This is my introduction to ABC’s and 123’s Learning Cooperative Summer Prize Picnic. I’m not in it for the prizes, but I’m in it because I think they are a wonderful site to share ideas for teaching kids and because I love reading about new ideas and sharing ones I’ve found:
~About you & your family: We are a family of 5 – mom, dad, and three girls, 7, 5.5, and 4 and three furry friends (2 cats and a brand new puppy). I am 38 years old and have had 12 years of clinical laboratory experience in three different areas (microbiology, forensic DNA, and medical genetics). When my second child was 9 months old, I quit my last laboratory position to stay at home with my children. The two older girls go to public school, but I still love teaching my kids when they are home and they love learning with me so it’s working out great for all of us.
~How long have you been reading ABC & 123? About two months now.
~How did you come up with your blog title? Because I consider childhood to be full of wonder and exploration and excitement. I used to have science experiments on this blog, too, until I realized I had enough science things for it’s own spin-off. So I named this blog The Wonder Years, and created the science spin-off The Exploration Station (which includes experiments and nature study).
~What types of activities do you most enjoy doing with your children? They like to do math activities and science activities the most.
My favorite math posts:
My two older children are reading right now, so it’s just the littlest one who needs a little extra help with her alphabet, so we have fun alphabet activities to give her a little help with letter recognition and color recognition
~What is your favorite picnic activity and food? Favorite activity: for me- playing volleyball or frisbee, for the kids – playing tag or red light green light. Favorite food – fried chicken – bad for you…but oh, so tasty.
~What are your summer plans?
- see the Harry Potter exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
- visit the local arboretum and go on one of their Saturday Woodland hikes.
- visit again the living historical farm and Indian Camp again since our trip was cut short last year by a looming summer storm
- visit Starved Rock State Park with some beautiful walking trails and canyons
- berry picking again for blueberries and raspberries
- swim a lot at grandma’s pool
My oldest is planning on reading 100 books this summer and she’s going to a science summer day camp for 4 weeks.
All three of them will be performing a ballet recital in June.
And of course, continue to play and work on skills.