What We Did, September 24-October 6

Bible: Anointing of Saul, Saul’s Rebellion, Anointing of David, David and Goliath, David and Jonathan. They love David. I think they may be confusing him with their uncle, who was once asked by a (different) wide-eyed toddler if he was the David who killed Goliath, and modestly answered, "Yes."

Song: "Amazing Grace" They kept asking for this one, so I decided to go ahead and teach them all the verses.

Memory: Exodus 20:1-10

Poetry: Selections from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Books: I reserved several books with the "moon" theme from the library and scored some real winners.
Moon Plane, Peter McCarty: They liked this one before–this time D2 loves, loves, loves it. Clear, sharp, dreamy gray illustrations show a little boy flying to the moon and then flying home to Mama. What more could a little boy dream of?

I Took the Moon for a Walk , Carolyn Curtis: Gorgeous illustrations (by Alison Jay, of whose work we must have more!) and rhymes a good shot above the standard children’s book doggerel show a fanciful but accurate moonlit walk.

The Moon, Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson: A lovely illustrated version of the poem showing a child and father on a nighttime boat ride.

On The Moon, Anna Milbourne and Benji Davies: They only have asked for this one once, it paling in comparison to the books above, but it is a nicely-done factual account of a trip to the moon.

Me on the Map, Joan Sweeney: I really got this to preview for an introduction to maps three years down the road, but they love it right now. The maps zoom out from a hand-drawn one of the girl’s own bedroom, all the way out to the globe, and then back in again. Very simple and clear.

1 2 3, Alison Jay: After seeing the illustration style in the other book, we had to pick this one up at the library. Each number depicts a scene from a different fairy tale, yet there’s continuity from page to page. Totally fun and delightful, even though they only know a few of the tales yet.

A Chair for My Mother, Vera B. Williams: This one we picked up at the yard sale. It’s the story of a little girl, her mother and grandmother saving up to buy an armchair after their old house was burnt in a fire. D1 really enjoys it.

The Maggie B., by Irene Haas: Very cute story of a little girl and baby brother going sailing on a ship (which, incongruously, has a full farm on the poop deck). A little girl and littler brother, a ship, and cooking meals, you know the ducklings have to love it. Personally, I find it a little odd that so little time is spent sailing the ship and so much time on the meals, but that probably only enhances the appeal for the ducklings.

Activities:
Visited the Cincinnati Fire Museum, where the ducklings got to slide down a fire pole and sit inside a fire engine turning on lights and sirens.
Visited Eden Park, where you can sit on a wall and look at the boats going up and down the Ohio River. We also gathered different kinds of nuts, including buckeyes, which I had not seen before.
Worked on digging up the flowerbeds preparing them for gardening next spring, and transplanted daylilies
Climbed trees at the park.
Drew roads and houses in chalk on the driveway.
Baked cookies and bread. (D1 rolls worm cookies because she’s not sure how to make balls yet. D2 just smashes them into the pan.)

Observations:
D1 has been very interested in coloring, working on being inside the lines and also figuring out how to draw a stick figure (one head, two legs, and a face). I printed out a pumpkin picture for her one day, and she said, "No, I want a facey pumpkin."
She hasn’t been as interested in letters lately, except for one day putting different random combinations together and asking me to sound them out.
D2 spends a lot of time on his new tricycle. He can’t reach the pedals yet, but he doesn’t care. He rode it nearly a mile to a yard sale and back on Friday.

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