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Friday, September 30, 2011

Art in Paint

This art was created by Superboy in our computers
Paint program. I keep saying to myself how did he do that
in paint?


Police Chase by Superboy age 11


Blessings
Nikki



Walking the line



It has been raining and raining here. So for some fun
exercise in the house we walked the line. I cut some
yarn and laid it on the floor. That was all I needed to do.


The boys practiced walking on the line one foot in
front of the other. They tried hopping , going backwards
and other fun ways of walking the line.


They played this for quite sometime and there was no mess.

Blessings

Nikki









Thursday, September 29, 2011

Modeling Poetry

This week Spirit and I have been reading lots of poetry.
We read a poem about different colors and decided to create
one ourselves.

First we choose a color. Spirit choose black.

Then we created a list of everything we could think of that
is black. Cat, night sky, trucks, wheels, licorice, computers,
telephones, radios, chalk boards, screwdrivers, walls, dark,
and rocks.

Here is how it went:

I have tires.
I am a truck

I am hard and big.
I am a rock.

I am chewy.
I am called licorice.

I am Black.



The poem we read is called Theme in Yellow by
Carl Sanburg. This is from a read aloud program
from K12. The poem theme is yellow is about
pumkins in autumn and the face of a pumpkin. Spirit
also created this drawing. Little early for Fall but
we will save it for decorationing later in October.

Blessings,

Nikki




The book of Virtues

I just started reading The Book of Virtues to my boys and I
am loving it already. Some of the stories and poems are a
little complex for the Kindergartener but it is working out
just fine anyway. This book is a treasury of Great Moral
Stories. Inside you will find Self Discipline, Compassion,
Responsibility, Friendship, work, courage, perseverence,
honesty, loyalty, and Faith.

We started out by reading the story of Please by Alicia
Aspinwall. Spirit thought this was silly. We ended with a
family contest to see who could say please the most.
It was a tough battle but the Spirit won the race. Probably
because he isn't able to get things as easily as the others
so had lots of oppurtunities to ask. It wasn't long before
the baby was saying please too. Peass.

You can find a copy of the Book of Virtues on
Amazon.


Blessings,

Nikki



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Middle school boys

Are you having trouble getting your Middle school boy to
the table for school? Try some fun Silly days. Just this
week our cyber school had the kids do something silly
each day and post their photos. It was such a hit with
Superboy that I may do some more. He was ready early
and came with a smile on his face.


This was Crazy hair day.


Backwards day!

And


Pajama day.




Hmm what other silly days can I think of...

specific color, rainbow, silly hat, funny sock, sweats day,
wacky clothing day, dress up day, silly tie day,
sports day, scarf day...

Any ideas?


Blessings
Nikki


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Kindergarten Jazzy Journals




We have been working this week on patterns and the
AB, ABB, ABC, etc... There are so many great ways to
work on patterning. I picked this fun idea up from
Jazzy Journals Here is the page I found the Pizza patterns.
Spirit loved this activity and as you saw in Toddler time so did
Sweet
pea. I precut ahead of time the dough, sauce and toppings.
It was fun to display it in a sorting try. We have the cheese,
green peppers, pepporonis in red, brown mushrooms,
yellow pineapples, pink ham, and blue sushi.




I used fun scissors to cut the dough. Spirit added the
sauce and cheese then he decided on a pattern.
Below he choose ABB with a sushi, ham pattern.




Then he tried an ABC pattern . We weren't able
to glue on another set but he layed them out for me to
see that he knew what the next set was.





The AB pattern worked great. It fit right on. The
older kids were ohh and ahhing and wanting to make
pizzas too.





Hope over to her site there are a lot of great activities
for Kindergarten!!

Blessings
Nikki
Monday, September 26, 2011

Hello- Telephone Time



Tot School

This week I filled "Sweet peas" Concept basket with her
favorite toy. (Good thing to since it was a sick week for mom)
Not picured below were two old Cell phones. Those she nabbed
right away. Every night my dear little one fell asleep holding
a different phone. I wish I had felt well enough to take a
photo of each day it happened.





