Archive for December 2013

Spontaneous Learning

Curly is definitely more into art than me. I remember quickly becoming bored with art as a preschooler. Not Curly! If she had a mantra, I think it might be something like "Art is Life!".

Curly is definitely more into art than me. I remember quickly becoming bored with art as a preschooler. Not Curly! If she had a mantra, I think it might be something like “Art is Life!”.

We haven’t been doing our themed preschool weeks lately, and I was trying to think of a reason why. Honestly, I think it’s because I got bored. We have still been doing art projects and reading books and doing science experiments, so it’s not that I’ve given up on preschool; I think I simply prefer to be more spontaneous. This being my first time teaching preschool, I am still finding my stride as to what works for me and our family. Perhaps in time I will figure out a way to keep my enthusiasm  for themes going strong. In the meantime, we will continue to do what we find interesting at the time!

 

This color mixing science experiment quickly turned into an art project of squirting the colored water onto paper towels.

This color mixing science experiment quickly turned into an art project of squirting the colored water onto paper towels.

 

I have really been focusing on nursery rhymes lately. There are lots of reasons to teach your kids nursery rhymes; one is so that they can be culturally literate. Another is that there is much evidence to show that children that are used to hearing the rhythm of language and know what rhyming words sound like do better once they have to learn to read. Cool stuff. So, there’s lots of rhyming and singing going on most of the day at my house. “Pease porridge hot” is STUCK in my head for the foreseeable future. So we can be in this together, here are the lyrics:

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

I am very proud of Curly’s progress in math. She can pick out straight lines, curved lines, and angles. She knows all her shapes and colors.  She can finish simple patterns that I make with pattern blocks. She can recognize the numbers 1-10. A couple of these she couldn’t do just a few months ago, so the sudden jump in comprehension is very noticeable to me.

I could go on and on bragging about my kid, but I’m not sure most of you would find that very interesting. 😛 We have been up to a lot lately, besides preschool. We went on a family road trip to Utah and Nevada. Here is a picture of us in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

 

It was extremely foggy while we were there. At first we were really disappointed we couldn’t see the full panorama of the canyons and cliffs, but everything being shrouded in mist was stunning in it’s own right. Plus, the fog created super cool frost on all the plant life! You can’t tell in this picture but it was lightly snowing, too. It was quite pretty against the red rock.

I am going to try to be more regular about updating my blog now that we are back from the trip and there’s the long winter ahead of us. Curly keeps asking to go outside to play in the snow and I keep telling her the windchill is dangerously cold (at times -25 or colder). We take advantage of the warmer days and go out, but otherwise we are stuck at home a lot when it’s this cold. So, I should be able to keep with a blog, right? We will see how I do.