Monday, April 1, 2013

learning happens

Learning happens everywhere. 

At the dentist office.

 At the zoo.

In the aviary.

 On screen.

Camille has been learning Spanish lately.  Her favorite phrase is Como se dice . . . ?  (How do you say . . . ?)  So, I have been brushing up on, and googling, a lot of Spanish words.  We looked for free Spanish language learning games online, and there are many of them out there, but none appealed to her.  They were too easy or too hard or too much like a glorified worksheet.  So, she has been listening to Spanish children's songs on YouTube.  I have had Los Pollitos stuck in my head for days.  

The other thing that Camille came up with is watching shows on Netflix in Spanish.  In the picture above, she is watching Tinker Bell in Spanish with English subtitles.  So far, we found that all of the animated Disney movies have this option (The Tigger MovieThe Reluctant Dragon, Alice in WonderlandAristocats, etc.).  We're hoping to find other shows like this as well.  She also loves to jump rope while counting her jumps in Spanish.  I think she's gotten up to cuarenta y siete (47)!

On the floor.

 Sylvia and Ayla have an open-ended art project happening that is on day two (so far).  It's just strips of packaging paper taped to the floor with pastels, beeswax crayons, ribbon scraps, pipe cleaners, scissors, glue, tape, construction paper, recycled boxes, and seed catalogs scattered around.  It's gloriously messy, and much more about the process (always, really) than the results.

At the kitchen table.

Whether we're cooking together, or something else entirely, out kitchen table is usually covered with the supplies for some kind of project.  The kids had so much fun dyeing Easter eggs naturally (last post) that we did it all over again the next day with almost two dozen more.  This time we added in a couple of new kitchen ingredients to try out, spirulina powder and grape skins.

In the chick brooder.

 pin feathers

How do I even know learning is happening within my children?

It's not just what we do, it's how we do it.  There is constant conversation and questioning.  "How does . . . work?"  Sometimes, I have an explanation at hand.  Sometimes, it's, "I don't know.  What do you think?"  Sometimes, it's, "Let's go look it up" (or try out an experiment or something).  Sometimes, an investigation leads to hours of fun/learning that ends with something seemingly unrelated.  Sometimes, the connections are meandering and far-flung, but these connections are learning in action.

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful day! And wow! That lion is stunning!


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