Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Flower Power

Inspired by a photo I saw in Facebook a few days ago:

I decide this would be a perfect science activity. So armed with some coins (lets bring in the math while we are at it) I drove to Agdao Public Market after dropping off my 2nd daughter at Agdao Violin Institute. The white roses in the flower stall cost P30.00 per stem or P360 for a dozen but they did not have any today.

Off we go, Nh and L and me to Bankerohan Public Market (Wireless side, not the Magallanes side). On the drive to Bankerohan, we sang our hearts out to the Geography Songs CD. I can't believe that the Manang who sells flowers in Bankerohan remembered me and Nh from more than 2 years ago!!! She was so happy to see us that she gave us a dozen red roses!!!

A bit of history: After I gave birth to my son (who is turning 5 in a few days) I decided to buy fresh flowers for the house every Wednesday and I made my drive to the market my quiet time. No radio, just me and my son in the car seat and sometimes the girls came along and we stay quiet until we get to buy the flowers. I allotted about P150 for this every week for this. Why I stopped I can not recall. I am so touched by Manang's reception, I felt like we are old friend and we chatted a bit. How generous Manang is and I don't even know her name! So Filipino!!!

I found the white roses needed for our project. In Bankerohan, when they ask how many you are buying they tend to assume you are getting in dozens not pieces! But based on the price they gave me in Agdao, and the coins L and I counted, we could only afford 4 pieces. However, a dozen white short stemmed roses cost only P120.00 in Bankerohan!!! Maybe Agdao sells long stem roses, I am not sure! But my golly the price difference!

Work commenced as soon as we entered our house.

The instructions for cutting the stem in 4 was not possible since the stems were too thin. I decided to just cut it in 2. But while the other flowers were beginning to color up the ones that were split in 2 stayed white.

See how the end of the stem is drying up? Maybe this is the reason why the flowers were not coloring up? Or maybe I was just impatient. Or maybe its because its taller than the rest, so the colored water has not reached the petals yet. Anyway lets see how this goes. Its supposed to be left to absorb the colors for hours not minutes. I decided to cut the the stems and put it in one color except for 1. We shall see how it goes.

L and I watched this math video to help her with subtractions before she ran upstairs to make a birthday card for their baby cousin who is turning 1 today. I still have an hour before lunch so here I am blogging while waiting for the time to pick up A from ALS and As from AVI.

I feel so blessed meeting Manang again and I am still waiting for the tall flower that is suppose to have 2 colors to happen! I shall update on how it goes. There goes math, science and real life for this morning.

The colors did  work. See how one side of the same flower have green petals and the other side's blue. Next time I think it will be better if we combine contrasting colors, say blue and yellow or green and orange. Also violet was not pretty it looked really sad. Hope you find the time to try this project out.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The POD Summer 2013

What's happening this summer at our little space?
Here's the schedule for the Classes
Then we have our Thursday Play Group, Peas in The POD.
We have 2 mommy Meet Ups.
 First Mommy Meet Up on April 20, Saturday, 10 to 12 noon.
Mommy Nadine is coming all the way from Cagayan de Oro to show us how the Rai Tai works. I met Nadine, a warm and enthusiastic young mom during the Mommy Sense Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Training last October. She is one of the moms behind Mommy Bright Side.

 2nd Mommy Meet Up will be on May 4, Saturday 10 to 12 noon.
Althea of Life Casting Philippines will be answering questions about hand casting. I met Althea through a couple who attended Childbirth Preparation Class last year. We had a talk about life casting and a giveaway last September, you can check out some photos here. Althea showed us how she does it and I still can't believe how it is done. Think quick and happy and you end up with something to keep. Oh I am feeling sentimental now! Althea also attended the Mommy Sense Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Training last October, photos here.

Registration is a must for these 2 meet ups as we can only accommodate about 20 people. To register:
Text Alex at 0918 938 2591 or 
call The POD 3022737 and leave you name and mobile number with Annaliza.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Book Reads for March

We are a little a head and somewhat behind with the Sonlight Core F. The important part, at least for me, is that I am am reading to my little ones and we have a bit of structure in the day. The challenge is to keep our academics rolling this summer and start our science work!
A read the following for this month:
5. Chemical Chaos by Nick Arnold
6. To Be or Not To Be  by Liv Evers
7. Macbeth by William Shakespeare, this is the copy she has.
She is now reading " Mary Shelly's Frankenstien".

7. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart
8. Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park
She is now reading, "I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade" by Diane Wilson

6. Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
7. The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam by Huynh Quang Nhuong

Our Read Aloud this month is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. It felt like this book was written for me to read at this very moment in my life! Do you ever get that feeling when reading a book? Anyway, happy reading to you or go pick up the book you said you would one day read...

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