We are still eating the leftover pizza and Italian hero from my niece's party the other day. W likes it for breakfast. He gets a full lunch at school as well that he just raves about. We drove him to school and decided to leave the car there and walk home. J wanted to make it a nature walk and pick some flowers and leaves to bring home. We got out the Mid-Atlantic field guide and found most of the items. We had a White Snakeroot shrub and Silver Maple, Red Maple, Yellow Birch, and Scarlet Oak leaves. We had lots of pink and purple flowery things and some weeds, but couldn't find them in the book. She put each specimen into a baggie and labeled it. She included the Latin name and 1 cool fact from the guidebook.
AS I was flipping through the guide, she noticed a page on the food chain. She got excited and told me she knows about that and wanted to draw it. She grabbed paper and a pen and drew an ocean food chain with a whale at one end and plankton at the other. She gave it a title and decorated it a bit. Then she got some more paper and crayons and did leaf-rubbings of the leaves and flowers we couldn't identify. All of a sudden it was time to pick up W. I saw she put a backpack on and I told her she might not want to bring it since we were going to the playground. She said her workbooks, notebook, and pens were in there and she wanted to do some at the playground. Hmmm. ok.
They played with Sarah and her sister Daniella again. I love that there is a big playground behind the school. It was wet and dreary today, but kids don't care. After a while J and Sarah sat on a bench, far away from any noisy kids, and got out their workbooks. W and Daniella ran to the other side of the park and were trying to throw large acorns into the basketball hoop. We picked up K a little while later. At home, K made herself an omelet and went right on the phone and into her room. I think I'm going to buy a book called "Hold on to Your Kids" by Gordon Neufeld. I've heard good things about it and I believe it might keep us in the right direction where K is concerned. She's a great kid and I just don't want to see her grow up too fast.