Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fairies & Dragons, oh my!

This month has been all about fairies and dragons so far (and of course, leprechauns and pots of gold!). We have been collecting branches and rocks and anything we can find to build a fairy house. We put it together today, complete with a tiny swing that Bug thought the fairies would enjoy. It's all ready to go outside under the "perfect fairy bush" - today is too windy, though, so we are waiting until tomorrow. The rock pile consists of all the rocks Bug has collected for the "fairy path". She has put a lot of thought into this. :)

The weather is wonderful here right now. March & November are my two favorite "outdoor" months in the desert. We have been doing a lot of walking, hiking, and exploring. Bug is getting into running and bicycling, so she has been joining me when I exercise. Monkey is good for about an hour in the stroller, but then shows signs of distress. She wants to run and bike too!

Here is what our learning table looks like right now:

It will be changed over the weekend to reflect a more spring-y theme. We have truly enjoyed exploring the wonder of fairies, though. It's great to see mystical creatures through the eyes of a child. :)

In more school-y news, we are continuing to work on the basics: writing numbers and letters correctly; lots of reading time; and a lot of excitement about school!! We are so fortunate - we ended up getting into the number 1 public elementary school in the area on open enrollment. Despite the longer drive (compared to the one I referenced in earlier posts), we have decided to go there next year. It has a very earthy vibe (a garden out front to work on!! mosaics throughout the campus with messages about respecting everyone and everything!!) and a few perks that added up to be a lot for our family. So it's official - on August 11th, my little girl will start Kindergarten!!!

And also in the category of "Time goes too quickly!", my little Monkey is about to turn one, so I am starting to think about her learning space. It was about this age with the Bug that I started looking into Montessori, Waldorf, homeschooling, etc. and boy have I learned a LOT since then! I have many ideas, and will start working on creating a space for her in the months ahead.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! :)