I had asked the boys to each pick at least one thing to work on for school yesterday while I packed up lunches for our visit to my grandmother. Ian and Alec both immediately (and happily!) called out "Draw Write Now!" They pulled out their books and Alec got to work drawing his panda bear while Ian worked on drawing an icebreaker. Alec asked us all if we thought bamboo was a tree or grass. I was stumped but Evan guessed grass and Ian guessed tree. Alec told us it was grass and when Ian started arguing with him they made me go look it up and, of course, Alec was right. Bamboo is the largest grass in the world.
While they worked on drawing and writing Evan chose to work in his math workbook and completed two pages on geometric shapes. I just couldn't get over how HAPPY they all were as they worked on their schoolwork!
We read another chapter in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban before heading to the store to buy printer ink. We ended up buying a few other things too and as I was checking out Ian turned to me and said "wow, we must have spent like $90 today!" It rang up to $89 and change!! How's that for hands- on math?! I was so impressed even though I was not happy to have spent so much money.
We spent the day at my grandmothers visiting her and playing with her kitten until it was time for the older boys to head to karate. Karate ran a bit late but luckily we were still in time for the summer reading kickoff party at our local library. The boys were anxious for this years kickoff since they had so much fun at last year's and the same company was coming with animals again this year. We got to learn about new animals this time around though and the boys learned a lot about local animals. We saw tree frogs, talked about the life cycle of a frog, toads vs. frogs, peeper frogs, and camouflage.
We learned about flying squirrels and I had no idea that they were more prevalent than gray squirrels in our area but they're nocturnal so we don't see them as often. We talked about their skin flap, their flat tails and their coloring.
After he cleaned up after the fox he had one final animal to show us-- a fisher. And while it's often called a fisher cat it's actually part of the same family as skunks and ferrets. I have to say he was kind of cute looking! But we did get to see his nice big teeth and large paws. They like to swim, climb, dig holes in the snow, and, unfortunately, eat house cats. They will not hesitate to tackle an animal larger than themselves.