Monday, September 26, 2011

Fun, fun, fun!

Even though we've started homeschooling, it's still fun, fun, fun around here.  My ever-busy child has been building his go-cart, and zipping around.  I told him he's having an old-fashioned childhood.  He said, "If I had 'Go-cart' the video game, I'd just be inside playing that, instead."   (We don't have any video games.)

Look who got a haircut!

All this activity has gotten someone else feeling the need for speed.  She can pedal (finally!) but prefers to zip around by pushing off the ground with her feet. 

"Can I take it for a spin?"

This is the kind of happy smile that warms the cockles of my heart!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Random images

If you decide to take a rest in the hammock, it is, of course, an open invitation to everyone.

"Oh, goody--yet another toy for us!"

This chair is a great physical therapy tool.  They climb up into it 5,000 times a day, and like to stand against the back, and get it rocking as hard as they can.  I agree with you that the scissors are a hazard, though.  They're safely put away now.

Yes, we like to start 'em young!  Actually, as a book ripper, she had been forbidden from touching this book, so of course, you can find it in her arms.  That's how her universe works!

Big Girl was spotted one evening on the porch, "talking" on the "cell phone."  Actually, she had her hand up to her ear, and was babbling quite animatedly to someone on the other end.  This must be cell phone body posture!

Sometimes you feel like a mama's boy---sometimes you don't...

Snuggling up to watch a video
Sweet dreams, little prince!
Something we learned today:

If everyone goes poop in the potty in the same day, everyone gets a high five, a chocolate chip, and a round of applause. Yay!!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Reflecting on nature

According to Charlotte Mason, classical education proponent revered by homeschoolers, nature is one of the best teachers.  I firmly believe this, and love to see the curiosity and wonder inspired by an examination of the simplest things, such as a blade of grass, or a pebble.  I strongly encouraged my first batch of children to experience and enjoy nature, and they are all avid outdoorsmen.  Their dad's interest in fishing, boating and camping probably had more to do with that than my more homebodied interests of gardening and reading, but nevertheless, there has always been a place for nature in our parenting and homeschooling.

For a long time, these new kids didn't seem interested at all in nature, and focused much more on getting attention from the adults around them, or in the next meal.  They immediately took to the outdoors in the form of playing in the yard, though, and wanted to be outside more than in (except for Big Girl, who preferred to sit quietly with a stack of books, engrossed in her own thoughts.)  Lately, I've noticed they are starting to play with the things in the yard, such as a little pile of gravel, or dirt, or a twig, long stick, or branch full of leaves.  Even a long blade of dried grass, with a seed head on it, will afford entertainment, as they walk around, brushing it up against things, and wave it in the air, to watch its movement.  I don't see much interest in bugs, yet, but I think it will be coming.  Who wouldn't be fascinated by a little critter that crawls along?

I took some pictures of Big Girl, and wanted her to lean on the tree trunk, just for a pretty background, and she grabbed this big leaf, to play with it, while I photographed her, and it brought back dim memories from my childhood of discovering the qualities of the sycamore leaf, from my beloved granny's sycamore trees.  What can you learn from a leaf?  Do you remember noticing the veining, which shows up especially well, as the sun shines through it?  Have you felt the downy softness of the velvet side against your cheek?  Have you twirled the stem between your fingers, feeling the weight of it?  Have you fanned yourself with it?  Do you remember the sharp smell?  What a multitude of learning experiences there are in a single leaf, and we haven't even talked about seasonal changes in a leaf, or a leaf of another species.  I won't even start on what you could learn by playing with the bark of this tree.  It's beautiful, isn't it?