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M designed a machine to deliver cups of water, via conveyer belt, to the table.
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C wanted to learn how to write machine.
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Autumn Art

Today we started decorating the home with autumn art. We put up the few decorations we saved from last year, and made some new ones as well. I like to start off with just general autumn things (autumn leaves, owls, etc); in October we will add Halloween stuff, and then in November we will replace the Halloween with Thanksgiving decorations.

We played around with symmetrical painting again, this time using only red and yellow for “autumn leaves”. I keep seeing a uterus in this symmetrical art; I’m all for birth art (I have a placenta print in my bedroom) but it’s really starting to bug me a little!

(I know, the mantle is pretty bare right now.)

In the kitchen, we have two frames that hold a seasonal picture by the two big girls. This year for autumn, they glued on a paper tree, and then finger-painted autumn leaves. Which turned into entire hands full of orange, so that led to some regular hand-printing fun.

In the playroom, we hung up our leaf garland, which is now 3 years old and the colors have all faded. I think we will be making a new one this year, or at least not taking this one with us when we move.

We also now have a collection of autumn crowns made, so from time to time you might catch a glimpse of an autumn princess or fairy! ūüôā

Welcome, Autumn!

We celebrated the autumnal equinox last night with friends: the gorgeous canyon with leaves turning; a bonfire for roasting marshmallows and making smores; a leaf crown craft for the autumn princesses and princes; and drinking warm drinks (hot apple cider, hot cocoa or beer, which isn’t warm but still warms the body!). There couldn’t have been a more perfect way to welcome the change in season.

And I really needed it; I have been in a funk lately, because we still do not know when or where we are moving. I guess I had been expecting to at least know something by now, so I think the physical changing of the season that I have been seeing around me has depressed me, as I thought we would be moving on and starting new by this time. But hanging out with dear friends last night as helped me realize that we are lucky to be spending more time here in Salt Lake. It will be a beautiful fall and we have more time to make more memories with our loved ones here!

And now begins the season of fall crafting and sweaters (eventually, it still tops 70/80 degrees here).

How have you welcomed in Fall?

Exploring Wetlands

When we were visiting the local Natural History Museum earlier this week (on a last-minute whim), we noticed a wetland display. There was a box that you could manually tilt to roll balls through wetland grasses, displaying how the grasses caught and trapped the balls, or pollution. Wetlands: nature’s water filter! Intrigued, we decided to learn more about this amazing ecosystem.

We performed this experiment, demonstrating how the wetland plants can trap pollutants and clean water. The red dye represents the pollutants, and we discovered by the second day that the celery had soaked up a lot of the water, giving the leaves a reddish hue. We cut open the celery to see the veins of the stalk; they were red too. M had hypothesized that all of the water would be clear within 1 day, but it stayed red. We learned that plants will only drink the amount of water that they need, so clearly there was still some “pollutants” in the water.

We checked out books from the library:

We visited a local wetland at the Swaner Ecocenter in Park City UT. We went on a self-guided 1/4-mile trail in the wetland and hoped to see some cranes, but didn’t. We did get to see cattails and feel the sponginess of the ground off the trail.

We discussed that there are different wetlands throughout the world, with different plants and animals. We made a poster about wetlands in our state; showing that some of the water comes from snow melting in the mountains, and showing some of the animals that benefit from the wetlands. After making the poster, both girls gave a short presentation (although C’s presentation was just pointing out animals for us to name). (C colored the animals for the poster, which is why they are so brightly colored. M colored animals too, and realistically, even asking for the bird book to so she could get the male mallard correct, but she decided to keep her coloring page for herself.) (And we used this wetland coloring page too.)

The main points about wetlands that I tried to highlight were:

  • Wetlands filter and purify water.
  • Wetlands can prevent flooding because they are capable of holding excess water from heavy rains, etc.
  • Many animals benefit from the wetland ecosystem.

