Friday, May 23, 2014

Nature School

Miah and Larkin attended another Homeschool Day at Tremont, and I went with them this time.
In the morning, they learned how to use a compass and had a treasure hunt.
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After lunch, the kids played a camouflage game.
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My friend, Dawn, was one of the leaders.
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Besides that, there was plenty of naturey play with friends.
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Otter scat full of crawdads
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Luna moth
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Cherry Millipede
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Tiger Beetle
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Yellow Trillium
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Yellow Honeysuckle
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We ended the day by recording data for our phenology plot.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

May Miscellany

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These girls love tea parties.
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Elowen's yogurt skin care treatment
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Breakfast
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Playing with neighbor friends
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Spider photos by Larkin
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Found by Rohan
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Jeremiah spotted this cool spider.  It sat next to an ant hole in this post and would catch ants and take them back to its home.
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Jeremiah's bees
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Enjoying honeysuckle
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Cousin fun
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Baseball continues
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Chess tournament (He won this game.)
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She decided (seemingly out of the blue) that she wanted her ears repierced.  She got gold earrings this time and hasn't had any trouble with them.  Guess she's just a little princess.
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Having fun at the strawberry patch, mud and all.
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Shoes, as usual.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Spring Excursion

We all took a little trip up to our 13 acres.  Jeremiah goes there occasionally, but I haven't been there in about three years.  It's really a pretty place.  Too bad it's so far away.
We had a cookout, and the kids looked for critters and played in the creek.  Jeremiah burned brush and collected big rocks out of the creek to bring home.  I just watched Elowen and took pictures.  It was a lovely way to spend a spring day together.
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Moss growing in a previously burned spot. 
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Spring Iris (Iris verna)
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Jumping spider eating a termite
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A lovely red Cladonia (cristatella? didyma?)
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Northern Cricket Frog
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White -eyed Vireo
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Long-tailed Salamander
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Flat-backed Millipede
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Sourwood with woodpecker holes
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Cup Fungus
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Blue Corporal (Ledona deplanata)
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Spring Azure
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Azure Bluets
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Hooded Warbler.  This one was a real treat.  When we were camping at Uwharrie, some bird serenaded us evening and morning, but we couldn't see it.  Then we heard the same birdsong again on our property.  This time, I got a peek at it and even some pictures! I was thrilled to see this bird and learn who the singer was.
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