It has been an amazing fall day where we live. Cooler days, chilly nights, kids falling asleep quicker with the sunset…my favorite season.
Inside our home was a bit stormy though. When the 3 year old spends most of the day crying I’ve found that school is a bit tricky. Totally open to tips and tricks on that front! I knew pretty quick we’d need a change of environment so we set out to run some errands. it went surprisingly well and we were able to squeeze in some time at the library. A mystery exhibit, chess, checkers, cuddly stuffed animals, and loads of fairy books definitely did the trick today! She tends to change her tune when we can be out and about and I’m thankful for a great library staff who recognizes and welcomes our little crew whenever we show up 🙂
We came home to lunch and rest time and that’s when we had some more specific learning time with my oldest. We are continuing to roll with what she learned at her co-op earlier this week. When we were feeding the ducks yesterday we looked up how mallards, the duck of plenty in our area, fit into the classification system. I was having a hard time figuring out how to help her understand the order so I also ordered a book from our library:
(*Note: This book teaches the order of classification from an evolutionary perspective. Since we teach our kids that God’s word is true it was an opportunity to talk about creation and how what we believe is sometimes different from what others believe. 🙂 )
So helpful! We learned about where humans fit in the classification order and thanks to wikipedia at the tips of my fingers we were able to figure out our Mallard duck friends along the way too! She also got a little writing practice in along with focusing on and finishing a task. Those were some tricky and intimidating words but she did it!
That was most of what we did today! I wouldn’t say we’ve found a rhythm but I’m thankful we’re beginning to get something in every ‘school’ day, even if it’s 3pm before it happens!