2017-18 School Year–Week Seventeen

Finally back to work after our Christmas vacation!

I will confess, we kind of took things easy this week. We didn’t do every subject every day (and we never did get around to literature at all), but I still feel like we got a lot accomplished.

Turkey and Bunny found the surface area of various solids in math. Ladybug got to use a compass for the first time, to draw circles of various sizes, which she found very exciting! Chickadee continued working on counting larger numbers, as well as more basic addition.

We had a very exciting week in science. Ladybug started a new chapter on ungulates. The very first animal we learned about was the elephant, which thrilled Chickadee…they’re her favorite animal! We also learned a bit about wooly mammoths and mastodons, and I’m hoping we may have a related field trip next week. Turkey and Bunny are still learning about cells, and they jumped right into the thick of things with DNA, RNA, transcription, translation, and mitosis this week! It was a lot of information, but also very interesting.

In history, Turkey and Bunny learned about different city-states in China, and then moved west to learn more about Assyria, Babylon, and Egypt. Ladybug learned about the Medes and the Persians and Cyrus the Great (Turkey and Bunny will be learning about all that next week).

We also got out of the house on Thursday, when it was (briefly) nice outside and visited the Missouri Botanical Garden. I love how it doesn’t matter how many times we’ve been there, or what time of the year it is, we always see and learn something new. We enjoyed the walk outside, as well as through the three greenhouses, and we especially enjoyed getting to watch some ducks and geese in the Japanese Garden!

I’d like to say we’ll be back on our regular schedule next week, but we have some extra special things planned, so it will be a fun, but very disjointed school week!

The Linnean House–January

Today begins my fourth year of sharing a monthly photo of a Missouri Botanical Garden landmark! I previously photographed the Climatron in 2015, Tower Grove House in 2016, and the Japanese Garden’s Drum Bridge in 2017. This year, I’m going to be looking at how the scenery around the Linnean House changes through the year.

The Linnean House (which was named for Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus), was built in 1882. Its “sister greenhouse” in nearby Tower Grove Park, the Piper Palm House, is actually older than the Linnean House, having been built in 1878, but the Linnean House is the only remaining original greenhouse at the Botanical Garden that was built in Henry Shaw’s day. It also the oldest continually operating public greenhouse west of the Mississippi River!

The Linnean House is one of our favorite places to visit at the Garden. The inside is home to fruit trees (its original function was as an orangery), cacti, and a beautiful collection of camellias. The outside is always beautiful, with seasonal plantings and reflecting pools that not only contain sculptures but are also frequently a display spot for events like Garden Glow and the Lantern Festival. I’m looking forward to watching how the view changes this year, and I certainly got off to a good start with ice and leftover Christmas decorations in the pools outside!

Chickadee Thursday

It was unusually warm here this morning (in the 60s!), but that’s set to change dramatically this afternoon/evening, so I decided we should sneak in a trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden while we had the chance. There was a little rain when we first got there, and Chickadee loves any excuse to use an umbrella!

The rained cleared up quickly, and we had a very pleasant walk around the Garden. We especially loved stopping in the Japanese Garden to observe the ducks and geese…Chickadee was very entertained by them!

The Top Five–Photos of 2017

Choosing my “Top Five” photos of the year is one of my favorite more recent traditions. Of course, if I’m honest, the “Top Five” always turns into six, because I can never totally limit myself!

The first of my favorite photos came early in the year, at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Chinese Garden. Not only do I love the photo of the garden itself, I also love that is was covered in snow!

My next favorite photo is also from the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Climatron was lit up beautifully for the “Garden of Glass” exhibition, and I love the beautiful colors!

This picture from the Naper Settlement is beautiful to me both for the stunning green of the scenery, and for the women in period costume outside the log home:

Chickadee loves posing for pictures, and there was something special about her in her London shirt, holding an umbrella on a rainy day:

Back at the Missouri Botanical Garden for a lovely fall photo in the Japanese Garden during its 40th anniversary:

And a bonus picture of the Fab Five at St. Charles at Christmas Traditions…this is always one of my favorite spots for a family photo, and this year’s picture was especially amazing!

So there you have it…another year of my favorite photos. I can’t wait to see what kind of pictures I take next year!

The 12 Days of Christmas at the Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden had a new section of the Garden Glow this year, featuring the “12 Days of Christmas.” I thought it was a pretty cool display, especially because it was so interactive. There were places to pose, pipes and drums to play, and puppet lords for leaping, in addition to great Christmas lights (I especially enjoyed the three French hens at the Eiffel Tower!). I hope they keep it around next year, because it was really fun!

Eleven Pipers Piping

Twelve Drummers Drumming

The Drum Bridge Through the Year

I never did decide on just one angle for my Drum Bridge photos this year, so I have two galleries to share, and I love them both! The changes throughout the year were very obvious, and I am always struck by the awesome beauty of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden!

Seriously, there is truly no bad place from which to photograph this bridge, and every season has its own unique beauty, from snow to changing leaves, and everything in between!

I’m already looking forward to photographing the Linnean House monthly next year!