Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Silly girls

A couple of weeks ago, I took the girls out in hunt for a potential spot for our extended family photos.  I got some silly shots of the girls.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pre-K C

Two weeks ago we focused on the letter C.

 Making patterns with color cubes.

 C's from pattern blocks.

I found a little card making kit from the dollar spot...

 ... so Malia made some cards...

 ... with such inspirational messages as "Dear Beth, Davey went poopy on the potty.  Love Malia."  (I think we have a future Hallmark writer in our midst!)

 We made a paper chain countdown for Mimi's visit.

Davey joined us to make some caterpillars from egg cartons.

 Final product.

We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and used foam food to act out the story (this was a birthday gift from Alli and Chris a couple of years ago).

 And we did some candy corn math/eating. 

 My favorite part of this was after I did the activity with Malia, Davey woke up from her nap and then Malia taught Davey.

 Another candy corn and dice game.  

And a paper collage.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

October Snow

We had our second snow of the season here (the first one was light and only around for a short time).  The girls really enjoyed getting out and eating it (seriously what is it about kids loving to eat snow... or is it just my girls?)

Over his lunch Andrew and Malia built this snowman.  Malia named it "Rabbit Poop" because the snow used to make it was full of rabbit poop (we always have rabbits in our back yard... I cannot believe I wanted one as a pet when I was little).

Friday, October 19, 2012

Desmond is 2

Well, he has been two since August, but (like I said on the Tess post) I was a bit behind in taking birthday pictures.  I have to admit that I got a bit distracted by my Chick-fil-A food and might have missed some of the best lighting for pictures (sorry Alli and Chris).  But I got a few fun ones nonetheless.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pre-K B

Here are some of the extra (non-worksheet) things we did for B.

 Malia decorated a bunch of bookmarks with stickers.

 We are learning the months of the year and filled in this birthday graph.  

She created her first book about her family and friends.

 A sample page "Me and Davey and Mommy are eating breakfast".  (Photo by Malia)

 We also created a button book (which was just a chance to sort through our button box and glue interesting buttons onto a cardboard book.)

And at the end of Friday, I blew up some balloons and let the girls play/bonk each other with them.  They loved it!


Malia wanted to take pictures of her book and then before I knew it had taken several dozen including this one of her sister.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Puzzle Princess

Davey has always been into puzzles.  Over the last couple of weeks, she has become obsessed with doing puzzles again - she is now doing puzzles with interlocking pieces.  We only have about five right now that have less than 100 pieces and she does them over and over and over again.  I am currently trying to convince her that she should have a puzzle party for her 3rd birthday.

I love this picture.  I love her concentration.  And I love how she refuses to wear a clip (and how I refuse to cut her hair) which leaves her constantly sweeping her hair out of her eyes.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pre-K A

I decided to work through the alphabet while doing pre-k stuff with Malia.  This is mostly for me because it gives me something to plan crafts and other activities from.

Our first week of pre-k started earlier than I planned because Malia asked to start.  Luckily I had lots to draw on from last year and the A activities we did.   I might not have as many pictures to post as last year because I am doing a lot of the activities with a baby in my arms!

Here is a glimpse of the Preschool Daily Learning Notebook we are using.  
It helps teach the days of the week, months of the year, weather and handwriting.  

And these are examples of worksheets are from Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten.  The top one asks to circle the picture that starts with A, the second one is called Listen and Color and the third one she had to cut out things and determine if they were animals or not.

We did a lot of the apple activities from last year and also experimented with apple stamping.

We also read some Bob Books from the Sight Words Kindergarten set.

I was happy with week one since it was thrown together last minute and am starting to pre-plan future weeks.

Malia's Pre-K

This is a long post that you may find kind of boring unless you are extremely interested in the home education of our oldest child!


I struggled trying to come up with a game plan for Malia's Pre-K year at home.  There are a lot of options out there but I also wanted to make sure I was focusing on things she was interested in and areas she needed work in.  I have pieced together a lot of different things trying to concentrate on handwriting, reading, art, music, character formation and Bible.  I do not have anything formal planned yet for math or science but am hoping to slip things in here and there.

Handwriting - In the last 3 weeks, Malia is all about writing (it is not uncommon to find her copying pages of books or poems these days).  Her letter formation is flawed and she does not leave spaces between words but it is fun to see her concentrate and gain more control over her pen.  I bought a Handwriting Without Tears workbook to help (us both) learn the proper letter formation and then have lots of different ways for her to practice.

Reading - We did about 20 lessons in a book called Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons last spring and I could tell she was not really into it, so we stopped.  Since then she has organically acquired a crazy amount of sight words and her desire to learn to read has grown.  Alli (who is a first grade teacher) tested her last week and she is almost at an end of Kindergarten level already.  (I loved learning this because it took a lot of pressure off of me for this year!)  I have picked up a bunch of early reader books and plan on using those along with the 100 Easy Lessons this year to teach reading.

Art - Malia loves to color and draw and create these days.  I don't know if I will do any formal instruction about art this year but our kitchen table is constantly full of art supplies and there is an easel in our family room for creative expression!  I know we will do lots of crafts through out the year to experiment with different mediums.

Music - She started a weekly program with Children's Music Academy at the end of August.  She is learning the basics of music (rhythm, melody and harmony) and should be playing a few basic songs on the keyboard any day now :)  I am really happy with the program and excited to learn alongside her.  

Character/Bible - We are going through a daily Preschool Devotional right now to start our school time.  It is short and simple but talks about important things like loving others, not complaining, sharing, helping, worship, etc.  I have a few other resources that look fantastic but am not sure if they are age appropriate yet...  She is going to our church's Wednesday night program and we try to read from a children's Bible before bed at night.

I will be supplementing with worksheets and activities from the You Can Read Bundle, Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten, the Preschool Daily Learning Notebook and K4 Curriculum.

Oh and she starts gymnastics next Wednesday.

I hope that covers everything : )

Monday, October 08, 2012

Halloween Sensory Bin

I made up a Halloween sensory bin last week for the girls.  It is basically a lot of little green, purple and orange things from around the house with a few pumpkins and misc., randomly accumulated Halloween things thrown in. Malia went straight for the stickers.  Davey was very entertained by the slinky.


I did officially start pre-k with Malia at home last week too.  Not because I was ready, but because she asked to start!  Hoping to give an update there soon.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Tess 1 Year (a.k.a 14 month) Pictures

Tess turned 1 just a few days before we got the call about Naomi.  Needless to say, we got busy and my camera malfunctioned and so I never got the chance to take her 1 year pictures in July.  A couple of weeks ago, I finally remedied that.  Here are a few of my favorites.

She had a death grip on her snack cup the whole time.

 With her beloved Baa Baa.

 She is a mover and did not want to stay still for any pictures.

 I love her smile...

 ... and her serious face.