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That’s how a pumpkin grows

This week we are learning about pumpkins. We’re a little late since every book, song, resource, etc seems to tie pumpkins to Halloween and Jack-O-Lanterns. Weird when, to me, the most important thing about pumpkins is pie!

Anyway here are some of the resources I found to help us in our learning this week. Sorry homeschooling is taking over the blog right now, but it’s funny that when we actually DO something I feel like I have stuff to blog about.

This is a really cute animation and song about pumpkins.

Yesterday I made a trip to our library and found some pretty good books about pumpkins. These are some of my favorites:

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Pumpkin Fiesta by Caryn Yacowitz
I liked this book because it deals with the pumpkin life cycle, introduces a little Spanish and another culture and it has nothing to do with Halloween.

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Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloan
I like this one because it integrates the alphabet into the story, the illustrations are beautiful and while it mentions Halloween and Jack-O-Lanterns, it takes the pumpkin concept past that holiday to harvesting seeds for next year’s crop, etc.

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Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
This one is short and cute, perfect for Sprout’s attention span. It also talks about Halloween, but deals with apples and pumpkins generally too as a part of Autumn.

Today we colored a page with “p is for pumpkin” and circled the Ps we saw on the page. Then we made this pumpkin life cycle craft.

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Bean’s:
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Sprout’s:
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*Edited to add: Today I discovered something else I like about homeschooling. While you may not be able to tell from the pictures, both kids are sick. They’ve got croup. Mostly it is just making sleep interesting around here. During the day they have plenty of energy and craziness. Bean is likely going to be missing all of her regularly scheduled classes because of it. What I discovered today is that even though we’re sickies and basically quarantined for the week, we can still learn, have fun, create, get out our energy and have a plan for the day. I’m not going crazy because they are not going crazy with boredom. Of course if it was truly debilitating sickness, we’d stop, but for the most part I’ve found my kids handle sickness well unless they’re really, really sick. Our main reason for quarantine is for the benefit of everyone else and not sharing our germs. So even though we stayed home sick our day was pretty jam packed.

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Not quite 88 keys, but it works

Recently we were given a play piano. I was thrilled. Bean loves the ones she has played with at her friends’ houses.

The piano was “gently” used. Which meant that one of the keys was broken and Stephen immediately noticed that it was a little out of tune.

I said, “So what. It’s just a little play piano.”

Stephen’s response, “It’s important. I don’t want my daughter growing up tone deaf.”

I guess that’s what I get for marrying and having a child with a musician.

I opened up the piano today with my trusty Phillip’s screwdriver to see if something could at least be done about the broken key. I discovered that the hammer was snapped in half. I was able to fix it though with a little Scotch tape.

Much to her father’s dismay, Bean is more interested in using to help her stand.

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What do you mean you’re leaving?

When I saw a digital billboard about a month ago advertising the Paramore and Jimmy Eat World concert at Rabobank I was excited. After a couple months stuck at home feeling really crappy, I knew this would be the perfect feeling better celebratory event. I went home and e-mailed two of my favorite couples to see if they wanted to come up from L.A. to see the show. It seemed the perfect combination of two of our favorite bands. It would be “the triple threat” revisted. The day of the show arrived, everyone got here safely and we got their kids situated with some family members.

At the start of Paramore’s set the sound was a little wonky. A low end mix was drowing out lead singer Hayley Williams usually bold voice. A couple songs in though it seemed the engineers had things figured out. It was funny to hear Williams remenice fondly about a show at Jerry’s Pizza a couple years back, since every show I’ve ever seen there has been overshadowed by the rank smell that pervades the small basement venue.

The band had a lot of energy, but there was often too much lag time between songs. This has been a pet peeve of mine for some time. When I go to a professional show I expect everyone from the performers to the engineers to the lighting crew to just have it down. I don’t want to wait forever between almost every song listening to the lead singer trying to come up with something clever to say while the roadies set up a keyboard or switch out guitars. Some bands have this down, others just don’t.

I was surprised at the number of songs played that I didn’t recognize, but they were sure to play plenty from their current album, RIOT! even winding it down at one point with “When it Rains.” Their set ended as it should, saving the best for last, their hit “Misery Business.”

As the lights went up I began to be surprised as I noticed the number of really young concert goers there (as a reference I’m 24… these were junior highish looking kids). I think they were especially noticable because now that Paramore’s set was over these kids were making a mass exodus. I overheard several groups say things like, “I guess we can go now” or “That was worth it just for Paramore.” Despite praise from Williams before their set ended letting the crowd know that they were about to see “the band”, these kids just didn’t seem to have an appreciation for the headlining act. I even heard one girl say, “I don’t even know who Jimmy Eat World is. I might know some of their songs, but I just can’t think of them. We should just go home.” This was a bit shocking to me, I mean who hasn’t at least heard “The Middle”?
By the time Jimmy Eat World was about three songs into their set, the standing crowd down by the stage had diminished by what looked like half. I just couldn’t figure out why when everything about Jimmy Eat World’s performance was flawless — the sound was dialed in from the beginning, the lighting was spectacular, the catalog of material had far more hits, etc. The band was just solid from beginning to end and through the encore.

Cara said it best as we were leaving, “That was a professional rock band.” From a performance perspective, Jimmy Eat World stole the show — as they should have — Paramore will get there, but there is a reason they save the best for last. Those that left early missed out on what was definitely a better act.

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