I was disappointed in the lack of wildlife and educational displays at Swaner, so I hope to take the whole family to visit the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge soon for more hands-on learning¬†(look forward to a part II post!). We will continue to read our library books this week, color in this coloring book, and I’m hopeful we can learn a little more from the education center at Bear River.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: While researching wetlands, I found tons of online resources, and could not use them all in this short unit, but will be revisiting them in the future. Here they are, for your reference:

A Perfect Storm

First, a little more reflection from yesterday’s post. I really think that I had just been doing too much when we started out this year. I had no time for housework, which really means that the girls had no time for free play. After writing my post yesterday, I feel much more centered and confident about our direction. I really think we need two mornings a week at home. I also think that we can still have 1 activity from a weekly unit theme, and 1 additional activity (math, language, history, etc) for the days that we stay home in the morning. On the busier days (both morning and afternoon outings), I will only plan 1 activity, so that there is still plenty of free play (and read-out-louds will still be every day, regardless). My mantra will be to not interrupt free play, within reason, and to let the girls come to me with interest.

Seriously, today felt like a weight off my shoulders, and a much better pace for all of us. We did a follow-up unit activity and some math in the morning. I was just about to start another activity with them, when I caught myself. I figured if they got bored later in the afternoon (or started to bicker) we could do that, otherwise, we’ve done enough for the day. So so happy about this shift! I was expecting this year to learn about what homeschooling will look like for our family, but I did not anticipate it to be happening in the first month already!

And now, back to my post:

M is a perfectionist. And a stormy one at that.

Thank goodness she is not a perfectionist about her speech (that would be insane!) but when it comes to writing/drawing, she is a perfectionist. We’ve had about 5 instances this past year where M will make a “mistake” and yell, blame me, and be unwilling to find a solution, until the rage eventually passes over her.

This morning, she started to write 18 as 81. I pointed it out to her, ready to help her fix it (we have already learned to use pencils for work so mistakes can be erased easily). She immediately blew up at ¬†me, saying that it was my fault and I should have prevented her from making the mistake. I told her that everyone makes mistakes and that mistakes are wonderful learning opportunities. She just kept yelling at me that she was perfect and she doesn’t make mistakes and it’s my fault. By the end of her rage, I was on the floor crying, ready to admit defeat.

Homeschooling a perfectionist will be a challenge…but I’m up for it.

After she finally calmed down enough to discuss what happened (by the way, there is no point in me trying to discuss the situation when she is that charged with emotion, but I keep doing that, doh!), she really wanted to continue on with the math lesson. I told her that we needed to figure out what will happen the next time she makes a mistake, because she will (we all do), and I do not want to subject myself to such anger and hostility. I love homeschooling her, but that is not healthy, for either of us. So I suggested that she get 2 puppets out and we roleplay. She played the Mama and I played her. M loved acting out the scenario, and I really hope it will help her (roleplaying is supposed to be a great learning and¬†therapeutic¬†tool, right?). I’m thinking of roleplaying the situation frequently, maybe once a week, maybe before we sit down to do writing work? I don’t know, because she has blown up at me once when we were coloring together and I colored something “wrong”, so it’s not easily predictable. I’ve also already ordered this book, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, from the library, but it will be awhile before it’s available (I think I’m #3 on the hold list).

We finished the lesson without another incident, and I feel really good about how it was eventually resolved, even though it was a little bit hairy in the thick of it. (Yes, I can do this, even when I think I can’t!)

I wonder if her perfectionism is overcompensating for her speech, as in she doesn’t have any control over the fact that she is¬†unintelligible¬†to strangers, so she wants to have full control and be completely perfect in other areas of her life? I’ve asked other apraxic parents about it, and there were some similarities, but part of it also might just be her age and maturity level too. Big emotions in little ones is one of the reasons why I think parenting gets harder the older a child gets. It’s so much easier to meet their needs as babies, when all they need is to nurse and be held.

Do you have a perfectionist child? What has worked for you and your little in this situation?

A Lesson for Mama

We had our first minor setback today. The morning had been full with gymnastics class, and between lunch and speech, the girls were happily playing together in the playroom. They had been looking forward to starting a wetlands experiment today (asking about it all morning), so I hesitantly interrupted their play to ask if they wanted me to set that up. They said yes, so I got the materials ready. Then, I interrupted them again to tell them that when they were ready, to come in the kitchen. Well, they were engrossed in their play, so they didn’t stop in the 5 minutes time I had expected. We only had about 20 minutes before we needed to get ready for speech, and I really wanted to do the experiment then, so we wouldn’t need to worry about it when we got back home. I interrupted the girls a third time, and they enthusiastically stopped playing to do the experiment. They both helped with setting up the experiment, and then it was time for us to journal what we did.

