Tuesday, October 9, 2012

rainy days

What's being sung in our house:

Tinkle, tinkle, little bat
Wonder where the potty's at?

Straight ahead or to the right?
Caves are very dark at night.

Little bat, why do you frown?
Did you tinkle upside down?

-from Oh My Darling, Porcupine and Other Silly Sing-Along Songs

It has been overcast and rainy around here, which kept us mostly indoors.  We've read many picture books, seasonal books, poetry, silly song books, The Berenstain Bears, etc.  

We've watched shows, The Worst Witch, Richard Scarry's Busytown Mysteries, Bill Nye, the Science Guy (nutrition and erosion), and The Berenstain Bears episodes.

Camille and I explored YouTube.  We really enjoyed the Slow Mo Guys.  This Giant 6ft Water Balloon is fun to watch, and if you like kind of gross stuff the Cinnamon Challenge is really funny.

We made hexaflexagons a couple of years ago and had so much fun playing with them and coloring different designs on them.  It's only a matter of time before we make them again, I think.  

Camille got inspired by another of Vi Hart's Doodling in Math Class episodes (Squiggle Inception) to create her own math art.

 We caught up on sleep.  So necessary.

 music play 
I have been helping Papa learn the melody and rhythm for his singing and guitar parts in Papa's Angels, the play that he and Camille are in together.  It has been fun to brush up on my music reading skills on the keyboard.

One of the local libraries has probably around a hundred puppets available to play with.  Sylvia put on a skit with, of course, a girl and her chicken named Rainbow.

 Camille in rehearsal with the stage set

Back at home, I love noticing the little moments happening around me, the smell of garden-fresh chili bubbling on the stove, the soggy-looking chickens pecking around outside the living room window, the evidence of simple creativity even in our messy home.
an almond flower, by Sylvia :)

  Ayla caring for her bunny baby

We looked up information about fractals and Camille made a pop-up fractal card.  Our printer is out of ink so we traced it off of the computer screen.  It's not elegant, but it works :)
  generation two               

 generation four, back and front

 more jello play dough play

 spooky mad libs

Our lives rarely look like school-ish learning, but the learning is all there.  Swirling, overlapping, naturally engaging, math to art, science to drama, music and literature, history, . . . even pre-school scissor-skills.

*This post is shared over at Owlet's Unschool Monday.


  1. Yay! You made fractal popouts!!! It is pouring rain here today (after months of drought). I think it's a perfect afternoon to go check out those hexaflexagons!

  2. Ingi, Your blog was totally our inspiration for the fractal pop ups, even though ours came out a bit scruffier than yours :) Thanks!


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