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Friday, January 27, 2012

Snow Day


Last weekend we had some snow. When we got home from
church services we I convinced everyone to come out to play.
The boys had created the day before a scary path down our hill.
The made a ramp to make it even more heart stopping for mom.


Princess wanted to see Sweet pea in the snow so
she grabbed her coat to come and see her. I took a
photos teasing her about being in her shorts and holding
her android. I think its perminately attached to her.


Princess did go in and change. She pulled sweet pea around
in the snow on a sled. She love it!!




We ended with a family snow fight and then came
in for some warm hot chocolate. A good day.





Blessings,

Nikki









Monday, January 23, 2012

January Winter Fun

My little one looks so cold to me in the toddler time photo. :)
It was taken in the summer but for this time of year she looks cold.

We are back on track. "Sweet pea" is back to toddler time and not to
soon either. We did a few days of school without it and she was
very distractive. I realized the time without it planning wasn't worth
the frustrations during school time. I'm so glad we are back into things.
I can see her changing and I'm preparing for some things for when shes
three. I know she will be ready to start using a pencil and she already
tries to use a scissors on occastion.

This was our concept basket this week:

It doesn't look like much. "Sweet pea" got into it before I
got the photo. It was all arranged sweet for grand surprise.
In it is a small plastic flower pot for a cave, cotton for snow,
clear rocks for ice, regular rocks for fun, some snow flake sequins,
pine cone for a tree, 2 moose , a mountian goat, and a white bear.

She has been really enjoying it. Instead of the pretend play
Spirit would do she got to sorting out the pieces.
She was very fascinated with the clear rocks. I later got
out an egg carton for her to sort things into. The little red
bag in the photo is full of her doll stuff. Not sure what
she had in mind with those. Spirit stopped in and made
snow cones with the flower pot. At least thats what they
looked like.





"Sweet pea " wanted me to show you all of her rocks. They
were all special to her. To save you from that I am only showing
one rock with her.



Saturday we got the real SNOW!!!

Art: We created snowman pictures.
Of course she needed help with drawing some things
but my girl loves to glue. If I need to get something important done.
I give her small things to glue or stickers and I can get my work done.







Finger plays:

I'm a little snowman

I'm a little snowman short and fat
Here is my nose, my eyes and my hat
When the sun starts shining- oops , watch out
I will melt- without a doubt.


No more snowmen

Five little snowment
(hold up 5 fingers)

Riding on a sled
(wiggle fingers pretending to sled)

one fell down and bumped his head
(use hand to bump head)

Frosty called the Doctor
(pretend to dial)

And the Dr. said No more snowmen
(shake forefinger)

Riding on the sled
(repeat)


Snow
(sung to farmer and the dell)

The snow is on the roof
(point over head)
The snow is on the ground
(Point to the ground)
The snow is on the window
(make window with hands)
The snow is all around
make circles with hands


Story Time:

Many of our toddler books are still in storage from
the move. So I opted to do a little u-tube. "Sweet pea"
Loves these and wantes to watch and watch but
I only allow a few. These are some we watched . A few are
like little finger plays.






This is my favorite. I'll have to read her the story when I
Find the books. She will associate more I think.





We also watched a few readers but they got lost in u tube. :)

Please remember to view videos before children.


Blessings,
Nikki




Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Caps for Sale







I just love doing book studies. It's just something so fun about
adding some art or adding some math to a story to really make it
come alive for a while. Recently we read the story Caps for Sale.
Its a silly tale of a man selling caps. After a hard morning he
decides to take a rest by a tree. When he awakes his caps are missing.
He looks up and sees monkeys wearing each little cap and some
silly monkeys they are. Wait till you read just how the man gets
the monkeys to return the caps.

The really awesome things about this lesson was that it was done
for me already. Many teachers have read caps for sale and have
worksheets prepared for you.

HomeSchool Creations has this set of worksheets available for
download. Click the link to visit her Site. We used the cap sort
worksheet. Words ending in -ap and -at . Spirit read the words
and then lined them up under the correct word ending. Just right
for where he is in his reading. We also used the worksheet where
you look at the picture and decide what letter the picture begins with.
We haven't started learning about money yet so we may revisit this
story when we get to that particular math lesson.

Caps for Sale collage


I just love the finger print Monkey tree. We didn't get to making one of
those yet but I think we will try that one today. I"ll load a picture later.
I'm still unpacking and unsure where the camera is. :) Love the Love
the monkey snacks. What a fun way to snuggle up and read together.


