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Turkeys, Bunnies, Leaves, and Skeletons

Our Japanese Maple tree in the autumn-time

This week we enjoyed the last of our fall leaves. Now I need to finish raking them! I also managed to get a fun turkey shot:

A wild turkey in our back yard

This guy was up close to our house. I startled him when I first opened the door, but he quickly recovered, and fluffed his feathers out to their full grandeur:

A wild turkey in our back yard

Lily went to craft time at the library, and made this cute little bunny. They were pulling out old crafts in honor of National Recycling Day, and I recognized this one from a couple years ago. Lily was happy to cover it in cotton balls, which Johnny then tried to pull off, just like last time.

Bunny drawing covered in cotton balls - toddler activity

We glued them back on.

Q-tip skeleton - preschool craft

Johnny brought home this skeleton that he made in preschool. I also went to his IEP meeting, where no major changes were made as he is doing great. He has the perfect class this year: eight kids total, four teachers, and seven of the eight kids are boys. He loves it. The class will grow during the year as more kids who receive state-funded serviced (like Johnny) turn three and move from early intervention into preschool. A friend who was over Friday afternoon was astonished at how much more he is talking compared to the last time she saw us, about a month ago.

Emma aced her first kindergarten tests. I was a little shocked to learn there were kindergarten tests!

I forgot to take the kids to our little coop science class Monday afternoon. Hopefully I’ll do better next week! We spent a lot of time playing in leaves (notice I did not say raking leaves), and Emma handed in her disguised turkey.

I’ll be linking this post up to the Afterschool blog hop, hosted this week at The Educators’ Spin On It.

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

12 thoughts on “Turkeys, Bunnies, Leaves, and Skeletons”

  1. Grumpy Grateful Mom

    How amazing you have turkeys in your yard! And I never thought to do a craft with q-tips, but that skeleton turned out so cute!

  2. I continue to be amazed by your wild life. It’s great that both Johnny and Emma are thriving in school. Love the skeleton craft!

  3. Love your turkey shots – seems like they’re giving you lots of opportunities! The skeleton and bunny are both cool, too!

    1. This was the closest I’ve gotten! They like to hang out near the house when it’s cold – I guess they can feel some of the heat?

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