Saturday, January 2, 2010

Thank Goodness for Library Cards!

The four of us just returned from a two hour trip to the library. I don’t think we have taken a family trip to the library since the girls were toddlers. I was on a mission: to supplement L’s curriculum. She needs Bible stories for Ancient History, non-fiction books about squirrels for her animal classification unit for science, a few good picture books to go with some math lessons from Marilyn Burns’ unit on place value and a few short books on cd for when we are on the go but still need to use the time for learning. Two hours and two stuffed tote bags later, I feel ready to delve into this adventure of learning at home.

Our library has three floors, the main for circulation, young adult and research, the third is children's and the lower is a quiet study area filled with young adult/adult non fiction books. After discovering three books about squirrels I neglected to add to my bag, I made a dash back to the third floor leaving my girls with my husband in the quiet area. I returned a few minutes later to the three of them sitting at a circular table surrounded by books. Each was reading silently. Because we are all so different, it can be a challenge to find one activity that is capable of pulling us in and holding our attention simultaneously. My husband looked at me and said it looks like we have begun a new Saturday morning tradition!

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