Wednesday, December 21, 2016

DPP Day 21: Planning

Eight weeks. That's how long our break from school will be by the time we start back after New Year's. It's been such a wonderful break -- much needed!  But our time off is drawing to a close and in these final weeks a good deal of my time is being spent planning our year. I love starting a new school year in January!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

DPP Day 20: Gingerbread Man

My first Christmas as a married woman I tried my hand at gingerbread men and have continued to make them every Christmas since. I prefer them plain because they're just that good, but of course there's a lot of fun to be had in decorating gingerbread men (and boys and girls)!

Today we packed up our cookie cutters and went to a friend's house for a rollicking good time baking and decorating gingerbread men. Most of the decorating was done by the kids (who have not yet learned the wisdom of "less is more"), but here's one I made as a sample for the kids to see how to use the supplies.


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Gingerbread Men

Cream together until smooth:
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup sugar

Stir in:
1 cup molasses
2 egg yolks

In a separate bowl, mix together:
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Stir flour mixture into molasses mixture until smooth. Cover and chill for at least one hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll the doughnut to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool.

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Bonus photo of the kids' creations.


Monday, December 19, 2016

DPP Day 19: Sycamore at Sunset

This evening I snapped a shot of the light from the setting sun illuminating the upper branches of our sycamore tree.  The sun sets so early this time of year, but it's awfully lovely while it's going down!


Saturday, December 17, 2016

DPP Day 17: Frightful and Delightful

It's not the worst snowstorm I've ever seen, but anytime there's snow on top of ice it gets awfully dicey out there.  But it is awfully beautiful watching the snow blow around from the warmth of the indoors. At one point I couldn't stay in any longer, so I grabbed my camera and went for a little trek around the house. The snow is delightful even when the weather is frightful!  

This is the house across the street from us. It's what I look at out our front windows day after day. Today it is frosted and lovely!


Friday, December 16, 2016

DPP Day 16: Where the Magic Happens

I spend a great deal of time with these keys this time of year -- keeping up with holiday events, weather forecasts, Christmas shopping, tracking deliveries, and sharing the festivities with friends near and far.  I've also been prepping some for our new school year that starts in January.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

DPP Days 14 & 15: Powdered Nose, Full House

I didn't have a chance to pick up my camera the whole day yesterday. I did snag this quick shot of daddy and daughter at the supper table with my phone. Daughter had been baking and was adorably smudged with flour -- or is it powdered sugar? She baked chocolate Christmas cookies for today's tea party!


Today we were up bright and early (for us) to get everything ready for a last minute Christmas tea party we hosted for some local homeschoolers. We had a great turnout and the house was bursting with fun! I snapped a few shots and then gave Miss M my camera to go around and photograph everybody. Somehow, this is still the only shot that came out even halfway decent. Oh well... 




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

DPP Day 13: Lights on the Ceiling

The Christmas lights adorning our front porch make super neat patterns on the ceiling of the living room where they slip in between the closed blinds. I used a slow shutter speed to capture how cool it looks!


Monday, December 12, 2016

DPP Day 12: Early Morning Magic

In my youth I was "early to bed and early to rise," typically getting up before the sun. These days, not so much. Hubby and the kids are night owls, which means I'm usually up late right along with them. And when I stay up late, I sleep in late the next morning. (Because sleep deprivation is for the birds.)

This morning, however, I was up early and caught this beautiful beam of the just-risen sun casting shadows of my jade plant on the kitchen wall. Due to the position of the window, and neighboring houses and trees, it only stayed illuminated like this for less than five minutes. Five magical minutes, and I captured it!


Sunday, December 11, 2016

DPP Day 11: Icy Pond

It has been cold enough to freeze parts of the pond at the park. Today was warmer, though, and drizzley. Perfect for a brisk walk with the fam!

Here the kids are amusing themselves with sliding rocks across the ice and of the edge into the unfrozen water. Rocks bouncing on ice make such a unique plink-plink sound!



Saturday, December 10, 2016

DPP Day 10: Old Science Fiction

I love seeing these old sci fi books on my shelf. They were my dad's when he was a boy. I love that so many of the wild ideas the old sci fi writers came up with are now a reality with modern technology. I used to read these on Christmas vacation at my grandparents' farm. Maybe one year my kids will read them on Christmas break!



