Today I learned...
~ How awesome authors can be. Nicholas decided to write to one of the author's of a book he just finished reading, Silver Dragon Codex. She, the fabulous Ree Soesbee, responded within hours. How cool, and gratifying, is that?
~ How valuable self-care is. After a month (or perhaps more) of living with a stiff neck, and years since a massage, I finally took some time and booked myself in for one. All the kinks aren't quite out yet, but I haven't had this range of motion for a while.
~ That my two-year-old wants to read to me! Astrin pulled out a fairy book Jaelyn brought home from the library, opened it up to show me the pictures and words, and told me about how the fairies and "man" (Jack Frost) were mad. Yes, everyone in that story was mad, even if they were smiling. So cute.
~ Where Chris had hidden all the board games so that Astrin won't pull them out and toss all the pieces around the living room.
~ That Jaelyn has gotten really good at math. I mean really good. She shared her strategy for subtracting in her head, which, if I understood correctly, means getting one of the numbers to ten, and then subtracting from 10. I remember having a similar conversation with Nicholas when he was in grade one, and it made my head spin. And I do like numbers, really.
~ That it can be difficult to find simple answers to some questions, like "what is alum" as we embark on a science experiment to create our own crystals. I'm disappointed that I can't explain why mixing alum and water makes crystals. It might be one of those questions that gets passed Papa's way. But I could regurgitate all it's uses, from cleaning water to making bread "whiter" and pickles crisper. The next time I bite into a crisp store-bought pickle, I'll wonder if I'm eating crystals!
~ Where I might go to find more answers to the question, "what do I do with this toddler while I try to focus on the other two children's work?" Check out Christopherus Homeschool Resources' conversation board. Check out topic #3.