Saturday, September 13, 2014
So much can be learned through "playing." I think we underestimate the value of play these days. And one of the most valuable lessons the kids learn is to solve problems on their own - critical thinking, if you will. There is such value in trying something that doesn't work. I have really been making an effort to stop myself from saying "that's not going to work" and telling them what will. What I need to do is give them time and back away so they can explore the issue on their own. I'm trying to limit my input to asking questions such as these - "What do you expect will happen? What's causing that to not working right? What needs to happen to change that? How do you think you could fix that?"
I also like to give the kids an idea and see what they do with it. I'm thinking as I write this, maybe I'll ask him what would happen if he used a whole garbage bag and a hair blow dryer. Hmmmm. But that will have to wait. Today we're off to Bugga's to watch the Wyoming football game, and then chop and stack firewood.
We've seen a few silly things lately...
This goofball kid of mine came up with this outfit all on his own. He told us he was being a "fat fireman."
He gets that from Curious George - the original book, where George accidentally dials the fire station and the thin fireman grabs one arm and the fat fireman grabs the other arm and they take him to prison for falsely reporting a fire. There are a lot of taboo things in that book. For instance, he's ready for bed after a nice dinner and a nice pipe. But it's a favorite of the five year old.
See all the leaves on the ground? When we first arrived, the five year old told me, "They need to rake!" It must be a common idea among kids. Later I heard another little boy at the park tell his dad, "I should have brought my rake."
Thursday, September 11, 2014
This is what they eat - alfalfa pellets. This is just alfalfa mixed with clay.