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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Abigail's loves: Age 4

Abigail at 4 years old: 20 Questions

1. What is your favorite color? Purple

2. What is your favorite toy? Barbies

3. What is your favorite fruit? Bananas

4. What is your favorite tv show? Scooby Doo

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Peanut Butter and Jelly

6. What is your favorite outfit? A play dress and my running shoes

7. What is your favorite game? Backyardigans on my Leapster

8. What is your favorite snack? Scooby-doo bones (cinnamon graham cracker cookies)

9. What is your favorite animal? A cow

10. What is your favorite song? Itsy Bitsy Spider

11. What is your favorite book? I'm A Big Sister

12. Who is your best friend? Ava & Emily and my cousins Lily & Olivia

13. What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? play (what do you like to play) with our house (plastic toy house)

15. What is your favorite drink? Tea

16. What is your favorite holiday? Santa (You mean Christmas?) No... I mean Santa.

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Bella bear

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Blueberry Bagels

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Spaghetti & Hotdogs

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A choo-choo train master

" Mom, I need you to type all the things I say."
"I like playing with my cousins, and I love my grandma. And I like the moon. And I like my momma. And I love my brother, Brody. And I love Brody's new train set. And I love toys. And I like t.v."
"What do you like on t.v.?"
"Every movie."
"What else do you want me to type?"
"I love coloring. I want you to type huggin'. I want you to type crayons. And can you type pictures?"
"What kind of pictures?"
"I like that picture, of Lily and Trevor."
"So you like the pictures we hang up in frames, around the house?"
"Mmmm hmmm. And I love tapping (like tapping her feet). And I love music. And I love going inside my new tent."

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Since I'm a mean AWESOME MOM

Since I'm an awesome mom, I asked for a lot of educational gifts for the kids Christmas and birthday presents. And because kids are dumb, they have no idea how much they are learning while they are playing.

One of my favorite things from their lists, were dot markers and books to go with. We pulled them out a couple weeks ago, for the first time, and they LOVED them! My daughter uses these at phonics for 'writing' the letters of the day, but she was so excited to use them at HS for art time. I have been feeling like our art time has gotten a little stale (read: whatever I'm able to grab and put together in 2 minutes), so having these was a nice way to 'shake' things up a bit. SO fun!

Another other fun thing we got for christmas, was a lacing set. Another way to practice lacing is with beads & string. Or macaroni & pipe cleaners. The important thing for us, is changing up how we utilize the same concept and skills. Also how I approach it. For example:

Me: Hey, daughter, do you want to take some beads, and lace them on a string, and work on your fine motor?
Daughter: What's fine motor?


Me: Hey! Lets make a bracelet! 
Daughter: YEAY!!! 

See? Told ya kids are dumb.

We've also had a lot of fun with pattern blocks & boards, of which I asked for two different kinds since my kids are two different ages. For my younger one, I asked for the beginner set, and for my older one, a more advanced set. The beginner set has been great for shape & word recognition, since the boards are mostly common animals and scenes in our every day life (flower pot, duck, etc). The set for my daughter has also been a hit, though it requires some help, as the pieces move as you place them, since there are no grooves on the board (like the beginner set). Sometimes I think M&D make these "learning toys" to help parents practice their patients!

I saved my favorite learning toy for last, because I can not be more in love with this toy! The V Tech USA Explore & Learn Map is awesome.  One of the reasons I wanted to home school - aside from the obvious reason of the kids' benefit - was that I wanted to do a "Me on the Map" unit which I have read about on various blogs and teacher sites. One of the first things I picked for our class room, in fact, was our map quilt that we use for circle time (you can read about our classroom, here). There are so many awesome ways to use this map, and until we do our map unit, the kids have enjoyed playing with it in the living room during family time. Also, since their dad is a super nerd, I mean a Planner, he's enjoyed it as well.

Stay tuned for my winter themed activities, art projects, & book posts, coming soon to a blog near you. Make sure you've subscribed to the blog so it's easier to keep up with us!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Our Winter Sensory Box

With the holidays, family in town, and my daughter's birthday, the blog has taken a bit of a break over the last couple months! We, however, have not! Home school has been going great, and we are still keeping up with it all the time. Okay, fine, we took a couple weeks off in December, and maybe a day or two with the start of 2012... but that's it. I swear.

My last post was our October sensory box, so I thought I would start this one with our Winter sensory box, since the kids have been enjoying it for a while now! I had a lot of fun with this one. I usually start with a colored base of beans, or rocks, or something that they are able to "dig" through to find the other things I've placed in the box.

I didn't do that this time.

First, I wanted something that was big and white as the main piece in the box. I also wanted to introduce a texture we haven't had in our sensory box before. Luckily, I have three craft stores right in a row in my town, so I was able to find this awesome piece of faux fur! 

The other things I wanted to focus on were objects that belong in winter: animals, colors, etc. I looked through the books we had, and decided on penguins, snowmen, the color white, and SNOW! I was able to find some adorable little figurines that were the perfect size for the kids' little hands. I liked that the trees had 'snow' on them, and that they were pine trees (which stay green during cold weather, were as other plants do not!). I also got snowflakes; I found some that were made of felt and were flat, as well as plastic ones that are beads - both flat and three dimensional. The other purchase I made was a white craft feather that looks like it belongs on a flapper hat! The kids have enjoyed using this feather with different activities over the last month.

Wintery white beads & a little tree with 'snow'
Little winter figurines: Penguins, Snowmen and trees
A white, winter feather

The only thing not pictured was the book, Frosty the Snowman, by Jack Rollins. We have read it about 48 times now. Yea! (:

That's all for now... Stay tuned for more wintery theme projects, words, worksheets, art fun and more! I promise to blog more if you promise to keep reading (: