Sunday, September 16, 2012

Do Gators Like Green Peppers?

I sometimes get caught up in the lure of kids activities.  We go to a gym for kids, a music class, story time, museums, and any other thing that sounds amazing in our local Mommy Magazine.  And yet, our best days are the ones spent at home without any plans at all.

My oldest son woke up after his nap and asked to snuggle in our bed.  Even though I needed to fold 4 loads of laundry, I knew snuggling was more important.  We sat in the bedroom and he started asking why flowers make you sneeze.  (He’s been watching a show where the elephant is allergic to pollen.  Who says TV can’t help teach kids?)  We were talking about why flowers have pollen and he said, “Hey, Mommy, let’s go outside to look at flowers and check it out!”  

I was so excited to hear that he initiated a learning opportunity and told me how he wanted to learn about it.  Then I realized I didn’t remember anything about how flowers pollinate.  Something about bees, right?  I grabbed the iPad on our way out and Googled it.  I found this little image and 2nd
grade science came back to me. 

We checked out these flowers and identified all the parts then headed outside to find more.

Instead of more flowers, he found a few green peppers that had fallen off the vine and started throwing them in the lake the "feed the alligators some dinner."  He then started asking if alligators like green peppers.  That led to a whole conversation about what gators like to eat. 

As we talked he wandered over to a pile of rocks. I've been cleaning out a planting bed and I thought the rocks might be fun for him. He started digging and building a house with the rocks. He was so immersed in his work that he didn't even realize I was taking pictures of him.

As I watched him I thought, this is what my son needs.  He needs to explore the world we live in, ask any question that comes to his mind and know that no matter what we will work to find the answer together.  

How do you let learning happen at your house?  I would love to hear some of your favorite questions from your children.  

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