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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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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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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. 

Clifford day!!

Today we celebrated one of my daughters favorite characters, Clifford. Everything was last minute, I stayed up till midnight creating everything.

I started off making Cliffords paw prints, and had them lead her to the table. On the table I put Clifford books and dog bone cut outs. Plus a drawing I made.

We then created Cliffords dog house. I let my daughter pick out the colors she wanted to make it. We then made Cliffords ears from construction paper. As a snack I made puppy chow with store brand chex, pretzel twists, and dried fruit. I put it in a dog dish. My daughter got a kick out of it.

We also played two games; find the bones, and paw jump, where she jumped from paw to paw. The last thing we did was make a handprint Clifford. Please ignore my horrible art work haha.

Today was a lot of fun. I asked my daughter what theme she wanted next, Jake and the Neverland pirates was her answer. I guess that means I am on the hunt for Jake party ideas.

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Tinkerbell Day

I decided since my daughter was on a Tinkerbell kick that I would have a Tinkerbell day with her.  While she was passed out cold the night before in my bed, i snuck a Tinkerbell pillow case on her bed. When she woke up on the Tinkerbell pillow the next morning she was so excited, and kept shouting Tinkerbell Tinkerbell.

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The day before we worked on making Pixie Hollow. I stapled blue paper for the background, and cut slices in green paper for the grass. Then printed out some fairies, colored them, and stuck them on the board. I made a sun, clouds, and flowers all out of construction paper.

Before I went to bed the night before, i also set up the living room. I cut out wings, and made Fairy crowns. In the bucket I put glitter glue so we could decorate the wings. I also made a box of Pixie Dust, by cutting up the extra scraps of paper i had from making the pixie hollow background.

I put her hair up the best I could to make her have “Tinkerbell” hair. We all wore Tinkerbell shirts, mine was a little snug since I haven’t worn it since college haha.

She loved walking into the living room in the morning  with everything all set up. We had a simple breakfast, and then began to decorate our fairy wings.

 

As you can see my cat wanted to join in the fun too.

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We also thought it would be appropriate if we watched some Tinkerbell movies. We literally had them on all day non-stop. Even my two-month old stopped to watch the movie.

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Then I told her that we need to throw the pixie dust over us so that we could fly too. She loved this idea and after I showed her how to throw it in the air, she was running around the room, saying “I can fly” and “Pixie Dust”.  IMG_20140806_124233032

 

IMG_20140806_131556337 IMG_20140806_150537708As you can see, I had a pretty big mess to clean up afterwards. My carpet had pieces of paper all over. Honestly I didn’t care, it wasn’t sparkles, and came up really easy with the vacuum. After we had some fun with pixie dust, we had lunch in Pixie Hollow. I didn’t do anything special with the lunch, just something simple. Of course while we ate lunch we continued to watch Tinkerbell. After lunch we sat down for some cupcakes. I had her color some printable Tinkerbell coloring pages, and we made some more wings.

I didn’t make much for this day food wise, since Lilo and Stitch day was such a disaster with food and I spent most of my day in the kitchen cleaning. I wanted this day to be more than me doing dishes. So we made it simple, and fun.

For next week my plan is to have a Cinderella day. I haven’t told her yet and I don’t plan to. I have to somehow make a background with the castle without her seeing. We will see how that goes.

I hope you all have enjoyed reading my BLOG. Most of my ideas are simple, and not extravagant. My goal is to show the other parents out there that even if what you did isn’t fancy and expensive, it doesn’t really matter they still enjoy and appreciate what you do for them.

 

Princess Ice Cream Picnic

I am always trying to think of something to do on a rainy day. I go searching on the web to find something fun and exciting. I finally came up with an ice cream picnic. Then thought maybe there should be a theme, so I looked around; my daughter was already in her princess dress, we were watching Cinderella, and we always have to have picnics on her princess blanket… A Princess ice cream picnic was perfect.

So I gathered some toppings; sprinkles, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and bananas. I set it all out on a tray and put it on the princess blanket. I even threw on a pretty robe that I used as a princess dress. We sat on the blanket and prepared our ice cream , all while watching Cinderella. What a perfect way to end a rainy day.

 

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