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It’s a snail kind of day

Yesterday was a typical spring day, rain, hail then sunshine.  When it was sunny out I grabbed the kids’ boots and they ran outside.  Our kids love exploring and finding new and exciting things.  My kids, like most, love finding bugs.  Since we homeschool I look at this as a wonderful opportunity to teach them things.  Today was the day Miss. K and Mr. H found snails.  They were so excited to find about 9 snails.

They loved naming each one and really looking at the difference in size and differences in their shells. Miss. K put 5 of the snails back and then mothered the rest. Miss. K decided that the biggest snail was the mother of the other snails. She named the mom, Amanda. The others were, Lauren, Emily, Lorena.

The snails even did math with her and they ate lunch next to all of the kids.  Mr. A even enjoyed watching the snails.

A rainy and sunny day is a wonderful time to get out and find snails and slugs. And it’s a great day spent learning.

What do your kids love to find?

It’s dandelion season

It’s springtime and that means so many things to everyone.  It means gardening, sunshine, longer days, riding bikes and flowering trees.  But to my kids, it’s dandelion season. It started with Miss. K, she always loved Spring and Summer because that meant picking lots of flowers.  Then when Mr. H came along she got him into it.  Now the second Spring comes they both know it’s flower picking time.  And their faces light up and their voices start shouting with excitement when they see those little yellow flowers.

Many people look at these “flowers” and just see a weed that is growing in their lawn.  But if you look a little closer, I can see the beauty that my kids  can appreciate.

I know these days are limited as picking a simple dandelion will not bring them joy forever but I will enjoy their smiles in this moment. I will enjoy their excitement. I will enjoy the bouquets they bring me and display them proudly. Because these moments are the moments you will look back on and smile.

What is your favorite Spring moment with your kids?