Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter, Advent Day 21

Little J and I read the book The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer last week.  It is a great book for his age, but over Sassyfras and Juiciness's level.  Instead, we read Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamell.  This is a fun book about a hedgehog preparing for hibernation, but just as he is ready to get in his nest, an apple drops on him and he cannot get it off.  He takes the advice of many friends along the way only to have humorous, but not helpful, results.  The kids and I giggle at this story almost every time we read it.

Little J and I started tracking sunset for our area via the Internet last week. We'll continue tracking for another week or so.  We've learned that today is the shortest day, but doesn't necessarily mean it will be the earliest sunset. 

We didn't see any swallowtails today!

We all went for a walk today in a  garden where we had previously done a summer walk.  I asked the kids to think about what was different about today than this summer (I showed them our pictures to remind them).  What was the weather?  What were we wearing?  What animals did you see this summer that you don't now?  What does the garden look like?  Why do you think everything is so different?

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We collected a few items from the forest (pine cones, magnolia seedpods, and acorns mostly) that we will use to decorate our evergreen wreath tonight.  I've rearranged the living room a little so that we can have a dinner picnic by fire and candle light tonight.   It will be dark soon, so I'm off to prepare!




2 comments :

Christy said...

We haven't read those books. They sound great.

Raising a Happy Child said...

This is an awesome way to compare and contrast winter and summer. In our area our backyard is way greener in the winter than it is in the summer :)