M resisted. This was the first time she has ever resisted an activity! I just wanted to get it done. Yes, we could have done the journaling later that day, but…well….I pushed. This was the first time I ever pushed, breaking my own homeschooling creed, if I have one.

Ah, hindsight is everything!

I should have trusted my gut, and kept them playing that whole time. But I have been feeling some pressure (put only on me by myself) to achieve certain tasks each day.

So I am definitely taking today’s experience as a learning lesson for myself.

I want this year to be full of homeschooling experimentation, so I will have a better feel for what works for our family next year, when homeschooling becomes legally official. I imagine that I will always be evaluating how we are doing, it just comes with the territory. And that’s good. Nothing needs to be ever set in stone, and with kids especially, what works one day may not work the next. Now isn’t that a lesson my children have been teaching me over and over!

Anyway, here are a few minor changes I’m going to implement to our routine:

  • M loves the daily routine chart, so I will keep displaying that. But I won’t feel that I need to honor it; if the children are engrossed in something else, I will let them explore that to their fullest.
  • On speech days (which are 4/5 days) I will strive to have the between-lunch-and-speech time just for free play. Even though this is also when the toddler naps, I think it is an important mid-day break for the girls. I’ve said before how important I believe free play is for this age group.
  • It might be that if we only do free play or outings in the mornings, the girls will always want a structured activity after their afternoon snack, and I might try that middle ground first. But I think I will wait until they ask for something from me, or at least keep them aware that it’s their choice.
  • My main daily goals will only include read-alouds, free play, and one structured activity, whether it be something I planned or something that comes up in our living. With speech taking up so much of our time, these are simply just the priorities right now.¬†I will strive to do field trips once a week, and strive to have two mornings a week at home (leaving only 1 extra morning for hiking, second field trip, playdate etc). Lazy mornings can be the best learning!
  • I will structure the “curriculum” probably into unit studies again. This has served us well in the past; we can study a topic in-depth over a week or so, doing a little bit each day, encompassing different subject areas. Exceptions include: the one-on-one language arts work on Monday mornings; weekly reading of short biographies for history; and ensuring we play some math games at least once weekly.

What do you think? Anything I’m missing? Any suggestions, or do you have an experience to share? Homeschooling is just another extension of parenting, and I will need to be trusting my gut and rechecking to see if I am helping my children to where they want to be.

Unexpected Discoveries

Well, today did not start out that well. M had a meltdown about her outfit; when she melts down, she yells, kicks me, and calls me mean. And of course, behaving that way makes her feel bad, so she really needs a lot of affection from me after it. Which, I admit, is a little hard, because I just endured being screamed at before even eating my breakfast. But it was short-lived, as it always is, and we went back on with our day, which turned out to be full of discovery.

As we were headed out the door to a friend’s home for a LLL mom-and-tot get-together, we realized that their best friend wouldn’t be there, and that it would be mostly mom-and-tots (no big kids). Yes, we are at that point where, as much as I want to sit and chat with friends, we need to be doing things entertaining for the kids,¬†not me.

But, no worries, we just changed plans. M had been asking to go to the Natural History Museum again, so off we went. (I’m glad the girls do well with changes and transitions, it really was no big deal. Though they did have to discuss first if the zoo would be a better choice, but both agreed to go see the dinosaurs today.)

It’s amazing how much there is to do at a museum. We’ve been to this particular one probably about every other month or so (more in the winter months), and always come home with more knowledge and discoveries. It has a lot of great exploration rooms too, so I usually like to concentrate on just one floor/subject when we visit. But since today was a random visit, and the girls wanted to go through it all, we started at the top and worked our way down.

Usually, the girls went to their favorite exhibits, so some floors we rushed through, which was quite fine by me, because I only wanted us to be there an hour before the toddler’s naptime. The take-away learning moments that I noticed were: (1) spending time at the water and wind erosion tables to learn more about how water and wind can shape the land; (2) finally getting a chance to make a building and test it in the earthquake lab; and (3) discovering that wetlands filter and purify water.

