Thursday, September 30, 2010

Potter Marsh

As we were getting ready this morning, I was talking with Oliver and Benton about the marsh.  Since they hadn't been there before, I was telling them a bit about a marsh and what they might see there.  Oliver sounded interested and was excited to spot birds.  I added, "Maybe we should get a book about marshes."  His response, "sounds boring."  Thankfully, it turns out that actually going to the marsh wasn't boring at all.  

It was a great fall day, lovely colors and not too cold.

We looked for and spotted fish in the creek.

We saw cranes fly by and then watched ducks land.

Read the informational signs.

and only used the binoculars for the intended purpose.

Spotted an eagle.

Watched birds fly over our heads.

Enjoyed the company of friends and fellow homeschoolers!
I am excited that we had such a nice turn out today at Potter Marsh!  Six families came, with a total of 13 kids.  There was a lot of running down the boardwalk, but also a bit of learning about the marsh and its wildlife.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

First day of Kindergarten

I took this picture on a sunny, fun-filled day when I realized it was the first official day for local Kindergartners and Oliver's first official day as a homeschooler.

It is a rite of passage, the first day of school.  I have seen so many pictures lately of friends' kids going off to school.  Cute outfit, new lunch box and backpack, big smile.

My son won't have that, but  I hope to give him more.   More sunshine, for starters.  It was finally sunny after a month of rain.  Seriously, a whole month of rain.   My little kindergartner was livin' it up.

At the sand table durning centers?  No, on the beach on the Turnagain arm.

Sitting quietly during a read aloud?  Nope, taking a break on the coastal trail to admire the mountains and hear the story of the Sleeping Lady.
No uniforms, no shoes, even.

No limits to what he might learn out in the world.

I like that.

I am pretty sure he does too.