We've been in Washington DC for the past 5 weeks. 2 more weeks and we'll be heading to Madagascar. This is the kids' happy dance. Pardon Kevin's shirt - he wanted a solid green Tshirt but since this shirt is printed, he wore it backwards. He wanted to look like a "real" solider. A dancing soldier, that is.
The weather was relatively pleasant this week (sunny and above freezing) so we did most of our school activities outside. We went to the National Zoo on Tuesday, and saw the pandas! We watched them for a solid 15 minutes eating bamboo, and got a glimpse of how they pooped and what their poop looked like. I don't know about you, but my kids have been into the toilet humor for a couple of weeks now - I am heavily bothered by it, but as long as they don't say things aloud in public, I let them go. It is a genuinely funny topic for them. Since not a lot of animals were outside due to the season, we thoroughly enjoyed watching the animals in the inside environment - the reptiles, the mammals, the Asian elephants, and the apes. We identified animals that are found in Madagascar, and were proud to say to the other zoo visitors that we are moving there. What was a little disturbing for the kids was the fact that these animals were not in their natural habitat, and in the zoo. We talked about animal habitats last week, and it was bizarre for the kids that these animals were on display in the zoo, and not where they are supposed to be. They asked "how" these animals were "captured' from their natural environment and brought to the zoo. I told them that "some" of the animals may have been rescued from dangerous situations or were born in the zoo - that is why they are there, and that zoos make people appreciate nature. They were still disturbed when we left. Good thing our good friend, Mark, who lives just 2 blocks from the zoo invited us for some hot chocolate and banana bread, the kids forgot about it.
We also went out to explore what snow looked like when it melts. We went to the library and borrowed books about changing seasons and the weather. We read "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs". I asked them to draw their favorite weather - and it was unanimous - they like the snowy weather. I think I am the only one in the family who prefers hot weather. I also asked them to draw their answer to the question - if it rained food (just like in the book), what kind of food would they want an abundance of?
We continued our handwriting activities as well as reading comprehension activities thru the Kids A-Z website. In Math, we talked about number problems. I told them a number story and they drew and made number sentences. It was cute.
On Friday night, we drove up to Pennsylvania to visit Grandma, and as always, we always have a good time. Tim and I drove back to DC without the kids, and it was nice to have some time for myself - even if I had a ton of errands to do. It snowed at Grandma's so it was nice that the kids were able to play in the snow once again, before moving to Africa.
Let me end this post with this video of the kids rolling down the hills. They sure had a lot of fun!