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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The Story of the Mean King
I try here to capture something of the picture book that Ellie made today and the way she tells the story it conveys, though each telling is somewhat different, so this is just one snapshot of a developing tradition.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Ellie and I had lots of fun making a crayon and tape craft this afternoon -- one each for her and Isla.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Sink or Float
Ellie needed to know whether broccoli sinks or floats, so it was time to introduce the scientific method, complete with formulating a hypothesis, running experiments, and doing analysis. Upon discovering that it sinks, we wondered if cooked and raw broccoli acted differently. Sure enough!
Meanwhile, Crystal has decided to see how small she can knit as she made a lovely, tiny doll to adorn the walnut shells that Izaak collected for us on his way to the office.
We've also discovered that Isla can open her mouth very wide!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
What better pot to cook pumpkins soup in than the pumpkin? Crystal and the girls sure know how to turn a regular ol' Saturday into a unique experience...and a tasty one, too!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Ellie is really enjoying German kindergarten. It's more akin to preschool than what Americans think of as kindergarten -- mostly free-play time as a socialization environment for 3-6 year olds. But more than that, it's a place where Ellie can learn how to navigate this German-speaking world we now inhabit.
I knew language acquisition worked differently for little girls than for me, with my hours of intensive language study, but I didn't really understand the magnitude of the difference.
Ellie came home today saying that the children sat in a circle at kindergarten and passed around a stuffed animal, with each child saying something about it before passing it along. Ellie reported, "When it came to me, I said something in German!" "What did you say?" her parents excitedly inquired. "Well, I don't know...it was in German." Ah so.
Getting to Kindergarten in Style
The Up-And-Coming German Student