Stacey Loscalzo

Feb 22

Easy Literacy

by Stacey

I am going to choose to ignore the weather that we had yesterday- 6 more inches of snow- and focus on last week. On Friday, it was 60 degrees and all our snow boots were put away in favor of rain boots as rivers grew beside the sidewalks. Caroline and Katherine went on an ‘Adventurers Walk’ with a friend, collecting sticks, rocks and leaves from the giant puddles that had formed at the foot of our neighborhood driveways.

When we returned home, the girls set up a museum, charging $2 admission as the sign below reads “Pay $2 to come to our A.C. (Adventurer’s Club) Museum.” Each girl choose a surface and artistically displayed her treasures.

The whole afternoon reminded me of why children (and the adults in their lives) love spring and summer. Children (at least mine) are truly at their best out of doors. They thrive, grow and learn all with little or no effort. The fun is organic and happens without anyone blinking an eye.
I was also reminded of how easily children can incorporate reading and writing into their lives when simple materials are made available. When I heard the girl’s plans to create a museum I quietly placed paper, pencils and sidewalk chalk near them and they went to work. Talking, writing and reading naturally as part of their play. If anyone can think of a better way to learn, I’d love to hear it…

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