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We’re Still Here!

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And we’ve been doing all sorts of lovely things…

Like petting snakes:

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And making cookies:

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Taking walks in the yard:

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And experimenting with light:

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Yep, we’re still up to our usual stuff…including getting slack with the blog. 😉 But later this week, we’ll be updating again with a Viking-style saga that Grace and Kylie worked on together. Fun! 🙂

Snakes!

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After finishing up our unit on owls, Grace wanted to check out a snake study. This one was shorter than the owl study, but still packed full of new information for Grace.

Did you know that there are no snakes in New Zealand?  Or that snakes can have from 1 – 100 babies at a time?!?  And did you know that snake scales are made up of the same substance as your fingernails?  Those were some of Grace’s favorite facts. 🙂

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I love the picture Grace drew of a snake hatching! 🙂

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The front of the snake folder.

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The guts of the snake folder. 🙂

Here’s a very shaky, poor quality video I took of a snake in our yard the other day.  Grace wasn’t here for the actual viewing of the snake, but she enjoyed watching the video. 😉

Next week we’ll really put the finishing touches on our snake study by returning to the reptile museum. 😀

A Lovely Day for a Hike

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Grace and I took advantage of a gorgeous day today by heading to the hiking trails. So many things to discover and ponder!

All sorts of tracks:

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“Who made these tracks?!?” she ponders.

Beautiful flowers:

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Look closely to spot a fairy ring…encouraged by horse poo. 😉

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And other nifty stuff:

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Who do we have here?

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I do love a nice bridge. 🙂

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Exploring interesting formations.

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Can you spot our new lizard friend???

Raptor-Tastic

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To put the finishing touches on our owl unit, Grace and I visited the Carolina Raptor Center. Seeing the owls close up was fantastic! 🙂

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So tiny! 🙂

 

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We had to be very, very quiet around these owls because they’re working on owl babies. 🙂

Now that our owl unit is officially complete, we’ll be moving on to snakes!  Hooray! 😀

One Completed Owl Folder

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The owl folder is complete! I love projects like this…the ones where the whole family learns a lot. 🙂 Did you know that a large owl can eat a small deer?!? Or that some owls live for 60 years? It turns out that owls are pretty fascinating! We still have a trip planned this week to visit some owls, and we’re looking into building an owl house, but the unit study folder is finished. 😀

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What We’ve Been Up To…

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Not a whole lot, actually. 🙂

We had a fantastic week at the beach, and now we’re in full swing with our summer schedule. (Summer schedule = pretty slack, but still getting things done. 🙂 )

We’ve spent most of our school time over the past few days working on an owl unit that Grace requested.

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To go along with that, we’re reading Hoot. 🙂

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To finish up the owl unit study, we’ll be going to a local Raptor Center to visit the owls.

We’ve also been exploring our yard…so many things to see!

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Of course, we’ve been doing some math and social studies, too. (More on that later.)

We hope everyone is having a fabulous week!  We’re looking forward to updating the blog a little more frequently now that we’re back from the beach and back to a “normal” schedule. 😀

Chocolate Study Wrap Up

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Grace and I had lots of fun with her chocolate study.  We finished up the study by making no-bake cookies this morning. 😀  Though it’s been a very interesting unit study, I’ll be glad to return to a house without so much junk food!  (Grace probably doesn’t agree. 😉 )

In other chocolate study news, we’ve tallied the results of our chocolate survey both here and on Facebook.  You probably won’t be stunned to know that milk chocolate was the overwhelming winner with 50% of the votes.  Sweet dark chocolate came in a distant second with 30.5% of the votes.  Semisweet chocolate had 11.5% of the votes.  Bittersweet and white chocolate tied with 4% each.

I think we’ll post Grace’s story about waking up as an m&m tomorrow. 🙂  Other exciting things for tomorrow?  We’ll be starting our study of owls!  Woohoo! 🙂

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The outer shell of the completed folder.

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The gooey center of the completed folder. 😉

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No-bake cookies in progress.

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Not much to look at, but they’re delicious!

Chocolate Survey

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For part of our science enrichment, Grace is working on a unit study about chocolate.  Today we had the horrifying task of tasting several types of chocolate to determine our favorites. 😉  Okay, maybe it wasn’t so horrifying.  Grace and I both landed on semi-sweet chocolate as a favorite, but now we need your help!  We’re supposed to survey people about their favorite types of chocolate, so we’d love for you to take a moment and vote for your favorite type below.  (Never fear!  There will be graphing and math to come of this. 🙂 )

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Ready to taste test!

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Pondering the deliciousness. 🙂

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A closer view of our samples.

Braaaaains! (And Stuff)

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Grace has started doing a small independent research project each week. She picks her own topics and goes into research mode to learn new and exciting things. We’ve been doing this for three weeks, and I love the topics she’s chosen so far: Tokio Hotel (a German band she loves), how music boxes work, and the human brain. It’s so fun to see what she picks!

Here are some pictures of the results of her brain research (diagram and note cards):

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A Week of Beans

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This was another activity from Grace’s Living Organisms unit…she placed some dried beans (we had some black beans in the cabinet) in a jar with cotton and water. Then the wait began. Here’s what happened over a week’s time:

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It’s pretty amazing how fast those suckers grow with nothing but cotton, water, and sunshine! We’ll be transplanting them to little pots of dirt tomorrow. We’ll have a bean crop in no time. 😉