Monday, June 28, 2010

Getting Ready for Writing

I've been having C work on developing her finger dexterity so that we can start working on her writing this upcoming school year.  She is writing some, but just however she decides to, usually in all upper case letters.  She'll start learning to write the correct way when we start her kindergarten level work.

So, to keep it interesting and fun for her, I've been having her do a variety of projects:  loom weaving, playdough, perler bead creations, making sticker pictures (peeling and placing stickers herself,) sorting and lacing beads, coloring, painting, puzzles, and paper mosaics (I have her tear little pieces and glue them on a coloring page.)

She's been having fun with these projects, and loves to be able to see the tangible results of her efforts.  She's also excited because I told her that she needs to work her finger muscles if she wants to learn crochet, which she has wanted to learn for a while now, but hasn't had the dexterity to do it.  I'm looking forward to that future project!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Beach Books

Backyard Nature Studies: Robins and a Rabbit

Our lone pine tree in the backyard had become the home of one (maybe two) robin families.  We've been observing the nest and noticing when the parents would hunt for food and feed the babies.  Lately, the birds have not been using the nest, and I feared the babies had been knocked out during the last storm.  Surprisingly, last night, we saw one of the babies alive and well.  His parents were hunting for food and feeding him right there on the ground.

Another critter that has felt welcomed into our yard is the little wild bunny.  We've watched him munch on the endless amount of clover available in the backyard, and have also noticed evidence that he's found the wild strawberries that grow along the fence line. 

The girls were so excited to watch from our back door.  I'm so glad that these animals feel safe in our yard and have chosen it as a place to live.  We are very lucky to be able to watch them.