Friday, May 23, 2014

Mayan Creation Stories, Evolution, Sauerkraut, and a Chihuahua... among other things

Of course it's wonderful when Lu is fully engaged in
and excited by what we're learning, 
but it's also pretty cool when it's engaging and exciting 
for mama too.

I'm really enjoying everything we're doing this term.

We just finished reading the children's version 
of the Mayan book of creation - Popol Vuh.

We're learning Guatemalan geography,
something I need to brush up on.

Lu's creating a set of famous landmark flashcards.

With Lu's guitar playing, we're also doing lots of singing.

We're furthering our understanding of evolution
with this awesome book:

In the kitchen, Lu made brownies with a friend.

and two hugeongous jars of sauerkraut.

Lu found a motorbike in a tree.

 And there's been a lot of skateboarding,
and playing around with Cha's new groovy photo app.

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In the workshop, Lu built a bed for a chihuahua.

A chihuahua?

(did you notice her in the second photo?)

Tinich came to us this week.
Her name means "tiny" in Kakchikel,
the local Mayan language.
She was severely hypoglycemic and did not make it,
even though we did everything we could for her.

She will live long in our memories.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Three Times Around The Sun

 Rainy season has started again, 
which means a lot more inside time.

Science in the kitchen.

Cozy reading.

Time slows down.

Lots of cuddles. But that's every season.

Trying to get the needle to stand up straight....
over and over and over again.

Mastermind. Oh boy, are we playing Mastermind.

Multi-media resesearch and graphic note-taking
on our scientist of the week: Charles Darwin.

Drawing tutorials are all the rage here these days.

And some garden work when the sun is out.

I'm loving it. All of it. Every day. Every week.
Through the seasons. Three times around the sun now.

Watching my boy grow in so many ways,
and find himself, is a most awesome thing.

Learning together about the world,  and the universe,
and our history, and how to communicate our ideas
about it all... it's a wonderful thing.