Thursday, April 20, 2017

Entomology Finale - Pinning the Insects

Caught, preserved, identified, and pinned.  They have started their own collections, now.  Our thanks to Dr. Dole for her shared enthusiasm and knowledge!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Learning Anatomy with Clay

A really interesting presentation about teaching anatomy; Dr. Kitt-Hopper is inspiring in her creativity, knowledge, and commitment!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Treasure Hunt

This was EPIC!  :-)

First steps:  I hit plastic Easter eggs all over the yard.  They found 46 of the 51, so some candy is missing. Fortunately, they found the one with money ($1) and the eight clues.  Each was a word that spelled out the next clue's hiding place:  "Your first clue is under Ike's paw print."  (The vet made a plaster cast of his paw as a memorial when we took his body in for cremation.)  They had to unscramble the sentence - pretty simple - and then they were off!

2:  Under Ike's paw print was a clue to the next clue's location:  "A bunny travels with a hop, hop, hop.  Go check the bookcase, near the top."  (We have multiple bookcases, but they figured it out).

3.  There they found:  "Easter colors are green, pink, and blue.  See what you find inside Mom's shoe."

4. And in my running shoe: "You see me in the morning and in the evening too.  When I am clean, you see a reflection of ... you!"  (We have two bathroom mirrors, but it wasn't hard to narrow it down).

5.  "Easter can mean lots of nice flowers.  Look behind the item you use to check the hours." They found the clock in the dining room right away.

6.  "The animal in the spotlight is the Easter Bunny.  The next clue is where you keep your money."

7.  The clue that they found with their money was a riddle:  "Why did the farmer feed crayons to his chickens?"  To get colored eggs of course, which we had in the fridge (thanks to Tim).

8.  They found another riddle with the colored eggs:  "Colors of purple, pink, yellow, and white.  No matter your mood, they're sure to be a delight."  Flowers of course, which led to some tissue flowers in the hall.

9.  Under that vase they found: "The bunny is known for his big ears.  Now look in the car where you change the gears."  And off to the car's dashboard they went.

10.  Now on to the more religious ones.  In the car, the clue said "The people waved these and laid them in the streets when Jesus entered Jerusalem."  This led them back inside to the palms we got at Mass the week before.  I had a clue rolled up small on a tiny post-it and set underneath them.

11.  "Mary broke this and poured it on Jesus' feet."  This one stumped them, because when they think Mary, they think Mother of God, not the other Marys... but eventually (with grandparent help) they found the next clue with the perfume.

12.  "Jesus broke this and gave it to his disciples."  Bread, of course.

13.  "Something Judas was willing to betray Jesus for."  I had a small pile of silver coins laid out and after looking for a bit, they found them and the next clue underneath.

14.  "They made a sharp one of these for Jesus to wear."  We have a wreath that when undecorated could look like a large crown of thorns and they found the next clue there.

15.  "The soldiers played with something like this to decide who got Jesus' coat."  K jumped, "oh, I was wondering what that was under the dice on the table there!"

16.  "Jesus carried this himself for a time."  A cross of course.  I had laid one out so that they didn't start pulling them from the walls and they found it on the piano.

17.  "The marks caused by these helped Thomas to identify Jesus."  They found a nail on the bookshelf and a clue nearby.

18.  "What they served Jesus to drink on the cross."  Wine vinegar "just happened" to be out on the kitchen counter.

19.  "What was rolled away when Jesus rose?"  Not hard to find rocks in G's rock collection!

20.  "What was used to prepare Jesus for burial?"  This one stumped me, the girls, and my parents.  The answer was spices, specifically cloves (also set out in the kitchen).  (We were all learning today).

21.  What remained in the tomb after Jesus rose?"  Linen, which led to the linen cabinet.

21.  Back to the bunny rhymes (many of which I got from previewing a pinterest site (couldn't see the whole site without signing in, though.)): "After a long night of egg-hiding and making kids feel groovy, the Easter Bunny just wants to sit back and watch a ____."  Another clue was found with the movies.

Finding the ten online questions and starting to answer them.  No grandparents to help now!
22-25. This clue said: "I'm out of rhymes, as you can see.  Look online, amongst pictures of you... and me!"  They didn't even hesitate before going online to the blog questions below (ten).  The clue included a form for them to fill in, with the code letters in each word spelling out one of the two final clues.  They had to answer the questions, then unscramble specific letters from the answers, then they knew where to look!

 And then they were done; hurrah!  My parents texted back their congratulations and a single word, "finally!"

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Treasure Hunt Post

After Mass, the girls will want to find their baskets.  They ask me every year to create an elaborate treasure hunt.  Finding this on the blog is one of the final clues to solve in a 25-step hunt that includes descrambling, searching, riddles, working together, and more.

1. Matthew 27:42 – “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the __________, and we will believe in him. 
2. Mark 14:36 – “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this __________ from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 
3. Luke 22:35 – Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, __________ or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. 
4. Matthew 27:3 – When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of __________ to the chief priests and the elders. 
5. John 19:29 – A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a __________ in it, put the __________ on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 
6. Mark 14:18 – While they were reclining at the __________ eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me — one who is eating with me.” 
7. Matthew 27:59 – Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen __________ 
8. Matthew 26:23 – Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the __________ with me will betray me. 
9. John 20:1 – Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the __________ had been removed from the entrance. 
10. John 19:34 – Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and __________.


(I found the above online at this blog site.)  

Later post:  Here are photos of the girls at choir, which was before the Treasure Hunt.  Such beautiful singing that I was fighting tears most of Mass!

In their "Easter best" according to individual definition!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ukrainian Easter Eggs Round Two

A fun and relaxing day.  Somewhere there is a possy of Ukrainian egg decorators who are laughing at our beginner's efforts, but the results were beautiful and not bad for just learning this long and painstakingly detailed process..


Friday, April 14, 2017

Entomology: Searching for Insects

Fun learning in the park (and in the rain!) searching for, capturing, and cataloguing insects with Dr. Beetlelady.