The crayfish are back again! Another year of crayfish in 4th grade. This year's are really tiny. Here they are in the tank. They have some rocks to hide under (we moved some for the pic) and some seaweed and elodea to munch on...
Here is a close up of one although it is a little grainy:
And here is a closer pic of some more of them. There are twelve in all - lets hope they all live through the next few week!
Both the Feasterville Jr (Jarett's)and Sr (Matt's) Demo Teams took FIRST PLACE at the Action Karate Tournament!!! We are so proud of them!! Matt and Jarett both took second place in their individual divisions. See the you-tube videos here:
Finally!!! I finished Jarett's blanket. That was the longest crochet project I've ever done. Here is a pic of Jar wearing it proudly while practicing his piano: Here is a close up of it: I ended up making it a self fringing blanket by leaving the fringe at the ends when adding new colors and then tying them off together: Jarett and I are both very happy with the results! Now.... what should my next project be???
Sunday was the official "Locks of Love" hair cutting donation day!! What an exciting time - I ended up cutting his hair myself, believe it or not! My cousin wasn't able to do it and I guess we could have gone to my hairdresser last minute, but we wanted to video tape it and take pics. I looked up how to do it, and off we went! First, I sectioned his hair off into pieces:
Here is a view of the back (you can see Bryan with the video camera):
Next, we started cutting with the shears, but they pulled too much so I switched to scissors. I also put hair bands halfway down and towards the end to really secure his hair well. Here he is halfway there:
Here he is completely done (with Bandit standing guard by the window in the background):
And here is my handsome boy who just completed a wonderful deed to help others:
Here is the bundle of hair that I will mail off to Locks of Love. As you can see, we got quite a bit!
Jarett, I am so proud of you! Words cannot express the love, honor and respect that I feel inside for you. You are a special boy with an extraordinary heart. I admire your compassion for others and hope others strive to learn from your kindness to make this world a better place. Love, Mommy
Saturday night, Jarett thought it would be fun to have a fire. Of course, what fun is a fire if you don't make s'mores? Being gluten free had put a damper on such novelties, but with the arise of all these new gluten free foods, it was easy peasy to find gluten free graham crackers! Jarett tended the fire: We lined up our supplies:And then enjoyed our yummy treat!A good time was had by all!!
Matt's dance was Friday night. He went with our neighbor, just as friends. Really, they are like brother and sister. It's cute... they made a deal that if neither one had a boyfriend/girlfriend, they would go together. She looked beautiful in her purple dress - I didn't ask her mom for permission to put her picture up and I would feel funny to do so, so I'm only going to post pics of Matt. But, she bought him a tie to match her dress. He looked very handsome and they had a fun time. Enjoy the pics!
Part of the fourth grade curriculum is seeds. We've been sprouting and measuring the growth of roots, stems and leaves. I was somehow lucky this year to have a range of samples of the order of growth. Check these out! It starts with "swollen" (the sunflower seed that had soaked up water but not yet sprouted), "seed coat off" (a bush bean that swelled up and pushed out of it's outer lining), "root growth" (the bush bean having a sprouted root) and "stem with leaves" (a pea that has both a root and a stem with leaves growing). Just some cool "science-ie" things I thought I'd share....
Happy April Fools' Day!!! I got my class good with a "test" that, if you followed the directions, should not have been filled in. Then, after their real reading test, I gave a word search that only had 4 of the words listed in it. They read "you" "have" "been" and "pranked." I am posting pics below- sorry if they're a little hard to see and read. It was funny though - especially for the kids that read the directions on the test!!