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Just Another Tuesday

on February 28, 2012

Little Bear rolled out of bed ready to work this morning and made a beeline for the bookshelf. Before I could even turn on the coffee pot, she’d pulled a stack of Jj books off the shelf and was hunting for alphabet beads to spell her name. I love her enthusiasm and passion for learning. I hope it lasts a lifetime. But I really could stand for it to start a little later in the day … say, after breakfast? Or at least after coffee?

I handed her our beadwork baggy from yesterday and sent her off to the table to work on her own, while I fixed breakfast. She spelled her name with the beads, this time with no help; then, she strung them with a little assistance from Daddy.

After breakfast, we headed into the living room where we officially started the day with our planned Bible story and another. Little Bear allowed that since Jesus’ name began with our letter of the week, we should read at least two stories out of The Jesus Storybook Bible, and I couldn’t fault her logic. We also reviewed our verse for the week and sang “Jesus Loves Me” and “Jesus Loves the Little Ones Like Me.”

Next, we did an abbreviated version of calendar time. Little Bear found today’s date on the calendar, along with yesterday’s and tomorrow’s. She noted that there was only one day left in February, and we listened to our February song from Scholastic’s Calendar Time Flip Chart And CD. I say “listened,” because this particular song moves far too fast for Little Bear to actually sing all the words. She enjoys having a song of the month for each month, though, and the others in this collection are more kid-friendly. Little Bear also looked outside and noted that today was warm and sunny — nearly 20 degrees warmer than yesterday, in fact.

In the limited time we had left before taking Daddy to school and running errands, we read Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. I’d planned for us to make a footprint moose with handprint antlers, but we ran out of time. We’ll have to squeeze that project in later in the week.

After we got home and had lunch, I was ready to focus on bookwork, but Little Bear wanted to play a game. So we pulled Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye Found It off the shelf instead and called it applied math. (Hey, the game includes counting, logic, and visual discrimination!)

Then, we headed outside to read Bartholomew and the Oobleck and make some Oobleck of our own. The cubs were no sooner out the door than they met and made friends with a couple of new neighbors, though; so planned fun gave way to spontaneous letter-of-the-week fun:

J is for Juice

J is for Joy

J is for Jump

Rounding out the day’s activities, Little Bear did her cutting, tracing, and coloring handiwork after we came back inside. Then, we sat down and read Bartholomew and the Oobleck and Fox in Socks. Our actual Oobleck-making will have to wait until tomorrow — provided Little Bear doesn’t veto the project. After reading about the stuff, she isn’t sure Mommy should be re-creating it!

One Response to “Just Another Tuesday”

  1. Debbie Olson says:

    Love these posts, Julie!

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