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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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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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