Tuesday, April 30, 2013

S for Shamrock

We started off the month of march by making Shamrock wreaths.

I love using the preschool folders that my mother made as part of my preschool curriculum. The girls love these.
I decorated each carpet square with each girls first letter, Abigail helped. It was funny when Sam came to our house the next day for Spanish class and he was so excited that he rearranged the carpet squares until they spelled out his name.

S for snowman and stars. We also practiced cutting out hexagons. Our color was gold.

The furthest tray on the right has several objects from space. The girls had to cut them out and then put them in either the "planets" column or the "not planets" column. This was a great activity. I found it and several other great ideas that I also incorporated into my "S" lesson here: http://www.theiowafarmerswife.com/2012/09/baby-bear-preschool-letter-s.html. The rocket coloring page was good too and the girls liked to practice counting down from ten.

Our "S" page was a snake. I cute out small hexagons for the girls to use as scales. It was a labor of love.

I also used the scotch tape to make an S on the carpet and a hexagon on the carpet.

Here she is practicing number writing. These are a favorite for the girls. I printed them from  http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/ and then laminated them.

We also did this activity as suggested by our preschoolpalace.org curriculum:

Movement: Snake dance. Turn on the music. Have the children lie on the floor with their hands to their sides and their feet together. Ask them to try to slither and hiss Ssss sounds like a snake. Can they dance like a snake? Stand up and continue dancing like other animals that you call out—bird, chicken, dog, cat, bunny, kangaroo, etc.
I did not use music but instead just had them act like the animals. I enjoy kinesthetic activities.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Birthday Boy!

I surprised Benjamin this year by getting a babysitter for his birthday. We had the entire night to ourselves and took advantage of it. He was pretty spoiled this year. 
He asked for shrimp and fries for his birthday.

The beautiful flowers on the table were my valentine's gift. The hearts on the  door were from me. I had Abigail create a heart for her dad for every day in February leading up to Valentine's day. I added a new heart each day. I also created fourteen hearts that I posted on her door telling things that I loved about her and I made fourteen hearts that I stuck on to his dresser that told him things that I love about him.

He is such a good man and a good dad. I love him so much. 

He is happy to finally be 30! He's hopeful that people will treat him more like an adult now. I sure love him.

One of his birthday gifts included a trip to Philadelphia a few weeks after his birthday, I will post more about that later.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Valentine's Day

We had our traditional pink heart-shaped pancakes, and heart-shaped pizza. This year I added heart-shaped hot dogs. I called it a heart dog. Thank you Internet

Abby received many valentine's through her parent's morning out school. She missed the party though and I had to go pick up her valentine's for her.

We made two different valentine's for her friends. This was the simple one, and I am currently at a loss as to what I did for the complicated one. I remember now. The gift was bouncy balls and the saying said "you make my heart bounce." She picked out the balls for her friends and helped create each valentine.

We felt loved this valentine's day and love the opportunity to share love with those around us. This is a good holiday. I like focusing on loving everyone and not just on our significant others on this day. Everyone should feel loved.

Abby received a fun book in the mail from her aunt Jenny. It is titled something like "Will you be my Valenswine?" and is about a young pig trying to find a valentine. Abby loves this book and I love how in the end the lonely pig realizes that she does have someone who loves her truly and unconditionally, it is her mother.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


We were so pleased when we found out that grandma and great-grandma were coming to visit us in early February this year. They came despite illness and bad weather. We are grateful for their endurance and perseverance. We absolutely loved having them in our home and were so sad when they had to go.

Here they are reading, or listening to, the recordable storybook that Denali sent to us last Christmas. This is one of Abby's favorite books. She listens to it all the time, a year-and-a-half later. This gift has gotten more mileage than most other gifts. Her friends love it too.

I'm not sure exactly why she is doing what she is doing, but that is how four-year-olds are, unpredictable.

Grandma definitely spoiled her.

They took care of us while they were here, I wasn't much of a host, embarrassingly. I appreciate them providing a lot of the meals. 
This was such a fun week for us. We loved seeing Abby interact with her grandmother and her great-grandmother. I am so grateful that they made the effort to come. We hope to see them again soon.

Monday, April 22, 2013

More O

O is for octopus. These printouts were from, of course, confessionasofahomeschooler.

I placed a Cheerio every couple of spaces and she was allowed to eat it  as she completed the writing of that letter. I love her feet in this one.

O is for owl. The O pictures was inspired by this idea: http://pinterest.com/pin/78953799689393578/. We made owls and also watched the book "Owl Babies" that i found online: animated online version: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.

The trays that I offered this time around:

The styrofoam, golf tee, and marble idea was found here: http://pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com/2009/11/preschool-at-home-marbles-and-golf-tee.html.

I made octopus dogs for snack. I later painted ketchup eyes and mouths on them. Abby loved them. I got the idea from here: http://www.faithfullyinfertile.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/DSCN0020.jpg.

The first thing that we did at preschool was to take potato bread dough and shape it into a snake and then into an O. Once cooked, they no longer looked like O's.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Would You Like to Buy an "O"?

When it was my turn to teach preschool again, I focused on the letter O. We ate lots of Cheerios that day.
I love these Cheerio brand books. They really provide hours of entertainment.

Abby is getting a lot better at sounding out short words. I love these word sliders. Again, I got the idea here: http://sporschool.blogspot.com/2010/03/word-sliders-and-giveaway.html, but I then made my own.

Shape sorting and counting.

The girls love to watch each other as they are working. The game on the far right was a favorite. It was a sheet with six different insect pictures followed by six corresponding paths, each designated by a number 1-6. The girl rolled a die to determine which insect would move forward. The corresponding number was marked off on the chart. Everyone was curious to see which insect would win the race. This activity was great for counting.

I copied this idea from one that I saw at the Montessori school. Abby wanted it to be longer. She wanted there to be ten rows instead of the eight rows that I was able to fit on the paper.

I saw this idea on pinterest: http://pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com/2009/11/preschool-at-home-marbles-and-golf-tee.html. The golf tees could be pressed into the Styrofoam and then the girls tried to balance the marbles on the golf tees. This activity also kept them very fascinated and intrigued. The girls were impatient for their turn with this one.