It’s a rainy day Sunday so I thought I’d try to catch up on our blog. After our busy week and the non-stop rain this weekend we are just hanging out at home today.

This past week was a busy one. Aidan and I went on a police station tour at the Joliet Police department. The officer who gave us the tour was the same person who did the safety talk for us a couple of weeks ago. The tour was interesting–we got to see the whole building, including the 911 dispatch area and some lock-up cells. The kids even got to walk through a metal detector (I gave Aidan our umbrella with some metal on it so the alarm would go off on him–he thought that was fun!).

Aidan also had two days of art this week. We also went for a three and a half hour nature day at Iron Oaks in Olympia Fields. It was a program specifically for homeschoolers that focused on insects. Aidan was with about eight other kids between 5-6 years old and we went hiking around the preserve through the prairie where we got to sweep the prairie area for bugs to then examine and observe and try to identify the different ones. We then went through the woodland forest to an area where we had to roll logs and look to see what lived under the logs and rocks. The kids also did a craft project on insects, learned a song, played some games, and read some books. It was a beautiful day to be outside enjoying nature!

On Friday we spent the afternoon at the Science and Industry Museum going through some of our favorite exhibits: the new farm exhibit, the space center, the sub tour, and the trains. We even got slimed while we were there! There was a hands-on demonstration for kids where they got to learn how to make slime (and help to make it). And I was excited to learn that the museum has a number of cool step-by-step science experiments listed on their web site that we can easily do at home (or with our homeschool group).

In addition to all our outings this week, Aidan also did a couple of episodes of Headsprouts (the reading program that we recently started), we visited one day with Grandma and played a few of our new math games with her, Mike and Aidan did some math and had some abacus fun, Aidan wrote a little (including a thank you card to the officer for the police tour), and we have been reading Little House on the Prairie (we just starting Monday and we are almost done with this 330+ page book). While he is sometimes resistant when he thinks he’s being “taught” something, after awhile the barriers break down and he starts inching his way over and covertly listening and absorbing information and it’s so neat seeing (and hearing) him get certain concepts in math. For instance, today he was using the information from the other day with Mike to count by 10’s and to do simply addition and subtraction and he was recognizing the patterns that exist within math–it was awesome!

Well, back to the rainy day and watching rain drops fall on the windows and listening to Elle Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.