Friday, December 9, 2016

DPP Day 9: In the Stacks

My little bookworm ran off to the stacks while I picked up the books I had on hold at the library.  We're never there very long, but she always comes home with a whole stack of books to read.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

DPP Day 8: Making Memories in the Modern Age

This evening the family was all cuddled up on the couch with plenty of pillows and blankets and engaged in one of our favorite activities -- playing WordHero together on our tablets.  This may look like yet another example of the downfall of civilization in the modern age, but you would not believe the fun, laughter, and hilarity that ensues when we all play together. Our devices are put to use fostering family togetherness!




Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DPP Day 7: Bittersweet milestone

Today my youngest child lost his first tooth. What a bittersweet milestone!  Here he is giving it a tug with a piece of dental floss. He ended up pulling it out himself a little bit later, no help necessary!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DPP Day 6: Little Monster

I was far too busy today to look for interesting camera shots, but I snagged this one quickly as my son's friend's little brother borrowed a pair of monster feet and chased the bigger boys up the loft bed. Rawr!

DPP Day 5: A Visiting Camera

Today my mom, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew drove in from out of state. I had been expecting my mom, but the rest were a last minute addition. I also didn't know they were bringing Christmas with them!

Christmas music, advent reading, and a silly Christmas story read by my 7-year-old led up to opening presents and snapping lots of pictures.  I snagged this one of my sister's camera just as she reached to pick it up again.  It's the cooler, newer, more trendy version of mine, just like my sister is the cooler, younger, more trendy version of me...or something like that.


Monday, December 5, 2016

All About Candles


Candles are a common part of many winter holiday celebrations. Kids are particularly fascinated by these little bodies of heat and light. And with that fascination comes the inevitable questions: why? and how? 

Why doesn’t the fire get bigger?
Why is there water in the candle?
How does it work?


Not long ago, a winter ice storm came along and knocked out our power. After the initial surprise of being plunged into total darkness, it seemed like the perfect chance for us to investigate just how candles work.


What you need:

  • 8″ piece of cotton string
  • metal butter knife
  • paper towel
  • small dish of water
  • yellow or red food coloring
  • 2 taper candles
  • matches or lighter
Most children have seen a candle burn, but you may wish to have a separate burning candle available for observation during the discussion. Ask your students what burns on a candle.


Does the wick burn?



Tie the piece of cotton string to the handle of a metal butter knife. Light the dangling end of the string and watch it burn up the entire string in a matter of seconds. If the wick were the source of a candle’s fuel, it would not last very long! The wick is not the source of fuel for the candle.


Does the wax burn?



Light a match or use a lighter. Hold the flame beside the solid wax of a candle. The wax will melt and drip, but it will not burn. Wax in its solid or liquid state does not burn.

It’s time to shift gears for a moment. Fill a small dish with water and add a couple drops of food coloring. Tear a paper towel into long narrow strips. Dip one end of a strip of paper towel into the dish and watch the colored water climb up the paper towel. This phenomenon is called wicking or capillary action and is the same thing that happens to the wick of a candle. A candle wick is made of absorbent material just like a paper towel.

When the hot flame from a match or lighter is held to a candle wick, the heat melts some of the candle wax. The liquid wax then travels up the wick by capillary action. When the liquid wax gets close enough to the heat of the flame, it is vaporized or converted to its gaseous state like when water is made into steam. The wax vapor is what burns.


Wax vapor burns



To demonstrate that it is the vaporized wax that is fuel to a candle’s flame light a second candle. Blow out the first candle and quickly move the flame of the second candle into the smoke rising from the extinguished wick of the first candle. Hold it about one inch away and you will see the vapors ignite and relight the wick of the first candle!

Be sure to work on a well-protected surface and wear eye protection, if possible, while using flame and hot wax.



This article was originally published in December 2013 by Home & School Mosaics.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

DPP Day 4: Day of rest

Today I rested.

