Since my kids were really into frogs/amphibians, we rowed The Salamander Room this past week. Such a cute book!
In the book, a little boy finds a salamander in the woods, brings him home, and dreams about turning his room into a perfect home for the salamander. After reading the book, the kids helped me make a list of all the things a salamander needs to live. After compiling our list, we put together our own salamander room. Katee loves to sit and play with this scene.
We talked through the lifecycle of a salamander. Above is Calla's journal drawing. It made me smile.
For their sensory tub, we reviewed the frog's lifecycle. The tub was filled with water beads, foam lily pads, and toy frogs in different stages (eggs, tadpole, froglet, frog).
The highlight was probably the principal (aka Daddy) teaching art one evening: we made clay salamanders!
The kids are pretty proud of these. ;)
We did a little nature hunt/hike one morning and played in the river that evening. It was a fun-filled week of learning together!
As we have adjusted to homeschooling the past 3.5 weeks, I have felt even more lacking in the housekeeping department. Homeschooling can be messy. And did I mention it's time consuming? ;) Thankfully, Mr. Principal called a family meeting and we implemented a chore chart system (as well as a no-wrestling-during-the-day policy! ha!).
This has honestly relieved so much stress! I don't know why I didn't do something like this earlier. I guess I thought since I was the mom that I needed to "do it all". Other times I'd think, "It's easier/faster to just do it myself." It's been so helpful to hand off several of these daily responsibilities and the kids have responded very positively. I basically give them 3-4 jobs each day. Some jobs are competed after every meal, some jobs rotate between kids, and some stay the same each day. It's really been a good thing to share the responsibility around the home. My kitchen table and floor has never been cleaner... and the kids are learning life skills at the same time. ;)
(For those who are curious, I downloaded the cards many months ago when they were offered as a free download. You can purchase them here.)