Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Breaking Into Spring








We're officially on "Spring Break" this week, at least, that's what we're telling ourselves.  But every Mama knows that kids never really take a break from learning...time off from more traditional structures can (and does!) give kids a chance to explore and learn in different ways.

So this week, while we take a break from workbook learning, we're learning through:

Read Alouds - Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Magic, The Return of the Indian (Indian in the Cupboard book 2).

Picture Books - Extra Yarn (a gift from a friend that we've read at least a dozen times so far) and "Animals Born Alive and Well," a gift from Nana and Pa for Jonah's birthday.

Working in the Yard - picking up trash and toys that have accumulated under a blanket of snow, putting away sleds and rakes that were abandoned months ago, finding the joy of rediscovering swings and the teeter-totter.

Crafts - the girls are churning out potholders at an alarming rate, and we're dyeing Easter eggs and crafting other Easter goodness (I am, of course, as always, knitting away...)

Cooking - cookies and cakes and thinking about delivering these on Good Friday to family.

Playing - ah yes, play!  A box full of legos can keep 5 kids quite happy for quite some time.

It feels good to break into Spring this way...learning in new and happy ways, every day.


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9 comments:

  1. Your potholder comment sounded familiar, except it's friendship bracelets over here. She got up from rest time yesterday and said "Mom, I have made 21 bracelets!" Ahh...We need more friends to give them to!!

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  2. It's spring break for us, too! Partly out of necessity so I can catch up on some pressing non-schooling related tasks (taxes!). Happily & mysteriously we found ourselves a week ahead in our work, so we're enjoying a two week break instead of the one I had planned.

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    1. Sometimes a break is just in order. We can forget how much is on our plates at all times! Enjoy your time "off"!!

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  3. I used to be a one girl potholder operation myself. Such great memories. It's fun catching up with you on this space after not seeing you since high school!! You have a beautiful family-cannot get over how much some of your kids look just like you did when I knew you!! :)
    ~Maureen C~

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    1. It's wonderful to be back in contact with you as well! I hope we can meet up at a craft night at Erin's some time soon!

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  4. Oh we love the book Extra Yarn. Enjoy your week!

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  5. Spring Break here too as we prepare for our annual Easter Feast. Is "Animals Born Alive and Well" the sequel to "Chickens Aren't The Only Ones"? I think I can still recite the entire book- it was a great favorite in our growing up years...K

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    1. Not sure if it is the sequel, but written and illustrated by the same person! We also love "a reason for a flower". Great, educational, fascinating books!

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