on my table
a book i came across at just the right time. Before Five in a Row by Jane Claire Lambert. the toddler years are proving a bit of a mental challenge for me, and i was becoming a bit desperate for some ideas and guidance as to how to spend my days with the boys. i feel strongly about play and not pushing formal learning of colors, letters, numbers, etc. on elisha, yet, but some guided learning is in order, i think. Before Five in a Row is a small book of lesson plans with one chapter devoted to each of 24 books (examples are Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, Blueberries For Sal, and Angus Lost). you read a specific book with a child multiple times and then the book gives you several simple activity suggestions pertaining to the story. the description of what the book is and is not is quite appealing to me:
It isn’t a curriculum. Neither is it an aggressive, academic training regimen designed to turn your pre-schooler into a scholastic super-achiever. It is a rich treasury of creative ideas designed to help you gently, consistently prepare your children for the life-long adventure of learning.
pertaining to this topic, i’ve also enjoyed robyn’s blog and reading about how she spends creative teaching time with her son.
on my laundry pile
new pjs for elisha. there are no little girls in this house. and i think that much money has been saved in regards to clothes because of this. my one clothing weakness with the boys is pjs, preferably ones with the zippers up the front for the little one. i think even elisha is quite smitten with his new dino pjs.
on my frustrated mind
i ventured out with the boys to buy elisha some tinker toys. guess who couldn’t find tinker toys at target? or lincoln logs? but i was confronted with cringe-inducing dolls, noisy toys, and stuffed animals that come with make-up.