Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Brothers

Matti has two older brothers. They are great. She is so lucky to have them in her life and they are so sweet with her. She refers to them as "the brothers." We were lucky to have them at school one day this year. They came and set up their train set. It was so large that it took up our entire school room. It provided days and days of entertainment for the school. We did a whole unit on trains and even visited the local train yards.

Here Matti and her baby Ella are painting Saint Patrick's day wreaths.

The girls made a store with the plastic food. They labeled each item and sorted it according to category. Then they tried to sell it to the brothers.

They used tally marks to count how much was owed and then collected money from their "shoppers."

Here's a random cute picture of my amazing husband doing his scripture study with Abby. I love them!!!!!!!

We built and rebuilt several different train towns over the next few weeks. These were an amazing addition to our preschool. Thank you Christy for lettings us borrow them and thank you Brennen and Grant for setting up this amazing track.

Monday, September 29, 2014


We had a Saint Patrick's day party at church. Benjamin brought and read a book to the children. The sister missionaries were so impressed. They made it clear to me that they wanted to find a man as great as he to marry some day. I am pretty lucky. He's pretty proud of his Irish heritage.
On our way to Matti's birthday party one fine Saturday in March, we stopped by a local arboretum and spent an hour roaming the grounds and enjoying the weather. It was idyllic family time together. She wore her princess cape for the Frozen birthday party. I had made Matti a matching cape and they both wanted to wear them to the party.

Happy birthday Matti. We love you! She was the perfect princess at her party.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Painting Pottery

Christy took us all to paint pottery for one of our school activities. The girls were very particular about which pieces they wanted to paint. They chose their own colors and patterns. They were very careful in the execution of their art. It was great! I really enjoyed it to. The owner kept commenting on how perfectionistic Abby and I are. She truly comes by it honestly.

Here they are in their hundred day shirts.

Here are the final products.
I love the flexibility that home school has offered our girls. They do really well at the things that they try and they are always so grateful for their experiences. They even got the chance to go back and see the kiln and learn about how the pottery is made. This was a great experience.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Counting and Sorting

We had a fight one day about chairs. They both wanted the dark green chair. I really thought that these chairs were identical. However, a great battle ensued. I always try to let them solve their problems. Sometimes I step in, but I do try to let them figure out a solution. In this case, they were able to. They decided to "share" the dark green chair.

We practiced skip-counting by fives. We were also learning how to make tally marks.

This was another 100 day activity. I had the girls draw a picture of what they look like now and then a picture of what they might look like when they are a hundred. It was so fun.

A fun playdate with the magnatiles.

This day I let Matti lead us in the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book. I love this picture of her. They love the chance to be the teacher.

These two are so cute together. Here they are sorting pasta and counting.

Friday, September 26, 2014


We went on a field trip to Cincinnati with Sierra and her family. We were originally planning on going to the zoo but the rainy forecast scared us off again. We went instead to a fun play place called Totter Otterville. As parents we love that this place is clean and that there are no exits that children can sneak out of. There are plenty of fun things to do and lots of opportunity for creative play.

This ball bit has a ball return that whisks away the balls and then passes them through a cleaning machine before throwing them back into the pit. 

I think this alligator is going to make it.

I don't know why, but this station just terrifies me. It looks so fun and cute, but yikes. They went to town with the paints on their faces and hands.

Many thanks to Sierra for letting us come with her on this trip. It seems that we'll never make it to the zoo, but at least we had fun.