County Maintenance Facility Field Trip

by Melanie on January 26, 2015

I haven’t blogged lately about the books we’ve been doing for Five In A Row, but I wanted to go ahead and share this field trip! In late December, we went to the County Maintenance Facility to enrich our reading of the book Katy And The Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. The book is about a snow plow who saves the city when a snow storm strikes and shuts down all the roads. It fast became a favorite book in our home and this also became one of our favorite field trips yet! Big machines, snow plows, and wheels. What was there not to love?

County Maintenace Facility

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Pipe Cleaner Glasses

by Melanie on December 31, 2014

We’ve been sick in this house (everyone except Dad!), so I haven’t had much free time for blogging. I was hoping we would get through the winter without any sickness, but so much for that!

Runny noses, coughing, congestion, fever, the whole package. But we’ve still been finding things to do to cheer ourselves up around here. Rocket was recently very upset when we went to the optometrist and he did NOT need glasses like his dad, so I was glad when our good friend sent us this cute idea for pipe cleaner glasses from Artsy Mama!

They might not really help us see, but at least they put smiles on our faces on a day we were all feeling rather crummy!

pipe cleaner glasses

pipe cleaner glasses

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ABC Flower Shop

by Melanie on December 18, 2014

ABC Flower Shop

I believe that children should have a lot of say in how they learn. In the world of traditional schooling, creative input in their own learning path is not nearly as important as prompt and unquestioning obedience to the assigned educator. WE decide what they learn. THEIR job is to do as they’re told. Shut up and learn, more or less. I believe that following this rigid, non-adaptive structure is very damaging to the natural joy of learning that all young children innately have. When we follow THEIR interests instead of forcing them to follow our imaginary timeline of when and what they have to learn, then everything just clicks into place and connects better.

In our home, we talk about how we will spend our time and my 3 year old has a major say in the activities we do. I don’t care how old he is- I genuinely respect his ideas. His game plan is often more successful than the one I’d had in mind- of course it would be, children know what their interests are! Don’t we all?

We should allow them to explore those interests, just as we should be free to explore ours (so long as they’re not harmful, of course). I want my children to grow up to follow their dreams, to think for themselves, to think outside the box, to be creative, and to respect others. I don’t think the way to do that is to raise a child to be submissively compliant and without a voice.

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