As some added fun. Brother blew up some balloons and tied
them up in the hall way. This is great fun for a toddler and keeps
it safer than allowing them to hold and chew on them.
The kids kicked and hit them all the day through.





Art this week was not what I intended but it worked just fine
anyway. Sweet pea created several of these paper pizza pies.
The activity came about when we were doing pizzas with
Spirits math journal. (which you will see tomorrow) I was
surprised how much she liked making these. The girl loves glue.







Finger plays this week:

Under my Umbrella (seems fitting with the rain we keep having)

Under my Umbrella, I am dry
(Cup hand above index finger.)

When it's raining , my oh my.
(Fingers wiggle like rain coming down)

I wait until the raindrops stop
(clap hands together on the word stop)

Now no umbrella on my top!
(Just hold up index finger)


Plus many of the old favoites.


Story time this week
Peek in my Pocket was the big
favorite. We read it over and over again. Review coming.



If you would like to learn how I plan toddler time please
stop
Here for planning pages and the concepts behind my plans. </





Blessings

Nikki

Sunday, September 25, 2011

What should I pray about, Mom?

I don't know what to pray about , Mom. Or What
should I say. Teach your children the five fingers to help
them know what to pray. Start by having your child put
their hands together in prayer.

Thumb- Your thumb is the closet to you so when you
begin to pray, pray first for you family and friends.

Pointer finger- Your pointer finger is always leading people
Use your pointer finger to remind you to pray for community
workers that are a help to you. Examples: Doctors, Dentists,
fire fighters, police etc..

Middle finger- Your middle finger is right in the middle of
everythigng just as our President is in the thick of things.
Pray for your president and representatives.

Ring finger- Your Ring finger is the weakest. Pray for those
that are sick, hungry , or weak in spirit.

Pinky finger- This is your smallest finger and last. Pray for
yourself last. Ask for his forgiveness.




Another fun thing to do surrounding prayer is to create a prayer
container. Many people like to use a box. I used a simple fall
kitchen container. Each week we pull the prayer container
out during our Co-op bible time. Children write their prayers
onto index cards and date them. We pray through the cards.
Then the following week we pull them out and see if any are
answered. It is fun to see the results that God has done for
us. It is a wonderful thing to do at home as well.


Blessings
Nikki


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Teen Talk Stepping up when Mom needs help.



You may have noticed I was missing from my blog for a few days.
It started with Spirit. He was sick first with a stuffy head and
a croupy cough. He was really only down for a day. Then
Sweet pea got it next. Again hers was at its worst for a day.
Superboy got a little stuffy but nothing to keep him down.
When the kids get sick it is almost inevitable that I get it too.
It has really been a long time since I was down in that way.
Usually I can plow right through. This time was different. It
knocked me down. One night I actually woke up thinking someone
was talking to me. In reality it was the wheezing of my lungs.
Really not good. When I'd stand up I could barely see out of
my eyes everything was a blur. Today finally I feel better.
I am a little stuffy and still have somewhat of a cough but not
as bad as before. Being sick isn't fun but the great thing
was that my house didn't fall apart. My teens jumped
in and kept things going. I am so proud of their hard work.

Superboy who is not quite a teen yet but a preteen,
worked hard on his school lessons and made me breakfast
on a few of the days. Princess helped with Sweet pea and Spirit.
She played with them while I rested. She picked up the living areas
She gave them bathes in the evening with little help from
me. Just some supervising eyes. Yesterday she made dinner for all
of us. She made meat loaf, fried potatoes and candied
carrots. Pretty awesome too with some help from dad.
Heart kept Sweet pea in her room and played with her for an entire
afternoon while I slept. She kept the dishes done and still
managed her job and college studies.

I feel so blessed to have these children who are capable of
managing without me. It is good to know that they can do
all the things needed. That they can step up to the plate and
complete the necessary tasks without prompting or complaint.
That when they need to they can shine. It also makes me
realize that they can do so much more than they let on.
The secret is out of the bag guys. Now I know. Don't worry
I won't use it against you everyday. :P


P.S. Next week we will talk about Questions Teens
may have about the Bible and how to handle them.


