Lately…

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A little of what we have been up to lately. The weather is tempting us with the odd warm day but just when we think winter is behind us, the frost sets in to remind us all that she’s very much still around.

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What have you guys been up to lately?

17 Replies to “Lately…”

  1. I really love how you have him drawing his block building…it is so Reggio and so many programs even Reggio inspired have a hard time with this

    1. drawing and building blocks are Jack’s two favourite things 🙂 I love when we draws what he builds. And you are right, observational drawings of constructions and models is often used in Reggio and Reggio-inspired environments. I think it is a great tool for children to document their work, refine their ideas and return to them to improve upon or add to. I also like to use Jack’s drawings to give him the opportunity to recreate that block building for example except with another material, using his sketch as a guide.

  2. Kate, Looks like you have been having a very productive month. I loved the maths concepts that you are introducing with Jack, and loved the idea of taking photos and recognising shapes in the environement. I’m just wondering about how soon you started introducing the adding and subtracting with Jack and how you went about it to get to the stage you are at in these photos. Jack is still preschool age is he not, so for him to be completing these tasks and enjoying it seems wonderful. I’d love to get some details about how you introduced numbers and then the concepts of adding and subtracting, including the materials that you have used.

    Also im so intrigued about ” yarn boming” I can’t quite see in your photos exactly what this means. Have the children decided on a space for this wonderful project yet?

    1. Hi Julie 🙂 I’m putting a post together about the math work Jack and I have been doing lately. I should have it up soon 🙂 I introduced adding a little while ago, maybe a year ago, but in hindsight it was too early. Jack wasn’t quite ready and even though he could do the sum while I was sitting with him, he didn’t that intrinsic desire to learn and understand more. About a month or so ago now we started to see an real interest in numbers and sums developing. This time he was ready. And he has had an insatiable thirst for numbers since.

      Jack and Sarah both really enjoyed the yarn-bombing. They were just winding embroidery thread around the branches. They’re a little higgly-di-piggly but it looks beautiful. We’re going to hang it outside under the patio 🙂

      1. HI Kate,
        Im looking forward to seeing the maths work blog post. It is now only 8 weeks until im expecting my first baby and I can’t wait to start the Reggio Journey in our home as well. Thank you for your very insparational blog posts and giving so many details of where you get your hands on materials. I purchased the first of many mirrors the other day to begin my collection of materials to use on the journey.

        1. How very exciting for you. Have you come across RIE at all and Janet Lansbury’s site? Her words really influenced the way we raised and interacted with Sarah from birth (I came across Janet when Jack was about a year old)

  3. Lovely pictures – this blog has reminded me to get out the mirrors for both baby and toddler, which has been great. I’m wondering if ‘yarn bombing’ is throwing yarn on the tree? Do you also wrap yarn around the branches?

    I picked up an old kids’ book on seeds at a bookstall which has led to seed-finding walks, buying wild birdseed to play with, and planting seeds for a tiny flower garden. Miss 2 1/2 was surprised to see how small the flower seeds were compared with the pictures of seeds in books and the seeds she knows from oranges and apples. She knows that our small backyard birds such as the fairy wrens eat seeds, but then we went on the ponder the ducks we had fed bread to at the pond. Do they eat seeds? What do they eat? How could we find out?

    I love this process, it’s so fun!

    1. Thank Cara 🙂 With the yarn-bombing, we wound the embroidery thread around the branches. Was very simple but it looks beautiful.

      I love this process too. And once you get the hang of it, it really is quite simple, isn’t it? The kids come up with all the questions, all we have to do is listen and provide them with opportunities to pursue those questions more deeply 🙂

      We are exploring seeds here too at the moment. Both Jack and Sarah also commented on how tiny the seeds were considering how big the plant grows. Love little curious minds

  4. Such beautiful photos. You always inspire me with ideas for our own home 🙂

  5. can you tell me where you got those little wooden rings on the string in the addition and subtraction pictures? Those are great!

    1. Sure 🙂 I bought them from K-mart. They came in a pack of 10 for $2. They are actually for coathangers. You pop them on to keep the moths away.

  6. A lovely week in pictures. I love your math games and I can’t wait to see how your beaded branch turns out.

  7. Beautiful post, as always. I love the beaded tree and can’t wait to set something similar up for my girls. I have been encouraged by your loose parts activities too so let the girls explore some today. I will give you the rundown on how it went soon. 🙂

  8. What a great photo bomb! Looks like you have lots of fun at your place. 🙂

  9. Lovely snippets as always Kate…particularly your numbers work…I have those rings too (what a great buy hey?) and love this idea if I simplify for the twins!
    Had to chuckle when I saw the yarn bombing…our whole city centre is often getting yarn bombed over the weekends lately!Thanks for sharing such beautiful moments of play and learning x

  10. Such a beautiful collection of photographs that highlight what wonderful things happen at your place. Loved this post. thanks

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