Last Day of Fall – First day of Winter

To celebrate the last day of Autumn the bugs and I spent a few minutes raking leaves from our yard, and the adjoining neighbor’s yard – we ended up with a HUGE pile.
There is something magical about jumping in leaves…
I even got into the fun… Douglas thinks I’m a cool mom -!!!
So this morning brings us to the first day of winter… we celebrated California Style by making edible snowflakes out of marshmallows and pretzles… Check out Megan’s creation:
Thanks for checking in ith the GBA — look for more posts in 2010 as we learn all about holidays, from the well known to the obscure…

Change of Grade Day 2009

Happy Labor Day everyone! Today is the Change of Grade Day here at the Gandara Bug Academy. Before you go getting all hot and bothered about today being a holiday and all… we decided to celebrate our first day of school on a day Daddy could join us – and Daddy has today off because of the holiday – making it a perfect first day of school!
Breakfast is special on the first day… Alphabits

M for Megan

L for Lauren


And D for Douglas

Even Buloney got into the spelling action this morning:

After Breakfast I sent the bugs to shower and get dressed… While they got ready the “new school supply Fairy” paid them a visit… well apparently there is no room in he world for the school supply fairy – because Lauren informed me she knows I get them all their school supplies lol.
The highlight was new backpacks this year… everyone got their favorite:

Lauren = Hannah Montana


Megan = Camp Rock


Douglas = Ben 10

Here are the bugs discovering what’s inside

It is a tradition to walk to school on the first day… so here we go!

Notice Daddy in the background… he has the door to the “bus” open for a surprise trip!

Here are the bugs loaded on the bus… buddies and all!

We drove up to a local apple orchard – Los Rios Rancho for a First Day Field Trip!

Daddy and the bugs along the boardwalk trail.

Douglas Grade 1, Megan Grade 2, Lauren Grade 3

Daddy pointing out the “wild” blackberries.

Mrs. Crabtree and her Students


The bugs took a workshop (that we just happened to luck out and discover!) on Animal adaptations and their senses. After Douglas showed the teachers his super speed (he is a super hero you know) the bugs got to listen, touch, and learn all about local animals and their adaptations. The perfect classroom!

I could not have asked for a better day! I know we will have lots of learning going on this year… our first adventure is the Amazon Rain Forest… stay tuned for more adventures with the GBA – I promise to be a better blogger!

Field Trip!

It wasn’t to egypt, or to any egyptian related place… but it was a great educational day none the less! I had the pleasure of helping my niece with her 4th grade mission project. Here in California the standard 4th grade history course of study is California History – and the Callifornia Missions are a huge part of that! So today the GBA visited Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Here are a few highlights:

All the kids in front of a statue of Fr. Serra and an indian child. Douglas thinks he is silly!

Posing in front of one of the many fountains! Again – Douglas thinks he is funny!


Look at these Indians – Now Lauren is funny!

Here is my Niece Gabby making all of us some acorn mash – I’m all about the hand’s on learning ya know!

A fun family picture at the end of the day!

When Mrs. Crabtree calls in sick…

Yesterday Mrs. Crabtree had a migraine, so she called in sick. I handed the bugs a package of brown lunch bags and they had access to all their other “crafty” supplies…
so this morning I wake up to this:

I *think* that is quackers inside 2 bags….

Miscelaneous mess….

some sort of monster puppet…


puppet and mess…
I know the bugs had fun but I sure wish the mess wasn’t so big!
I bet the first principal I worked for thought the same thing every evening when she went into my classroom – it was always a disaster – and I mean a disaster… my answer was: Learning is messy business… and it’s still true today!

The Results are IN!

Thank you for helping us with our graph… we discovered that unlike the Egyptians – the Friends of the Gandara Bug Academy seem to like Dogs best… among all responses there were 25 dogs!

We learned some fun things about Sugal Gliders and the difference between a turtle and a tortise as well… Enjoy our graphs!

Egyptians Loved their Pets!

And so do we here at the Gandara Bug Academy… so we are asking for your help! We have been studying what life was like in Ancient Egypt and discussing The different kinds of pets… so we are doing a survey… if you could please reply to this post listing the type of pets your family enjoys – all pets from the exotic to the ordinary. We will compile a graph and post it later next week to see what is the most “popular” pet!
Oh, and that is the Goddess Baset
– She was seen as a protector of cats and those who cared for them.

Learning isn’t always book work!

The official curriculum of the Gandara Bug Academy for the 2008 – 2009 school year is the Magic Tree House series of books by Mary Pope Osbourne. We are still exploring the Medieval Times of Knights and Castles…but sometimes the bugs have their own ideas and we just GO FOR IT!!! Last week Megan was working hard on some folded paper thingy- so I asked her what it was… It’s an invitation to Quacker’s Birthday she replied… Oh Quackers is having a birthday??? (news to me!) But we went with it- I mean why NOT… Megan made invitations with a picture of Quackers on the out side and the words: HAPYBURSDA on the inside… for those of you wondering it says: Happy Burst Day – think of haow a child would say it and think it is spelled. She planned the menu ( a Tea Party) and had games all planned… I made a quick run to the store for some przes and cupcake mix and the Party was ON!

Here Megan scoops cupcake mix into the mini muffin pan to make “crumpets”. The party Guests – Lauren, Megan, Douglas and our cousin Ethan… Molugin (mulligan) Kode, (Kody), Smoke (Smokey), and Tigr (Tiger) were also invited… Momma and Ant Anna (not a typo – that’s how Megan spelled it) came to the party as well.

The Birthday Girl, Quackers was turning 4.


Here she is munching her crumpets!

Now Megan has a good feel for Party Planning- a skill I’m sure she will use a lot in life. The event did create somewhat of a snowball effect because The next day I found more invitations…. Come to Buloney’s Party…. I laughed and told Lauren we’d indeed celebrate Bull’s birthday – just how about in February!

3 new Knights in the kingdom Gandara!

Here Ye! Hear ye! King Anthony of Gandara has appointed 3 new Knights into his service!

The ceremony was performed on December 2, 2008 in Castle Gandara.

Each Knight swore fealty to King Anthony and Queen Christy and swore to abide by the following code of chivalry: A Knight’s sword shall be used to defend the Church, protect damsles, orphans, the poor and especially buddies and critters. A Knight will serve his lord in battle with honor and bravery.

Each Knight was garbed in the finest velvet robe……and dubbed with a light saber!

Presenting Sir Douglas

Presenting Sir Megan

Presenting Sir Lauren
After the Dubbing Ceremony the Castle feasted on chicken, grean beans and soup.. Medieval Style on Bread Trenchers! We drank mugs of “ale” and had a GREAT time!

After the Feast the Knights were called to duty and had to fight the fierce dragon – Kodiak .

Never fear, peace has been restored to the lands… at lease until I ask the bugs to clean the playroom!