Today our Girls’ Club went to a Polymer Clay class at Three Sheep. The instructor, Jeanette, taught them how to make special beads using canes and polymer clay, which she fired and then helped the girls make into jewelry. They each made two pieces, one to keep and the other to donate to charity.
Today, S12 and I went to the Stark County ARBA show. She has decided to take a doe and litter project this year for 4H, so we are beginning the process of finding her a doe bunny. We found several possibilities, but just as she made up her mind about one particular rabbit, we learned that it had already been sold. The breeder informed us that they had three other does at home, however, and that they would consider selling one to us since it was for 4H. We emailed her our contact info right then and there, and hope to see some pictures later this week.
O11 has started drawing more, sometimes with her computer/tablet and more often now with fine-point Sharpies. She’s really blossomed with her skill and has a great eye. Where S12 is good at coming up with her own unique pieces- drawing from her mind’s eye, if you will- O’s skill is in drawing what she sees. Both have come a long way from scribbles and stick figures.
Tonight, we attended mandatory 4H guidance meetings for both Poultry and Rabbit projects. The guidance meetings are for the County clubs (there are county clubs for each animal project that goes to fair) to present all pertinent info to families for the upcoming 4H year. It’s an administrative meeting, so kind of boring, but we got a lot of good info as this will be our first year taking a poultry project.
This year, in addition to our breed rabbit projects, S12 will be taking a rabbit doe and litter project (assuming we can find a mini rex black otter doe to mate with Umbreon, and that the mating is successful). And both girls are taking pullets, or a pair of hens 4-6 months of age at fair time. We are ordering Barred Rocks and Buff Orpingtons for our pullets. They should arrive mid-March.
Today was the final class of our Clay Memory Box series. The kids finished painting their creations and wrote letters to their future selves to put inside.
S12’s finished Pokeball:
The letter she wrote to her future self:
She also made a second clay creation, in case the first one gives you a headache.
O11’s project is a narwhal. With a top hat. The hat is where the “box” opens up, and the narwhal body has a cavity for storing treasures. She has to finish painting the underside, but needed to let the top dry first. She’ll finish it up next week.
In the afternoon, we worked on Valentine boxes for our homeschool group’s party next week.
Today we had our regular Friday Co-Op. Sickness seems to have taken hold of the group, as nearly half the families were absent. But those who attended enjoyed working on History (Story of the World Book 2, Chapters 14-15). They learned about English history and built or drew castles out of a variety of materials.
After lunch, we attended the Homeschool Players at the Dublin Grange Theatre. The kids are working on a Dr. Seuss-ified version of “MacBeth”, which will be presented along with the Afterschool Players’ Seuss-ified version of “Hamlet”, in mid-March.
Today we attended our Friday co-op. On second Fridays, we have “funshops” in the morning session, where the kids take turns leading an activity on something that they are interested in. O9 and her friend, V, ran one on Rainbow Loom. We also donated a bin of LEGO for our friend N’s funshop, which went on at the same time. The kids had a ball with the funshops, and several wandered back and forth between both. After lunch, they had open time to either work on writing with Ms Eliza, jam with Z, or just play with some of the other kids. S11 played chess and checkers with a few of the others while O10 did some gymnastics demonstrations and helped a few younger kids work on their cartwheels and roundoffs.
Today our 4-H club hosted a fundraiser at the local Tractor Supply Company store. They let us work a tent in the parking lot selling hot dogs and chips and a bake sale. Two kids brought their rabbit to show anyone interested. While the kids were waiting for customers, they practiced their breed identification flashcards. I am impressed with how many breeds the girls are able to pick out after only a few sessions of identification practice.
We also started looking in earnest for a new bunny for S10.