Our mailbox was stuffed today with these two things I ordered on eBay. The first is a book called The Girl Scouts on the Ranch by Edith Lavell. I'm up to chapter 4 and am just as excited as the Girl Scouts that they're going to spend two months on a ranch in Wyoming after graduating from Miss Allen's Boarding School. I love old books like this, and since I'm a Brownie troop leader it was a no-brainer purchase!
There's no title page or copyright date, so I don't really know how old the book is, but the book plate inside the front cover says: Property of Camp Cho Ridge. Hmm...sounds like a Google search is in order.
At the back of the book there are a bunch of ads for other book series for girls--so I'll also be off to amazon and eBay to see if I can find them too.
I also got the English Vocabulary Cards in the mail today--"A convenient method for developing, quickly and easily, your knowledge of those choice English words vital for advancement in your career." I have no idea what I'll do with them, but I had to have them. I've been seeing some amazing collage as I've blog-hopped (how's that for a word?); maybe these will inspire me to try one. The cards are fun, and have the word used in a sentence like this one for gregarious: "Sheep are, in general, gregarious animals." The definition is on the back of the card (so sheep, we now know, live in groups and like to be with others).
Maybe I'll have to learn (or use, since I already know a lot of them) a new word each day. There are 1,000 cards so it'll take a while!
Today was a Brownie day and the spirit of Easter permeated (passed through, spread itself, pervaded) our meeting. We walk from the school to our meeting room at the church down the street and practice orienteering each week--finding our way there using different things as a guide. We've used compasses, looked for clues to our meeting, and other things like that. Today the girls hunted for Easter eggs along the way with little Easter tree ornaments hidden inside. They loved it! Terri and I hid 15 eggs along the way, but only found 14 with the girls. I hope whoever found the one we lost found happiness in it! (The good thing was we only had 14 Brownies today, so it worked out perfectly.)
The girls made this little bunny door hanger as their craft today. We cut open carrot seed packets (sending the seeds home with the girls to plant) and stuffed them with Spanish moss and a little chenille bunny rabbit. They tied the string through holes punched in the packet to hang it. So cute!
We have 15 girls in our troop--all in the second grade. They are a great bunch of little girls and are able to do so much more than they could at the beginning of the year. We run a pretty tight meeting--the structure is the same each time, so the girls know the drill and what to expect. We love to sing with them; today our song leader chose "Whaddeleacha" (or however you spell it!) and it's hilarious to watch the girls crossing their arms to touch their ear and nose as fast as they can!
We also worked on the Penny Power try it today; we brainstormed ideas for how to spend our cookie money. A day at Disneyland, a sleepover, or a pool party seemed to be the top choices. We talked about how much things cost too--they thought a new car costs $2000, a house costs anywhere from $100 to $5000, and groceries for a week cost $30. Not quite. The one thing they all knew was that an American Girl Doll costs about $100 (if you get the book and accessories too).
Toben took us to Cold Stone for ice cream after dinner; I ate all of my Peanut Butter Cup Delight (or whatever it's called) despite planning to save half for tomorrow. Oh well, life is short and chocolate and peanut butter are sooooo good together.
I'm off to feed the cat and to remind him that tomorrow is Saturday--NO getting up at 5:09 tomorrow morning.