Friday, August 30, 2013

Malia's Art

I mentioned that we have the Atelier art program for Malia this year. She absolutely loves it and asks almost daily if we can do another art lesson.  There are 18 lessons for the year, we have already done 4 and its not even September!

 The first lesson was about lines. They were instructed to draw a caterpillar and then fill it in with pattern. As soon as we finished, she wanted to go on to the next lesson. I didn't have materials ready so I offered to let her do it again and she did.

 In the second lesson, they recreated Picasso's "Hands with Bouquet". I loved that she started with primary colors and had to mix her own secondary colors. Again she ended up doing this lesson twice.

 Her second painting.

 The third lesson featured texture and they were to create animals using textured fabrics. First and second creations are above.

In the fourth lesson, they were supposed to draw clowns and then fill them in with patterns. This is harder to see because she used colored pens but again, she did it twice.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Exploring and Stepping

Naomi hit 13 months this week. She has become quite an explorer in the last month. She crawls really fast and any chance she gets, she is climbing the stairs.

 We starting letting her explore the front room more (before I had it blocked because we had too many choking hazards available). Here she is enjoying making a mess. And yes she spends a lot of time in just her diaper these days.

We were blessed with this walker earlier this week. Before we got it Naomi would not take any steps... now, just two days later, she can walk behind it for the entire length of our house. She still doesn't bend her knees very well, but she is figuring things out!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Creation - Kindergarten

The My Father's World Kindergarten Curriculm starts out with a 10 day study of Creation. We condensed it to 7 days, but loved it.

Each day, we read a one or two verses from the Bible that corresponded with what was created that day.  Then we made a page for our Creation Book and colored a number (see pictures below). Most days we did this during Naomi's morning nap so Davey joined us, which was fun.

I had chipboard books from Michael's that we used and I found lots of helpful ideas for the pages here.

Malia's book pages/days 1-4. 
We used crayons, watercolors, stickers, textured papers, glue, etc.

Days 5-7. They cut out printed images and images from magazines.

And here are Davey's pages. She only has six because one day she did not want to make the page and I didn't force her.

Completed books held together by a metal ring. 
(I had to put the text of Davey's on the back on the page.)

 The curriculum came with numbers to cut and color. After we learned about day 7, we pasted them all together on a long sheet of green paper.

During this time, we got these Creativity Cans that they were handing out at Michaels. The idea was to make something out of the materials in the box. This is what the girls made. It was fun to explain that since we are created in the image of God, we get to be creative just like He was creative when he made the world.

On day 7, we read through the entire Creation story in a couple of our kids Bible's. My favorite was from the Jesus Storybook Bible. I teared up reading it because it was so beautiful.

Malia's Kindergarten Curriculum

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am homeschooling Malia this year for kindergarten and also taking advantage of a program offered one day a week through our local school district (Options program).

I sorted through all kinds of curriculum for this year (there are way too many options!) and this is where I landed.

:: My Father's World - this is a complete kindergarten curriculum but I am mostly using it for the Bible/character components. This is the piece I have been missing in the past 2 years and I am so excited about adding it (and that all of the work is done for me!)

:: Singapore Math 1A - I have 1B too but we will see how far we get this year.

:: How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons - We are picking up where we left off last year - now on lesson 70 and hopeful we can actually finish this year!

:: Atelier Art Program - I got this for free through the school districts program and am so happy with it. Malia has already done 3 of the lessons and woke up this morning asking to do another.

:: Children's Music Academy - She started her second year of this program last week.

So those are the basics. I have lots of other curriculum floating around but I am trying to give her lots of room and time this year to still be a kid, to play, to explore, to imagine, to be read to...

Since both My Father's World and the Options program go through the alphabet, I am finding myself on the verge of starting the good old ABCs for a third time. It took me awhile to accept this, but I am excited now and am having fun coming up with new things for each letter to study/explore.  A bonus of doing the ABCs is that if Davey is around (a.k.a. not napping) when we do school, I have all of the preschool stuff I did with Malia so she can join us on whatever letter we are doing.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Piano Playing

Naomi is everywhere. It is hard to keep her contained these days. She recently became a very proficient crawler and just started pulling herself up (which she tries to do on everything). Last week, Malia and Davey were playing around on the keyboard and I loved how Naomi joined in on the fun.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

First Day of Kindergarten

For Kindergarten this year, I am homeschooling Malia but also taking advantage of a program our local school district offers for homeschoolers which allows her to go to school one day a week (for a full day).  Last Monday was her "first day". It was actually more of an orientation and I got to stay with her the whole time which we both loved (ok maybe I loved it more than she did).

Yesterday was her first full day away. I am still in denial that she is really starting school. I volunteered to help with lunch duty thinking Malia would really want to see me halfway through her first full day (yes I admit I am a helicopter parent) and found out that I was wrong. She didn't care to talk to me at all.. she was too busy with her new friends! It made me both happy and want to cry. Growing up is hard (for parents).

Monday, August 19, 2013

Rowan Samuel

Two weekends ago, Erik and Kendal welcomed their third child, a boy named Rowan Samuel. We were able to do a quick visit in the hospital just hours after he was born and then last night went over and got to really take him in (I love holding sleeping babies).

We are excited to add another cousin into the mix. Congrats E and KK!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


On Naomi's first birthday, I would have said she had 5 teeth. But they aren't in the places you might expect.

On the bottom, she has two distinct teeth with a third most of the way in. And up top, she has two. But not her front two, they are two off to the side. You do not usually see her top teeth when she smiles but you can see them in these pictures (which crack me up).

The good news is that I felt one of the top middle teeth yesterday- it has broken through so her mouth won't look funny for too much longer!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Copper Mountain, Phone Pictures

And here are some pictures from the good old phone. 

We got to take Malia and Davey on bumper boats one afternoon.

 Waiting for our turn.

Crazy faces.

 I didn't know it was another crazy face picture.

Not a bad place to be in bumper boats!

On our last afternoon, Andrew and Malia hiked up the mountain to frisbee golf. They found a disc that wasn't theirs, called the number on it and returned it to its owner. The people rewarded them with passes for the trampoline and go-carts.  Malia and I ran around trying to get both in before they closed for the day.

She loved jumping. 

Malia's first go-cart experience. 
(I think it was only my second time go-carting.)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Copper Mountain, Part 2

 On the Saturday we were up in Copper, Andrew and I had the chance to take Malia and Davey up the chair lift to go on a hike.

 The views are amazing.

 We saw some wildlife including several marmots (one is scurrying across the rocks).

 The girls were brave and adventured across a big boulder field with us.

 On the chair lift.

When we came back down it was time to cheer Pops in from his long bike race. 
Naomi ready with her bell to cheer Pops to the finish.

 At the finish. So amazing that he has done this 3 years in a row.

The girls with Pops.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Copper Mountain, Part 1

 We spent last weekend up at Copper Mountain with Andrew's parents. It is so beautiful and peaceful up there. We had a wonderful time.

One night we went on a walk after dinner. This is what we did.

 The girls broke out in dance in the middle of the main village. 

 Naomi did some sliding.

Davey and Malia at the base of the mountain.

We hiked up a bit (some of us in flip flops) and found beautiful wildflowers. 
Here are some of my favorite pictures I got of the girls.

We visited the giant sandbox and little house...

And we petted some dogs. (Seeing dogs is one of Naomi's favorite things.)

The girls with Emmie and Pops.