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Our Homeschooling Week Ending June 14

This week E went to Tennessee with a friend’s family.  She had a wonderful time camping.  Here’s the cabin and it’s view.

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While on the trip, E and her friend had the opportunity to spend the day in Nashville.  They had lunch at an aquarium themed restaurant…

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and then a visit to the zoo!

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E wasn’t the only one to get an up-close look at animals this week.  J and Z went to the library for Animal Tales, a live animal, “edZOOcational” program.  Z was picked to assist the handler with the African Spurred Tortoise.1002093_10151501455028697_113897920_nAfter the program, Z was invited to pet a Woma Python!

983985_10151502063868697_1498871505_nAt home this week, we have enjoyed these last days of spring observing the daily changes out in our yard.  Our keyhole garden science project is growing like crazy!  This week we picked the first Hungarian Pepper.  The Jalopinos are ready to pick, too!  It’s time to be thinking about adding fried green tomatoes to our menu.

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1014340_473852806029910_1247598794_nOur Zinnias have blooms and we have our first Pansie.

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1013415_473852689363255_1390654141_nFor more about Animal Tales  click here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/13/diggin-the-library/

For another post about our homeschooling garden science project click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/23/watching-our-garden-grow/

I hope you had a good week and wishing you another good week next week!

betty jo

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Diggin’ the Library

2013 Summer Reading MainOur library’s summer reading program started this week. The reading challenge this year is read twelve books and when completed the kids get a book bag/back pack!  This is a big deal for us.  We have been getting new library bags this way for many summers.  Z is confident that he’ll be first to complete the challenge in our house.  The kids names will be entered  in a drawings for e-readers and such, too.

I took Z and J  to the library the library to get their challenge forms, check out  some books and to see the first of five wonderful weekly children’s programs, Animal Tales!  This is an “edZOOcational” live animal show.  Today, we got a close up look at some very unusual creatures, Paraguayan Screaming Hairy Armadillo, Harris Hawk, Woma Python, and Egyptian Fruit Bat.

Z was called on to assist with the  African Spurred Tortoise from by enticing it with a tomato to come out of his shell and crawl.

1002093_10151501455028697_113897920_nZ got to pet the Woma Python!983985_10151502063868697_1498871505_nJ’s favorite place away from home is the library, and one of his least favorite places to be is anywhere where he has to sit still, be in a group, pay attention to someone, or listen to spontaneous sounds like laughing, clapping, or animals.  I tried to be hopeful but prepared for a meltdown. I have learned that I can expect the unexpected with J.  I had help come with us.  A23 (the girl who adopted our family and who I love like a daughter) had a day off and agreed to come with us.  She would have stayed with Z had it been necessary for me to leave with J.  I explained to J that whether or not he got to bring home DVD’s and Wii games depended on how he acted during the animal show.

1016082_10151501449858697_983342220_nJ did not sit with the children, but laid in the floor in front of A and me in the adult section.  I  thought he was “zoning out”, but then I caught him looking at the animals each time the handler introduced a new one.  I was proud of him.  I know it’s not normal behavior to go to a program and lay in the floor, but he was calm and quiet which is a BIG improvement.  I didn’t notice any looks of disgust or sympathy from the other moms or librarians and I heard no comments about him either.  Very unusual, but very nice.  J was happy when the animal show was over and he was able to pick out some DVDs to bring home.

If your local library doesn’t have a summer reading program, you can do it yourself with help from PBS and Education.com  http://www.education.com/summer-reading/?cid=20.311 or here for some cute printables  http://creativemamma.com/free-printable-summer-reading-kit-for-kids/

For more about Animal Tales (they travel all over performing for schools, churches, and libraries)  http://www.animaledzoocation.com/programs/

For another post about J  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/02/autism-i-am-aware/

betty jo

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