Our Natural Learning Day…Yesterday

 

I tried my best to get this post written yesterday, as it is about yesterday, but…we all know blogging is not high on the priority list!

So, yesterday was full of natural learning exploration. The day had a lazy start; the toddler has had nights recently with an hour of nursing, tossing, kicking and hitting me, and nursing, so I’ve been waking up extra tired, and yesterday was no exception. I almost feel like she’s a newborn with my recent lack of sleep! We needed to go to the grocery store that day, so I asked the girls if they wanted to go in the morning or after speech class, and they chose to go after speech, because they wanted to keep playing that morning. Fine by me, as I got to stay in my pj’s longer and take my time.

We made waffles and spinach-fruit smoothies for breakfast. I love when we can start the day with a filling yummy breakfast! The girls spent most of the morning in free play, some of what I saw was: making a “collection” of animals (according to M, a collection is something that you look at and keep), cushion jumping in the living room,  and doll house play.

The "Animal Collection"

The “Animal Collection”

I will spare you a picture of what my couch looked like when the cushions were removed! Time to vacuum!

I will spare you a picture of what my couch looked like when the cushions were removed! Time to vacuum!

M initiated reading practice. She picked out one of her reading books (I will write a post about these reading books another time) and read some of the book with me. She is getting so excited about her reading ability! C requested that we finish the last country in their culture sticker book (Nigeria) so we did that next.

We ate a yummy lunch of sandwiches, veggies, and fruit, and then had quiet time (toddler nap time). M and C chose to watch a Jeff Corwin animal show. The girls wanted an episode on Western Africa (since we just talked about Nigeria), but instead we found an episode on Nepal. I was only able to watch the end of the show (as I had been nursing the toddler to sleep) so I only caught a bit about elephant midwives (birth and babies is a popular topic in this household, both for the girls and me).

Then we brought a little springtime inside with flower paper roll painting. M discovered that you need to press down on the petal flaps to get a good print. M also decided to add stems and leaves with her fingers, and eventually we got out a few brushes to paint the centers of the flowers. C quickly turned the activity into a tactile one and just spread the paint all over with her hands. How great that must have felt!

Flower Paper Roll Painting

Flower Paper Roll Painting

Then we cleaned up quickly and went to speech. We have both a new graduate student clinician (we get a new one every semester) and a new faculty supervisor, who is the school’s expert on Apraxia. She is trained in Prompt Therapy (only SLP in Utah with Prompt training) and I’m just so excited to finally have her in charge of M’s therapy (previously she had been consulting our supervisor). The classes just started this week, and they are still just collecting language samples and figuring out what they want to target.

After speech we all went to the grocery store, scoring the only 3-child-cart. I had a huge list to get through, so I bribed the kids with a cookie from the bakery. But it was a successful trip (seriously, its the little things, right?)

When we got home, the girls had more free play, including: looking at a Native American book (M noticed that they carried baskets on their heads); art; more reading practice for M (she found CVC words in a chapter book that she could read); looking at more books; and of course, dance time in the living room.

A winter storm was beginning, so I cooked up leftover chili from the freezer and cheddar biscuits for dinner. Dad left work too late and got stuck in the storm (his front-wheel drive work truck can not make it up into our neighborhood on the bench of the mountain in snowy weather). He parked his truck pretty far away (about 20 minute walk in the snow), so we drove out to pick him up. He did not want us to get him, worrying about a car sliding into us, but it was a short drive and it meant we would all be home sooner to eat our yummy dinner.
After dinner we played board games, card games, and puzzles before bedtime. I was able to keep up with laundry and dishes, and we all went to bed with every room in the home clean (well except the office which is a disaster right now with moving boxes). The girls have been very helpful lately with keeping things picked up…I think we are finally running a smooth household routine!
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Around the World with Sticker Dolls

My girls love the Sticker Dolly Dressing books from Usborne. You can get them at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or through your local Usborne consultant. We’ve done Princesses, Fairies, Ballerinas, Dancers, Bridesmaids and Weddings (to name a few). It has been simply for fun (and great for entertaining the older sisters when baby sis was born), but I’ve also cringed at how materialistic some of them seem to be (there’s one just for Shopping, for example). I really wished the Weddings included same-sex couples and different cultural weddings (instead of just an American view). The Ballerinas book does feature different ballets, which is educational (and since the girls love reading Ella Bella Ballerina books, they are already familiar with some ballets). There are historical fashion books too, which we haven’t tried yet (because the girls gravitate so much to the princess/fairy themed ones), but I’m looking forward to doing this as well (perhaps when we start making historical timelines next year).

I decided to introduce the Around the World book to the girls. It features different world cultures, with a world map to keep track. I honestly wasn’t sure how the girls would react, but the costumes are so beautiful and the girls enjoy learning about geography and cultures, that they are loving it!

