“I” driven learning:
darla chose I for this week. i lucked out again since both st. patrick’s day and the ides of march fell during our time frame. well, the weeks are getting pretty sloppy and i think this might have been 8 days but whatevs.
ice was also a very versatile subject for us. we did our ice cream visit to jeni’s, made ice cubes with food coloring – an idea from jamie – and talked about ice in the arctic as it relates to polar bears. we saw the polar bears at the zoo and scoped them out a bit more in friends’ magazine. darla is pretty distressed by the fact that the polar ice caps are melting and the polar bear population is declining.
mike has been sailing around the south pacific islands so we looked all those up on the globe and then darla drew a picture of her “dream island” which she said didn’t really consist of anything besides pink trees.
for the ides of march i tried to get the kids to say “et tu, brute” to each other all day but do you know what 3 year olds don’t like to speak? Latin.
and of course the st. patrick’s day celebration was lots of fun and useful. we learned about ireland, watched the secret of kells, had irish inspired snacks i.e. irish cheddar – lazy mom – and we made four leaf clovers. i asked her to list four things she felt lucky to have in her life and her list is as follows: lipstick, crayons, glow worms, and her bunny. hmmm. her lipstick is actually chapstick and the bunny, incidentally, is not even hers. i may have to do a more thorough job of teaching her our blessings. for mine i listed family, friends, health and music. she made me write her name out underneath family because she proclaimed she needed her own spot. quite right, but i did point out to her that i didn’t even place above glow worms in her heart. such is the life of a mom.
darla is with her grandparents this weekend so i’m going to take the opportunity to recharge and come back with more dedication to education this upcoming week. we did start on G today – she picked it out but universe helped me with the start of gymnastics today and her visit to grandparents.
we learned about T last week and it was pretty easy. i don’t know if you know this but Ts are everywhere. little miss darla had fun pointing them out …
drawing Ts in sand and on sidewalks
we drew pictures of trees
and got her tricycle out for some trick riding
we communed with the trees on our nature hike
and my favorite of the T week activities – darla “planted” a forest at the creek
we searched for totoros in said trees
we of course took our trip to the tuckers’ and did a drawing of papa tom tucker
she drove her new tractor – my dad’s contribution to T week
and spent lots of time just being with papa tom.
for the record i want a goat in every picture i take now. they make them automatically awesome.
darla originally picked last week as a T week but i switched it to V because of valentines. ’cause, seriously, V needs all the help it can get. here’s our V learning.
so i leaned on the valentine thing quite hard the first part of the week. i cheated by chalking out weekly library trip as a “visit” but i wanted to include it in here for the sheer chance of bragging that my child now insists we visit the art gallery of the main library every time we go. oooohhh i love the columbus library. lots of other people do, too. guess that’s why it’s number one in the nation.
we did a lot with vegetables. darla helped me with the veggie portion of meals all week. and we drew up her dream garden. well, i drew the veggies and she scribbled some yellow on it and said it was corn but then she set to work on a scarecrow with the black.
we talked about venus, the planet and the roman goddess. i pulled up the birth of venus and the venus de milo and she was very concerned about where venus de milo’s arms were and why the fairies were so big in boticelli’s painting.
and since we were into art that day i broke out van gogh and velazquez because that’s what we had around the house.
it wasn’t a great week for learning because i was feeling uninspired but i think it will suffice.
learning at home about the letter F
funny faces with our friends and fried eggs in toast
Fairies! this has to be my crowning achievement thus far as a parent. that and the fact that darla loves to watch water birth on youtube. we did days and days of fairy learning.
counting them, reading poems and books about them, drawing them, movies about them, dressing like them. we just did a comprehensive fairy lesson. i discovered that robert louis stevenson involved fairies in many of his children’s poems. the elementary school that darla will attend is named after this fantastical man and i have decided that she will enter into the public schooling system under his namesake solely on the fact that he liked to write about fairies. these little beings are no joke to me.
we drew foxes and frogs. movies about each. we read about foxes and frogs. we even found one book that involved foxes, frogs and fairies. how convenient.
i let darla pick out some flowers for the week and we reviewed the different parts of flowers.
we learned a lot about france and i tried to incorporate some french vocabulary into the week
the end result was some highly stereotyped finger art
we went out to a french bistro where darla ate butter straight from the packet like any good french citizen would
we did a lot of other things that i won’t bore you with. but i love sharing what we do so the next time you see my child spinning in circles talking in a made up language i have some proof that i’m making attempts at educating the dear child.
our cosi membership pulled through for us in yet another city. here’s our morning at the indiana state museum last week. i was loving some hoosier history.
1. robert indiana sculpture
2. gazing upon the old L.S. Ayers holiday display
3. feeling how a gargoyle is carved from indiana limestone
4. loved the indiana art gallery
5. daddy daughter cheeseface
6. getting a curiously strong after lunch mint at Yats. seriously some of the best food indy has to offer is at this restaurant. spicy thai peanut etouffe??!! it was good.
7. momma daughter love
just a few pics from some more work we did with the letter p.
darla wore all pink and also purple socks. she even wore her pink pachyderm underpants. i drew a picture of her in her outfit and then she set to coloring. we also did puzzles, including a pirate puzzle. we had pretzels, pepperoni and later on popcorn. there was other stuff but hey, i forget. i’m sure it was a) educational and b) annoying and p) all about p.
upon completion of the puzzle she lay down and began to “swim” alongside the boat. what a nut.
guess what our letter day was? G. aw gee. shucks.
i’m tired of writing out all the details and i’m sure it’s just annoying and boring to read. BOOOORRRRIIINGGGG! from now on i’ll just be posting pictures with a general outline and if you ever wonder how the day went just imagine me over your shoulder all day long pointing out every detail that starts with said letter of the day. every damn thing. my kid is probs going to strongly dislike me someday.
gymnasticsgroovy spoon fro yo with gummi bears
she refused to use green to color in her G.
we finished up with some geography after grocery shopping
because i can’t decide which method of schooling we are going to jump into – oh my gosh i can’t handle the pressure of this decision! – i’m just sticking to an amalgamation of homeschooling and unschooling for now. i’ve come up with the letter activity project. i focus on one letter a day and integrate the letter into our days activities.
we started this project today with the letter L and we ventured to none other than….the library! as far as libraries go, columbus’ is topnotch. no, really, it was voted national library of the year. i’m not LYING – an L word. See how good of a teacher i am? here’s pics of the day.
first we found the lion on the felt board. then we read about little leo.
then momma loaded up on books
we found the letter L in the magnetic letters
then we headed upstairs to the gallery space to LOOK at the art exhibit. The Carnegie Gallery at the main library branch has an exhibit up called Strands and it was quite beautiful. the exhibit will be running through oct 21. little lovely lady enjoyed it. (all L words. wink.)
we stopped for a little cupcake snack b/c darla was pretty good and b/c she’s a treat nazi.
we finally returned home to bask in the spoils of our Learning (L word!) i might have gone overboard with the libros this time. meh.
we followed up the library outing with a Listening Lunch which really means that i just put on a record album to aid our digestion while we munched. the album was rumours and i cried during songbird. troof.
here’s to learning from life until i can finally stomach the thought of shelling out thousands to educate my preschooler. i’ll post our progress but please don’t expect me to be able to do this in 26 days. Also, i don’t plan on going in order, obvio. I just don’t have the organizational skills and the energy to to do it that way. annnd i hope i can come up with some activity for letter u that isn’t unicycling. maybe. on second thought i might keep that one in there.