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Robin Eggs, ABC Cards, and (More) Painting

While out in the garden this past week I found part of a robin egg.  We talked about how the baby bird grew inside of it, and once it was big enough, hatched out. She was concerned where the baby bird was at this moment, and I had to reassure her that it was in one of the trees above us, growing big. Robin eggs are so pretty!

She's wearing a jacket because of the mosquitoes...it's nice outside but the mosquitoes this year are atrocious!

She’s wearing a jacket because of the mosquitoes…it’s nice outside but the mosquitoes this year are atrocious!

 

This week we did lots of activities, all initiated by Curly. (Makes my job easier, that’s for sure!) She wanted to play with an unopened packet of ABC Flashcards that came with the LeapFrog Letter Factory video we have. She went through and named them all, said their sounds, and then flipped them over and did it again. I was very impressed that when she ended she picked them all up, stacked them neatly and put them back on the shelf. I hadn’t brought them out because flashcards aren’t in my agenda of things to introduce her to at this time, but she LOVES them!

One side shows the letter from the Leapfrog Letter Factory video, and the flip side offers an activity.

One side shows the letter from the Leapfrog Letter Factory video, and the flip side offers an activity.

 

She also practiced tracing letters on this dry erase workbook. She was really into it – if I have a workbook loving child, it will make me so happy; I love workbooks too! I haven’t pushed workbooks at all. This is her first one.

And, of course, we painted. Would our week be complete without it?? I don’t think so! Here she is fingerpainting.

And here she is brush painting. I picked up a big bag of assorted brushes and let her pick which ones she wanted to use.

 

We had a good week!

To The Zoo!

One of our summer highlights is getting the family pass to the zoo. It is especially exciting this year, as the zoo has been closed for the past 2 years due to serious flooding issues. Now that it has re-opened, the animals are slowly being brought back from zoos across the country that were temporarily housing them. It’s exciting to go every week or two to see which animals are home again! Today, the lemurs and gibbons were back.

Ruffed lemur. The lemur cage is kinda neat- it has walkways so they can go to several different cages.

Ruffed lemur. The lemur cage is kinda neat- it has walkways so they can go to several different cages.

They are kind of hard to see, but there are a few Ring-Tailed Lemurs in the background.

They are kind of hard to see, but there are a few Ring-Tailed Lemurs in the background.

Curly had a great time watching the lemurs, and then we had to go see her favorite – the Bobcat.

The animals were all out of their hiding spots today, including the Bobcat!

The animals were all out of their hiding spots today, including the Bobcat!

The zoo is not only a family favorite, but it’s a great place to take advantage of ‘teachable moments’. Those are the moments when your kid is focused on something and will happily listen to you teach them a tidbit. If you pay attention, there are numerous opportunities throughout the day to pounce on your young one’s curiosity and teach them something. The things they learn in those moments are the ones that seem to really sink into their super duper little brains!

For instance, my daughter knows the names of several different kinds of fish at the pet store. “Mom, let’s go see the Oscars!!” It’s something she’s interested in, so instead of saying “Look at the fishies!”, I say “Look at the Oscars! They can grow really big.”

Really, you can’t count those moments as preschool. That’s just parenting. I admit I enjoy all these opportunities I have to have fun now that I’m a parent – without Curly, I would never get a season pass to the zoo!

Tea I’m drinking today: Dragonwell from Silk Road Teas, iced