I love this video because it makes me look like the best homeschooling mom ever. Of course, we paint at most perhaps once a month. And I claim no credit for Bella’s feat of memorization. I suppose this is unschooling at its best.
This morning the girls asked if they could paint. I opted for watercolors, because my tolerance for mess was at a low point today. While the girls were watercoloring, Isabella surprised my by beginning to recite some poems. We’ve been reading John Updike’s A Child’s Calendar quite a bit in the last week and it seems she’s memorized almost all of the book. (I should clarify that we’ve owned this book for years and this is just the latest stint of reading it over and over again. So it’s not like this was her first exposure to these poems.)
After she and I both got stuck, she ran and got the book and then she went through the whole thing month by month while I prompted her when she hesitated.
Of course, the camera didn’t turn on for some of the choicest parts, but I pieced together a few clips of the best of what I was able to capture. (While being interrupted by screaming, teething toddlers.)