Dirt, Caterpillars, Beach

Springtime means dirt! Doesn’t it? To my young nature loving, unschooling boys it sure does. And they’ve been all-in for the past while! Bubby, Snickers and I came up with the perfect experiment to test what we know about what plants need to grow (water, sunshine, and dirt!). We planted some beans in recycled cans and put on hidden away in a cupboard, without sunshine. We watered that one every time it got dry. We put the other two out on the deck in the sunshine, watering one as it started to get dry, but leaving the other parched.

But it’s stark white with sad yellow leaves. Bubby realized that this is because the plant thinks it’s still underground and is desperately searching for sunshine.

Just as we suspected, the parched one hasn’t grown yet and the one with water and sunshine is starting to sprout some pretty bright green leaves and stems. The one we deprived of light, however, surprised us! It has grown SO BIG and tall! But it’s stark white with sad yellow leaves. Bubby realized that this is because the plant thinks it’s still underground and is desperately searching for sunshine. We’ve moved it outside now and will see how long it takes for it to start the process of photosynthesis and turn green.

…AND!!! We put in our first garden bed this past weekend! The boys spent Saturday secretly driving the big machines (they were so excited to tell me all about it!) that belong to a friend of Husband, loading up the trailer with dirt for me for Mother’s Day. Then Sunday was spent working hard building the bed. We can’t wait to get the veggie seeds in the ground. This summer will bring us food after all!

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We are raising butterflies!

This has been such an eye-opening and heartstring pulling adventure for him, and we are working hard to do our part to help the pollinators thrive.

We’ve learned a ton about pollinators and their desperate need for conservation. Bubby is in with two feet. We’re going to save the world over here! This has been such an eye-opening and heartstring pulling adventure for him, and we are working hard to do our part to help the pollinators thrive. We are building a pollinator garden!

The caterpillars came to us so tiny, but they grew so fast! They are all chrysalides now, and soon…

This week has been so fantastically beautiful that we have spent every spare second on the beach exploring, learning and having fun!

we explored tidal pools, played battleship with logs and rocks, built sandcastles, found moon jellies and crabs, climbed rocks, and soaked up the sunshine

We followed an EPIC ant trail when we went for dinner at one of our favourite beaches for Mother’s Day; we discovered many different kinds of seaweed at the beach with friend; we scavenged beach glass on a rocky beach with Bumpa; we explored tidal pools, played battleship with logs and rocks, built sandcastles, found moon jellies and crabs, climbed rocks, and soaked up the sunshine. We love beach days!

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We also had our first outdoor Poetry tea time!

Grandma has been joining us regularly, and we love that! Last week we read poetry about the Lost Buffalo (to wrap up our learning about the buffalo and the Lakota people), about mummies, about chrysalides, and one about the Egyptian goddess Isis in both English AND Egyptian!

Anekh hrak, All praise to you,

anekh hrak, all praise to you,

tua atu, I adore you,

tua atu, I adore you,

nebet Aset! Lady Isis!


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