We did the 5 little monkey song where the monkey swing in the
tree teasing Mr. Alligator Don't catch me. Along comes Mr.
Alligator hungary as can be Snap. One goes away each time.
Sweet pea loves snatching the picture monkey cards each time.


The Authors Website. You may also want to take a peek at
the authers website. You student can learn more about who
the person is behind the story.


We also used this pack from Home School Share
I love the cap counting book. Stop over to download the pack
For use.


We used pictures of the caps and glued them to the monkeys
head to create a math journal page. Spirit has been working
on adding numbers. So we added up the different colors on
our math page. The Monkeys and hats came from
homeschool creations pack. ( Photo to come will search
for that camera this afternoon)


We also created our own hats also from homeschool creations.

Warm blessings,
Nikki
Monday, January 9, 2012

December's Toddler Time





Well, I really didn't expect all that came our way in December
when I planned out our toddler time. That is the great thing
about home education. You can hop back on the school wagon
when you are ready. We took the entire month of December off
of toddler time for our move. We still have a lot of work here to
do and one day I hope to share photos of the house as the work
is completed. For those of you that did continue with Toddler time
I'd like to share with you the lesson plans I had in mind for that time
and for those that come by in later years to peek at it.


Concept Basket:

Week 1- Hats, mittens, match mittens, cotton ball in mittens
Week 2 - Container play- cups, paper towel tubes, plastic tubs,
superballs, bingo chips and clothes pins
Week 3- X-mas week - Baby blanket, baby doll, Tony nativity,
bottle, X-mas bows in sensory tub
Week 4- Enjoy new Christmas toys. :)


Art Activities:

Week 1- Decoate paper mitten with foam shapes
Week 2- Handprint a Christmas tree and decoate it with
Christmas stickers, glitter, puff balls etc...
Week 3-  Decorate a large glitter star
Week 4- No school

Finger Plays:

We did find time for some finger plays. This was a favorite.
I have found that Sweet pea enjoys U tube. I think because
I have been able to find things that are short and spoken to her.
This morning she sang along to a praise and worship song ment
for mommy but she tried too.
 



And  we played this. We had piles of boxes and I was exhausted.
The kids were on the bed giggling. I suggested playing gingerbread
man. It really lightened the atomosphere and helped us to move
on with the packing.





Thanks to I can teach my child for the great ideas.



I Can Teach My Child




Reading Time:

Typically I allow Sweet pea to choose from our library and
a few I choose. Since most of our books were packed we stuck
to our beginner Bible.


I have noticed a change in Sweet pea this month. She has
gone through a lot with the move. She is doing very well with that and
she also had some oral surgery which turned out to be more scary for mom
than for her. Her speech is coming along nicely. The funny thing is that
she will often spout out a large word and have it in the correct tense. I
really think it's in there and with more song and stories I think she will
be jabbering easily in no time. She has also started potty training, which
absolutely makes me nuts. She is such a clean freak which is a good thing
but very very time consuming. We can't just wash our hands we have to
wash our hands, go potty, clean up potty, wash our hands, and beg to
brush our teeth. As I type this she is sweeping the kitchen floor.

As a start back to school today her and Spirit painted. She had to
wash the brush, dry the brush, wash the brush again, dry the brush again,
get a little paint, paint, dry her hands, wash her brush, get new water...
Oh my. It was funny to watch her.

Anyway glad to be back. Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

Warm blessings,

Nikki

Why I don't like School.


Today ,on one of my favorite blogspots ,Teacher Tom wrote a wonderful post on
Why children hate school? His survey comes from a tweet on twitter or something
like that. I'm not on twitter so not sure about it.

It is a must read for those of you that are wondering why or for those Home educators
like myself who already know why but want to refresh your memory.

We know the system is failing our children but we seem to be at a lose as
to how to change it. When change seems like it may occur politics typically gets
in the way . We are then left with what we have. The results are
unhappy children and a insignifcant education  Something must be done to change it.
The how is the big question. I am not generalizing here I am aware there are
some amazing teachers out there but its ashame they are few are far between.
I also am aware that families are deterorating and that doesn't help the situation.
Americans/people need to heal in many way.

I am also not going to sit here and tell you that my kids never complain
about school at home. There are times they don't like what I'm teaching
or how I'm teaching it. Generally when that occurs I notice I am modeling
the system I grew up with  but the grand scheme of it is that I can
stop and change what we are doing or how we are doing it at anytime.
We have a larger feedom of choice. The freedom most public school
children are wishing for. Stop and take a look Double thumbs up Great
read

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