The big news at our house this week is that our dining room makeover is complete. I’m pretty sure this makeover takes us over to the “geek” side.
Both boys are participating in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) this year. I’m coaching C’s team and we are meeting at our house. Every team needs a practice table – so my handy husband built the FLL table to fit over our dining room table. He really took a lot of care and did an excellent job. The boys enjoyed helping by painting the boards and doing some sanding. My husband built a frame on the underneath side so the FLL table fits snugly over a packing blanket protecting our dining table. We can “easily” move the FLL table if we want to use the dining table. Since our dining table is mostly used for building new LEGO sets at birthdays and Christmas, I think it is excellent use of the space.
Last Friday we went for a hike at one of my favorite metroparks, South Chagrin Reservation. As you walk along the creek there is a quirky sculpture carved by Henry Church back to 1885. I’ve never understood if he had permission to carve it or not. My readings of the story seem to indicate it was something he just did. It is named “Squaw Rock” though I don’t know how it got the name. A woman, a snake, an eagle, a quiver of arrows and a baby in a basket are all still visible. Apparently a dog and a skeleton are included in the sculpture, but I never see them.
We took along thermometers to test some of the things we are learning in our atmospheric studies, but our measurements were a bit haphazard. The boys had a great time playing about in the creek. They were able to find a crawfish and a toad. I enjoyed watching them play while listening to the calming rush of water.
This week we attended a zoo class at Cleveland zoo. This particular class was about fossils. We learned the Dunkleosteus on display at the Cleveland Natural History Museum was found locally. During all our trips to the museum I had never realized that. We made use of our zoo time to visit several animal exhibits. Isn’t the underside of the gecko cool? The boys spent a long time watching the leaf cutter ants busily going about their work. E was able to spot the queen and a larvae being carried off by workers / drones. Later in the week C made a perler bead bat as an art project. I’m not certain if he was inspired by the bats at the zoo or by Minecraft, but it turned out very well.
This week’s PBS finds were: Operation Maneater – Polar Bears, Her Majesty’s Secret Service MI6, and Secrets of Westminster Abbey. All were really fascinating for different reasons. Weirdly enough both boys asked questions independently this week that led to discussions about how the British political system differs from our American one. One started with the Harry Potter books and the other with questions about the Queen.
Hope you are having a great week and wishing you lots of good discoveries!