Now I know my ABC’s

Another early morning BLOG entry, September is halfway through and school is officially in session, not only for us at home but for Monster who started half day pre k. What makes me even happier is that she comes home asking for mommy school. I planned out the first half of the school year, and extremely happy she wants to continue. Her teacher sent home a work sheet the first day of school that I had done with her that morning, and she also read them a story about school that I had planned on reading. Her calendar almost lines up perfectly with my lesson plans I had made. I think Banana is really starting to enjoy mommy tot school, she loves the sensory bins so far, and I have been brainstorming on all sorts of ideas for them.

We started last week with the letter A for Banana, the color red, circle for our shape, 1 for our number, and for Monster her sight word this week is were. Banana loves sensory bins so for our first week I made one with uncooked pasta shells and hid different colored letter A’s in the bin. We sorted each letter by color, and counted how many we had of each.

I started a fall countdown, and Monster and I played in our Apple Orchard pretend play today, and sorted colored apples. While Monster was in school Banana and I made an A is for Alligator craft, Monster and I had done a set of letter of the week crafts when she was two as well. I plan on saving Alanna’s too, and I am really hoping I get to do this with Little Man in the near future.

Week number 2 has gone smoothly, I haven’t gotten around to everything I wanted to do, it gets difficult with Banana’s ABA sessions, but we try to squeeze in what we can, don’t want to overwhelm her. This week I changed my mind last minute and we worked on B is for Body. I didn’t get to far into it being it was a last minute choice. We have so far read a few body books, and made a project where they glued pictures of eyes, nose, mouth, and ears on a face. I originally wanted to do B is for barn, so I had printed out barn printables with shapes on them so we could do a matching game. We also painted a letter B with a Q-tip. We wrapped up our day Wednesday with The Bee Movie, which I plan to do every Wednesday. I figure we could pick a movie that starts with the letter we are working on. It was a little over their head but banana was excited to see the Bee’s and ran around the room saying, Buzz.

The week is almost at a close, its Thursday and I have a sensory bin of beans the letter B and objects that begin with the letter B. I plan on adding some more time with our Apple Orchard pretend play. I plan on keeping it up until October where I will change it to a pumpkin farm. Our last two weeks of September will be mini themes of, C is for “Cowgirl” and D is for “Dinosaur”. I can’t wait to make mini pretend play bins for them to enjoy for both.

Also this months author of the month is Eric Carle, we made a Very Hungry Caterpillar craft.

I plan on writing another BLOG for the month of October for updates on what we are up to during my favorite month of the year. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I cannot wait to get started.

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Blast off

 

 

August has officially come and is almost gone, which means time to organize my thoughts for September. Monster is going to pre k for a few hours every day, but wants more “Mommy school”. I also plan on doing Letter of The Week with Banana. So I have been a bit scatter brained trying to come up with some lessons that aren’t too crazy. This is our last week of summer themes before we start our Back to School Theme. Next week I am dedicating my time to clean the house and organize before school starts and craziness begins.

 

The first week of August we went to the circus. I have to admit I had a lot of fun setting the whole thing up, from the wall decorations to the concession stand, it was exciting for me. On Monday I had the girls (with the fake money I made out of construction paper) Buy their tickets to the Circus. They bought popcorn and water as well. Then it was on with the show. They both gathered in the tent, while circus music played in the background. I had searched youtube for about a week just looking for circus videos for kids. Found a great cartoon that held their attention for the full ten minutes it was on. They sat in the tent ate popcorn and watched the show. None of us have ever been to one of those big circus shows that come around, so I joined in the fun and acted as if we were really there. Our week had many unexpected plans which happens in the summer time. We didn’t get to do all of the projects I had planned, and that was fine with me, I saved it all for another day. We made a popcorn craft, which I was going to use cotton balls for, but decided last minute to just use two cotton balls. The girls dipped them in yellow paint instead. I liked the way they turned out, even though I wanted the popping out effect, it still looked great. We also made Clowns with paper plates and pom poms. It was a fun week, I was sad to take down my decorations I had a blast making them, thankfully I can always do it again.

Camping was week number two, we started our week off roasting missing vowel and ABC marshmallows. I saw the idea on Pinterest and was excited to have fresh ink for my printer to print out pictures of marshmallows. We played the game throughout the week, the girls enjoyed it. I left out the fake candles we used for the fire so they could play, but half way through the week I had to put away the candles, Banana decided she would eat the candle… Our craft for the week was making tents out of craft sticks, I was very proud of Banana and how well she did with the paint. We didn’t try to eat it, and we didn’t get it on our clothes. We had an outdoor camping scavenger hunt where we looked for things we might see if we were camping. Monster had a blast looking for bugs with the magnifying glass. I had planned on a big sleepover in the tent in our living room, but banana was not ready for that. She would not sit still, and the tent got very warm with us inside. So we read our nighttime books, I shut off the lights and made a fake campfire with the help of youtube, and the fake candles. We had s’more ice cream; Vanilla ice cream, melted chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. It was a fun week, hopefully next year we can camp out in the tent.

