Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Apr30_HikeI’ve been in one of those soul-searching moods lately asking myself why it’s sometimes so hard for me to play with my daughter. Of course, some of it has to do with energy levels for both of us after a day spent apart, but I have to admit that I am not always following her lead. She is not a whimsical child and not an artsy child despite all my efforts to spark her interest there. She has a lot more interest in “usable” things and in experiments where she gets to touch, smell and explore the world. This is where she is happiest and most engaged, and I don’t feel that I am pushing through resistance when we do things together.

We all so enjoyed our first spring hike. The weather couldn’t be better, and theApr30_Hike1 trail was easy enough for her. She loved being able to climb rocks and trees, pick sticks, smell flowers and look at insects. Bugs… a subject of her wonder. She has a pretty involved plan for a bug house, there is only one problem – we don’t see a lot of non-flying insects in the backyard. I think they are being picked up by birds that are everywhere lately. Anna doesn’t care quite as much for Apr29_Bubblesbirds, because they cannot be picked up and examined, and they also happen to use our  deck as a potty training place for their young. She prefers to use the deck for bubble blowing, and last week we conducted experiments with self-made wands and colored bubble solutions. Strangely, she predicted correctly that her rectangular wand will produce round bubbles, but then expected me to produce star shaped bubbles May1_Kitefrom my star-shaped wand. Solutions colored  by food coloring turned out very weak – we could barely see the colors when the bubbles popped on the paper. The real highlight of the week was the first ever kite flying. Anna worked very hard and was diligently trying to get her kite in the air while figuring out in the process that she should move with the wind to make it happen. There was also a lot of flying paper airplanes, watching rainbow in the sprinkles and turning rocks in search of those elusive bugs.May2_Reading

And when she was exhausted from all the running, she was sitting outside reading her “Science book” deciding on which experiments she wants to do next. She also commented how the book says “age 5+", but “it’s OK because I love science very much”.

 

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14 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The kids just brought their first caterpillar in yesterday - we've been trying to identify it, so I can be certain it's not some other sort of bug larva - I love their interest in science - but am not a big lover of bugs! Be glad for your birds :)

Kylie said...

wow I'd say you are doing a pretty good job of wrking with her interests. :-)

Phyllis said...

Sounds like you are doing just fine.

learning ALL the time!!/Susan said...

I'd say you're doing a GREAT job getting to her level and being where she is!

I think it's funny about Anna not liking birds in favor of bugs :)

Debbie said...

I can't help but notice how beautiful your Spring looks. Selena would love to have such an open area to just run and play. It looks like you all had fun!

Ticia said...

It sounds like she's having a blast. And just think of the fun activities you can do around science. They could make all sorts of interesting things for us to read about........ Mwa ha ha ha

MaryAnne said...

It sounds like Anna had a very happy week - and learned a lot in the process!

We have plenty of crawling bugs for Anna here, too bad she can't come over and gather a few for her bug house!

MommyLabs said...

I love the way you write - with subtle humour and almost story-telling zest in there! :)

And you know what, I see Anna is so much like my 5 year old - Pari. In that - they both seem to be so clear headed with their likes and dislikes! Wow, these kids - they do know themselves. I admire Anna's love for science and for science experiments.
You are a fun mother, dear and you're doing so well going with her flow... :)
Happy Mother's Day.
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JDaniel4's Mom said...

We have bugs you can borrow if you like.

It is wonderful how many great projects you both come up with

Kim said...

You follow Anna's interests so well. I wish we had more science interest here sometimes and less pretend play. That's all Crumpet ever wants to do, and I cringe now when he starts off 'Pretend you're Annie and I'm Jack...' But at the same time, I love that he has such a great imagination, and I'm sure it will serve him well in the future...

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I think you do amazing job given that you work and Anna is busy with her 'work' all day too. You need to be kind to yourself :)

jenny said...

I would say that you follow your daughter's lead and interests wonderfully :) We can never do it all or be it all, but if we keep reflecting (like you are) on what we are doing then I think we are doing the best we can.

I posted recently that teaching preschool was like a game of "Whack a Mole".
http://progressiveearlychildhoodeducation.blogspot.com/2011/05/teaching-is-like-game-of-whack-mole.html

Just when you seem on top of something, you look around and see a dozen more things demanding your attention. Parenting is like that too :)

Cathy James said...

Being reflective in our teaching and mmothering is crucial, and it sounds to me like you're doing a great job, adapting to follow Anna's lead.:)

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I agree, you are doing wonderfully with Anna, Natalie! Sometimes we just don't feel like playing and I think that is fine.

I love blowing bubbles and flying kites with kids--especially for the first time. They are so amazed by them both and just seem so genuinely happy.

These are some sweet pictures.