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Rock Collecting

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Today we read Let’s Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans.

Then we went rock collecting!
rock collecting

finds on the Rivanna trail
Afterward Sam cleaned the rocks and sorted them. She was excited to find some quartz.

24 September 2012

The BFG Turns 30

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Sam loves Roald Dahl’s The BFG. It was one of the first chapter books she read by herself. She was thrilled to attend our local library’s 30th anniversary program on the BFG for kids in second grade. She was especially thrilled to attend with her friend Heidi. Before the activities began, the girls check out the shelf where Sam’s other favorite books, the A-Z mystery series, reside.

Sam and Heidi in the stacks

13 September 2012


Monday, September 17th, 2012


Frustrated by Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes, Sam checked out a bunch of drawing and cartooning books for kids at the library and now she’s Doing Things Her Own Way.

2 September 2012

Experiment: Let’s Dew It

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

What Did We Use?

Water, ice cubes, a jar, a glass and humidity.

What Did We Do?

We put ice cubes in the glass and the jar and filled them with water. We put the jar outside but we kept the glass inside.

What Happened?

The jar outside got more dew and it got faster because it was hotter outside than inside.

What Did We Learn?

We learned that the jar got more dew because there was a 7 degree difference outside (hotter).

Fact: The hotter the air is the more water vapor it can hold.

Ice cubes


30 August 2012
Based on More Mudpies to Magnets

Observation: Clouds and Rain

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

We saw mostly small, fluffy clouds but a couple of wispy clouds here and there. We also saw some mysterious wispy clouds low in the sky.

Rain: we measured 1 3/4 inches of rain in our weather station.

28 August 2012

Rows and Columns

Monday, August 27th, 2012

rows and columns

Players take turns, picking up cards in any row or column that add up to 15.

27 August 2012

Autumn Garden

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Sam waters the new garden bed
We spent the weekend putting in a raised bed, 4×8, and then filled it with a mixture of topsoil, potting soil, manure and our friends the Zmicks’ fabulous homemade compost. Today Sam and I planted lettuce–Bibb and Black Seeded Simpson–a repeat of last spring. Last spring the seeds germinated in 11 days. What will happen with August plantings?

Sam predicts 11 days, same as the spring. We’ll see. It was pretty hot today– high 80s.

27 August 2012


Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

I’m reading Heidi (1880) by Johanna Spyri to Sam in the mornings. The other day, she turned out this pictorial character list (complete with creative spelling of the names):


6 August 2012

More Birds (and Dogs)

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Birds and dogs

6 August 2012

Drawing with Dad

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Since January, Sam and her dad have been doing exercises from Mona Brookes’s Drawing with Children.

bird, lion, tree

Drawn from still-life: Seamus the teddy bear

March 2012