The boys were a bit miffed that their cousins were heading to their grandmother's hotel to go swimming yesterday after the zoo but we couldn't since we didn't have swimsuits with us and we were heading to soccer so we made plans to go swimming today. But I warned the boys that I wanted to get some sort of schoolwork done today before we did that. Ian was the first one up and immediately went to check on the caterpillars. He came right back in to talk to me and I could tell he was upset. "Mom! One of the crystallises fell!" I gently explained that I wasn't sure what that meant but that not all caterpillars make it to turn into butterflies. Once downstairs I read the pamphlet that came with our butterfly kit and assured Ian that we can gently move the crystallises over and it might still hatch. He was greatly relieved. He then asked if, for science today, they could watch the Wild Kratts video all about butterflies to learn even more about butterflies. I said sure and put our science book away; hopefully we'll get to our experiment tomorrow.
They ate breakfast while they watched the movie and I put away our cursive workbooks too since I found these adorable Mother's day interviews on Pinterest last night and thought the boys would have fun filling them out today for writing/penmanship and spelling. It was really cute to hear their responses (for the grandma ones anyway, they don't want me to see the answer to the mom ones until Mother's Day). Having multiple grandma's the boys will be filling more of them out tomorrow.
Unfortunately, we had very limited time since their grandma was not going to be at her hotel all day and I really wanted to schoolwork done before we left. By 10; I realized that wasn't going to happen. They all slept in until almost 8 this morning so we didn't have much time to get through out work. We were all getting frustrated and after the second bout of tears I decided we needed to take a different tactic. I told them we could leave to go swimming as long as they promised me they'd work when we got home this afternoon. Ian finished all his work before we left and Alec brought his math workbook with him to work on in the car once he did the section on Tangrams.
We swam, jumped and played in the water for 45min. and then we had to clean up and head home. By then we were all pretty hungry anyway so we had some lunch and the kids all asked to watch How the States Got Their Shapes. We watched an episode about how trains, boats, and cars shaped some of the states. Then we watched an episode about natural disasters. I'm learning a lot and I hope they are too!
Once the movie ended Evan and I worked on his math; another dot to dot to 100 and Alec finished up his mother's day interviews. Evan made it all the way to 75 before he needed any help this time and mostly he just needed me to help him find the numbers he couldn't find or else help him focus again. Alec drew pictures of a hummingbird on the back of his grandmother's interview using his How to Draw Birds book he took out of the library. It came out really nice and I'm hoping to get him to draw one nice and big on some watercolor paper one day so we can make a whole big art project out of it but we'll see. For now I'm thrilled to see him working so hard on developing his drawing skills.
soap blow up in the microwave again and play with the soap flakes. I said sure and grabbed three bars of Ivory soap (while they played I looked up recipes to make out own laundry detergent; I figured why let the soap flakes go to waste?). They played with trucks and animals for at least an hour and had a great time.