Pre-school Children are sponges (3.25.10)

I am so excited to finally find time to sit down and write this.  I have been thinking about it since yesterday.

I sometimes am ‘smacked in the face’ with how much of little sponges pre-school children really really are.  They learn so much just in life.  If you take the thought to provide a rich enviroment for them, they will amaze you.

Big Brother loves book and he loves bugs — he is after all a 4-year-old little boy.  🙂  So yesterday he chose Oh Beyond Bugs All About Insects at  the library.  I don’t know if he choose it because of Cat in the Hat on it, or because of the bugs on it.  It is written by Tish Rabe and I generally avoid her books, they are very forced and do not read well; I personally feel they are a disgrace to the Cat on the cover, but that is just me I grew up in the era before other people wrote Cat in the Hat books, I am spolied.  But, it is policy that Big brother can choose any books he wants from the section (I choose too).  He chose it, so that was it.   I want him to explore books and feel able to pull any off the self and either have it read to him or read it.  So we read it all — and some of it is pretty bad.  I hope that with more and more exposer to the good, he will grow to find the bad not as appealing all on his own. 

We we read it once, then read others.

After tubbie time he was wiggling on the carpet on his tummy “momma I am a caterpillar”.  then he climbed into a chair and covered himself with the green playsilk from head to foot “Momma I am in my cocoon”.  Then he jumped up, throwing off the silk and yelling “Now I am a butterfly” and he flew around the room “I am going from flower to flower”.   Now I am pretty sure that he knew all about that before, we found a caterpillar last year and kept it over night in a bug home to watch it and it turned into a cocoon, and he talks about that so he does remember it.  But it was still a great exepince to see him playing out the science he had just covered even though we had not made a big deal about it — just read the book.

It is a good reminder to me how much the boys can, and do learn, just in the course of day.  It is a reminder to make their lives more intentional, to expose them to more and to stretch our horizons as a family.

Today I was feeling the boys needed some art time, but I am working so hard on cleaning up the house us and getting things check off my to do list i could not face a big messy project.  Messy art, is really a Monday or Tuesday thing.  So we did stickers.  I realized last night that we had “eggs” that we had painted and never done more with.  I had planned to make a big basket of construction paper and post on the front glass storm door, but we did the flower instead.  Today we decorated the cut out painted eggs with stickers and then added them to the flower on the glass door.  Not a big project, but Big brother told me “this is a fun party” and Little Brother stuck with it a long time.

Busy day today, we also got out momma’s Christmas toy, my laminater and made a matching game with the alphabet.  I copied all 26 letters, in both upper case and lower case as well as a common word associated with that letter (apple, cat, umbrella).  We cut them apart and then laminated them.  Next I will cut them apart, alone, then we will have a game.  We can match the letters to the picture; we can match the upper case with the lower case letters, we can play memory.   We are also working on word / picture card of rhyming words / word families.  I have a long list Hubby and I have been brain stormed and I am having Big Brother help me choose the clip art image for each word.  When we have them all made I will print them out, we will cut them apart them laminate them and we will work with matching rhyming words. 

I love books — everyone knows that.  Well I also love paperbackswap.com today i got another new book.  HEART.  100 years of Children’s books in America http://www.amazon.com/Hundred-Years-Chi … =8-1-spell.  i am creating quite a collection of books on children’s Literature, and think I may have missed my calling.  I also used my Amazon.com giftcard (birthday gift) and ordered: 

Finding Your Purpose as a Mom: How to Build Your Home on Holy Ground Donna Otto, Anne Christian Buchanan

What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child–and All the Best Times to Read Them Pam Allyn

My Heart’s at Home: Becoming the Intentional Mom Your Family Needs (Hearts at Home Books) Jill Savage

Your Boy: Raising a Godly Son in an Ungodly World vicki Courtney

The N.D.D. Book: How Nutrition Deficit Disorder Affects Your Child’s Learning, Behavior, and Health, and What You Can Do About It–Without Drugs (Sear William Sears, Martha Sears)

and, no I really DON’T have THAT much time to read.  I wish.

————–i really DO need to work my my bookself pages, huh?  🙂 🙂 ——–

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