Usborne Sticker Dolly Dressing Around the World

Usborne Sticker Dolly Dressing Around the World

So far, we’ve met Norwegian Reindeer Herders, Spanish flamenco dancers, a Japanese bride and groom, and Austrians dressed for a folk festival. After working on a page together (there are instructions on the sticker sheet for placing the costumes in order, as well as clothing names), we usually try to find a YouTube video as well (we’ve viewed reindeer being round up in Norway, though the herders were wearing modern clothing, flamenco dancing, and Austrians dancing a traditional dance). The book would be a great base for a cultural study, but I’m happy to just do these little tidbits for now. The girls have been asking daily to do more. Usually, they go through the sticker books in a day or two, but I’ve been intentionally making us do this one slowly.

Where in the World is Grandma: Newfoundland and Labrador

To continue with our study of Grandma’s travels, we added Newfoundland and Labrador to our book. Grandma had given us a newsletter she made of her experience in this Canadian province. We really just did a quick look into Newfoundland and Labrador:

  • We used worksheets from kidzone.ws to color maps of Newfoundland, the Newfoundland provincial flag, and the provincial bird and plant (puffin and the pitcher plant).
  • We read a few books about Newfoundland. Ode to Newfoundland is a lyrical story with brilliant pictures and information. The Mummer’s Song shows the Newfoundland Christmas custom of mummering. I found other great Newfoundland books online, but our local library didn’t carry them; if you’re interested, look into The Killick: A Newfoundland StoryThe Hangashore, and Moocher in the Lun.
  • We read a book about the pitcher plant and other carnivorous plants. The girls were very interested in the idea of meat-eating plants. I’m planning on getting this Carnivorous Creations Kit sometime in the next year or so for more in-depth exploration.
  • We read a lot of books about puffins. PuffinsA Puffin’s Year, and Puffling, were factual stories/informational books, and There Once Was a Puffin and Nothing Like a Puffin were silly entertaining books.
  • And we made puffin beak masks. I couldn’t easily find a puffin craft on the internet, so I basically made this one up!

    Paper Plate Puffin Beak Instructions:

    1. Cut a paper plate in half, and then quarters. Fold two quarters in half. Mark lines on the quarters to color them orange, yellow, and blue. One folded quarter will be the top of the beak, another folded quarter will be the bottom (one paper plate makes two beaks).
    2. Attach the left top beak to the left bottom beak with a paper fastener. Do the same to the other side.
    3. Attach string, elastic, etc to each side of the top beak. (After doing the first one, I realized it’s easier to attach the elastic before attaching the brad fasteners.)
    4. Put it on and pretend you’re a puffin!

Learning About the Electoral College

In the days after the Presidential Election, we decided to color in the electoral votes and make a giant bar graph displaying the results. At first we went state by state (so it would also be a geography lesson as well as a political one), first coloring in, and then adding to the bar graph, but this was taking forever, and C could only handle a few states per day. So after a few days of doing a few states at a time, I just finished the bar graph while the girls finished coloring their maps. (C chose to use purple and pink instead of blue and red.) But it was a good introduction to the electoral college, and the bar graph provided a great visual for the girls to see the results. We discussed how looking at the map results can be deceiving (if you just look at the area that is red versus blue, without considering the numbers). We also looked at some map results of past elections. (FYI, for making the giant bar graph, we had 1/2 cm = 1 electoral vote.)

Learning about Chimpanzees and Jane Goodall

After learning about Tanzania, we decided to study chimpanzees and Jane Goodall. Jane Goodall, as you all probably know, studied the chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

We read a great children’s book about Jane’s life, The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps. We watched most of a documentary DVD about her (thanks, Netflix streaming!), Jane’s Journey.

On a side note, I wish I had learned more about Jane’s life when I was in high school. It was my dream to go to East Africa and study elephants; I was so surprised to find out that she went to Tanzania on her own (with her mother) and happened to get her dream job, just like that (being in the right place at the right time). I honestly felt that only a lucky few get to study elephants, so I let my dream slide away. Maybe I would have been more determined to follow my passion if I had studied Jane’s journey too. Though I am very happy with my new life passions now. And I do wonder now if I would hate living in heat; I am quite a crabby one when overheated. I have a love/hate relationship with the sun.

We read a few different books about chimpanzees from the library and colored coloring pages of chimpanzees. We watched the Disneynature Chimpanzee movie (again, thanks Netflix streaming!). I so hated the anthropomorphism in the movie, but it did make the movie entertaining for the kids. We did some of the activities from an activity packet on the Disneynature website, making a chimpanzee mask, dot-to-dot coloring, etc. We compared our footprints to a chimpanzee’s footprint, measured our arms and legs and compared them to a chimpanzee’s, and we discussed differences between monkeys and apes.

Whenever the girls and I study something together, I may write on the blog all that we studied, but that doesn’t mean that the girls learned everything. For example, when we studied Tanzania, we learned how to count to ten in Swahili and some other Swahili words, but a few weeks later, M really only remembers how to say hello (Jambo), father (baba), and maybe the number 5 (tano). We can study a subject often and still learn something new every time. That’s what learning is all about, right?

