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Look at all those beautiful little feet two people can create!

Look at all those beautiful little feet two people can create!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hello, Red Fox...

Our kiddos are loving visits to the library....
we come home with far too many books, but much to my delight (and that of my husband) we have not lost a single book.  (Not ever....that would be a lie...but in the past few months and I am mighty proud to state that one!)  How did I manage such an amazing feat?  Well, please let me share, it is really quite simple, not sure why I didn't think of this one many years ago...  In our living room there is a dedicated area with a cute little cubby box that is for nothing more than housing library books.  The kids are welcome to look at them and when they are finished simply return them to this little spot.  IT HAS WORKED for the past several months!  I am soooo happy.  No lost books, no late books (because they are hiding out in favorite but forgotten hiding spots) no searching high and low, just wandering over to the little cubby, bending over, retrieving and returning to the library.  How I love it when things (simple things) work out so easily!

Moving on...
April was a fun month of study for us...we did some fantastic weather experiments, added a new section to the younger kids Unit Study books on Crazy Weather and did a slew of reading random books.  Some of our favorites were a small collection of Eric Carle...
A House for Hermit Crab
The Mixed-Up Chameleon
All About Arther (an absolutely absurd ape)
Have you seen my cat?
and last, but certainly not least...
Hello, Red Fox

Hello, Red Fox was a fascinating book for the kids....can't really count how many times this book has been handled and "tested"...
it is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's color theory
(which by the way was to him his most important achievement)
which is interesting to me considering the fact that he is known as a great German poet, a novelist and a philosopher..
.but I have to wonder if it is because of the length of time of his study (more than 20 years) and scientific research on color. 
Anyway...in his color theory, he determined that there were three primary colors
 ~ RED, BLUE and YELLOW ~
and that each color had an opposite, or complementary color. 
This story is an excellent example of those complementary colors with a touch of "magic" involved in the teaching.  LOVE it!

Eric Carle captivates children and their Mommas in his story Hello, Red Fox as he invites us to "see" by simply looking a little longer...

A message all in itself...take the time to look a little longer...and who is it that teaches this???
The child to the mother...
BEAUTIFUL! 
I learn the most important lessons from my kids!
Little Frog introduces his Mama Frog to each of his friends in this fascinating little story...
what an adventure as page after page, Little Frog teaches Mama Frog the beauty and marvel in taking enough time to really look and to see...

Even though this is just a short little story book it is not a book to fly through, as your kiddos will truly want to wait and "see" the magic that appears before their very eyes. 

i love the magic i feel from my kid...so happy to be a Mom!  Lucky, lucky me...  :0)