We are having another beautiful day in the Midwest. Rain was predicted all week and we only had one day of rain. This morning we started the matching capital and lowercase letters activity. I felt like I was herding cats. Citcat was all over the place, dancing, singing, running, and talking (oh this child loves to talk). We made it to the letter K when I thought enough with this activity. I was starting to feel impatient so I popped a Musikgarten CD in the player and left her in the playroom to play. When I went back downstairs I found her flipping through the pages of Flyaway Katie. I must confess we didn't get to the book last week and it was sitting on my desk in the school room. I'm not really sure how she reached it. I sat down and read the book to her and she was wild about it. She danced around the room and said "I am leaping into the painting." She pretended to paint her whole body and then take a bath to wash the paint away. Her imagination with guidance is blossoming. I got out a set of colorful scarves and she continued to play Flyaway Katie for another twenty minutes which was a just enough time to hop on the computer and write a few comments. Flyaway Katie really is worth a peek.
Later in the morning we went for a walk. Citcat walked over to a tree and said "look worm castings." Ah, she is learning, she is listening. We rolled the castings around in our fingers and walked on. We then found a patch of grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum-This would be Jennifer's influence). She bent down to smell the flower and said "it smells sweet." Well again, I must confess that I have never smelled a grape hyacinth. They do smell sweet almost like candy. She is teaching me something everyday.
After our walk, we spent a happy hour in the backyard looking for earthworms and then creating little acorn top habitats. You know you are doing something right when your child asks you to point out the clitellum. I just found this cute site while I was verifying the spelling of clitellum. Here is the picture of the habitats we created for the baby worms we found. They were cleaned up a bit for the photo shoot. ;) While we were playing I told her to be gentle with the worms. She said "like I Call My Hand Gentle" which is a book we read months ago. I need to check it out again. She also told me she was going to strawberry vail with her acorn tops.
While we were outside, my sweet babysitter and her mother drove into our driveway, poor Bridget was crying. She just returned from the doctor because she had sprained her ankle. She was crying because she was worried about her track season. It makes me cry just to think of her worry. I loved track in junior high and high school. So alas, no book reading at Starbucks for me today. Have a great weekend.