Friday, January 31, 2014

Tunnels

We did a science experiment where we learned about surface tension. We began with a bowl of water and then ground pepper onto the surface. Most of the pepper floated. Then they dipped their fingers in dish soap and then placed that finger into their bowl of water. They loved watching the pepper as it appeared to "run" away from their finger. We repeated this several times and experimented even more.

 Our big field trip for letter T was to the local park. We enjoyed the beautiful weather, fed the ducks, played at the park, ate yummy snacks, and then started our school project.

I love this picture.



I provided both girls with lots of toilet paper tubes and paper towel tubes. We had tape, markers, and toy cars. The goal was to make a tunnel that would successfully allow for the cars to travel from the top of the picnic table to the ground. This was fun and frustrating at the same time. Some things worked and some things didn't.






I thought that this was a great activity to practice our budding engineering skills. I was proud of myself for biking to the park for this activity with both girls in the trailer. It's definitely a lot harder when there are two in there instead of one.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tea Party

We had a real tea party, with herbal tea. I thought it tasted horrible, but the girls acted like they liked it. They were so proud of being able to be so formal and to use the little tea set.





I made them cheese and turkey wraps. M loved them and mine wouldn't touch them.



We really worked on time and telling time that week. We practiced analog clocks and learning to move the hour hand to the correct number.




I love how they love to work close by each  other.

They are getting much better at poking out these pictures with their push pins.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Continuing Letter T




Tiny tacos. They had chips, sour cream, cheese, beans, and olives.

We also made "textured turtles." This project required them to cut out lots of ovals. To glue and to interact with lots of different textures. They loved it.

I finally found a use for this amazing cake pan that I bought from a yard sale. 

Here is the train. I didn't frost it. I can't even imagine how to frost this thing. 

I gave the girls each a "cupcake" and a little bit of frosting.
I enjoy having a letter-based curriculum. It's a lot of fun to coordinate the snacks and the activities with our letter.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Letter T



Follow the tracks. 






I taught them the Mexican Hat Dance during music class. They each wanted to wear the hat too.
I don't have too much to say about what we did, except that I love the time that I get to spend with these girls. They are learning so much and they seem to enjoy the activities that I prepare for them.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Fabulous Idea

We had an amazing music leader teaching in our church primary. She found a fun idea online and decided to do it. She picked lots of different songs and then enlisted me to draw the outlines on the squares. I didn't like some of the pictures on the example quilts, so I just used microsoft clipart and google search to find the pictures that I wanted. Then I printed them out to the sizes that I needed and I traced them. I used fabric markers. The sister missionaries stopped by one evening and I talked them into tracing some too. It was a fun project. I really really loved it.





Then we let the primary children color in the squares. They are so colorful and the children really worked hard to make their squares look nice. LOVE LOVE LOVE.


I cannot wait to see the finished project. We can use this quilt for so many projects. I think that the original idea was to let the nursery children throw a bean bag onto a square and then they would sing the song that corresponded to where the bean bag landed.  Unfortunately for us, our music leader was released and called to serve in the relief society. We now have a new great leader, but we are sad that Sister White won't get the chance to use the quilt that she instigated and made get used. We so appreciate her service.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sick Day

We had to cancel school for sickness but that didn't stop this little one. She got an idea (I might have helped a little) and went with it. She didn't let feeling yucky deter her. We wound the string everywhere. She was smiling and laughing and giggling. She couldn't wait to surprise her dad and to see his response to all of the string.



It was pretty hard to walk around in this room for a day. What a fun memory, though.


I gave her permission to cut down the strings and she was again occupied for a long, long time. She cut the string into small two-inch pieces. They were everywhere, but she was happy. It's cutting practice, right? I need to do this to her room while she is sleeping some time. That would be hilarious.