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Day 53 – Reading, Foraging, and Surviving

Today I realized that while I read a lot to the girls, and they read a lot to themselves, I don’t create many opportunities for them to read aloud to us or to each other. I asked them to each pick out a book they would like to read and whoever was not reading would listen.

Amelie chose Curious George–a book I received as a gift for my baby shower when I was pregnant with Sera. I never would have imagined this scene when I opened this gift nearly 10 years ago!

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Sera is (surprise, surprise) very much into anything “survival” related. She saved up and bought herself a tent, and she is also the owner of several books and tools related to surviving in the woods. So, maybe I *am* raising a completely feral daughter. Anyway, she decided to read out of her camping guide. She told us about building fires and tracking animals and gave us an introductory course to morse code.

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Later in the day we studied crabapples that the girls had collected themselves at Shelby Park. We had intended to make jam but realized we let them become overripe. All of this provided excellent learning material though, despite our failed attempt at creating something tasty out of our foraged finds.

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We read more Little Men together after lunch, and Sera and Amelie continued reading together about morse code and animal tracks. They spent a long time outside trying to identify tracks. We are in a pretty suburban area, so there are not too many wild animals to track, but they did identify cat tracks in the back yard:)

Subjects covered today: Reading, Literature, Nature

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