Then home for nap and lunch. I did online research for wetlands activities, and we will be doing some experiments later this week to explore this topic further (we simply ran out of time today). M wrote and read the words she learned yesterday. The girls drew (M drew a barosaurus dinosaur) and played with their ponies and dinosaurs. After lunch I read another Pooh adventure while the girls did more drawing, and then we were off to speech.
I had been planning to run a quick errand after speech class, but C was visibly tired, so I decided we should stick around home instead. We had a delicious snack outside and played outside for awhile. The girls ended up performing some dance shows for me, until we discovered a new insect and caught it for observation and to sketch in our science journals. We first observed that it had 6 legs, two antennae, a mostly red body with some black. Seeing a visible stripe down the middle of its back, we knew it was a beetle. But our insect book had no beetle that matched! I started googling, and couldn’t find anything. My best guess was that maybe it was a juvenile box elder bug, because we have a lot of box elder bugs in our backyard, and they are red and black. So when I googled that, we found our answer! It was a juvenile Box Elder Bug! Now I wish our insect book showed the different stages for all insects. Maybe we will need to get a more thorough field guide eventually.

Then we finally got around to our assigned daily activity: Arts and Crafts. Today we did symmetry painting, inspired by a local blogger and the book, Math Arts. The girls loved this; it really was magical to open the fold and see the symmetrical designs and color blends. We will definitely be exploring this again!

Afterwards, the girls made more art, this time with stamps, while I bathed the toddler (who got a hold of some paint while I was distracted by a long-awaited, pleasant phone conversation). I even took a shower too, which provided much rejuvenation before the dinner chaos; I may do this more often!

I tried to put a major focus today on playing. I would have liked to start our experiments to follow-up the last-minute museum visit, but I decided play was more important, and we will fit those in throughout the week.¬†I think we made a good balance of free play and structured activities. I like having a daily “subject”, but sometimes it can be too much if our day is already full of child-led,¬†living¬†learning. And it must have been a tiring day, as M collapsed in bed an hour early! (C, on the other hand, had a quick nap in the car, so she might be up late.)

Sun-Shining Expressions

Do you ever have those sun-shining days where everyone is getting along, you’re marveling at everything your kids say, and everyone is just living life joyfully together? Today was one of those days!¬†I couldn’t have asked for a better start to a few days of parenting solo with the kids.

After breakfast we headed out to our nearby National Forest. The first trail is literally a 5 minute drive from our house, and on odd days, dogs can be off-leash on the trails. We have become so spoiled here! A quick romp in the woods, with a happy, free dog, and happy, free children! Best start to the week!

Our happy, muddy dog

Best quote of the hike, furnished by M while looking at an orange bag tossed on the side of the trail:

“Is that poop? That smells like poop.”

(She’s well aware that dog owners will leave the poop bag on the trail to pick up on the way back down, but this just cracked me up!)

On the drive back home, while stopping for coffee, we started singing the¬†Music Together‘s Hello Song, but putting in things around us, like “Hellooooo to the red car, so glad to see you!”, etc, when C sang:

“Hellooooo to the LipperLoppies, so glad to see you.”

Seriously, you do not understand the name of this blog until you have spent some time with my children. LipperLoppy is definitely a family joke!

At home, we started our language arts learning session. M played games on the computer while I worked with C, and entertained the¬†baby toddler simultaneously. (FYI, we have¬†temporarily¬†thwarted¬†the climbing-on-tables-eating-art-supplies problem by placing all chairs on the tables unless a butt is sitting in one.) Today C worked on the letter B, which was pretty hard for her to write, and she didn’t have the patience to practice much. She really loves to color, so spent most of her time coloring, and doing a few quick B crafts. She is still really proud of her ABC book that she is making. Her activities included a B letter hunt, B Words Cut N Paste, Writing B Worksheet, B Coloring Page, and a B Craft (gluing beans onto the Bb template).

(sorry for the crappy photo)

C actually did the bean craft (photo, above) while I was putting the toddler down for a nap, so she might have done more if I had stayed with her. But it was way past naptime.

Then the girls switched places. C did much better on the laptop this time, and didn’t need any of my help! (Whew!) M had been a little stressed with our reading lesson last week, so I switched things up a bit. She first did some worksheets learning words in the -an family (again, I chose something that she was already familiar with, that I thought she would be able to read easily, and that she also can say correctly, there is that speech therapy sneaking right in with reading lessons!). She worked on the words:¬†can, pan, fan, man, ran, van (and I’m kicking myself that I did not include¬†tan! guess I will add that next week as a surprise). She was able to read, write, and say the words easily, and understood that they all had the same ending too. Then we played a board game. I printed out the board game, “Snakes and Ladders“. If she came to a “Word Card” space, she drew a card and had to read the word on the card (and just the word; no pictures for hints). She did great! I also included any other words she could already confidently read (family names, and cat, basically). She enjoyed playing the game a lot too, and can’t wait to do it again. I told her we can learn new words each week, and keep adding cards to the game. She’s thrilled! In fact, she was so proud of herself that she wrote out the entire alphabet and some of the words later that day, on her own direction.

