HomeSchool: September 3 - 7

This week in the HomeSchool group we continued our study of insects, drawing sidewalk chalk insects and creating a class poem about insects and arachnids (see below). We had a good Creek Crawl, exploring Little Little Noonday Creek and doing some swimming. Ki Sonya told a story about a boy, five white goats, a stable, and a red wasp. We worked on our portfolios for our master books. We had wonderful afternoon yoga sessions with Ki Nina.

The fall family camping trip was a huge success. Fallen Oak Farm is such a beautiful place to visit this time of year. Ki Sonya and Don Andres led kayaking for beginners on the lake, where we saw green herons, kingfishers, freshwater colonial bryozoan, and some dark, fox-like animals out in the pasture! Ki Ben and Ki Beth led the whole group on a hike through the woods to the Etowah River. Families swam in the river, roasted marshmallows on the campfire, and played with fireflies.

Reminders of upcoming events:

Tuesday, September 11th: In Girl Scouts, 3:30-5:00pm, Mike and Elexa Wagaman, Garden School parents and owners of Peachtree Bikes, will lead Bike Safety. Please bring your bike and helmet to school in the morning.

Thursday, September 13th: Ari and Elsu will be attending the field trip to Etowah Indian Mounds.

Thursday, September 13th: HomeSchool will be at the creek in the morning so wear swimsuit, shorts and shirt that can get wet, and watershoes. Bring clothes, socks, and shoes to change into. Bring a small towel for drying off.

Saturday, September 15th: The monthly Community Work Day at The Garden School. (Ki Sonya will not be there but you could work on a couple of HomeSchool outdoor projects).

A Day of Insects and Arachnids

a class poem by the HomeSchool Group

Ants are builders, warriors, tasty…to an anteater.

Fireflies, hovering wings, glowing butts in the dark, 

bioluminescence like the stars.

Dragonflies, multi-faceted eyes, born in the water, into the air, 

flying forward, backward, up and down.

Beetles, horned, strong, crawling up your toes.

Mosquitoes, teenie weenie, suck your blood.

Butterflies, egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, adult…drinking straw proboscis.

Moths, nocturnal, follow the lamplight, the moonlight, camouflaged.

Ticks, eight-legged, sticking to you, 

climb into your underwear ‘cause it’s warm.

Crickets, chirping talk for other crickets, making sound with legs and wings.

Bees, pollen on back legs, carrying yummy honey.

Spiders, banana yellow and black, glistening web, 

here comes a lot of dinner.

Quote from a child: "I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset on Tuesday. That was awesome!"

Quote from John Maxwell: "Sometimes you win. Sometimes you learn."

See you down the trail,

Ki Sonya