Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cheap school games

I was recently inspired by this post from Mama Jenn's blog to make a new file folder game from bulletin board borders. I made a trip to the Dollar Tree and bought three sets of classroom border. Each packet had 14 sheets in it and each sheet of border has 8 different pictures on it. I took one set of pictures, cut them apart and glued them into a file folder and gave the other set to Emily to match. It was a very good activity for her because she could do it successfully but she had to study each picture a little to get it.For the rest of the sheets I am cutting them apart and using them for a memory game for Emily, Ellie and I to play together. For Ellie I plan on using them for patterning. So basically for $1 you have three different activities to do. You can't beat that!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ellie's School Activities - Farm

We recently spent a week learning all about farms and farm animals. This has been one of our favorite studies. We read lots of great non-fiction books about the different types of farms, farm equipment and the animals but there favorite book was Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm. We read it everyday at circle time. The girls loved this book!!
We went to see some farm animals:
Can you see the chickens?

The girls were being very sweet to each other:)

Ellie worked on a farm puzzle:

Farm math worksheet (I can't remember where I printed this from)

Rhyming farm house from Kidssoup (such a great resource and well worth the money)

Egg Story Sequencing

I filled two tubs, one with clean water and one with chocolate pudding. I put plastic farm animals in the pudding and we acted out the Wishy Washy story. I got the idea from here. The girls loved this
and it quickly turned into them being the animals
Using these little chicks to do addition problems. This idea came from Kidssoup too.

Roll Mrs. Wishy Washy from Making Learning Fun

and using magnetic pom poms from Making Learning Fun

and how to draw a cow from Making Learning fun too.
It was a great week of school!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tot School

Tot School

~Emily is 29 months old~
We had a pretty good week of tot school last week. Emily continues to love to do school with her big sister. Here are some of her activities from school last week.

Putting the checkers into the Connect Four.
Making letters with our How to build an A book. I made most of the letters and she named them but she was able to make a few of them.Matching the color of the bugs to the board.It is hard to tell from this picture but she is matching our counting bears to the matching color on the little twister board that came from a Wendy's kids meal.Using Popsicle sticks to color scratch Dora pictures. She didn't really like this much. I just don't think the colors are vibrant enough.She loves using her drawing board!!! After all of that hard work she is enjoying lunch outside with Ellie.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Letter B Activities

Two weeks ago we worked on the letter B. We did mostly butterfly activities but we also did a few bird things. I didn't take many pictures but I did take a few of our favorite activities.

We made the Life Cycle of a Butterfly using noodles. We used an orzo noodle for the egg, spiral noodle for the caterpillar, jumbo noodle for the cocoon and bowtie noodle for the butterfly. I copied the idea from Muses of Megret.
We made a tissue paper butterfly like the one at Confessions of a Homeschooler. We also did many other of her B ideas but I just didn't get any pictures.

We made these paper plate bluebirds like the ones from My Montessori Journey. Ellie enjoyed this because she didn't need any help from me!

I wish I would have taken more pictures of our other activities but I will do better next time:)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Favorite Games

Ellie and Emily both love to play games and I love that Emily is old enough to take turns and understand how to play for the most part. Here are some of our favorites.

What are some of your kids favorite games?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal

I have been in major baking mode lately. I have tried several new recipes lately but nothing to write home about until I made this yummy oatmeal this morning that came from here! I really liked it especially with milk poured over top. Let me know if you try it!!

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal
3 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
Mix all ingredients together and stir well. Spread in a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. If you like it a little crunchy on top cook for a few minutes longer. Serve with warm milk poured over top. Enjoy!