Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine's Week Wrap-Up

This was a crazy busy week, but we did manage to get school done every day. Miss M continues to make great progress in her reading and loves to work on it first every day. For math, she has been memorizing her doubles addition facts and working with the 100s board. She loves doing the activities where by coloring in certain numbers you reveal a design. This Valentine's heart one came from Lil' Country Kindergarten.  She has lots of these games available to download for free.


We had a math playdate with our home learner's group this week to celebrate National Gumdrop Day.  The kids made geometric shapes using gumdrops and toothpicks.  Miss M enjoyed doing this and built a castle tower with her items.  You can see more gumdrop creations over at Raising the Cameron Clan.



Baby B is working on his colors this week.  He enjoyed doing the felt board set that goes along with the story Elmer.  (We checked this storytelling kit out from our local library, but you can find it at Lakeshore.)


He also worked on a different color puzzle each day (there are 8 color puzzles in all).  Since Baby B has an expressive speech delay, we are ALL learning the different colors in American Sign Language along with him, which has been a lot of fun for the older kids.


We went to our friends' house for a Valentine's Day party, and their mom had a cute craft for the kids to make.  They made bird feeders using popcorn strung onto wire and then shaped into a heart.  Miss M did a few popcorn kernels, but was busy playing with her friends so I ended up finishing it for her.  The birds loved the popcorn when we hung it at home.


Of course, we have also had lots of time to play this week.  Baby B found a mud puddle in the yard to explore.  He managed to get himself drenched, but I grabbed the camera for a quick photo before I took him to the bath.


I just love that little muddy face!


I am linking this to Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations.

7 comments:

  1. What adorable pictures! Kids have so much fun with Valentine's Day, don't they? I love the color in designs - this is something I've been thinking about creating but haven't had the time, so I'm off to check out the link!

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  2. I love your blog! My grandson is just getting ready to turn 2 next week so I love your activities. Just wondering - what is an expressive speech delay and how do you tell so young? My grandson only says a few words but we haven't gotten him evaluated. Thanks!

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  3. What a fun week! Your kids are super cute :).

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  4. Soo much fun!!!

    Popping in from the WWU.

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  5. Thank you! Brenda, your email isn't linked with your comment, so I hope you get my reply here. An expressive speech delay means he understands language much better than he can speak it, and he tries to communicate in other ways (in our case using sign). Baby B can understand and follow two-step commands but doesn't say any words other than Mama and Dada. He doesn't babble or use baby talk or try to say the words. He is a VERY quiet kid. If your daughter is concerned she can talk with her pediatrician and get a referral for a speech evaluation, which is what we did.

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  6. Thank you so much for including a link to the 100's chart activities on my blog! I love seeing pictures of them in use! Your children are adorable!

    Blessings,
    Marlana
    Lil' Country Kindergarten

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  7. So much fun! Love the gum drop creations.

    Popping in from pre-k corner.

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