This afternoon we learned how to propagate by cuttings. We used propagation mix, rooting hormone, seed trays and cuttings from pittosporum tenuifolium, box hedge and another hedge plant. Thanks Paul for being teacher. To look after our plants, we need to keep them moist, spraying them with a spray bottle of water 3-4 times a day and keep them in a shady place.
Jonathan got the microscope out and looked at a feather. He could see the barbs and the joining barbules that hook together, interlocking the vane of the feather. Then he took a photo of it down through the microscope. I didn’t think the camera would do that but it did!
Tim was looking for more input on robotics. I remembered we had a book “Physics By Design” by Barbara Bratzel. It was perfect for him. He is working through the projects systematically and journaling his learning in a scrapbook. Well done Tim!
With great excitement the children, my mother and I watched a monach butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. Lily exclaimed “It’s being born!” Born again. We marvelled. We asked questions. David went to search for answers on the net. It was folded up at first. It unfolded and straightened up over an hour. We waited as it rested from rebirth for several hours. Then we saw it fly away! O the wonder of it all. Matthew wrote about it on his blog very eloquently. http://matthewsampson.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/amazing/
Every beginning to our ‘school’ year we take a photo. Today was the day to do it for 2013. I managed to get everyone to smile by talking to a stuffed Yoda. Other years’ photos can be found at https://katrinasampson.wordpress.com/about/
This is the yacht my dad (whom the boys call Pa) and my five eldest sons have been restoring over the last 2 years. Last week at Pigeon Bay was the time to try it out! Pa gave them a talk and demonstration and then they each sat at the helm, learning to steer, pull ropes, “go about”, and harness the wind. The light wind blowing was perfect for beginners. Pa was in a rescue boat with a motor, trailing behind them giving instructions. What fun!
Today dawned without a cloud in the sky – perfect for the solar eclipse. It grew eerily dim and cold this morning as the moon passed in front of the sun.
Daniel made a marvelous Pin Hole Solar Eclipse Viewer. It was so exciting when we discovered it really worked.
Next we discovered the sunlight filtering through the trees was crescent shaped too! Amazing!
Daniel suggested he take his viewer down to the local country school to show the children there. I rang the school and the teacher was delighted with Daniel’s idea as they had only seen it on the internet, not “in real life without pixels” says Daniel. So I sent Daniel down to the school on his own. It was Daniel’s first time going to school, but he was a ‘teacher’! He explained how his viewer worked and then got the children to line up to have a peep. Good one Daniel.
Lily and Joseph were really excited to receive their postings from Te Kura ECE. Susanna wheeled Joseph in with the loot. The postings contain activity ideas, resources, books, music CDs and puzzles for my pre-schoolers.
One of the activities for this posting is self-portraits. We did these today. I drew around Lily first as Joseph was a bit unsure what we were going to do. When he saw what we were doing he wanted to lie down next to Lily on her paper. But we told him he could have his very own sheet of paper soon. The small person Lily drew next to herself is Joshua.
Joseph wanted to be helping to hold the paper not pose in front of it for the photo! You can see his fingers at the sides. His guy is green because he loves Yoda and wanted to look like him! See the light sabre! See the blue chin, curly hair and lashes around the blue eyes.