It has taken me a ridiculous amount of time to get this blog article started. I keep getting distracted by posts on Facebook farming pages for chicks for sale. I do not need more chicks. In fact, I need to re-home about half of the ones in my living room before my husband seals himself off in his office and we never see him again.
I have birds on the brain right now. This morning, during Birdwatching at the Nook, Ryan opened our birdhouse so we could peek in on the baby tree swallows again. They are so…well…cute is not the word I’m looking for. When chicks hatch, their feathers are wet and they throw themselves about limply for a bit in their exhaustion; but it’s a cute, spastic dance and within an hour or so, they are adorable little fluff balls. Baby tree swallows are completely naked when they hatch. Their eyes are shut but the eyelids are translucent and you can see their giant black eyeballs underneath. Their mouths are enormous (in relation to their bodies). Today, their skin looked bumpy and bruised, and they were lying all over each other in a fairly motionless heap. So…chickens win. No surprises there. Still, it’s been a very cool experience to monitor this nest.
And bird starts with b, which is a lettre giraffe (giraffe letter), didn’t you know? We started our day with a new workshop led by Annie, a mom at the Nook, who was introducing the little ones to how lower-case letters are written on lined paper. Each of the kids chose a ladybug, giraffe or monkey to colour. Ladybug letters were ones that fit between the first two lines of handwriting paper (a, c, e, etc.). Giraffe letters extended to the top line (b, d, f, etc.), and monkey letters hung down (g, j, p, etc.) After colouring their animal and cutting it out, the children went over to a long sheet of paper with the lower-case alphabet on it and found a corresponding letter. Then, they searched alphabet stickers for their letter and stuck it to a certificate to take home.
We didn’t talk about birds in creative writing, but we did talk about types of conflict. I explained to them the six major types of conflict (man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. society, man vs. nature, man vs. technology, man vs. supernatural) and gave some examples from books they know. We worked our way through an exercise of identifying the type of conflict in some story summaries. Finally, the kids drew their own examples of the first four types of conflict.
I wonder what types of conflict the little kids encountered during story time?
The last activity of the day, again led by Annie, was Brazilian bracelet making. I knew Zahra would throw herself wholeheartedly into this one. She really loves all these handiwork arts. While the older kids were busy with that, the younger kids were doing puzzles.
We closed up shop and Cindy, Anjali and Jordan followed us home to visit Jordan’s namesake chick, Jordy. The lucky birds got to spread their wings a bit. They’re growing fast! I’m hoping that tomorrow will be warm enough to get them outside during the day.
That takes me to my final note, which is that I just had the chance to guest blog for the first homeschooling blog that I ever read myself. And, big surprise, I mentioned birds.