Then Chad came home from work and we were showing him our science project and I said, "Lets ask Daddy if he thinks stick bugs are herbivores or carnivores and we can tell him if he's right." Chad guessed herbivores and asked Lucy if that was right and she looked right at him and said, with her voice, "Yeah!" It was awesome! Lately she has been using her voice to answer yes and no, often in the form of "Ya" and "Nuh". I am thinking she could be somehow compensating with her voice since her head is proving to be unreliable right how and she is able to get sounds out and sometimes a word will just pop out. It is super exciting for all of us when that happens, especially Lu, who just beams with pride.
So, after our research and observations were over I asked Lu if she was ready to let her stick bug go back out into the wild. She said yes and Chad released it while we watched and told it goodbye. The next day we made a little poster of the facts we learned during our research and then Lu got to glue a pile of little twigs to the paper wherever she wanted to drop them to represent the stick bugs. She liked it and learned about stick bugs so it was educational. And it was unplanned. Nature presented us with an opportunity to learn and we took it. That's what I like about homeschooling. I still do plan some things every once in awhile, but I like to just go with the flow. And of course, Lu's only three so there's no big rush. I just especially enjoy spending the time quiet, one-one-one time with her and being able to figure out how we can adapt things so she can do things in her own way and have some freedom to create the way she wants to.