This week we went to the zoo. Highlights: Baby giraffe, chimpanzees, elephants, frogs, alligator, otters, millipedes. And the slide:
For Earth Day, Pixar screened the new Disney documentary, Chimpanzee. Trailer here. Margaret and Isaac loved it, though there were some scary parts and they took turns sitting in both our laps in the theater.
Afterwards, Margaret decided she was a chimpanzee:
Because of Margaret's interest in chimpanzees, I thought we could get some books about chimps at the library. "Library skills" is another state standard for elementary school students, so I thought it would be good for Margaret to learn that librarians are there to help you find what you're looking for. So Margaret asked the librarian if there were any chimpanzee books and the librarian helped us find 3: a general chimpanzee book, Jane Goodall's The Chimpanzee Family Book, and Me... Jane.
Also, at the library, I check out books that we don't own but are classics. This week I got Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, Anatole, Amelia Bedelia, The Courage of Sarah Noble, and a book of poems: And the Green Grass Grew All Around. I'll do some reviews in Goodreads if you're interested. The children picked out ABC Pop!, The big Adventures of Majoko, Vol 5, The Perfect Pinata La Pinata Perfecta, and There's a Bird on Your Head. I also checked out The Well-Trained Mind because some friends use it, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to return it right back next week. I flipped through it and I just kept thinking, "Education doesn't need to be this involved!"
Margaret came to me asking to write the other day, but we've done this before: she asks to write and then after 2 seconds gives up because she doesn't want to do anything other than M and H. So this time I used a cookie sheet of salt and she got to draw on it. She did "write" some letters on it, but also did a lot of drawing. This is a good quiet time activity.
The day after the salt pan, she drew in a notebook and wrote the letters "A" and "I" along with M and H. So, progress!
We had some illness this week. I had food poisoning last Saturday night. Margaret came down with hand, foot, and mouth and Isaac looks like he's in the early stages of that as well. It's highly contagious, but is pretty mild, so we've been able to keep up most of our regular activities like park days.