A proposition to the children.... "Timeline? George's Key? Fish? Nature Walk in the rain? Really Wild Animal videos?" and a happy agreement.
Ah. A plan, then.
Clifford on the computer
and stories with Daddy.
And Really Wild Animal videos. Including business with a cobra.
Which brought to mind a few things we've been meaning to look up.... the earthworm's classification (they're Annelids), whether the sow bug is a kind of millipede- which led us to this page, and a site that we're happy to have discovered, Backyard Nature. (We've covered both of these things before, but I think we become a bit disconnected over the winter time, and we forget things like rolypoly's are crustaceans and how worms mate (Cool.).
Chapter 5 of George's Secret Key to the Universe.
The making of a TIE Fighter out of geo sticks and balls.
We finished up our art project.
Trev took off on his bike for his daily adventure with our neighbor friend, and Madd watched ScoobyDoo and played Winnie-ther-Pooh on the computer.
Off for a walk, then.
Mmmm, how lovely.
Upon arriving home, and showing Maddie where our own flowers are rising up, she wanted to sacrifice one in the name of Scientific Investigation (or Ssspear-a-mint, as the case is).
Without too much pain, Mama agreed.
We looked at and identified (after a bit of research on tulip parts - and what do you know... we were led to Backyard Nature again!) our tulip bud.
In order, from top to bottom:
sepal (the outer green "petals"), petal, the male stamen (which holds the anther), the pistil, the stigma (the three lobed part), and the leaf. Tulips keep their ovaries hidden and closely guarded, so no dissecting them.
Now instead of just nodding at some mysterious (though lovely!) bud, we know exactly what's going on in there.
Looks like there's quite a stack of books and things collecting, because Mama keeps saying "Just a minute....".... so I think that means my time is up.
A wonderful, full, and lovely day.