It seems most days are a whirlwind of activity with ten zillion details I have to keep track of, arrange, and execute.  There are meals to plan, cook, and eat. Rooms to tidy. Appointments to make and keep. Children to educate, nurture, bathe, and worry over. Friends and relations with important milestones to celebrate. World events to stay abreast of. And more.  

And most of the time I am perfectly happy with my chaotic life.  

But some days...

Some days I lie in bed and admire my parrot mobile. For hours. Just because. And I let my mind and my body r.e.s.t.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

DPP Day 3: Bedtime Beauty

At some point along the way while I was busy raising this girl, she transformed from a little girl to a young lady.  Isn't she gorgeous?



DPP Day 2: Preparing room

In this season of Advent, we prepare many things. We prepare Him room in our hearts. We prepare festive decorations and surprises. And sometimes we prepare our homes with a massive purge in our kids' rooms.




This is a before shot.  Well, an almost-before shot. We actually already got started and moved Miss M's bird and its table out before I remembered to grab the camera.  We worked for 12 hours straight (with two brief breaks to eat). It's still not done. But we made progress!  'Tis the season.....for hard work. :-)


Thursday, December 1, 2016

DPP Day 1: December Rose


It has felt more like spring than fall the past several weeks. My pathetic rose plant in the front yard seems to have thought so too. It decided to put out a blossom. Imagine! A blooming rose in December in Missouri!



This is my first photo for this year's December Photo Project. It's not too late to join in! 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Data Collecting and Graphing with Apples


What better way to celebrate fall than with some delicious apples? Did you know there are over 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide? I’m sure you can find many cultivars in your local grocery store.



We took a trip to our local market and came home with one each of nine different varieties of apples. With our hands on some apples, we decided to do a taste test, gather some data, and graph that information.


Supplies needed:

  • several varieties of apples, be sure to make a note of their names!
  • data collection sheet
  • colored pencils
  • paper plates
  • paring knife
  • cutting board

Pass around each variety of apple. Observe its color, size and shape. Make predictions about how you think it will taste.



Slice each apple. Be sure to keep track of which is which! We put the sticker from each apple onto a paper plate so we could identify each type.



Taste a slice of each apple. Rate the flavor and crunchiness of each one. Use a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best and 1 being the worst.



Once you have enjoyed all your apples, it’s time to compile your data! Add up the points for each apple (for flavor and for crunchiness).

Draw a bar graph! Which apple is has the best flavor? Which apple is the most crunchy?



After we made a bar graph, I opened my favorite word processing program on the computer and showed my children how to create a graph there as well. We tried several formats and they decided on a bar graph showing both flavor and crunchiness ratings for each apple.

This activity was so much fun that the kids didn’t even know they were doing math! We just love hands-on homeschooling!



This article was originally published in October 2013 by Home & School Mosaics.

Monday, August 8, 2016

I Must Be Doing Something Right



Standing at the kitchen sink with soapsuds up to my elbows, I look out the window and see a little boy under a tree. He has a lapboard and a bucket of crayons. He’s laying on his stomach with his feet up in the air. A curious cat —that thinks it’s a dog —came to investigate him and he scratches it gently, now behind its ears, now under its chin.

I must be doing something right.

I’m sweeping the kitchen floor and stop by the back door window. I wipe sweat from my forehead; it’s summer. I watch a little girl run and leap grabbing hold of a bright yellow trapeze bar. It was new just this spring. I remember that first day; she was terrified to sit on it, afraid she’d fall. Now her young body is stronger and her confidence level is high. She hangs upside-down and hooks her legs over the bar. In an instant, she’s up! And then down again, hanging just by the knees.

I must be doing something right.

The hum of my sewing machine stops. I look at the bed behind me. A little boy is there; he is supposed to be sleeping. Instead, I see his round brown head bent over a book. It’s an old book, a reader printed in 1929; it was my grandma’s. “I know this story, Mama! The one where the pig is building a house.” He can’t read yet, but the book holds his interest a good long while before he surrenders to sleep.

I must be doing something right.

The backdoor slams. Again. I hear the pitter patter of little feet racing toward me. “Mom! Mom! Guess what!” It’s my four-year-old prancing, his eyes shining with excitement. “I counted to 100 without saying ‘one, two, skip-a-few, 99, 100!’” He had been getting tangled up in the teens and hadn’t quite made it to twenty, but once there it is easy to keep on going right up to a hundred.

