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Some days, you just need to stop …

on February 22, 2012

Stop ...

... and taste the dandelions ...

 

 

Some days, you just need to stop and taste the dandelions.

Or better yet, share them with a friend.

 

 

Or share them with a friend ...

Today was one of those days. With sunny skies, singing birds, blossoming trees, and temperatures in the high 70s, we left the books inside this morning and headed outside for the first part of our school day.

My little tree hugger ...

Just like sister!

Little Bear danced around the trees, singing happily and welcoming signs of spring, and Baby Bear tried to imitate big sister — when she wasn’t preoccupied with tasting nature’s wonders. (We must have the best-tasting twigs and weeds in West Texas!)

Little Bear reviewed days, months, and seasons as she twirled and sang. She counted out the date with jumps, claps, and twirls before collapsing on the ground in a giggly heap. Unorthodox? Perhaps. But I keep her home in part so that she can twirl and giggle her way along the path learning.

Little Bear also practiced writing her letters in the dirt, collected 22 acorns, matched dried magnolia leaves with magnolia trees, and tried to follow a bee buzzing amid the cherry blossoms. By late morning, she was hot, and Baby Bear was tired, so we headed indoors for more traditional work.

Little Bear completed her cutting, tracing, coloring, and paper-folding activities of the day while I nursed Baby Bear and fixed lunch. Afterward, with half the week behind us and two full days ahead of us, we chose to spend one more day on the Letter Ii and have some inchworm fun today rather than start a new theme or letter midway through the week.

Ii is for Inchworm

Little Bear had searched in vain for inchworms — or any other worms — while we were outside. Finding none, we turned instead to Youtube and watched the video clips Inchworms and Incredible Inchworm. We also visited this page to see some images of mature Geometrid Moths. We then read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and traced the stages of the caterpillar’s life, from egg to butterfly. Finally, Little Bear made her own inchworm from construction paper. Once again, the finished product didn’t turn out exactly as I had envisioned, but she was pleased with it.

ReadingEggs.com

I’d planned to break out the ruler and expand on the concept of inches. But we were all tired and somewhat grumpy, so we put the books away and tuned into Super Why and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That. After an hour of snuggles, rest, and somewhat educational entertainment, Little Bear asked to do a little more school work.

We wrapped up the day with a couple more lessons on ReadingEggs.com. We’re just 10 lessons into the program, but I’m already noticing that Little Bear is sounding out short vowel words with increasing speed and accuracy. She’s still challenged by the mechanics of the site when an activity requires her to click and drag, and there areĀ  rare arcade-style activities that require more mouse/touchpad speed than her 3 1/2-year-old hands are capable of. She’s capable of doing 80-85 percent of the average lesson without assistance, though; so she’s developing computer skills, independence, and confidence along with reading skills.


2 Responses to “Some days, you just need to stop …”

  1. Jane says:

    Cute kids! Looks like they’re having fun!

  2. Adriana says:

    thanks for share!

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