Luring Fairies and Finding Tailsman Gems

Keek has planted her Fairy Triad Fairy Garden and now we wait!  She developed two designs for her fairy garden and stuck with the second.  We altered the fairy bells into a fairy swing and she added some of her own rocks for a more personalized look.  The paperwork said the plants would start to peek through the soil in a week or more.   The kit included 2 evening star seed packets, 1 clover seed packet, 1 great blue lobelia seed packet and 1 thyme seed packet.  She has more than enough seeds to plant some outdoors too.  I’m curious to see if the Thyme will grow in her garden as it usually prefers sunny spots… hmmm.

Fish and I (Keek too) have read the first of the Deltora Quest Series, “The Forests Of Silence” and met our newest heroes: Lief, Barda and the wild girl Jasmine.  Today we start “The Lake of Tears” also by Emily Rodda.  We seem to read in spurts.  We read half of “The Forests of Silence” in a day then three days later we finished it.  These are not picture books either, mind you.  Each book has between 100 and 150 pages of moderately small font.  I’d guess 10pt.  The kids both sit closely and listen intently while I read.  Usually my voice gives out before there attention spans are spent!

Today we’ll complete our second craft project.  We’re making Popsicle stick tea light lanterns.  A cube, basically, with a Popsicle stick base, two frosted ‘glass’ sides (made from waxed paper) and two clear ‘glass’ sides (made from cellophane wrapping paper). The top of the cube is without ‘glass’ to allow for heat to escape.  To secure the frames and the ‘glass’ to the Popsicle stick frames we used low temp. hot glue.  At some point I’ll take pictures and type out specific instructions.  (maybe… no promises on that one either!)  We plan to work out a way to hang these but haven’t quite figured out how… we may never as they look beautiful sitting on the tabletop.  🙂

Other books of late include, “Common Ground: The Water, Earth And Air We Share” by Molly Bang.  It’s a quick, beautifully illustrated picture book Fish is reading over and over again.  It discusses the importance of resource responsibility; very good to encourage planet nurture and environmental responsibility. Fish is also reading (over and over again) “When The Cat In The Hat Came Back” by Dr. Seuss and he loves it!

“Water Wishes” by Mallory Loehr is Keek’s independant reading book.  It is the first in a series of four books about three siblings and their magical discoveries.  In this first installment Sam, Polly and Joe find a note in a bottle washed up on shore.  The paper promises three wishes but when they try it nothing happens.  Then quite by accident, after the kids are sure the wishing won’t work, Polly wishes to be a mermaid and PRESTO!  The story takes off from there as the kids try to keep the nature of their sister a secret and figure out the mystery of the wishing bottle.

In addition to this reading we have been working on our display projects.  Fish has devoured Wikipedia’s information regarding Scooby-Doo and his four favorite people!  We printed out seven pages of information and Fish has read every word and re-read some of it, too.  He’s highlighted interesting facts that he’s decided to include on his display board.  We’ll pick pictures to print and spend a day next week taping it all up! Keek has been researching burial rituals all over the internet and in books around the house.  She’s decided on five groups to study and has started delving deeper into ancient Egyptians, Romans, Vikings, Mayan and Modern Day practices.  I think  she could spend years studing this but we’ll pick some pictures and try to get her board set up sometime next week too.


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