I'm gonna be honest with you. I seem to be suffering a severe lack of motivation these days. My get-up-and-go, as they say, got up and went. I've been managing to stay mostly caught up with the laundry and dishes, but not much else. I think it is a case of post-Aestas (Latin for summer) Depression. I'll recover as soon as the leaves start to change color and the fall chill gets the blood moving again.
Despite all that, I did manage to get the kids going on their weekly science activity. I gave them buckets and sent them out into the yard to collect seeds and fruits. They wandered around for a while finding seeds and other things (The most notable "thing" was a bat-the mammal not the toy- huddled in a ball on the ground. Thankfully they did not touch the bat. When I went back later to check on the bat it was gone, so I have no idea what was going on there.).
After they had collected for a while we brought their findings inside and organized them on a large sheet of paper. Once we had them all separated we counted 16 different types of fruits and seeds.
We talked about all kinds of seed words like "legume" and "pome" and "fruit" and "nut" and "grain", each of which they were able to find an example of in their collection.
It was a nice and quick little nature study, and didn't require much productivity from me, so it worked out perfectly.
Happy science, everyone!