Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fairy Ballerina

The Boyscout was gone for ten days at scout camp, and so while he was gone Miss M took a fairy ballet camp.  They ended the final day with a performance of the dance they learned. 

Just one of those fun summer memories I want to remember!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Loom Weaving

Miss M is at the age where she is starting to want to do more handicrafts.  One of the crafts I have had on her list is to do some weaving. 

It has been 108 degrees the last few days, so I thought it was a great time for exploring this technique. I started her out using a simple square plastic loom and some fabric loops that I purchased at the craft store.  Once shown the steps, she was able to do this project all on her own.

She loved weaving and has made three different woven piece so far, and is asking to do more.  She has also started to experiment with patterns, doing one piece in a rainbow weave and another in alternating pinks and purples.  This was a great way to introduce her to weaving and I know we will be doing more this year

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Bug's Been Busy

I haven't done a Tot School post for The Bug in a while, but he has been busy learning.  While the majority of our time is spent doing speech-related activities, we have also begun to explore some other early learning activities.  One of his favorite things right now is to use our math manipulatives during his "school" time.  The pattern blocks are a big favorite, both building his own patterns and matching the pre-done cards.

Another favorite is our unifix cubes. He often asks to get them out. We use these to talk about colors, to do simple counting to five, and to build towers.

The other day he decided he was old enough to join Miss M and Mommy doing Yoga. (We like the YogaKids videos, particularly this one.)  Can you tell which pose he is doing?

We will begin a more planned Tot School time the first week of August.  I will be doing weekly themes similar to what I did with Miss M at this age, and I will share our plans for The Bug soon. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Is It A Living Thing?

This week Miss M was very excited to start our science for this year.  She will be studying plants, animals and the human body using R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Life.  I was attracted to this program in part due to the large number of experiments in the program, and we started right off the first week with a lab assignment.  We learned that all living things are made up of cells, but that since cells are too small to  see, we use eight characteristics to determine if something is living. 

For our lab we studied a rock, a bike, a plant and The Bug to determine if each was a living thing or not.  (Who doesn't love a lab that involves your baby brother as a specimen?)  Miss M knew before we began which things were living or not, but this was a great introduction to a lab process.  She had to make her hypothesis ahead of time, observe each item according to the eight characteristics, record her data on her lab sheet, and check the results against her initial hypothesis.

Good news for everyone, The Bug is a living thing!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Clothespin Fairies

Yesterday, while The Bug napped, Miss M and I made clothespin fairies. I bought this craft kit months ago, but you could easily do these on your own. The round clothespins are usually easy to find at the craft store. After that, we used yarn, pipe cleaners, tissue paper, paint, foam for the wings and glue.

First, we painted the clothespins. Once that dried, we drew faces on using Sharpie markers. Yarn was knotted together and glued for the hair. Pipe cleaner arms and foam wings were also glued on. Finally, we accordion-folded tissue paper to make the skirts.

Miss M had been playing with her fairies ever since.

 She is asking for some pink and blue ones next, so I see another craft day in our future.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Lazy Summer Days

We have been busy enjoying the hot summer days for the last week.  Musical Theater is over and we have a break before any more summer programs start.  I am busy planning our upcoming vacation, putting the finishing touches on school plans, and dragging The Boyscout through a reading of Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. 

Miss M has been doing a flurry of drawing and writing lately.  I love to take a look at her table and see the dozen or so papers she has stacked up at any one time.  This  morning I found this rendition of her favorite book: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.  I took the photo next to the book cover for comparison purposes.

Later, she asked how to draw a horse, so I got out our copy of Draw Write Now for the farm.  She was able to follow the directions and was ecstatic with her results, so I expect to see more horses in her stack soon.

Tonight while I was making dinner, Miss M and The Bug came through the kitchen like this.  Apparently he was her puppy dog and she was walking him.  She knows better than to tie anything around her brother, so he was holding his "leash" in his mouth.

A few minutes later they came through again, only The Bug was leading his sister around that time.  These two can always make me smile!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Breakfast Picnic

It has been a busy weekend, with both Miss M and The Boyscout having play performances every day since Friday.  Their final performance is tomorrow, and they have both done such a fantastic job! 

As a way to relax, we took the kids to the lake for a breakfast picnic on Saturday.  It was already over 90 degrees at nine in the morning!

We topped the morning off with a quick splash in the water before heading home.