Blessings
Nikki
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Middle School Boys- Responsibility

Middle School boys and Responsibility doesn't always match
at least not in our house. I have to prod and push and push
harder to get results. It can be very difficult to motivate
some young men. But my son will someday be a legacy.
He will be important to this world and to his family. It is
imperative I don't raise another grown up child.
When I look around this world I see so many men not taking
responsibility for anything. One day I don't want to look
back and wish I had done something to make the lives
of others better. So many young men trample everyone
in their sight for their own selfish gain.

A few years ago I swore I would work hard to keep my son on
track. It hasn't been easy. He is not a self motivative type.
If I want his room clean I have to follow up with him
several times . I sometimes have to sit and supervise him.
Using rewards has helped some. I have to work hard to get him
to work hard. This ethic seems to be lost today in many
youth. If I don't push forward it will be his future. I won't
give up.




Perhaps taking care of something else would help.
My dad bought these birds for Superboy to care for.
He cares for them everytime he goes to
visit them. My dad says they are Silkies. They are so cute.
Superboy has taken on the responsiblity of something other than
himself. He also has a turtle here in our home to care for and he has
done very well with it. My hope is that the responsiblity will
trigger mass cleaniness in his room. Well I can hope right?





Blessings
Nikki






Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Right and Left Activities

Here are some activities to help learn left and right:

Each morning shake your right hand in the air.
Touch your right foot, your right leg etc..

Put a sticker or stamp on your right hand for the day.

Put different colored shoe laces on your right foot.

Play simon says using right and left.

Dance to the Hokey Pokey.

Divide the room with yarn and point out items
on the right and then left. Jump from left to right
in the room.

Wear yarn or colored bracelet on your right hand.

Always distinguish the right. The left will follow.
If you make and L shape with your hands. Left is L
in the right direction.

PS. Here is a fun photo of Spirit. He was soo
into his math.



Blessings,

Nikki



Monday, September 19, 2011

Toddler Time- Blocks and Pouring

Tot School

Toddler time this week was so much fun. "Sweet
Pea didn't use the tools as I thought she would but she had a
wonderful time learning . This weeks concept Basket was filled
with Foam blocks I bought at the dollar store and our balance.





She began by filling the balance containers. I tried to
show her how it moves up and down as it fills up .




But she was more interested in pouring them into each
other and out again into the basket.





Our concept basket has been working wonderfully. It is
doing just what I wanted it to do. It is providing Sweet pea with
guided learning play and something to keep her busy. I'm
not sure why Mondays are so hard for her but they are. She
wants every ones attention and everyone is busy.



Art- We usually only do one art project during Toddler time.
On occasion she might play with materials the others are using .
I don't want to stress myself out with this this is why I
created it just this way.

This week we made pretend apples pies. We painted them
brown, added paper apples and then sprinkled Cinnamon
on them. They smelled lovely.





Songs and Finger plays:
I sat "Sweet pea" on my knee and bounced her
as I said this rhyme. I bounce her differently
for each part of the rhyme. She loves this.

This is the way the ladies ride:
Tri, tre, tre, tree, Tri, tre, tre, tree!
This is the way the ladies ride:
Tri, tre, tre, tree, tri-tre-tre-tree!

This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Gallop-a-trot, Gallop-a-trot!
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Gallop-a-gallop-a-trot!

This is the way the farmers ride:
Hobbledy-hoy, Hobbledy-hoy!
This is the way the farmers ride:
Hobbledy hobbledy-hoy!


We also listened to a CD song of Farmer and the Dell.
The kids picked up stuffed animals for each of the
people/animals the farmer picked.


The farmer in the dell
The farmer in the dell
Hi-ho,The derry-o
The farmer in the dell

The farmer takes a wife
The farmer takes a wife
Hi-ho,The derry-o
The farmer takes a wife

The wife takes a child
The wife takes a child
Hi-ho,The derry-o
The wife takes a child

The child takes a nurse
The child takes a nurse
Hi-ho,The derry-o
The child takes a nurse

The nurse takes a cow
The nurse takes a cow
Hi-ho,The derry-o
The nurse takes a cow

The cow takes a dog
The cow takes a dog
Hi-ho,The derry-o
The cow takes a dog

The dog takes a cat
The dog takes a cat
Hi-ho,The derry-o
The dog takes a cat

The cat takes a rat
The cat takes a rat
Hi-ho,The derry-o
The cat takes a rat

The rat takes the cheese
The rat takes the cheese
Hi-ho,The derry-o
The rat takes the cheese

The cheese stands alone
The cheese stands alone
Hi-ho,The derry-o
The cheese stands alone



The older kids got involved too. It became a challenge to
run around the room collecting animals.



