Each month we are learning about a different community helper. We had a great time this past month learning all about Librarians and Libraries.
Our first field trip was to our local library. We are regulars here, coming at least once a week if not twice.
We received a private tour; Eden learned there is a lot more than just books in a library. Her new favorite is the kids magazines.
She also learned that she could check-out movies, music, and audio books.
Eden even did a short interview with the librarian.
One of my goals for our first year of homeschooling was to grow a love of reading.
It is important to me that our kids see us reading, and I have made it a new personal goal to read more often.
At home we recreated a library in our living room. We already had a good selection of children’s books on our living room shelves; so we only had to bring in a few small tables, shelves, and props, move the living room around, and add library signage and we had a working library.
We had lots of fun taking turns picking out books, checking them out, reading each one and then returning them at the drop off. Eli even got the hang of it, but Eden preferred to play while he was napping as she likes the quiet cuddle reading of just her and me.
We finished up the month with our first trip to the Magic House in Saint Louis, Missouri. Their current exhibit is based on the Magic Tree House book series.
Here we were able to jump into the one of three books and travel back in time with Jack and Annie (the main characters).
“In each book” we got to experience the events of that time period. The costumes and activities made it feel like we really traveled back in time.
We have not read any of the books in this series but have one waiting for us to start tomorrow. Maybe once we have read these three stories we will make a trip back to the Magic House and try these activities again to help reinforce the idea that books can really take us anywhere.