Monday, October 7, 2013

Toads, Turtles, Snakes, and the Art of Quilling

The month started off with a school board meeting, and this is what happened as soon as we were done and opened the doors.  The school board members' children had been outside and had all found “science” for the next school day -- toads.  Big, ugly, gross toads.  They brought them inside to show us, so that they could release them and still get credit for them the next morning.
We have just completed the Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome units in our Threads living history curriculum of which we all have grown quite fond.  I had worn a toga for the lesson with a wreath of flowers on my head.  I let the students dress up after we were done with the lesson.  
This month one of the highlights for morning “science” was the remains of a copperhead, a poisonous snake, which a student found crawling very close to his little brother’s foot.  We let all the students see it close-up so that they could identify one if they ever saw one again.  
Then I left it on the coffee table for more observation.  And forgot about it.  The next morning the school smelled horrible.  So, we got a candle and burned it in that room for a few hours :-).
And these are the last of the watermelons out of a garden.  Fall is finally approaching. 
Quilling is the early American art of rolling thin strips of paper into coils and then arranging them to make shapes and pictures.  

The hedge hog went crazy one day.  He is usually most active at night, or if we get him out of his little hut and gently hold him.  But this day he was running around, eating, and making a lot of noise.  
And, you know you are blessed when one of your students’ parents brings you a yummy meal.  Especially when you love chocolate and the dessert looks like this.  
Happy Fall Ya'll!