Monday, April 23, 2012
"Best Day Ever !"...she said.
Last night I wrote a list. A list of things I wanted us to do for our homeschool day today. I was really looking forward to today. But then somehow, we took a different path...
We decided to go out and do some gardening. So the kids started filling a pot with earth so we could transplant our turmeric plant. Then when I took it out of the old pot, we found a whole lot of grubs in amongst the roots. I didn't know what they were, so we collected our grubs and went to ask our neighbour.
While we were there, she gave us a couple of her yummy, crunchy, homegrown cucumbers. When we got home, we discovered a caterpillar in one of them. Ruby was so excited ! Then we found another one burrowing into the cucumber...even MORE exciting ! - Yes, we know the story about the Very Hungry Caterpillar very well.
So now she wanted to keep her little pets. We put them into a box with a leaf, some apple and some cucumber.
While the pets were busy munching, we read the Very Hungry Caterpillar (a few times). Then Ruby acted out the story. She crawled along the floor like caterpillars, ate food (cushions, and blocks that were lying around), spun a cocoon (got wrapped up in a blanket), and then....
she turned in to a beautiful butterfly and flew all around the room...happy days !!
A bit later, I thought we could make butterflies out of wool fleece. But Ruby had other ideas, so we went with that. It's the first time she made fleece pictures and she really enjoyed it.
Marlise was happy to do some wet felting - it kept her away from the table so Ruby could 'paint' with her fleece in peace.
She spent the rest of the day playing with friends outside in the beautiful sunshine, cooking, swimming, jumping, and dancing, and finally her and the neighbours kids put on a little show for us when Daddy got home. Life is good when you're 4.
Ruby told me it was the "BEST DAY EVER!" - she knows how to boost my confidence as a new homeschool mum !! Thanks Ruby !