Friday, May 4, 2007

Everyday living and learning

Here are some of the twists and turns our lives (and learning) have taken over the last week:

Yugioh dueling/trading, Pokemon trading, organizing Pokemon card collection, listening to and singing the songs on our new Amy Steinberg CD (everyone should have the awesome experience of hearing their children belting out the words of her song Exactly), making and sculpting with homemade play dough, meeting new friends (including an unschooling family -- yay!), playing with old friends, watching the road crew/trucks resurface our street, Club Penguin, receiving postcards from unschoolers in other states and countries, Runescape, Webkinz, reading and looking at lots of picture books, drawing 8-point stars, drawing pictures of friends and family and trucks, solving for "x," squares and square roots, UNO, Karaoke Revolution on Playstation, tae kwon do, a new (to us) skatepark, a new (to us) playground, reading a flow chart, the Indianapolis Children's Museum, Letterboxing, learning to use a compass, tent caterpillars, Bhutan, the midnight premiere of Spiderman 3 (for Matt and Riley), and a matinee of Meet the Robinsons in 3D (for all of us).

At home:
Maya on the keyboard ; Seth watching the road crew

Around town:
Our first letterbox
From our trip to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis:
Sculpting a plastic version of Dale Chihuly's Fireworks of Glass
Building an ancient Egyptian town
Mayasaur nurturing her nest; Sethasaur on the prowl
More dinosaur play
In the Art Room
Peaking beneath the surface of the pond
Sethy was a race car driver...


Shelley said...

Holly, I just don't know how you do all that you do. Will you home school Maddie???? And when do you find time to read all those books? You're SuperMom!!!!

Holly Simpson said...

But then *you* would miss out on doing all the fun stuff with Maddie!!! Actually, if you look through your blog and look through my blog, they aren't all that different. My kids are older and more mobile and more verbal,so the stuff we do is different, but the way we homeschool is prety much the same as with a baby who is all new to this world and fascinated by everything. Look at how much she's grown and changed and learned in her not-quite-one year! Think how much more she will have learned in another year! Not because you planned what or when she would learn, but just because that's what babies do. We just keep on learning that same way instead of going to school -- because that's what bigger kids do, too (and grownups, too!).

I don't plan ahead what we're going to "learn about." Honestly, all of my "planning" revolves around finding new and diffrent and fun things to do. When I say that, I worry that it sounds like I don't care if my kids learn or not. I *do* -- I just know and trust that they will learn -- they are learning -- every day.