Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Snippets

We made a paper mache volcano and made it explode until we ran out of baking soda and vinegar!
 We found another dead crayfish and explored, sketched (I sketched, Owen added lines and details) and read about the lives of these cool crustaceans.  The next week we found a live one in the creek to observe movement and see the pinchers work!
 A hot spring day of exploring and playing!
 It got cold again, so we had the smallest fire ever inside and roasted tiny marshmallows on it!!!
 We made an apple pie for Pi Day, March 14th!
 We made green, peppermint, glitter play dough for St. Patrick's day and met up with some fellow homeschoolers for some fun.
 The kids have been catching stink bugs and building Lego houses for them with food and water!
 Ian loves making tea with Mommy :)
 Owen is so proud of his well maintained worm, slug and grub habitat!  This has lead to a lot of reading and research about the lives of various creatures we find outdoors.
 Eva, just bringing her coloring outside at Grandma and Poppy's to hang with the chickens!
 Ian and his cousin, Kellen, pretending to cut the tree apart.
 We researched how to make a bow and made one!  Now to make the arrows!
 A sneak attack on a mini marshmallow that Owen created in our sand/loose parts table.
 Ian is pretty happy to be sitting in the driver's seat!  One of his favorite places to be!
 Looking at pollen on a Carpenter Bee with a microscope.  It was pretty cool!
 Bring out the bounce house!
 Beautiful Eva, working on some pen drawings!  She likes drawing houses, people, snow men, cherry trees and flowers right now.

Owen's First YouTube Video!

Owen decided he wanted to make his own Lego YouTube tutorial.  He showed his audience how to build a Lego cage.  He has watched enough video builds to know the format for a tutorial.  It was so neat to hear him talk about his build and do step by step directions for it.  He has been filming on his own on an old camera that I gave him for awhile now.  He wanted to upload the one on the Lego cage he made, but I helped him rerecord it on a better camera and with a camera mount to help with stability and clarity.  Overall, he was very pleased!  Owen was the most excited when I told him that Uncle Steven was his first subscriber!  We have a channel for him called The Owen Show, but it turns out there are about 20 Owen Shows so we are probably going to change it soon.

Early March Outings

We got through some of the last cold days of winter with some indoor outings.  The National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton is always a good time.  This was Ian's first trip there and he loved it!  Eva decided she doesn't want to go with us next time.  Owen decided to buy the kids something from the gift shop with his own money and was shocked at how much he spent.  Now he wants to have a garage sale to get some money back! 

We brought Grandma Leuzinger along to visit the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal this time.  The kids loved seeing the construction work on the exterior of the building.  We checked out most of the exhibits again and still loved the ball area and pretend play areas the best.

We visited with Aunt Heather at her coffee shop and picked up some trash on her patio.  The kids got paid in cupcakes and gold dollars, so they were thrilled! After that, we did some exploring in Springboro and decided to check out Milo Beck Park.  It was such a great discovery!  The rocky creek bed and nearby sand/mud area were entertaining for all and I was able to sit peacefully and drink my Caramel Macchiato!  We loved the old silo on the property.  It was filled with water bottles and other trash so we decided to go back the next day to clean it up.  Owen loves picking up trash!  

Rain and Snow!

We've gotten some serious rain this early March.  The creek has been raging!  We have been racing sticks in the water, building dams, testing the buoyancy of various items, capturing and exploring earthworms, talking about erosion and the water cycle.  There's a lot to learn outside!