 

I had planned on making a rocket ship out of cardboard, but Monster insisted we use the tent, so for week three we blasted off into space in our tent. Our first mission was to the moon, but before my mini astronauts were able to take off they had to complete a training course. We read a book about blasting into space, followed by a discussion on Astronauts. We made a chart stating what they can do, in which Monster told me they can go to the moon. What they have: space helmets, and what they are: she said boys, and girls. Then they had to complete a physical training course. We went through a tunnel, did jumping jacks, and they walked on a line of construction paper like a balance beam. Once they passed the test they were given badges, and afterwards we set off into space. When we got to space we headed to the moon, and once we landed we played with some “moon sand” aka kinetic sand. When we got back from the moon the girls checked out some items we brought home from space in our sensory box. We made two projects for space week, one included a footprint rocket ship, and then we made planets. I cut circles from paper plates and put the circles in a sandwich bag with paint and had them mush it around, little man even got involved and had a tummy time painting session. We still have a few more things that we didn’t get to, and that’s okay because for the next two weeks I will be prepping for the school year so there is plenty of time to go back to the things we missed.

For my next BLOG I will write about my back to school week, and the back to school party I plan on having for Monster. I found a cute idea on pinterest (the most addicting site on the planet) lol. Below you can check out the pictures from our adventures this past month.

 

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Another early morning here in my house has given me the motivation to write a new BLOG entry. It’s been about two years maybe since the last, and we have done so much and have come so far. My previous computer bit the dust, and writing entries on my phone was a disaster, and I would always end up losing my whole entry. Now I am back in action with a new computer, and an additional child. Three kids four and under has definitely been a challenge. Right now my little man; out newest addition is having his usual early morning grump fest, as I sit here and hope that my two year old Banana stays asleep in her crib for another few hours, and also hoping my oldest Monster doesn’t roll off my bed, since I jumped ship into the living room.

Now to get onto the good stuff, as you know my BLOG features the fun little adventures we have while doing our now titled “School Days”. Although Monster will be starting pre K in the fall, its free I’ll take it, she told me “Mommy when I get home from school, we will do Mommy school at Mommy’s house.” Okay kid, fine with me, so now I sit here during day time feeds and night time feeds pinning every resource I can find, and hand writing in a notebook (old school I know) a fun and easy curriculum that maybe I can pass down to Banana and Little Man. Although Banana is currently going through ABA after being diagnosed mildly autistic, I still plan on using our free time to do some fun little activities on our own. Plus I now have little man, and have been researching fun things for him as well. Between that and trying to keep up with house work and playing it has been hectic but enjoyable.  Currently I am working on the new school year, trying to rewind back to letter of the week for Banana, while adding in some pre k lessons for Monster. I have September through December outlined and just finished September’s full lesson plans.

To catch you up on some of the things we have done, this past school year we did a whole slew of themes, from outer space to our recent “trips” to Italy and Ponyville (you know where the My Little Pony’s live) it’s been a busy adventure. My goal for this BLOG is to start slowly getting back into writing about our learning adventures, in hopes that I can inspire someone to maybe to do the same with their little’s. Please ignore my terrible grammar, it’ not my thing hah, I think I need to hire an editor, ha.

So here are some of the activities we have recently done, I plan on really starting to BLOG in August when we start our new themes. This month we traveled the world, we learned a little about America, Africa, Italy, Japan, and this week Hawaii.  I am going to throw some pictures of our traveling through July month in this BLOG. For now it’s time for me to try to squeeze some me time in with a little Sailor Moon, or maybe some extra sleep. Yawn. Hope you enjoy! Look out for my next BLOG coming in August.

 

-Messy Mommy

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In Ponyville

We Wish you a Merry Grinchmas

Its nice to finally sit down and write an entry, although I know in a few minutes I will either have a crying baby, or a grumpy toddler, so I have to make it quick. Cheerio the elf has been with us for over a week now, she hasn’t done anything too crazy. I am lucky enough where my daughter doesn’t expect big crazy things yet thankfully, because after bed time I am just too tired. The other night when Cheerio brought Grinchmas to us I was up till 1am helping that elf create a cute little Grinch day for my daughter.

My post is mainly to share our first holiday theme day with you, Grinchmas didn’t go as good as I had planned, maybe two is too young to really enjoy the Grinch, but we tried.

She woke up that morning to Cheerio sitting on our “fire place”, with a newly purchased Grinch book, the Grinch, and a cute little poster I had made to decorate later on in the day. She was excited about the book, but as soon as I tried to read it to her she lost interest, I think maybe its just too long of a book. Once I was finished, we had breakfast and I made Santa hats with bananas, strawberries, and cream. I was going to add grapes but for almost $4 a lb, Cheerio and Santa could not afford grapes to make the Grinch.

