This has been a great first week of school.Â The kids worked hard and I decided we all needed a break this morning.Â We spent the morning at our favorite park. After getting some kites up, Mark rested on the ground, relaxing while he watched the kites overhead.Â The other kids played with kites and also enjoyed the playground.
After coming home, everyone spent time reading and working on individual projects.Â It was a relaxing ending to the first week of school.
Even though we learn at home all year, during the summer we focus less on book learning, and more on personal projects.Â This year the children took archery classes and Mark and Allan worked on a few projects together.Â Audrey learned a lot about butterflies.Â Adrian learned how to ride a bike.Â Andrea did different things she was interested in.
But we always have one special day that we call “the first day of school”.Â Today was our official first day of school.Â Megan is a preschooler, Adrian is in third grade, Audrey is in sixth and Andrea is in seventh grade.Â Mark is a tenth grader!
We are looking forward to a fun year!
Audrey has spent the summer learning moreÂ about raising butterflies.Â As a family we have been raising them for seven years, but she has done most of the work for the last two.
Early this summer, she found a caterpillar she never raised before anchored to the shed.Â When it formed a chrysalis, she wanted to bring it in so she could watch it, but we could not figure out how to safely bring it inside.
We researched on how to move chrysalises safely and a few days later we went out to bring in a new chrysalis.Â We discovered that something had come and eaten it.Â She was very disappointed.
So she began practicing moving chrysalises.Â Audrey rescuedÂ two chrysalises that fell from the aquarium wall she keeps them in.Â She practices anchoring those whose cremasters are on leaves that dry out or on flimsy sticks.
Now, when we find our next chrysalis, she will know how to bring it safely inside.
The bugs in our garden seem awfully big this year!Â Must be the wonderful weather.
Audrey has been letting a few butterflies go every couple of days. She waits until she has five or more and then she releases them all together.Â Since she has been finding so many caterpillars, most butterflies only stay in the house one night.Â Usually, when we release butterflies, they fly away quickly. So learning to take pictures of them as they fly away has been a fun challenge.