Monday, December 31, 2012

Preschool Fun

I started off the preschool this time with a little science experiment involving borax and boiling water. I had the girls make snowflakes out of wire sticks...actually, they just played with them. I formed their snowflakes for them later. Then we added the snowflakes to the jars which had boiling water and 1/3 cup of borax in them. I found this fun idea here.



They turned out so pretty that I made three more. I love seeing these hang on my tree. The girls were fascinated by them.

J is for Jesus practice sheets from confessionsofahomeschooler.

I love this picture.

And this one. Look at all the fun colors!


Writing practice.

Jumping frog game and jelly bean shape matching puzzle.

I tried to get a picture of Abigail with her completed puzzles, but she refused to cooperate.

Jack be nimble, jack be quick. Jack jump over the candlestick.


Jumping rope is hard.

Jumping is fun.


We had juice and fresh homemade biscuits with jelly.

For our J letter craft, I had the girls squeeze glitter glue between contact paper. Then I cut the contact paper into a jellyfish shape. The girls helped me curl the "tentacles." I found the idea through pinterest again, of course. Here's a link: http://pinterest.com/pin/78953799689014636/.
This looks great up on our letter wall.


Here the girls are squeezing the limes in preparation for us making limeade.

This creative one is smashing the limes under her belly.

Three happy girls enjoying their juice.

We also had lots of fun with jelly beans this week.We copied this idea and used her printables to graph our colors.

Math
We used jelly beans this week to do a few different activities. We guessed how many were in a jar and then actually counted them together. We sorted them by color and had fun sampling them and trying to guess what the flavor of the jelly beans were (Jelly Bellys ROCK!! – but poporn flavored jelly beans are still yucky to me).

As usual, I used a lot of ideas from confessionsofapreschooler and from preschoolpalace.org.

We also made jello jigglers, but they didn't turn out. My plan was to use the cookie cutters to cut them into our shape, a star, but they didn't hold together. Abigail enjoyed eating the jello nonetheless.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Southern Lights

Sierra invited Abby and me to join her on a special Christmas outing. She made each child a special ticket and then had a stamp for them for each activity that they completed.  It was such a cute idea and we had a great night.

First we took them to Chick-fil-A. This is Abby's restaurant of choice. She asks for it most days. Too bad it is an hour away. She loves to eat here and especially likes to play here. It was too bad, and super  embarrassing, when C., under my watch, peed in his pants while up in the toys. We then had to leave.

Next we drove to the event and slowly drove around as we looked at all of the beautiful light displays.



Then we went stopped for all the indoor activities. There was a craft fair with lots of fun, tempting things. There were carnival foods and pony rides too.
We tried to get pictures with the snowmen, but our little people would not stay put long enough. They were also vertically challenged.

Instead they played happily with the rocks.


The petting zoo was possibly the best petting zoo that I had ever been to. They had so many different animals and they had carrots and other grains available to feed them. I loved seeing everything and watching the children interact with the animals.

Waiting in line to see the camel.

Watching parakeets.


Red kangaroos. They were hopping around. So cute. 
 Finally, we headed to the free "train" ride. The line was long and we tried hard to keep the kids entertained while we waited. It was late by this time and their attention spans were short. I had the privilege of cuddling with the baby while Sierra had to wrangle all three children. She played games with them, chased them, and finally ended up sitting them down and telling them a story. It was so interesting that several people in line were following her story as well. The kids were enthralled.

 We finally made it into a train car and we loved the bumpy ride through the lights.


Smile for one last picture, please.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

and, December

Dancing around at church.


Apparently, the heater wasn't pretty enough.

Corn craft at the library.

Fun at the "dinosaur" park.


And the advent begins. This is the advent calendar that I made last year.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Parade

We braved the cold and went to the local parade on Thanksgiving weekend. I am not a big parade person, but am willing to sacrifice for my daughter  We saw several creative floats, including several live nativities. We saw lots of fun animals and received some candy. They also loved seeing Santa at the end.


Sierra caught this picture with her phone.

Here is a copy of some of the newspaper article press that Benjamin received after the election and with the results from his exit poll.