Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Doldrums

I’m linking up with The Garden Path and the Homeschool Village Garden Challenge today. I feel like there's not much to share today, because my garden is rebelling against the heat. We have picked a few tomatoes, some green beans, and this monster yellow straight neck squash. I really don’t know how these things manage to hide under the leaves until they are too big to eat!

We are seeing more and more ears form on the corn plants. I just wish I could find my notes on which seeds we planted where. I scratched them out in a spiral notebook as we planted with the intention of adding them to my planting spreadsheet. Unfortunately, I am a homeschooler and it seems an abundance of spiral notebooks plague our home. I’ll find the right notebook eventually, but in the meantime I’ll have to wait for the ears to ripen to identify the different types of corn!
Some tall corn...
...and some not so tall corn.

I am seeing more and more grasshoppers – this guy is huge – almost 3 inches long. We’re also seeing lots of ladybugs and I’m very glad about that. FRitW and MT got their waterguns out and helped me fight off a few squash bugs this week. We shoot them off the plants into a bucket of soapy water and let them drown. It sounds mean I guess but if you could see what they do to my pumpkins and squash, I think you’d agree that they deserve worse!

I hope you are getting sufficient rain, plenty of sunshine, and a good dose of time in the garden! Check in with the other gardeners at The Garden Path and the HSV Garden Challenge and link up a recent garden post of your own!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Chasing Rabbits, er Birds or, Can We Call This School?

It all started in a writing assignment. In the first draft of a paragraph about summer, Kirk wrote, “The birds are chirping merrily and shooting hoops in the backyard…” I laughed so hard! When I read it out loud, so did he! Obviously he didn’t intend to portray birds playing basketball in the back yard, but it was too late. FRitW, hearing the sentence, immediately began to create a scenario…

The story had begun. Our family calls English peas – “green basketballs” (I don’t remember how that started, but that’s what we call them). FRitW’s story begins with a dropped green basketball and soon teams of 100 red Cardinals and 100 Blue Jays and playing basketball with a leaf net. They even have numbers on their feathers and a Black Capped Chickadee to act as referee.

FRitW dictated his story to me and has already illustrated it (all his own idea!). He has planned to mail it to someone special so I’ll also discuss addressing an envelope and writing a friendly letter. I think we can call this a successful bit of schooling – don’t you?