Saturday, May 23, 2009

Peter Rabbit Returns

Today was Miah's (official) last day of 1st grade. She finished her math book yesterday. So today, she read to me and made her Alaska notebook page, the last for her United States Notebook. Then we finished the day off with some practical life/science (otherwise known as gardening.)
This morning, I woke to find that Peter Rabbit had returned. The new little fence didn't stop him. He dug under it and even bent the wires out of the way.
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He ate the okra, the peas. . .
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. . . and the sunflowers.
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You know what's really interesting about this? Our yard is fenced. Our garden is fenced. The rabbit has to work hard to get to our garden. The neighbor's garden sits unfenced in an unfenced yard uneaten! Oh well. We put some brick around the outside. I hope it helps.
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Good news is that, apparently, the rabbit doesn't have a taste for bell peppers.
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Or tomatoes. It's so exciting to see food growing!
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Miah also worked hard filling buckets with compost to put in our deck boxes.
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Larkin planted some runner beans to climb up the deck posts. (Larkin insists on wearing a jacket in this warm weather so he doesn't get scratched when he's playing in the bushes.)
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Thyme and oregano were planted on the deck.
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It was a perfect last day of "school". Of course, the learning won't end just because we've checked off our 180 days required by the government. It will just continue in a more relaxed way. The necessary bookwork and hard work will take a back burner to the kind of learning that inspires and brings joy, the kind that spreads a smile on the face of a little girl with her hands in the dirt.

"But the children ask for bread and we give them a stone; we give information about objects and events which mind does not attempt to digest but casts out bodily (upon an examination paper?). But let information hang upon a principle, be inspired by an idea, and it is taken with avidity and used in making whatsoever in the spiritual nature stands for tissue in the physical. 'Education,' said Lord Haldane, some time ago, 'is a matter of the spirit' . . . " -Charlotte Mason

4 comments:

  1. I have gardened all my life and I cant get enough of these garden posts! Your kids will remember these days forever.

    And you poor thing! I would not be happy if a rabbit got into my garden! But then again...poor little Peter rabbit. When you think of the story and mean ole Mr McGregor then you just have to feel sorry for the rabbit! LOL

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  2. Darn rabbits! I have had chickens raid my garden before and it did not make me happy. I'm sorry about your lost bounty.

    BUT... look at all the wonderful work you and the kids did today! Great last day of school. :)

    Val

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  3. Holy cow-that (those) are some destructive rabbits!! I'm so sorry. That is so frustrating. 2 yrs ago we had racoons eat a lot of our corn. And lastt year something got into our strawberries, but only took a bite out of each one it got to.
    I have heard of people planting things around the edge of their yard that rabbits/deer like to eat so they'll stay out of the garden-don't know if it really works, though.
    It looks like your children are really enjoying gardening. Love the quote. Holly

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  4. How did you teach your children to write? Joseph is 4 3/4 and he and I got frustrated with our attempts. Also what Montessori curriculum do you use or where do you get mostof your ideas from?

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