Monday, September 30, 2013

Window Washer

A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that Malia loves to wash windows. She went all around the house spraying and wiping. I had to stop her eventually because otherwise we were going to pass out from the smell of window cleaner :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Reservoir Fun

Last weekend, we went to our local reservoir. At first, I thought we would just go play in the sand and maybe wade a bit.  But Malia and Davey requested their swimsuits and braved some icy cold water.

 M and D had a lot of fun throwing out their frisbees and then going to get them.

 They braved the icy water up to their chests. I could barely put my feet in it was so cold!

Naomi was not a fan of the cold water, but enjoyed digging in the sand.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

E is for Elephant

Our phrase for this week was "I will remember what God has done for me." We talked about elephants, who apparently have fabulous memories.

Word to Remember Copywork - I cut out the shapes and then had Malia figure out how they could make an elephant head. She wrote her words and then for some reason wanted to add the names of all of her extended family members around it.

Elephant masks and ears that I found on clearance at Michaels.

MFW had an idea to trace images from Oliver by Syd Hoff. It was such a hit with Malia.

She traced and traced and traced.

Another idea from MFW was to have a tray of objects, to take one away and see if the kids could guess what was missing. We played a few rounds of this game.

And after reading Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young, the MFW curriculum suggested having an item in a bag and having the kids just feel it to see if they could guess what it was. We had a fun time with this simple game as well. (And yes Malia is trying to take a picture of Davey as she guesses - Malia has inherited my love of photographing everything!)

Malia has not been loving our reading lessons, so I decided to get a bunch of Elephant and Piggie readers from the library because I know she loves them and thought it might be a less painful way to get her to read aloud to me this week!

Some of our elephant books...

... and the rest.

And here is her Atelier art project for the week. Potato stamped and oil pastel crayon family portraits.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Our little climber

We have a climber. Naomi is still not walking but having a good old time surprising me with new places that she thinks of going and impressing me with her ability to maneuver up to new heights. Here is one I caught recently.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chapter Books We've Been Reading

Last weekend Malia and I finished our second read through of the entire Ramona series. We started in the spring and when we got through the books the first time, she immediately wanted to start over again. When asked if she wanted to join us, Davey said she "would listen to chapter books when she was older" but she ended up listening to some of the last few Ramona books we read which was fun.

Andrew and Malia have been reading the Chronicles of Narnia for a couple of years and they are in the final chapters of their second read through of the series too.

The funny thing is I don't think I could get Malia to read Narnia with me or Ramona with Andrew.

At the end of the summer, Alli recommended the Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo to us. Malia and Davey loved the books and so I looked for other stuff she wrote and came across the Bink and Gollie series which we all love.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chairs and Books

Naomi loves sitting in chairs. She also loves books. One day Malia helped combine the two for Naomi.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Malia's Fat Lip

Last week, Malia and Davey were dancing in the living room and crash. Screams and blood coming from Malia's mouth. It was a lot of blood and at first I could not tell what the injury was. 

Thankfully when the bleeding stopped, we were able to see that her teeth were fine, but that she had bitten her lip pretty hard (after bumping her mouth on Davey's head). It was swollen for a good 3 days. Getting a picture of it was hard but here are my attempts.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Davey's First Day of Preschool

Davey started preschool this week. The set up is ideal for us - 2 days a week, 5 kids (including her best friend), 1 teacher (who is one of my best friends) and we just walk across the street to school. 

On the days she is home in the morning, she will join Malia and I on the theme stuff we do, so I am hoping it will be a well-rounded preschool experience ;) 

With her BFF "K"

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Last Week of A

Our third (and final!) "A" week was pretty light thanks to Labor Day, a teething child and the realization that it was our last week before we started the rest of our commitments for the year.

 Malia's Atelier Art project for the week.

Each letter in the MFW curriculum has a theme. A was "If I stay in Jesus, I will have much fruit". I plan on using these great printables by Mama Jenn throughout the year to help practice handwriting (and  it is a great excuse for Malia to do more art.)

We will also use the Cuisenaire Rods and Alphabet Book throughout the year. 

I had meant to make an apple sensory bin for the girls but failed to do it in time for our "A" week. I made this one at the end of the week though and sent it to Davey's preschool (a.k.a. my good friends house) so she will get to use it there this month.

Friday, September 13, 2013


I was sorting out our animal box last week and Naomi joined me. I am not sure that she was much help but it was cute to watch her "sort".

 I was surprised how long she went before she put one of the animals in her mouth. The mallard duck apparently looked appetizing though.

A few minutes later, she crawled over to our computer cords and this is the face I got when I told her "no" to playing with the cords.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Applesauce and Dog Park

Andrew's parents had Davey and Malia for an overnight a couple of weekends ago (on the verge of Apple week). They made applesauce with them at night...

... Davey enjoyed "apple spaghetti" and Malia helped cut the apples.

In the morning, they hiked around and were entertained at a local dog park.

Thanks Emmie and Pops!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A is for Apple

Our 2nd A week was Apple week. 

Malia did apple graphing and apple stamping at Options.

 We talked about the fruit of the spirit and colored this picture. The girls and I already had Galatians 5:16 & 22 memorized thanks to a Seeds Family Worship song called "The Fruit" (Vol. 6, Song 4). It was good to dig deeper into what that means with them though and we have been referencing it quite frequently when the girls (or I) have been rude, disobedient, impatient, etc. (I highly recommend these CDs, I have memorized so many verses thanks to them. You can actually listen to them free online here!)

 Practicing writing As.

Malia read Ten Apples Up On Top with just a few helps!

 We guessed how many seeds would be inside a couple of apples, ate them and talked about the parts of an apple.

 We sorted A's by uppercase and lowercase and then Davey made a circle with them :)

We had apple sandwiches - its hard to see but it is 2 slices with peanut butter inside.

These were the apple books we used. Davey loved the 3 on top (especially Johnny Appleseed).

These were some tree books we read. (They honestly were all pretty similar.)

And this was our science experiment that was a bit of a fail. We dipped some apples in orange juice and left some plain, then watched to see what happened. For some reason, the non-orange juice ones did not brown as fast as I thought they would. Oh well.