I must be doing something right.

I’m collapsed in my bed. It’s only one in the afternoon, but I’m not feeling well. A little boy wearing brown knit shorts, an imitation tiger tooth necklace, a feather headband, and warpaint comes running in to me. “I’m an Indian boy,” he says as he leans his whole body against me, “and I live here with you in Indiana.” His shining eyes sparkle as he shares this intimacy with me. He kisses my cheek and runs off again.

I must be doing something right.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).

Not every day is perfect. There are still times I have a child dissolve into a sobbing pile of snot because I dared to leave him with daddy while I drove five minutes across town to cast my ballot in the local election. True story. But within the midst of the mundane (and sometimes the frustrating) there are glimpses of perfection. They are gifts from Above reminding me that this life I lead, this work I am doing, is worth something. The work I am doing, the boring, hard, insufferable, joyous work, is right. I am doing something right. It’s right for me and right for my family. And I am blessed because of it!





This article was originally published in September 2014 by Home & School Mosaics.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Creation to the Greeks: Halfway Through the Year

We are now a little over halfway through Creation to the Greeks and MFW First Grade. As you may have noticed, I dropped off blogging every week as I expected I would. It's easier to blog when the days are short and cold, but much harder to find time for it once spring arrives and we're out gardening and such in our spare time.  I wouldn't have it any other way!  If you wish to keep up with our weekly doings, you'll have to follow my Facebook page which is updated almost every day that we do school!

So, now that we're on the downhill side of the year, I thought I would write a little about what has worked well for us this year and what hasn't.

Our planners


Back in January I copied the grid pages from my CTG and First Grade teacher's manuals and assembled them into a lesson planner for the year. (Remember: MFW allows for photocopying of the grid pages for planning and record keeping as long as you agree to never loan, give, or sell the teacher's manuals you've copied from.)  Since I am running these two programs concurrently, this has been a life-saver!  Sure, I still have to pull out the First Grade TM for the phonics lessons and the CTG TM for the notes of the week, but I don't have to juggle them both all day long. I can stash them safely back on the shelf out of my way while keeping my planner handy and keep us moving efficiently on through our day.


My other stroke of genius (or at least it felt that way when the idea came to me in the wee hours one night) was to make a second set of copies of the CTG grid for Miss M's planner.  I went ahead and had the extra copies spiral-bound into the back of my planner so that once a week I can pull out the next week's page and have her prep her planner.  At first I was doing this for her. I would cut apart each day and tape it one day per page into her spiral notebook. Then I would write extra details or special instructions for each lesson.  Somewhere along the way we shifted this task onto her shoulders. Now she puts the lessons into her planner herself and I read her the notes to record. I am so thankful to be modeling this kind of organization and self-regulation for her as she approaches the junction between late elementary and middle school.

Memory verses


I really wanted to make verse memorization something pleasant and maybe even a little bit exciting for the kids. To that end, I created a little "treasure box" of prizes they can pick from at the end of each week if they are able to recite their memory verse(s) correctly. I don't have something new in there every week, but I try to snag little inexpensive surprises to toss in there when I can.  Recently there was silly putty and a Wooly Willy in there.



Art


Art has both worked well and not worked well. Here's what I mean. We started out the year doing both the art from First Grade and from Creation to the Greeks. The only problem is, my first grader really dug his heels in about participating. He's a bit of a perfectionist and just doesn't have the fine motor control to accomplish what he envisions.  So while the program itself was enjoyable, he wasn't having it.  For that reason, I set aside most of First Grade art and have focused on God and the History of Art from Creation to the Greeks. Mister E participates as often as I can get him to, but Miss M and I are enjoying it immensely!  Just take a look at some of the things we've done!


