This is the nearly the only view I have of Smootch of late.
She is a bug hunter. Extraordinaire.
If I was stranded on a deserted island can could have only one tool with by which to help education my children, it would be a magnifying glass. Plus, we could use it start fires.
In our neck of the woods, the bugs are plentiful, but not particularly impressive, at least by the standards set by The Bug Zoo in Victoria. Mostly ants and mosquitoes in our urban area. I'm not sure if Smootch was trying to invigorate the local scenery or just make her contribution to the microcosms that is our backyard, but she came up with this creepy little number yesterday:
To make a stick insect, Smootch found a regular, small stick. With help from her father, she cut three pieces of wire, each about six inches long. Wrapping the mid points of the wires around the stick gave her six legs.
To continue on with our bug study, Smootch and I will be making journals this afternoon to record her discoveries. One small field notebook for her pocket, and a larger one to illustrate and explain. Then I hope there is enough time during Birdie's nap to read her a copy of Girls Who looked Under Rocks by Jeannine Atkins. I love it when two of Smootch's passions collide, and I'm eager to read her of stories of scientists who worked during the nineteen and early twentieth century pioneer era.
I am starting to feel a bit more comfortable about what our home school is going to look like. Smootch, of course, makes it easy, being the type of person who doesn't wait for an invitation to learn about something. Everyday Smootch discovers something new and I learn a bit more about learning.
I have a question for you all: hands up if you want me to share a bit more of our home school activities and explorations on this blog. Not all of it falls under the 'creative' theme per se, and we are rather new at this and, frankly, really don't know what we are doing. Still, would you like it if I further expand the subject matter here at Indietutes and to join us as we stumble along our unschooling journey?