It's times like these I think to myself "how do people expect children not to learn?!" Every single day my daughter is asking me questions. Each of these questions is an opportunity to connect, to learn, to explore....you just have to take it and run.
Monday afternoon we met up with our friends in the town of Ashland, VA. We parked and crossed the train tracks that run down the middle of the main street, grabbed a bite to eat at a local restaurant, and waited for some trains to go by. After we finished eating we went next door to the library to play with the large assortment of wooden trains they have there and look for some books. Eventually we found our way to a small local park and it was when we were leaving that the topic of family relationships came up. Dani asked me about her friend's grandmother and then her own grandparents. I explained how each grandparent was related to her which led to her asking where her father's mother, Grandma Mary, lived.
My Mother-In-Law lives in West Fargo, ND. My husband was born and raised in the town of Cassleton which is about 20 miles outside Fargo. I told Dani about it and she wanted to know where "Koda" was (North Dakota) so I said we'd look when we got home. When we got inside, out came the road atlas and a large map of the world my aunt had handed down to us. Dani enjoyed asking me what all the countries were, looking at flags, and pointing to where all our family lived. :) When she pointed to a large blue-colored country and asked what it was I said "Greenland" and she replied "No, Mama! That's blue!" lol
The other hit of the day was cutting paper and making paper chains to decorate for Dani's upcoming 3rd birthday. She picked out pink, purple, orange, green, and blue for her paper chain.