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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.

Books About Family

This past week we did activities related to the theme ‘Families’. Here is our book list! I will relate the activities we did in a separate post.


Global Babies is a book put out by the Global Fund for Children. It is exactly what it looks like – it has pictures of babies from all over the world. It is a good start to introducing your child to different people and different cultures. The babies are all in native dress of their homeland, which is neat.

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza was a sweet surprise for me. Poor Choco doesn’t have a mother, and he wanders looking for someone who looks like him to be his mother. Someone who doesn’t look like him at all says she will be his mother, proving it’s the love that counts, not the way a person looks. I thought this would be a good book for a child who was perhaps adopted and looks different than his new family.

Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer is a sweet book about a day out with Mom. It’s apparent that the day isn’t going nearly as well as Mom would like, but Little Critter is having a blast!

I Love My Daddy by Sebastien Braun is pretty self explanatory. Daddy is very special, and we love it when Daddy spends time with us.

My Grandpa is Amazing by Nick Butterworth celebrates the Grandpas in our lives. Grandpas are pretty special – they can do all sorts of cool things and make everything fun!
From the same series as the above book, My Grandma is Wonderful celebrates Grandma. Really, there’s nothing in the world like visiting Grandma.
Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola is a very famous book. When Tommy goes to visit his Nana, he visits both upstairs and downstairs. Downstairs is where his grandmother lives, and upstairs is where his great-grandmother lives. He and his great-grandmother are very close and love spending time together. And one day, his great-grandmother dies. I got this at the library not aware that there is death in this book, but it presents it tastefully and this book may be a good choice to read to a child when a grandparent passes away.

Clifford’s Family by Norman Bridwell is all about when Clifford heads on a trip to visit his family. All his brothers and sisters are happy in homes of their own, and have different doggie jobs. He then visits his parents, etc. We are still family even though family may live far away!

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant is along the same lines as the Clifford book, in the fact that it presents family being very dear to us even though they may live far away.

The classic story retold a little different, by Caralyn and Mark Buehner. We liked this version. I thought the changes made to the dialogue made it refreshing and interesting. Everything Goldilocks says is a rhyme, and she jump ropes everywhere. We had to have this story on Family week!