Karis is practicing clapping her hands like the seal!
Learning with Karis is such a joy! This week has been full of canning produce for the winter, and thus not a whole lot of time to devote to our beginning learning projects, but I have been amazed how much she can learn without a whole lot of effort. I love observing her enjoyment for reading. She is constantly looking at books and choosing her favorites. What a blessing to have a local library full of wonderful resources to draw from!
This week her favorite has been From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. I estimate I have read this to her at least a half dozen times each day this week! I have it all memorized now but how can I refuse her little pleading moans while she holds the book and hits it on my legs? The result…she is learning many different animals and the actions they do. This is a great resource for teaching physical actions, such as “the gorilla thumps his chest” and then it asks the reader “can you do it?” With each one we have been demonstrating these actions to Karis. She loves it and is learning to preform them amazingly well!
Secondly, she has been exploring the piano with great enthusiasm this week. Even if you just have a keyboard of some sort, or a simple drum, this is fun way to expose them to exploring with making their own music. Thankfully my piano has a quiet pedal to keep the tone down, but she will sit there and just bang around for quite awhile. Headphones would be a nice feature for a keyboard and little ones!
Lastly, even at just 16 months of age, she has found a new interest in sitting on the counter next to me and help preparing food. This week she started mixing batter for me with a mixing spoon. I was pleasantly surprised!
I love how simple learning can be so much fun, free and simple without too much planning and preparations!