Thursday, March 26, 2015

Chore Chart Modifications

When I woke up this morning, I went to create the day's jobs and I found this:

I'm not sure when this modification was made. Last I looked, Kaleia did have all of her jobs crossed off yesterday. The name is definitely written by Kaleia, but the Play! and smiley face look more like Maggie's writing. A combined effort? Are they sending me a message? 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Cozy Cage for Tiger

Kaleia has grown especially fond of this key chain tiger, perhaps because he is small enough for her to take to school with her each day. This afternoon, she spent much of her free time building him a cage in the garage. She and Maggie worked together to saw the pieces using the vice and clamps. Maggie grew tired of the project and left Kaleia to put it together on her own. Several times her frustrated sighs or exclamations of "Drats!" drew me to her workbench to lend a hand. I helped remove a bent nail, then with a sighed "Thank you" she got back to work...until the next one. Lacking hinges for a lid/door, she added a hook to attach his keyring to so he wouldn't escape. Finally, Kaleia added the necessary comforts and decor.

Word of the Week: Exstinker

Exstinker (noun):  a portable device that discharges a jet of water, foam, gas, or other material to extinguish a fire.
"Why do we have the exstinker out?" -- Kaleia (5),  asked while we continue melting wax off our pysanky

Pysanky Eggs by Magnolia Rush

On Sunday, my family went to our friend Thomaida's house and we made pysanky. Pysanky are eggs that you draw on with bee's wax and then you dye them. Then you cover the parts you want to stay the dye color with more wax and you dye it a new color. When you are finished decorating, you melt off the bee's wax with a candle and wipe it with a paper towel revealing all of the colors. This is Thomaida's favorite part.  

When I had done the whole process and was melting the bee's wax off my egg, my paper towel caught on fire! Then the burning paper towel fell on my lap. Papa flinged it on to the floor and stomped the fire out. In the process, I fell backward in my chair (Ahhh!) and my second egg broke! After that some people cleaned up the yoke from the egg and the burnt paper towel. After the fire was gone and the yoke was cleaned up, I laughed for a very long time! It was crazy and everyone was talking about it for the rest of the night.

It was a fun night.  Click below to see more pictures.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Adult Mail

This morning I shared with the girls over breakfast that the recent letters they mailed to family members had been received and that the recipients loved them.

To this news, Magnolia starts laughing, "Of course! Because they are grownups and basically all they get is bills, bills, bills!"

So true.

If you need a break from bills, bills, bills, let my little letter writers know.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Wonder Week (by Kaleia)

Wonder Week is a time when you do lots of things that are hard working and you go with a teacher and get to go on the school bus to somewhere.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Experiential Days (by Magnolia)

Experiential days are when you go to experience something you don't do in a regular day at school for four days. And what I did for experiential days is "We love Animals." "We love Animals" is where you learn about animals. My teacher was the fourth grade teacher who is also named Maggie. 
Click to read more about my Experiential Days

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's alive!

"Mama! Mama! Look at the dead bug we found! Oh, wait...It's alive!" There are so many exciting things on the ground that we grown-ups take for granted.
We're curious and have decided to collect some data. Use the poll to the right to share with us what you call this bug. If your choice is not listed, leave us a comment. 

Web Week 2015

One of my favorite things about working at an independent school is the freedom to pause and do something different. Our school demonstrates its value of experiential learning by dedicating the week before spring break to learning outside the traditional classroom walls. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015