He looks like such a big boy with his glasses, even though he's quite grumpy looking in this picture.
Most of our week was spent on outdoor play. While outdoor play does not sound like school, for a 2 and 5 year old, there are many learning opportunities.
Riding toys are always fun and teach balance, coordination and other motor skills.
See ya mom! We're on the batmobile! Battery operated toys give a few lessons in speed! ;-)
...and the old tree trunk where the termites were found was another great impromptu nature study opportunity.
Jumping, skipping, hopping, and flipping on the trampoline is physical education at its finest!
As is running through fields.
And climbing hills. I thought it was sweet how Bailey waited for him.
I did make the boys a "fun" Easter lunch. A grilled cheese bunny sandwich on a bed of grass (lettuce). The flowers were bananas and the stems were celery. There are carrots in ranch, and a rabbit cookie for dessert. This one actually went over well!
I let the kids watch this "Easter" movie on Netflix. It is not nearly as good as earlier Veggie Tales, but the kids enjoyed it.
A Peek at Our Bookshelf
I didn't make a separate post of our readings this week, but I will share a few here. Without fail, Big Red Barn and Goodnight Moon have made it back into rotation, at the toddler's request. These are a few more that we enjoyed.
The Fuzzy Duckling This Little Golden Book is a counting book within a story, so I find it much more appealing than a traditional counting book. A sweet math reader for even the youngest crowd!
A Dozen Ducklings Lost and Found by Harriet Ziefert is about a mother duck that loses several of her ducklings and must have the farmer help her locate them. It's a counting book, but also has some basic addition/subtraction in it, because the ducklings do not get lost one-by-one, but in a group. I'm glad I picked this book up, because it makes a good addition to our math readers.
The Story of Easter for Children This is self-explanatory, but it does mention some of the symbols of Easter such as the Lily and rabbit, and it talks about why many people buy new Easter outfits.
Story of Easter / La Historia de la Pascua I did not realize it at first, but this book is basically an updated version of the previous. The text is a little different, but most of the illustrations are the same, though the colors are more vivid in this new edition. I also like that this is a bilingual book, because Spanish will be our foreign language, once we start.
Baby Birds: And How They Grow is a good nature study supplement. It shows different types of eggs and nests, talks about feeding and flightless birds, and has numerous photographs of baby birds. However, there is no table of contents or index, and it is certainly not comprehensive, so it would not make a good reference book. Either way, Emory asked for it, and the boys enjoy reading a page or two a night with our other readings.
We are still slowly working our way through The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales. It doesn't hold little Emory's interest very long, but Elliott enjoys spider's mishaps.
I guess it seemed like a quiet week as it was happening, but when I look back, there was still a lot of learning going on.
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