What We Did, October 22-27

Bible: Solomon becomes king, Solomon’s wisdom

Memory: Exodus 20:1-12

Song: Now Thank We All Our God, verses 1 and 2. They’ve been interested in having me sing it out of the hymnal while following the notes with my finger.

Poetry: See below.

Nursery Tales Around the World, Judy Sierra: This book does a good job of finding stories suitable for preschoolers, and telling them in a way that they will appreciate. Fairy tales proper seem a little over their heads, but I like to read them traditional stories, as well as occasionally reading from books that are not entirely picture-driven. So far we’ve read "The Gingerbread Man" and "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."
Click, Rumble, Roar–Poems About Machines, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins: Now here’s a book for introducing little boys to poetry. We have really enjoyed these.
We also read several not especially noteworthy books about teeth, partly because DOB’s mother (a speech therapist) wants D1 to chew more on her back teeth to help clarify her speech. (Not that she has a real problem, but then, there’s no big deal about learning to chew properly with your mouth closed.) Also, we’re going to the dentist this week, D1’s first time to get cleaned.

D2 has figured out the first move in folding a washcloth, although things tend to get rumpled when he tries to fold it a second time.
While riding in the car one evening, D1 seemed to have an insight into the decimal system, and with DOB supplying the necessary tens and hundreds, counted up to about 112. She’s figured out that the 1-9 sequence repeats each time. She still has trouble between 10 and 20, though. With some child I’m really going to make good on my idea of teaching counting first in the same way as the Chinese system (though in English): Ten-one, ten-two, ten-three, ten-four. It just seems like it would be easier to translate into "fourteen" later than it is to figure out a second sequence of barely-related words as soon as you’ve made it to ten.
D1 likes to practice writing letters that involve straight lines: A, I, H, and T. DOB wonders what primal trouble is motivating her to write long words of AIIAIIAII.
D2 is showing much greater understanding of connections and sequences in what he says. Like holding up a bib and saying, "This one is dry. Can you put it on?"

Some heavy rain filled the pond we dug out in our back yard, and the ducklings had a wonderful time poking sticks in and occasionally sliding in.
We also looked at mushrooms that sprouted after the heavy rains and made spore prints (set dry mushrooms on dark paper for several hours). D1 especially was intrigued by the mushrooms. (And yes, we had careful instructions about Not Eating Them. Also some berries I found growing in the yard. I tell them these things are for the birds, which seems to satisfy them.) After we came in from a walk in the rain looking at mushrooms, we read a poem about an elf and a toadstool from our Childcraft book.
On a chilly day we were able to observe a bee very closely, as it was too sleepy from the cold to move.
DOB got them dart guns. D1 is a crack shot.
We dressed up as cowboys (well, we were bandits and the ducklings were sheriffs) and went to a costume party. D1 hit at a pinata and did the limbo. D2, of course, just found the wheeled toys and was content

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