Officially, this week was our last week of school. What this really means is, this is the last week I'm going to make anyone do math or Latin until sometime in July.
I imagine that the nature study, building, etc. will only continue.
Katydid giving the boys an impromptu class on caterpillars.
We seem to have more butterflies and moths than usual this year, and a really large variety of caterpillars. Of course, there are the ever present Eastern tent caterpillars:
(Katydid took both photos. She especially liked this close-up.)
We also found two moths we can't identify.
This moth is large -- maybe 3 inches long?
A much smaller moth, which we think probably belongs in the tiger moth family given its coloring... but we haven't been able to figure out the actual species.
(Katydid took both these pictures, too.)
Another Katydid picture of a caterpillar... a Black Swallowtail. We found this one on a parsley plant at the farm where we buy our vegetable plants and flowers every spring. Since we're moving this year, I resisted the urge to buy any tomato plants, but I did rationalize the parsley by saying I could put it in a pot and take it with me. The caterpillar was just a bonus science project.
Katydid planted all the flowers for me when we got home.
We had a brief incident with the chickadee nest, so no pictures this week... Katydid opened the nest box and two of the fledglings fell out. She had to pick them up and put them back in the nest box. "They're the lightest things in the world!" she said. We do hope they're all right.
The tree swallow nest also has eggs in it, but the tree swallows are a little more anxious about intruders than the chickadees are.
However, Katydid made an exciting sighting of a pileated woodpecker right outside her window. Maybe that will make up for the lack of nest pictures.
In addition to all the hands-on nature study, we did manage to wrap up our history for the year by reading the John Lackland chapters in Our Island Story, watching Becket (the 1964 movie about Henry II and Thomas Becket starring Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton), and using some of the Story of the World vol. 2 activity sheets I found when I was packing boxes.
Farmerboy started working on a coat of arms, which he drew on a shield template included in the activity sheets.
Gareth and Farmerboy both colored a panel from the Bayeux Tapestry, also included in the activity sheets. This panel is Farmerboy's, which he worked very hard on.
Gareth marched with the Boy Scouts in the Memorial Day parade, Chipmunk came down with a stomach virus, and Farmerboy worked more on his stone wall, especially after we discovered a pamphlet at Agway describing how to build stone walls. We stood in the store and examined all the diagrams for building a dry stack wall (which is what Farmerboy is building.) Since we're trying to save money right now (more on that shortly), I didn't buy the pamphlet, which meant that the next day Farmerboy was rather disgusted with me because he wanted to refer to those diagrams, especially after he knocked his wall down so he could dig the foundation V-shaped trench.
The reason we're saving money?
We just bought a house. In northern Mississippi.
Now we're taking deep breaths and packing A LOT of boxes.