Thursday, July 14, 2011

July SUMMER Sale!

A little SUMMER love to you from Little Acorn Learning and family!
Enjoy our July Enrichment Guide SALE for a limited time at only $17.99! (original price $24.99)
Happy Summer!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Stargazing Week

You lovely, bright star,
You shine from afar,
And dearly I love you,
Though distant you are.

How brightly that eye
Which sparkles on high
Is gazing and smiling
On me from the sky.

This week is Stargazing Week in my July Enrichment Ebook and it just so happens that there was a Kids Stargazing Night at a local observatory. I know I've said it before, but the timing of how things pop-up in correlation with the weekly themes I am working on is so affirming. From the first rose in my garden blooming during Rose Week to Fireflies flying into our home during firefly week.... I love it.

The girls got to see such detail of the moon and also a very clear image of Saturn and the rings around it. It was really amazing.
I encourage you to get out one summer night and enjoy the stars with your family. This one event has inspired an interest in Astronomy in our family and the girls have Astronomy Journals they made from the evening that they hope to write in this summer.
Happy Stargazing!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Golf Cart Parade

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July! We participated in the Golf Cart Parade that is held annually in my mother-in-law's community.
Each year, the club encourages people to decorate their Golf Carts and drive through the neighborhood to celebrate the Fourth.
We are so lucky that our girls have been able to be a part of the club and enjoy the camp there. This past weekend, the girls and I went to Grandma's house and spent the morning creating a beautiful Princess Mobile :)
The creativity was amazing! There was a Viking ship...
a Gnome Home :) - this was our favorite!
A few Princesses with their King and Queen ;).

and so many other cool carts.
We had a great time driving around and waving our wands at everyone.
The bystanders got really into it too :) and the girls threw candy out each time they passed by someone.
Afterwards, everyone gathered and enjoyed an ice cream and waiting to see which carts won awards.
Popcorn makers...
Chinese dragons...
Safari carts...
Patriotic ones of course...
Ice cream 'trucks'...
And an amazing Pirate Ship which was even better if you saw the costumes on the family driving it!
Our didn't win a prize this year but we didn't mind one bit - there were so many great ideas that there was no way to give them all a prize.
Happy Fourth of July!
How did you spend your day?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Weaving Goodbye

My life is but a weaving,
between my God and me,
I do not choose the colors,
He worketh steadily.

Ofttimes he weaveth sorrow,
and I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper,
and I the underside.

Not till the loom is silent,
and the shuttles cease to fly,
Will God unroll the canvas,
and explain the reasons why

The dark threads are as needful
in the skillful weaver's hand
As threads of gold and silver
in the pattern He has planned.

"A God's eye is a yarn weaving and a Huichol spiritual object. The Ojo de Dios or God's eye is a ritual tool, magical object, and cultural symbol evoking the weaving motif and its spiritual associations. For the Huichol peoples of western Mexico, the God's Eye is symbolic of the power of seeing and understanding that which is unknown and unknowable, The Mystery. The four points represent the elemental processes earth, fire, air, and water." ~Wikipedia
Maia's end of the year school party was so much fun. I organized the craft for the event and decided to teach the children how to weave God's Eyes with yarns and ribbons.
It took some time to get the hang of and I was lucky to have many moms and dads there to help work in groups...
But once they got going - they really loved it.
I love seeing boys create things with their hands... and break gender norms and feel good about choosing beautiful pastels - even (gasp) PINK! when creating...
These boys were amazing.
Maia will really miss her first grade friends this year and we were very lucky she had such kind teachers to help guide her. We are looking forward to a really fun summer!