exhibit (amphibian-based fine art). I was able to attend last year and it was a blast! It will be held Friday, December 7th, 6:00-10:00pm at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. You will definitely get to hold a frog, a toad, and a snake. The fun will include live animal demos, behind-the-scenes tours, food and drink, and a gift sale. Come and go as you like. This event is free. The nonprofit Amphibian Foundation is not generally open to the public. Mark and Crystal Mandica, founders of the Amphibian Foundation, are amazing! Check out their website at amphibianfoundation.org

I have three more sessions of occupational therapy for my left wrist and hand and I will be as good as new (on that side)! I will be away from school November 27th and 29th for our family cruise (with Kate Brown substituting) and December 20th for my right wrist surgery (with Kate Brown substituting).

Quote from a child to his Dad: "Let's play darts. I'll throw and you say "Wonderful!""

Quote from Unknown: "Fall asleep with a dream. Wake up with a purpose."

Hope you get all treats, no tricks,

Ki Sonya