Language arts


We are using MFW's recommendations for 5th grade language arts: the middle third of Intermediate Language Lessons and Writing Strands. (We aren't doing formal spelling, but that's a post for another day).  The way the teacher's manual schedules language arts is ILL on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and then WS on Thursdays and Fridays.  I found through the course of last year and this year that this schedule doesn't work well for us.  Many times the Writing Strands units take 4-5 days to complete.  Having a huge gap between days (the weekend plus three days of ILL) made for a really broken flow. We would waste a lot of time trying to remember what it was we had been doing, where we were in the process, what she had been thinking of writing, etc.  In order to make the writing process flow more smoothly, I have adjusted the timing of the lessons. Once we begin a unit in Writing Strands, we set aside the Language Lessons until the WS unit is complete. At that point we go back and pick up the ILL lessons we missed and do those back-to-back days until we are caught up. Then we flip back to WS.  This sort of blocking has made a lot more sense to us than breaking up the WS units across several weeks.




Notebooking



Since this year is all about Biblical and ancient world history, notebooking has taken center stage. MFW sells a pack of student sheets to go with Creation to the Greeks and we have been using those, but we have added quite a number of sheets in addition to them.  All of our extras have come from NotebookingPages.com. <--- this is an affiliate link. If you sign up through this link I will get a little kickback. And if you sign up....THANKS!  We have added pages for major characters, major events like this Jericho page, people groups, geographical locations, etc. It's a great way for the kids to capture what they're learning and is going to make a great keepsake at the end of the year!


Greek


Our biggest failure has been -- no surprise -- foreign language. That seems to be the one area I just cannot seem to get a handle on!  We loved Song School Greek when we started out our year, but I just can't seem to fit it in. By the time we're done with everything else, we're done in and ready to break for outside play, housework, and supper plans.  Darn!  But I figure, if nothing else they've learned the Greek alphabet and that's more than I had at their age.




Monday, June 27, 2016

Homeschool Art Supplies You Need




I am not an artist. I can draw passable stick figures — oh, and trees; I can also draw trees — but that’s about it.  My kids are no artistic wonders either.  But we all enjoy sitting down with a few art supplies to let our creativity flow.  I make it a point to keep a few basic supplies on hand.


Papers:


manila paper
drawing paper
newsprint paper
construction paper
cardstock

Get started with the proper foundation.  Cardstock for watercolors, newsprint for a budding reporter, manila paper for treasure maps.  My kids typically sit down knowing exactly what kind of paper they want to produce the art they have in mind.  While plain old printer paper will work for most jobs, having the right paper for the project just makes the whole thing more enjoyable!


Bonus: pretty scrapbooking paper, brown paper lunch sacks, index cards, art canvases, tagboard



Writing Utensils:


markers
crayons

colored pencils
pencils
chalk

The most important thing after something to write on is something to write with!  Does your project call for the bold rich colors of a markers? the smoothness of colored pencils? or the texture of a crayon?  Having a variety on hand can inspire the imagination of budding artists of all ages.


Bonus: Do-A-Dot markers, stencils



Office Supplies:


scissors
paper clips
binder clips
hole punch(es)
staples

What may look like boring office supplies to you is a world of wonder to a kid! Paper clips, staplers, binder clips and more inspire all kinds of fun and fanciful artwork! 


Bonus: brass fasteners, ink pads and stamps, envelopes



Adhesives:


school glue
glue sticks
masking tape
scotch tape

Now that you’ve cut things to pieces with scissors (construction paper confetti anyone??), you’ve got to have a way to put it all back together again.  Collages, paper “quilt” squares, finger puppets, and more can be fashioned with help from a little adhesive.


Bonus: glue dots, washi tape



Painting Supplies:


water colors
tempera paint

paint brushes
Q-tips

No artistic experience would be complete without at least dabbling in paint.  There’s something immensely satisfying about swishing your paintbrush in a cup of water and slashing color across a canvas (or piece of cardstock).  Whether you’re progeny is painting the next Picasso or just seeing what you get when you mix orange, green, and yellow, you simply must have some sort of paints on hand!


Bonus: finger paints, face paints, acrylic paints, oil paints, paint palette for mixing colors



Craft Supplies:


modeling clay
air-drying clay

pipe cleaners
yarn
cotton balls
Q-tips
craft sticks

Some days I’d rather do something less artistic and more crafty, so keep plenty of fun craft supplies on hand!  Twist a whole family of little pipe cleaner figures and set them to work building a home of craft sticks, complete with a kitchen sink out of clay.  Or make a colorful mobile with a few popsicle sticks and some soft yarn.  Let your creativity soar!

