From seed to flower…

Last spring Dani and Nico planted some seeds.

The seeds grew into seedlings and we found a nice spot for them  in our backyard. As they grew into plants, the kids observed their growth.

Below, Dani is standing against one of the plants, just realizing it’s now taller than she is.

Wow, it’s much taller now!

A few days later, the plants were about 7 feet tall and the flowers began to bloom.

And after we got to see this beautiful flower unfolding in our own backyard, we decided to make our own.

Here is Dani holding her craft sunflower she cut from a paper plate.

Planting sunflowers was indeed a very engaging activity and a great lesson on plant growth. I intend to follow up with a lesson on the sunflower life cycle.

Summer

Summer so far has been nice and hot here in Southern California. The temperature has been around the 80s. We’ve been putting our knowledge of sun protection to the test, using lots of sunscreen and avoiding the midday sun when possible. We signed up for a swim and tennis club nearby, and the kids have been going to their pool a lot. Below, some pictures of the club. It is really beautiful over there.

 

 

The kids have also had lots of fun in the backyard, both alone and with their cousins and friends.

Our little backyard pool could hardly withstand all the jumping …

Below, Nico and Dani playing a matchbox game. They were supposed to fill the matchbox with all sorts of small things they found in the backyard. Whoever managed to fit more things inside the matchbox won the game.

 

Capturing and releasing bugs has been a very interesting activity … We take the time to look at them up close and we are often amazed by some of their peculiar features and behavior.

 

 

Dani loves making and decorating pies…

 

 

 

… and she also enjoys having dollies, stuffed animals, and friends over for an adorable outdoor tea party!

 

 

There is much more fun going on this summer, but I’ll post about them another day!

Have a great summer everyone!

Richard Nixon’s Museum

Richard Nixon was the only president born in California. As a matter of fact, his birthplace is just a few miles away from where we live. It is now a museum. We went to visit the museum a couple of weeks ago. Below is the house where Nixon was born.

In the entrance hall, the US Presidential Seal.

The limousine Nixon used in his inauguration.

The kids learned about the Apollo mission…

… and got to see a rock from the moon!

There is an event going on this summer called Meet the Presidents, where the kids get to meet a person impersonating some of the US Presidents. During our visit, we got to meet George Washington. The event took place inside the East room, a replica of the room with the same name at the White House.

Below, before the event, the kids waiting for the First President.

On display, books, toys, pictures, and other things related to Washington.

Dani had to stand in front of the audience for a little while. She had to wear the funny hat and she was so shy, she tried to hide behind it…

And, at the end, a picture with President Washington.