Ladybug Love

This week for home school class we explored lady bugs. We have been visiting a lovely nature spot and the girls have noticed lots of lady bugs around the area, so we thought we’d do a little more in depth study on the local lady beetles. We found plenty and decided to sketch them and make our own ladybugs out of beeswax modeling clay. We read a lady bug story and used to books to look at all the different types of lady birds there are in the world. There was even a lady bug obstacle course built! All of the ladybugs we caught that day were of course set free after we were done with our lesson. It was a lovely cool spring morning of exploration and play.

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Portrait Project

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Eloise: About five months away from being a five year old! You are still very spunky and very assertive of your independence (which of course makes my days a bit challenging). You are dedicated to animals and learning as much as you can about them. You are newly fascinated with dinosaurs (“I like them because they are cool Mama”). You sing all day long and when you aren’t singing, you are talking and telling stories. You play hard with your friends. I find some days when we are out with friends, I only catch glimpses of you because you are so busy and in deep play with them. You love to cuddle with me at the end of the day though and tell me all of your “highs” and that you “don’t have any lows today Mama”, beaming proudly.
You are my light little girl, my high… every day.

Wild Play

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We’ve been out in the wild a lot these days. Soaking in the gorgeous colors of this wet California spring. Taking little nature walks and exploring local pond life and checking on the seals along the bluffs. It’s brought a new dimension to our days. Discovering nature together and with friends has been such a joy, every week. I’m truly thankful we get to explore with friends, new and old every day.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!

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Last week marked the end of our home school “winter session”. California is just too green right now to not move into the more “spring related” projects. We decided to head up to the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens and spend some time looking for the things we had studied this winter like mushrooms, evergreens, worms, moss and lichens. I had created a little card to remind them of everything and I also created a paper with a special winter nature hunt : Something they saw, something they heard, something they smelt, something they touched. We also did a little “winter pond” nature study. I made them a little labeled guide, but there wasn’t much to look at this time. We will revisit the pond each season. We had a wonderful time exploring the gardens and then had a fun winter time snowman snack. The girls also got their badges from this winter too. We’re excited to begin the spring session!

52 Project

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Eloise: You are obsessed with dinosaurs. You caught the dino bug when you watched a “spinosaurus” discovery documentary that Dada was watching. You were utterly fascinated and have been curious about dinos ever since. First your favorite dinosaur was the T-Rex but since doing some research, your new favorite is Anklyosaurus.

“a photo of Ellie, each week, every week in 2017”

A Little Hike Between the Rains

We were lucky enough to have a beautiful day of no rain and lots of sunshine last week. A neighbor invited us to go on a little hike nearby and we jumped at the chance to get some exercise and get outdoors.
The trail was perfect for miss Ellie Boo who is a novice hiker (we don’t do too much hiking these days because she puts up quite the fuss about walking anywhere). But with a friend her same age, she made it through with little whining this time. 😉
The trail led us down to a river and the girls enjoyed wading in the water, scooping up mud and looking for bugs. On our way back up the trail, we stumbled upon a beautiful horse and his handler. She let the girls pet him and talked to us a bit about riding this particular breed. It was a really lovely day and I hope its the beginning of many more hikes with Ellie.
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