Bambini Homeschool 1 : Adventures and Collages
There is never enough time. Have you noticed that? Never enough time to do everything you want to do, read everything you want to read, share everything you want to share. I am giddy with ideas for things I want to share this year, but I am also quickly realizing that there are simply not enough days. If I was going to break down and share all of the parts of our preschool homeschool experience and family travel adventures there would simply not be enough days.
I have made it a habit to go through my pictures every week. I upload them on the computer, back them up, move them into files. Delete many of them from my phone and/or camera. Every week I am astounded by the number of pictures I take. Some are certainly not worthy of sharing and some I share on Instagram. Many of the moments, the quiet or busy moments of play and creating are often overlooked. Some of my favorite blogs (like Lovable Learning and Happiness is Here) share a weekly snapshot of their week and I thought that might be a good way for me to share some of these ordinary homeschool preschool moments that we have each week.
We got back from our holiday trip to Wisconsin late last weekend. I always feel like it takes a few days, sometimes a week, to get back to our typical routine after a trip. This was a quieter and less planned week than usual, so perhaps it will be an odd first glance inside our weekly rhythm. However, learning still occurred and the ups and downs and transitions are always a part of life and therefore of learning.
As you can see above, our twins jumped right back into building endless castles and houses on our light table. They usually end up with an entire neighborhood, but on this particular day they made one huge collaborative castle out of magnatiles.
Monday morning we met friends at the Children's Museum in Jackson. We spent two hours exploring. Our kids spent a great deal of time doing dramatic play and climbing the fishing boat themed climber. It wasn't long before they were begging to go back upstairs. This is where the cranes and trains are that I talked about in this post.
We spent the afternoon crafting. I'll be sharing more about this project next week. Get your glue sticks ready!
Daddy was home in the middle of the week for New Years. We spent the day re-building our train track. It had been running around our tree so after packing our Christmas stuff away, we had to create a new one. Somehow I forgot to take any pictures of this process. It took most of the day and was done with great cooperation and seriousness.
In an effort to get back on schedule post trip, we spent much of the rest of the week playing at home. As much as I love to get out of the house and explore, I love the calm and creativity that flows during these days at home. Below is a spontaneous collaborative art project. My daughter announced that she wanted to make something. With my goals in mind, I covered our table in white paper and then asked the kids what materials we should get out. Markers, dabbers, and tapes were quickly grabbed from the shelves. She has been working a lot of cutting lately so tape is one of her favorite craft materials at the moment.
Saturday we went to Home Depot for their monthly kids workshop. They built and painted sleds. Apparently the corporate office didn't get the memo that there isn't any snow in Mississippi. Regardless, our kids had a blast hammering and painting. As soon as the sleds were dry they started pulling around their Little People and fairies.
What did you do this week? I'd love to hear about it in the comment below or feel free to share a photo on our Facebook page!
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