Bonus: glitter, goggly eyes, stickers, shoeboxes


What is your favorite art medium?  Did I miss anything you consider essential?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Visiting a Newspaper Office

Benjamin Franklin was a great inventor and made a big impact in history. He invented the life-saving lightening rod, started Philadelphia’s volunteer fire department, established a public library, and served as Philadelphia’s postmaster. He also founded several famous newspapers. To enhance our study of his fascinating life, we decided to take a trip to our local newspaper!


We visited The Landmark, one of the oldest newspapers in the state of Missouri and one of the oldest continuously published newspapers west of the Mississippi. The building The Landmark occupies is itself a piece of local history. It was built in 1869 as a drug store and post office. At that time, a post office was oftentimes a town’s center of news, just like in Benjamin Franklin’s day!

The Landmark sends out its paper for printing off site — easy to do in these days of digital layout and the internet — but their office is home to some amazing old equipment from days gone by. The most fascinating machine for the kids and I was the linotype machine. This kind of printing machine was the industry standard for printed media in the late 19th and early 20th century. It operates by casting a solid line of metal type, thus getting is name: line-o’-type. A linotype machine would have been one step up in development from the movable type press that Ben Franklin used.


Owner/Editor Ivan Foley showing us a block of text from the linotype machine.


The keyboard of the linotype machine.

Ivan Foley describing how the linotype machine works.
Ben Franklin was a man of his time, keeping abreast of the technological and scientific developments of the day. I believe he would be pleased to see The Landmark keeping up with modern times by being the first newspaper in the county to open a news and commentary feed on Twitter “where breaking local news, commentary, occasional clowning, and interaction with the public takes place 24/7.”

Archives of past issues of The Landmark.

Office Assistant Cindy Rinehart showing us how she does the layout of an article she received from a reporter via email.
Have you been to visit YOUR local newspaper? I’d love to hear about it!





This article was originally published in August 2013 by Home & School Mosaics.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Storytelling: The Adventures of Dale No-Tail


Shortly after moving to our new home this past winter, the kids and I noticed a squirrel that was different than the others because he had no tail! Or rather, just a stub of a tail left from some trauma he must have suffered. We have spent quite a lot of time speculating about what could have happened to him. Was he caught by a cat only to escape with his life? Did he get run over by a car? Perhaps he was caught in the crook of a tree? (This last theory proved more plausible after we found a different squirrel in January caught by its tail, dead, and frozen solid!) It wasn’t long before this unique squirrel was dubbed Dale No-Tail.

During our bemused observations, we discovered which hole in which tree is Dale’s home and before long we noticed a female squirrel shares that habitation. When she came to the porch rail, we also observed that she is clearly pregnant (and has nursed kits before; nature reveals these things!). She, of course, has been named Mrs. Dale and we are eagerly awaiting the young squirrel kits that will be running around the yard in early summer.

All these antics have inspired quite a bit of lore in our home. Can’t find your shoes? Maybe Dale No-Tail took them! Only found half of a hidden Easter egg? Dale must have absconded with the treats for his kids for Easter. It has also led to a lot of storytelling: Dale No-Tail Saves the Day!, Dale No-Tail and the Missing Acorn, A New Home for Dale. The majority of which are done orally as a group effort. We’ve learned a lot about squirrel behavior with some books from the library to flesh out the facts. One day Mrs. Dale was spied gathering bunches of dry leaves in her mouth and running up the tree to her hole with them, which inspired a whole spate of investigation about the kinds of homes squirrels live in.



This game of crossing back and forth between fantasy and fact is not only really fun, but it seems to help the kids learn to view things from a different perspective. Of course they know that Dale No-Tail is just a regular squirrel going around doing regular squirrely things, but in their imaginations he is a hero of epic proportions with stories of great valor to tell the other squirrels, and is the king of all the neighborhood squirrels. But in their telling and retelling of stories, they are learning a range of skills as storytellers. (Read about the powerful benefits of storytelling).




This article was originally published in May 2015 by Home & School Mosaics.