HomeSchool: August 27 - 31

Thanks to our HomeSchool parents for all your support in these first weeks of school. Your donations of program supplies and gear have helped tremendously. It was great visiting with Justin and Paulyna and Michelle at the parent evening. 

This week the HomeSchool group collected and studied insects. I told a monarch migration story. We made monarch caterpillar bracelets (black, white, and light yellow striped) and gave them to the first graders in Ki Melissa's class. We wrote in our nature journals, painted watercolors outdoors, fed kudzu to the farm animals, and ate lunch at HomeSchool Beach for the first time. We collected kudzu blossoms and made a kudzu chamomile cinnamon sun tea. 

We sang these two new songs this week:

Swinging Along the Open Road:

Swinging along the open road under a sky that's clear

Swinging along the open road in the fall of the year.

Swinging along, swinging along, swinging along the open road, all in the fall of the year.

Swinging along the open road, swinging along under a sky so clear

Swinging along the open road, all in the fall, in the fall of the year

Swinging along, swinging along, swinging along the open ro-ad, all in the fall of the year.

I Like Dirt:

Ohhhhhhhhh, I like dirt, I like dirt

And it doesn't hurt if I get it on my shirt.

I like to squish it through my toes.

I like to spray it through the hose.

It's why our garden grows and grows.

Oh I like dirt, I like dirt, I like dirt, I like dirt....

It is heart-warming to see how the HomeSchoolers are enthusiastically doing their chores on Thursday afternoon. These are simple tasks like helping to clean the two small bathrooms we use, taking the trash to the dumpster, vacuuming the Blue Sky Room, and packing up our classroom for the end of the week. Many hands definitely make light work.

The hot and dry weather has been perfect for our time at the water. We know it cannot last, so we'll take full advantage of it this next week. On Tuesday, we will eat lunch at HomeSchool Beach so bring water shoes, clothes that can get wet, a change of clothes, extra socks and shoes. On Thursday, we will have circle and then go on a Creek Crawl so wear swimsuits, clothes that can get wet, and water shoes. Bring more clothes, socks, and shoes to change into.

We will have a special fruit snack this Thursday morning. It will be an island scene of pineapple slices, banana slices, green apple slices, and red grapes. The apples and grapes are organic. Fell free to count on this as your child's snack that day or bring an alternative snack.

Quote from a child: "It's impossible to say how many fireflies are in the night sky. There would only be too many if the whole sky glowed green."

Quote from John McCain, 1936-2018: "Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone."

See you at the creek!

Ki Sonya