Afterwards we made Grinch hand prints, which went on the little sign I had made, which is still hanging above my “fire place”. Then it was time to start baking cookies, which of course was an all day project, and trying to get a two year old not to touch anything after touching the dough was fun too.

While we waited for the cookies to bake, I decided now was a good time to watch the Grinch, and it definitely worked out better because dinner took longer than expected.

Speaking of dinner, I found a recipe for Who Hash, and it tasted pretty good. Reminded me of breakfast. I made it with Potatoes, ham, peas, carrots, and onions. Turned out yummy, but a lot of work and by the time we sat down to eat it was almost 8pm.

It was a simple day, and I think she had fun.

My next planned day is on Friday, and we are doing Frosty. I have some fun ideas in mind which includes making homemade donuts.

Before I end my entry, here are some pictures from our Grinch day, hope you enjoy.

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Cheerios Return

Its been too long since I’ve written a BLOG, life got in the way. I hope to write more especially with the holidays approaching, and now that our friend Cheerio the elf is visiting, hopefully my creativity will pick up.

After a few weeks of searching for a way for Cheerio to appear, I decided a North Pole breakfast was perfect. I had written down all these ideas I was going to make a smörgåsbord of food. So the day arrived quickly, and both my daughter and I got sick. Thanksgiving night we both ended up with a cold.

I figured I’d postpone one night and I’d feel much better the next day. Didn’t feel much better, but was too excited to keep miss cheerio away any longer.

Late last night she came, made a mess of my dining room table, and wrapped my daughters present all before hoping into a Santa cup and took a cotton ball bath.

Early this morning my daughter woke up to paper snowflakes lining the hallway, and a cute little set up at the table. It wasn’t as immaculate as the ones on pintrest, and I didn’t go all out and bake the night away… But she did have a Christmas tree and a snowman pancake.

She was also excited to open up her present from Santa and Cheerio.

All in all I’d say it was a successful North Pole breakfast, without all the fancy pinterest ideas.

Here are some pics from the morning, as well as Cheerios zip lining adventure for tomorrow.

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Letter of The Week

So I have really been slacking over here. Still trying to catch up on life, with two kids and a messy house it makes it harder. Figured I’d write an update on what me and my daughter have been up to with our, “school days”.

I have started doing letters of the week with her. Its something i don’t really have to do. By the time she was one and a half she was already recognizing letters. She knows all her letters, but now I am trying to teach her some words that Start with those letters.

Each week I write the letter of the week on our dry erase board. I write the capital letter and lowercase. The one thing she is still learning is the difference between the two. I figured doing this would be the perfect way to help her.

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Each day we read a book, and I think of several projects that start with the letter of the week. We also play games and do other activities; like counting, and sorting to expand our learning beyond the letters.

We also take words like; Apple, airplane, acorn.. Etc, and place them around the dry erase board. Whatever letter we are on, each word that goes up starts with that letter.

For ” A” week, we did; Apple,Acorn,Alligator, AirplaneAirplane, and Ant. Throughout the week we either made a project or read a story based on these words.

For apple we read a few books that were about apples. And the ones we read had to do with baking things with apples in them.

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We also through the week made a letter A that looked like an apple.

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To catch up on what we have done, I will post the pictures here of last week, which was the letter “B”. This week we are doing the letter ” C”, but also working on lessons about fall. That I will post in my next blog. For now here are some of the activities we did for the letter, ” B”.

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Learning Together

Life has been hectic with my two girls recently, haven’t even posted our Cinderella day yet. I think that was my daughters favorite theme day yet. I have so many pictures from that day, and I plan on writing about it soon. 

For today here is a small idea of something to do with kids who don’t go to school yet, but are wanting to learn. I have searched many BLOGs for ideas, and we have created our own “school days”. I have a lot of planned projects, and other activities to teach my daughter things in a fun way. She was really excited for our ” segool” days. Haha. I love the way they pronounce words at this age. 

For our first day we started a calendar with a weather chart and a season chart. We also have been singing the days of the week song, to the tune of the Adams family song. IMG_20140902_101816628

After we fill in the calendar for the day, we read a book that goes with our theme of the week. This week we are doing “about me” and “feelings”. So today we read, Today I Feel Silly; by Jamie Lee Curtis. 

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After we read it I made feeling puppets and we sang, “if your happy and you know it”, using mad, sad,happy,and scared. I was shocked that she knew what each emotion was. 

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We also did a simple about me project and I had cut out each letter of her name, and took a picture of her signing the letter. We are big Signing Time fans. I also had her lay down on paper, and I traced her. She colored in her hair, and clothes and drew her face. She did pretty good.for being two. 

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The last thing we did just for fun was made some fall decorations, and put them up on the window. 

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She had fun making projects and learning new things. I had fun learning new songs, and fun ways to teach her. I also have a theme day planned, so hopefully that will happen soon.