Last week I had a mini meltdown about what to do with Mallory since she's burning through all of the curriculum that I had for her this year. I followed the sage advice of Amanda on this one and let Jessica do my thinking. So after Jessica put her complicated plan of posting what basically amounted to a cry for help (on my behalf) on her facebook wall into action, I was graced with a solid idea that involved the library and outdoor play.
I loaded my kids into the car and headed to the library. Not our actual library mind you. That building is under construction and according to the librarian will not be finished until roughly February 2011. I'm fairly certain they could knock down the old library and build a whole new, totally butt-kicking library faster, but who am I?
We arrived at the 10x10 room that is serving our community's literacy needs, and I let my kids pick out fun books. This went awesome since Anthony insisted (INSISTED!) that we get the book we checked out for him last time. I had no idea what book he was talking about or where it was located. Fortunately not only is my three year old smarter then me, but he also has better library skills then I do because he remembered the title of the book and then located it without my help. I think it's safe to say that my work is done with that kid and I can kick back with an early morning martini now.
After that, I had the librarian show me where they had stashed educational materials. It was a few rows over from where I left my kids to fend for themselves. They were really good though, I only had to yell over to them three or ten times for Anthony to use his library voice.
Since it's started to warm up here, I thought we could focus on trees, plants and bugs, all things that kids love. I got a book about dung beetles (because bugs that eat poop rock the socks off of three year old boys), one about identifying backyard trees and one called "Grow It Cook It" which I was pretty relieved to find out wasn't about eating placenta.
This morning we read a few pages out of the Backyard Trees book. It covered the basics of identifying trees based on shape, bark and leaves. Being the awesome homeschooling mom I am, I said to my kids, "Do you want to go outside and find a leaf and try to identify it?" Of course they did. So outside we went. At this time I might like to point out that it's March in New York. Our trees have no leaves. They aren't even in the budding stages yet. We forged on anyway and used a few of the very dead brown leaves that had survived a long winters nap under the snow. For what it's worth, identifying a decomposing leaf can be a little challenging.
Tomorrow I think I'll just skip the dead leaves and fresh air and make something out of construction paper.
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