Then, for writing practice, she wrote a letter to a different relative. This time, I printed out the alphabet on similar lined paper, to encourage her to write more neatly and pay attention to the lines, but it was just there as a reference, no requirement. This relative’s birthday is coming up, so we decided to make a package with more artwork and birthday cards from the girls.

Then it was time for our late lunch. And I had scrumptious leftovers of BBQ pork sandwiches. So delicious, and for once, I ate a very filling lunch that really helped me last the day. I need to try to eat more at lunch time!

After lunch, the toddler was still sleeping (she ended up with a 2-hour nap, woo-hoo!), so the girls made beaded necklaces. M has been wanting to finish one that she had started in speech class months ago, so it was about time that they did! (I thought I had packed all the beads already, but I found them.) M made a very long necklace that she loves and thinks it is just the thing Fancy Nancy would wear. Oh my.

Perfect timing, in that the toddler didn’t wake until we had finished with the beads! Then we were off to run errands: mail the package at the post office, thrift shopping at a local kid resale store, and purchasing a few items at the grocery store that we would need for dinner. We didn’t make it back home until past 4, and still had science to do!

I told the girls we could wait to do science for another day, and just play, but they wanted to do the science activity, Polar Bears. The relatively new-to-our-local-zoo polar bear is quite the entertainer; she basically has a routine of swimming to the glass underwater, then coming straight up out of the water (to the ooh’s of the crowd watching) and backfloating to start over again. It’s fun to watch! Anyway, we had been at the zoo the last month, and M had asked to study polar bears next.

When we were about to start, M said she first wanted to tell us what she already knows about polar bears. She had a whole presentation prepared! She started by passing out toppings to her toy cake, that had loop velcro on it, saying, “feel this, do you think this feels like polar bear fur?”. WOW, just wow! She had more to do/say, but C was not in the mood for a lecture from her older sister, so I told M that she could give a Polar Bear Presentation to Daddy when he came home.

While the girls worked on a coloring page, tangram puzzle, and creature card, I started reading some of the books we had checked out from the library.

The main facts we learned were:

  • Polar bears live in the arctic.
  • Mother polar bears have 1-3 cubs at a time, usually 2, and nurse for 2.5 years.
  • Polar bears are the largest land predator and the largest bear.
  • Polar bears eat seals.
  • Polar bears need ice to hunt seals, and global warming is decreasing ice in the arctic.

Then the girls each made an informational poster including all of the facts mentioned above.

And lastly, they made a polar bear craft. M said, “Mom, can you give me cotton balls for my birthday? I would love that. We could make a pillow with them.” I had already been planning to stock the craft cabinet with more things like pom-poms and such, and now I know to add cotton balls to the list too!

And gosh, I forgot that I had some online polar bear videos and webcams for them to check out. Well, they can watch those later this week, and maybe I will even look for a nature show on the Arctic/polar bears on Netflix too. The beauty of homeschooling is that we never stop learning!

By this time, we were overdue for dinner. Luckily what I had planned was simple, and fairly quick. I just have to share one more quote from the day, another one by M:

“My middle name is tortilla.”

Our LipperLoppy World

I felt that yesterday provided too much structured time. Even though we only spent < 30 minutes on the planned schooling activity, there was barely time in the day for free play (probably only two hours?). So today my goal was free play.

In the morning we met a dear friend and her darling boys for a romp at the local farm. Cute animals, fresh sunshine, and good friends was what we all needed!

After lunch we read from our chapter book and a few more picture books, as usual. Then the girls played for about an hour before leaving for speech class.

After snack, we did our geography activity. Both girls have not had a good understanding that their city is in their state is in their country, etc. So I found this activity floating around pinterest, and it was perfect!

And of course, we will have to update it when we eventually move (we have been patiently anxiously awaiting a move by my husband’s job), but that will be a good introduction to the new location.

