Songbirds ... a family blogs!

Songbirds ... a family blogs!

Mittwoch, 30. September 2009

A walk in the woods


We had a lovely autumn walk in the woods today. There is no better place for kids to form a relationship with nature and our world. Moving, exploring, playing, discovering, dreaming, feeling, smelling, hearing, jumping, running, laughing in the outdoors!









Unschooling Mama

Wenn Mama mit Unschooling anfängt...also bei sich selbst...dann passieren die tollsten Dinge. Plötzlich ist man überrascht, was so alles in einem steckt.
Es ist, als schaufele man sich selbst unter all dem Geröll der Beschulung und Erziehung und der Erwartungen hervor.
Es ist ein schönes Gefühl! :-) (Ich weiß, das schrieb ich in der Vergangenheit schonmal, aber es ist es wert, es 1000x zu wiederholen! *g*)

Letzte Nacht hatte ich Zeit, mich diesem freundlichen kleinen Kerl zu widmen:

Ich bin gespannt, wie er aussieht, wenn er fertig ist. Er wird ein verspätetes Geburtstagsgeschenk für meine Tante.


Und auch mit BabyBorns Hose geht es vorwärts.

Ich weiss nicht, wie spät es war, als ich ins Bett kam...aber wenn mir etwas Spaß macht, bemerke ich die Zeit garnicht und fühle mich auch nicht müde.
Heute morgen allerdings war es schweeeeeer aufzustehen, und ich brauchte eine starke Tasse hier von...

...um richtig wach zu werden. *gähn*

Sonntag, 27. September 2009

Deep thoughts of a little boy

Today on our way to the supermarket
Jamie: "Maybe all this isn't real. Maybe I am a crab just dreaming
that I am a human being."

Or before bedtime
Jamie: "Well, I have been there for a bit in the past, but not all the time. There was a time when I was absent. When I was gone."
Me: ???
Jamie: "I mean in your past I have been there a little bit. But not all
the time. I have also been somewhere else."
Me: "What do you mean? When in the past? Where were you when you weren't around?" (...thinking he meant a recent day or one day in the past, a specific event)
Jamie: "I don't know where I was. I was in your tummy at some point, but I don't know where I was before..."
(...now Mama realized that he meant that he has been with me for a relativly short time considering I have been around for quite a while - much longer than him anyway.)

...my little philosopher.

Free apples


What is this?

Answer: Soon-to-be-Apple-puree! :-)

Samstag, 26. September 2009

Of Wool And Birds


Whilst I am knitting he passes my wool-box and picks up a ball of wool which seemed to have caught his eye.
For a moment he turns it in his hands, thoughtfully. Feeling the softness, looking at the shape of the ball, imagination asking: 'What could this be?' 'What can I make out of this?'
He turns around and states: "Mama, this is a great tit (Kohlmeise)! It needs wings."
Thinking hard he comes up with the idea that my needles could be wings and eagerly he tries out.
But he's not content. Needles don't look OR flap like wings.
I find a scrap of black felt in the box and cut him a piece that remotely looks like wings. A tail follows. And...what about those buttons for eyes?
My little boy is excited and satisfied, and his small hands are carefully working and turning an old wool ball into a bird.
He smiles as we are sticking on the paper beak.

Off you fly! :-)

Donnerstag, 10. September 2009

Making things



My little boy comes up with different ideas every day. He wonders about how he could build this or create that. He loves using simple material like wood, fabric, wool, paper... to imitate the 'real' things.
Yesterday he constructed a tram route all the way from his room to the living room. Wool was the overhead catenary and some Duplo wheelers were connected to be the tram.
Looked and worked great (he threaded the wool through the front windows so that they were actually connected - like the real ones).

Sometimes his ideas just don't work out. It is e.g. impossible to make a hot air balloon out of paper - no matter how hard you try. (Or maybe we haven't tried it the right way...?)
But it doesn't matter if our experiments fail, his brain keeps working and will surely come up with the next idea. :-)

I do love simple plans of making a cardboard kite or a paper doll or folded little boxes. Those are the things that are fun and easy and make us all happy!
The kite on the pic above even flew - if we were running against the wind. :-)