Reading Time- We are still reading lots of board books.
To many to name them all. The time is quiet. I name
pictures in the book and she points to them. Sometimes
she points to them and I name them. We have gotten
to the point of trying to repeat the words I am saying.
Her speech is progressing nicely.



If you'd like to learn more about how I set up our
Toddler time you can find my planning sheets and organization.
Here



Blessings

Nikki






Sunday, September 18, 2011

Water Play


I can't believe that Summer time is coming to an end. I feel
like we barely had time for play. Our family met at a nearby
park to spend some relaxing time together. I have been
wanting to take a day there all summer. Cousins, uncles,
aunts, grandparents, nieces and nephews came to play.

The kids loved playing in the water. From early morning
to later in the afternoon the boys stayed in the water.
Sweet pea was less aggressive about it but enjoyed the waters
edge just as much. They each had cups to search for treasures in
the cool water.




Here are some of Sweet peas Treasures. The boys had fish
and crayfish. Spirit had a collection of water bugs. I put
Heart on the task of taking photos. I got home to only
photos of Sweet pea. The family has sent a few to me
but I didn't want to post their families on without their
permission. So you only get Sweet pea. :)






Adults spent time grilling, talking , joking together and
watching the children.









A little dirt won't hurt.






Testing out the water.





This is Hearts favorite because she caught some of the splash.


Blessings
Nikki













Saturday, September 17, 2011

Teen Talk Rules of Facebook



Awhile ago my daughter had made a few phone calls that I
didn't recognize. When I questioned her about it she said
it was a boy she had met on facebook. That he was a friend
of another friend and she figured it was safe to talk to him.
She had called this boy on the phone several times. When
she mentioned his name my older daughter knew who he was.
He was much older than my 14 year old child. I had talked to
her about being safe on the Internet but I suppose the line
seemed so gray in this case that she wasn't sure. Nothing
terrible happened but it did seem rather odd that a 20 something
would want to befriend a 14 year old. I did ask her to delete this
boy from her facebook and to no longer call him on the phone.

Parents be vigilant. Be your childs "friend". Know your childs
password and check their page often. This isn't an invasion
of privacy this is their safety we are talking about. It is their
privilege to be on it and their privilege to have mom as a friend.

Think about what rules you want to have for facebook or other
social networks before they open the account. Think about
who they can be friends with. What photos can they post etc..

Here are are rules:

1. Your friends may only be people you know.
(now added no friends of friends)

2. No talking about others online. Remember that
it will always be in print if you type it. Think about what
you write that you really want others to read it.

3. No photos may be posted without permission.

4. Do not post your phone number or where you live
just to be on the safe side.

These are for my 14 year old. I am still working on the
list as I think of them. If you have one to share please
do so .


Blessings
Nikki
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Book Review Cheerios



I really enjoy books for Toddlers that get them really
involoved with the book. The interaction that a book
like this can provide goes a long way in keeping a
toddlers attention. As a parent I am looking for things
that can keep my toddler busy and can teach her a
new skill. I found this jem Cheerios playbook at a
yard sale for 5 cents. The man selling them had a
box of board books that looked like no one had touched
them all for 5 cents each. I pretty much bought the entire
box. The books have been a joy to my daughter
ever since.

The Cheerios Play book can be found at Amazon. "Sweet
pea" played with this book this week during our Toddler time.
It was a part of her concept basket. The pages are set up
with places to place real cheerios into the pages. You can
Put wheels on a car and other fun activities . Great
fine moter practice. At the bottom of the amazon page
I was excited to see that there is also a Halloween
cheerios book, a counting book with cheerios and
a sun maid raisins. I'd love to take a peek at the
raisin book. I'll be looking for that one.

Blessings
Nikki




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