Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Full Day

Our little seedlings are growing strong and enjoying the sun.

("Like plants need water, children need love." ~unknown)

Our Tuesday co-op started with a little art project today.

("Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things." ~Author Unknown)

Larkin and his friend, Cale, are two peas in a pod. Unfortunately, they often have to be separated since they can't refrain from wallowing all over each other and causing a general disturbance when they are supposed to be listening. Fortunately for them though, the sitting and listening part is usually pretty short.

(A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn't act that way very often. ~Author Unknown)

Today the kids learned about coordinate planes.

("So if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again." ~Francis Bacon, "Of Studies")

I was happy to see Rohan participating in this part. He usually opts out of the group activities, as do most of the littler kids.

One family in the group will be traveling very soon to bring home their two new little ones from Ghana. (Yay!) The kids wrote letters, drew pictures, made paper airplanes, and origami to be given to the other kids at the orphanage.

(“One of the best things in the world to be is a boy; it requires no experience, but needs some practice to be a good one” Charles Dudley Warner)

("There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God's finger on man's shoulder." ~Charles Morgan)

Rohan was making various shapes on his paper and saying, "This is North America. . . This is Madagascar . . . This is where the penguins live . . ." When he ran out of places he knew, he asked me to help, so I brought the globe over. He would point to a country, ask me the name of it, and draw it (usually a circle.) He got pretty excited when he pointed to Thailand, and I told him his aunt was born there. He drew Thailand really big. Then after he pointed to each country he had to ask who was born there. Finally, he said, "OK. Now tell me all the ones I missed." And so I kept reading out country names, and he kept drawing.

(The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four - of secondary importance is to prepare for being five. ~Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook, 1985)

Rohan's Map of the World.

This evening, we went to the Cub Scout Annual Blue and Gold Banquet to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of Boy Scouts.

(Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky. ~Fran Lebowitz)

(Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it. ~Not Your Average Dictionary)

My favorite part of any cub scout event is just watching the boys act like boys (foreign little critters to my mind) and observing the immense patience of the cub scout leaders. We are blessed with some great leaders in our group.

(You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones)

Larkin loves adding the belt loops to his belt. This time he brought home ones for chess, marbles, art, and collecting.

(“Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.” ~James Thurber)


  1. I love Rohan's face looking at that globe...too cute! I was going to tell you how I much I enjoyed reading Zahana's letter yesterday, but I must have been distracted, can't imagine why? Maybe when my little noise with dirt on it started wailing and screaming. :)

    It's going to be sad when we won't be separating those two peas in a pod.

  2. I can't help but imagine what it would be like for those 2 in a traditional school setting....I know Cale is going to miss Larkin :)

    What seeds have you started?

  3. Oh, wonderful stuff, as usual!! The coordinate planes lesson looks incredible...can you tell us more about it?

  4. Phyllis - A masking tape grid was laid out on carpet. Post-it notes were used across the bottom and up the side to # each line. A coordinate was given to each child to find and stand on that point. Other kids had to say the coordinates their friends were standing on.
    Sadie - They'd probably be drugged, sadly. I'm keeping my hands out of the gardening this year (it's hard!), but Jeremiah has started tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, squash, okra, peas, beans,flowers, and cactus (that one's for Larkin)inside and peas, lettuce, and carrots outside in the garden.