By the way, every time we sit down to do an activity with drawing/writing, etc, the baby is all over the place, climbing on the table, eating markers/crayons, trying to rip paperwork from her sisters, etc. I distract her with something, and then 5 minutes she’s crying again. I plan on giving her lots of busy bag activities when she is a little older, but she is too young for most of them now. I suppose I can do schoolwork while she is napping, but that is usually our “down-time”. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that the household isn’t “serene”; a lot of times the baby is frustrated and crying, or a big sister is having a tantrum, or whatever! It’s just life with young children.

Then we played legos together (I also wanted to just sit down today and play with my girls, I definitely don’t do this enough!). We will head outside soon for more play and relaxation, until dinner time with Dada.

Gentoos, Geography, and Geometry

(If you haven’t yet noticed, I heart alliteration. I seriously strive to use alliteration in post titles. I am such a dork.)

This morning we went to our local aquarium. A few things had changed since our last visit; the stingrays from the touch pool were moved to the big tank and replaced with a leopard shark, horn sharks, bat rays, and round stingrays that were hiding in the sand (camouflage is so cool; a few were hidden so well it was hard to see them!). The nurse sharks were gone from the big tank, but new baby sharks (gray reef and blacktip reef) were swimming around. I couldn’t tell the difference between the two species. There was also a megalodon shark jaw exhibit (the largest shark that ever lived). This jaw was HUGE!

And of course we scoped out some of our favorites: the jellyfish, sea horses, and river otters. But we were most excited to catch a keeper talk on the Gentoo Penguins. We learned why penguins have a black back and white belly (so they blend in to the deep water when seen by predators from above, and blend against the sunlight coming through when seen from below). We learned that the main colony of Gentoo Penguins resides in a rocky coastal shoreline of the Falkland Islands off the East Coast of South America. We also learned how to distinguish Gentoo Penguins from other penguin species (it’s easy: Gentoos are the only penguins with a white “cap” or “earmuff” from eye to eye on top of their head). M wanted to know how the Gentoos stay warm in the cold water (water-proof feathers lock out water and blubber for insulation) and C wanted to know what they eat (in the wild, they love krill; at the aquarium they are fed two species of small fish).

After lunch we read from our chapter book and various picture books and then played until it was time for speech class. Then we ran an errand (paying for the group site reservation at a local canyon for an equinox bonfire party). I had to write a check out, so that stimulated a conversation about checks, money, and banking.

After snacktime, M wrote down the bonfire date and the names of her friends that will be attending. When spelling for her, I sounded out the names slowly so M could accurately guess each letter. Meanwhile, C worked on a cow craft (copying a craft that M had made during her speech class). (Whenever M comes out of a speech class with a craft she has made, we usually have to reenact the craft at home for C. We once had a teacher that would always give us extra materials for C, how thoughtful!)

(M, left, likes to color everything realistically; C, right, loves color and is very thoughtful about what colors she uses on a particular piece.)

Then we did a brief gentoo penguin review to solidify what we learned earlier today. We looked on our world map to see where the penguins live. The girls each created an informational sign that included: the South American map, a krill picture, a Gentoo picture, and a photo of it’s distinguishing mark.

By the way, we have a new system for displaying their work. Since they are always excited to show Dada what they have accomplished when he comes home, we post daily work on the fridge, which is next to the back door that Dada enters. They bombard him with everything about their day the moment he steps in. Each night (or morning) I move the work either to our main art display in the playroom, to “mailboxes” designated to grandparents, or to their art keepsake boxes.

Thursday is “Math Day” and I’ve decided to do some geometry for the next few weeks. When we were driving earlier today, M told me that a stop sign is an octagon. I had no idea she knew what an octagon was! How ironic that she mentioned a geometric shape when I was planning to start that today. Today we played around with spheres, cylinders, cones, and cubes, and talked about the differences between 2-D and 3-D shapes. We first looked at household objects with these shapes. Every time I asked what shape an object was, M called it by it’s corresponding 2-D shape (circle for sphere, square for cube, triangle for cone, etc). Well, I was glad we had started studying these 3-D shapes!¬†Then we did some worksheets. We really didn’t have much time for anything else. I have games, art, and other fun activities for exploring geometry to do in the next few weeks.

The baby has been climbing up onto every chair and table lately, so when we were done with the worksheets, we all went outside to play and draw with chalk. Then a quick dinner so we could head out to the forest for a hike with the whole family (especially the dog!) before bedtime.

What a busy, busy day, but we are all having fun and learning so much together!

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