Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I Spy

I Spy two buttons of orange and a green butterfly,
A young gent's name and I SPY .

I spy...the beginning of a new school year. Not the official beginning, of course. It's the "I wanted to start school early but couldn't because we had other plans" beginning of school. We're knocking out a few get-started tasks so that we can sink our teeth into our real first day. Well, as much as you can sink your teeth into wandering around the park and throwing sticks off of a bridge. We've voted on our school motto, started on the path to choosing independent studies, and begun our first project, an I Spy book. Each child chooses a scene, we all build it. I'll take pictures, and we'll each write our own rhymes for the pictures. One of the fine young gents suggested a picture with beads and letters, simple enough that we could whip it out today without a lot of planning and picture set-up. It was a relaxing way to spend the afternoon and there weren't many buttons and beads on the floor when we finished.

The fine young gents wanted I Spy books to read in bed, and a lovely lady was flipping through another while waiting for her sister to join her this evening. Success! Sometimes my suggestion can be the Kiss of Death to a project (or maybe just the Rolling Eyes of Do-We-Have-To?). Today the kids seemed to enjoy putting together the first of five sets, and we're all looking forward to setting up more elaborate scenes. I suspect that a fine young gent has plans that involve his blocks and many many Hot Wheels, as he kept showing me pictures of I Spy puzzles with cars and roads. That will be great fun. I can't wait to see what they each decide to build.

A couple I Spy games for kids online: I Spy, I Spy Animals


Irie said...

what a fun project!

I love what you told me earlier today, that the fine young gent who brainstormed the beads-and-letters I Spy scene wanted to reclaim his beads afterwards. Priceless. :)

Cristy said...

Oooh, this is the best idea EVER! Send us your pictures and riddles so we can solve them too. I will try to convince my kids to make some of their own. What you said about the "Kiss of Death" applies here too, so we will see.