So here is what the girls can tell you about chimpanzees:

  • Jane Goodall studied them in Tanzania and saw them using tools.
  • Chimpanzees sometimes hunt and eat monkeys.
  • Chimpanzees use tools, like rocks for breaking nut shells or sticks for catching termites.
  • Chimpanzees make a nest in the trees out of sticks and branches for sleeping at night.
  • Chimpanzees nurse their babies.
  • Chimpanzees are apes.
  • Chimpanzees have thumbs on their hands and feet.
  • Apes can rotate their shoulders fully to swing from branches; monkeys can not.
  • Apes don’t have tails; most monkeys have (visible) tails.
  • Apes have arms longer than their legs; monkeys do not.
  • Apes and monkeys are diurnal (active during the day).

We’ve been talking a lot lately about whether Curious George is an ape or a monkey. I think he appears to be an ape, so it bothers!!! me that the author calls him a monkey all the time (this is a pet peeve of mine at the zoo, when I overhear a parent calling an orangutan a monkey to their toddler, for example. People, use the correct term, don’t dumb it down! Yes, I’m crazy….and probably too judgmental; perhaps the parent doesn’t know the difference between monkeys and apes–not everyone took a Primate class in college.). Anyhow, George is a fictional character, and the author has every right to create a new species of monkey like him. So I just need to Let. It. Go. Seems to be a constant practice in my life right now: breathing and letting go. 🙂

 

Jambo! A Study of Tanzania

Last spring we studied countries through our monthly Culture Club group. We had a lot of fun learning with friends about different countries that the hostess’ visited, had a family connection, etc. The hostess would provide delicious food, usually a craft or coloring page, and a short presentation. We took a break over the summer, and since I thought we would be moving this fall, we haven’t started it again.

I had been thinking about how to study world cultures again, when it occurred to me that the girls can study the countries that their grandmother visits frequently for her job. We started a binder for the project, labeled with a world map showing the countries that Grandma has been to. This is also a great way for them to connect with their grandmother.

First up, Tanzania!

We read an excellent collection of books from our local library:

We colored Tanzania on a map of Africa. We colored the Tanzanian flag, and learned what different parts of the flag represents. We learned how to count to ten in Swahili, and made a Swahili Counting book, counting animals that can be found in Tanzania. We sang a counting song in Swahili. We learned how to say hello (Jambo!), daddy (baba), children (watoto), elephant (tembo), and other Swahili words. I didn’t get out my Swahili dictionary or workbook from my college class because they are packed already and I’ve been too lazy to dig it out.

The girls really enjoyed learning about Tanzania and are looking forward to seeing photos from my mom’s visit. We might still attempt to cook some Tanzanian food, but I haven’t made the time for that yet.

Mosaics and Magnets

This morning my facebook feed included a post about Sight Word Mosaics. It looked like an activity both girls would enjoy, so I made some word mosaics for M and a number mosaic for C. For both girls, I let them create the color key, as from previous experience with color-by-numbers/letters, I knew the girls would prefer to choose their own color scheme. After M completed her first mosaic, I increased the level of difficulty by using similar words (eg, pat, pan, man, and mat). She really had to take an extra moment to make sure she was reading the words correctly, but she made no mistakes. M did 3 mosaics and enjoyed it so much that she made one for herself too (using two words: her name and cat).

We also played with our new basic magnet kit. (The girls have been playing with this kit for over a week now, on their own, but today was the first day we worked on it together. We have also been reading a magnet book from the library this past week too.) Today we spent time learning about the North and South poles, that opposite poles attract each other, and what household items are made of iron. We performed a few experiments demonstrating this, and the girls sketched their observations in their science books (well, I sketched and they colored). C added magnetic field lines to her drawing (and people too; she always adds people!) so M drew a horseshoe magnet with magnetic field lines as well.

We went outside this afternoon, and at one point C started to smash the dried sunflower heads (that have been drying on our picnic table) into the deck to release the seeds. It was fabulously fun to see the seeds pop out, and M joined in, while the toddler giggled with glee. We talked about how the scrub jays have been opening the shells to eat the seeds (and maybe squirrels too?) and M mentioned how she can’t wait for roasted pumpkin seeds again this year.

M made a cardinal direction sign by looking at the one on the world map. I love learning moments like these best; when she goes off on her own and does something that I had no idea she was interested in. It is simply magical! (I would have posted a picture of this too, but of course, her name was very prominent on the sign!)

They wanted to perform another play tonight, so they chose to reenact The Lion and The Mouse. We made paper plate masks and picked out Dada’s shirts to use for the costumes. C wanted to be the lion and M was excited to be the mouse (last night, C insisted on playing both leaf parts, so we had to do the play twice; today I explained that there would be just 1 performance and they would stick to their own parts). They did a few dress rehearsals and then performed the play after dinner for Mama and Dada; even the littlest one joined the performance as the owl that scares and chases the mouse (and she looked so cute wearing an owl costume I had made a few Halloweens ago).

Well, those were some of the learning moments that I noticed today. Aside from a stressful dinner prep tonight and the fact that it appears the girls are all coming down with colds it was a wonderful day.

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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