Tuesday, February 28, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Themed Sensory Bin

J decided to make Baby B a sensory bin this weekend.  We took a trip to the Dollar Store and he selected the items himself and then put it all together.  He died rice two different shades of green

and added green beads, glass marbles, silver and green shamrock confetti, large foam shamrocks,

a light-up shamrock  necklace

and green, gold and purple coins.

 He used three small leprechaun hats as the scoops.  (After trying one on first.)

I think it looks great and Baby B will be enjoying it for some time. 

This is one of the things I really love - when the older kids take an interest in teaching the younger ones.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Lent Begins

Miss M and I spent our school time on Tuesday working hard to make a countdown calendar for Lent.  We decided to make a sheep shape, and our plan is to read a Bible verse every evening at dinner and then mark off the appropriate square by gluing on a piece of crepe paper.  At the end of Lent, our sheep will be completely white.

For math one day, I pulled out our pattern blocks and challenged Miss M to make some more complex patterns. She actually really enjoyed this.

We had some fantastic weather this week (80 degrees one day) and all the kids had fun playing outside.  When J was a little boy, he always used to bring me dandelions from the yard and I have a picture just like this of him at about 4.  Doesn't he look so happy with my request to recreate the pose?

My favorite photos of the week were these ones of Baby B. He was making funny faces at the camera and I caught a few expressions we see all the time!

(His eyes are closed on purpose - this is his new favorite thing to do every time I pull the camera out lately!)

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

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Froggy's First Kiss

We had our monthly book club today at our home learner's group.  We read Froggy's First Kiss by Jonathan London.  Froggy is one of our favorite book characters, so Miss M and Baby B were very happy to listen to the story.

Then they did a cute paper plate frog craft.

Baby B didn't do the whole craft, but he did have fun coloring a paper plate.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Last Salute to Winter

The weather outside is definitely making us think Spring, but inside we spent one last day on Winter.   We had a snowman-themed play date today.  First, we made the kids into snowmen using a roll of toilet paper and a hat, scarf, mittens and buttons.

Then, Miss M did a craft using poly-fil to make her snowman.

 Baby B wasn't so much into the snowmen, but he did work with tongs for the first time today.  This pair is very hard to use, and I was pleased to see he kept trying until he was able to get them closed.

Now that we gave Winter one last hurray, we can focus on Lent and Easter!

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.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy 40th Birthday!

Today is my husband, Tony's, 40th birthday.  He didn't want us to make a big fuss about it, so we are just having a low-key family day to celebrate.  However, I couldn't let the day go by without mentioning it here.  

Happy Birthday to the best husband and father we could ever ask for.  We love you!

Today is also my brother's birthday, although not his 40th, so Happy Birthday Ian!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

stART: Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

It has been a while since we have done a stART project.  This week we have been reading Elmer by David McKee as part of Baby B's Tot School, and I wanted to do a related project. Both M and B are having a great time reading about the patchwork elephant, and J mentioned it was one of his favorite books when he was their age.

First, we cut the bottom off of a milk jug.  Ours was a little too square, one of the rounder ones with the handle all the way down would work best.

Miss M and Baby B started to apply a watered-down glue to the jug and then adding on squares of tissue paper in a patchwork pattern.

This was supposed to be a joint project, but Baby B got bored very early and went to play trains while Miss M finished the project.  She had a great time with this project, and took her time to make it look "just right".

I am linking this to stART over at A Mommy's Adventures.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

St. Brigid's Day

Yesterday, being the first of February, was the feast day for Saint Brigid of Ireland. St. Brigid is not only one of the patron saints of Ireland, but is also the patron saint of scholars. She was well-known for her works of charities and was a nun who founded several monasteries as well as a school of art that prepared many illuminated manuscripts including the famous Book of Kildare.

After we read about St. Brigid's life and reminded ourselves about Ireland, Miss M and I made St. Brigid crosses using pipe cleaners and the directions found over at Catholic Icing. These crosses (traditionally woven of straw) are made on St. Brigid's Day and hung in your home to protect you from fire and disease.

Miss M made hers out of Spring colors, while the one I made is the colors of the Irish flag.

May Brigid bless the house where you dwell,
Every fireside door and every wall;
Every heart that beats beneath its roof,
Every hand that toils to bring it joy,
Every foot that walks its portals through.
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.

Wordless Wednesday: A Favorite Spot

I love that this is one of Baby B's favorite places right now.

And I really love how she is always so happy!