Thursday, January 20, 2011

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - We Know Exactly what You Are

Yesterday, Luke, Nina and I were tracing cookie cutters stars onto yellow card stock and cutting them out when the kids started to spontaneously sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  After a round or two, Luke paused to say, "Mommy, it's a strange song.  We know what stars are."  When I asked him what, he said, "Gas."  I smiled and, then, asked him if we should come up with a new version of the song.  Before long, we were singing:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
 I know exactly what you are:
A ball of gas up in the sky,
reflecting light into my eye .
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
I know exactly what you are.

A Gift of Gracias: The Legend of AltagraciaMy heart glowed with gratitude.  To have the time to be present with my children, following their lead from reading a favorite late January story, A Gift of Gracias, to making stars to catch on blankets (as happens at one point in the story), to realizing their growing understanding of the universe while enjoying song and fine-motor skill work was a true delight.  Giggling and laughing while tossing and catching the stars in blankets afterward was fun, too.

Simple moments.  Spontaneous activities, song and conversation.  Twinkling eyes and smiles.  These are gifts of parenting and homeschooling I am so grateful for.  

What are you thankful for today?  Share at Thankful Thursdays at Spiritually Unequal Marriage.


gemini said...

Time for the family, the kids are the most important element in living. These moments are going to be cherished by them. God's blessings be with you and the days to come. Happy TT.

Harter said...

I love it! I always wondered about that line in the song. Great rewording!

Lois of said...

Hi there,
saying hello from TT!

the all-around mom said...

Moments with our children are really blessings and something to be really thankful for. :)

Thanks for dropping by and for the greeting! :)

Nana Jul said...

Oh I love your new Twinkle twinkle little star song! What a smart little guy your son is. That just makes me smile!
Thanks for stopping by to say hi.
Happy TT.

genny said...

you made me sing that song. your kids are to have a mother like you. thanks for dropping by at my blog. happy TT!

Kathryn said...

I LOVE this post! It gives me such encouragement and joy to think of training my own children at home. So often I become weary and worried about homeschooling, but its posts like these that assure me I can do it... and that I can love doing it too!


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