Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Book Shelf

I have loved the rain gutter shelves from the first time I saw them here. I planned on putting one by Ellie's bed so she could actually put books on the shelf after she reads them instead of letting them fall off the side of her bed. After seeing this post I decided it would be just as cute and much easier to just buy this picture shelf from IKEA. I just love all of the ideas I get from blog land!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Alpaca Farm

We recently visited an alpaca farm with some friends. Alpaca's look very similar to llama's and are pretty darn cute. Everybody had so much fun feeding and learning about them.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Cow Appreciation Day

Chick-fil-a recently had a cow appreciation day where if you dress up like a cow you got a free kids meal. Chris took my little calves and they had a blast!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Art Holder

I saw the coolest art supply holder on Homeschool Creations blog and I knew that I wanted to make one for the girls. It was pretty cheap and super simple. I bought a lazy susan at Ikea for $7.99 and the little metal buckets at the Target dollar section. I hot glued magnets on the lazy susan which keeps the buckets from falling off when they spin it. I put it on the breakfast room table so the girls could color, draw, glue etc. while I am cooking dinner or just whenever.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

4th of July Cake

I made a candy cake for a 4th of July cookout we went too. It was so easy to make and very yummy! I got the idea from here and although her cake looks so much better then mine I was still happy with it. I just used a boxed cake mix and iced it with white icing. I lined the outside with KitKats and put red and blue M&M's on top. My travel cake plate broke so I had to put it on this busy tray which takes away from the cake but it was all I had!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Our Circle Time Board

We have always done circle time but I loved the circle time board that I first saw here. I wanted to make one for us because I thought it would be fun but the girls have loved it more then I thought they would! So on our board we have:

  • Upper and lowercase letter we are working on and right beside it is a sign language picture of the letter

  • Shape of the week

  • Color of the week

  • Bible verse we are working on (verses from AWANA)

  • Skip counting chart that I printed from here

  • 100's chart (we mark off a block each school day)

  • Letter activity cards that I printed from Homeschool Share to get the girls up and moving. I also found another set here to print once we go through all of the ones from Homeschool Share.

  • Laminated sentence strip. We write a sentence and we talk about how sentences start with capitol letters, have punctuation, how many words are in the sentence etc. The possibilities are endless. I got this idea from my wonderful teacher friend.

  • Number of the week

  • Today's weather

The letters, shapes, colors and numbers are laminated flash cards I was given and I just attach them with a Velcro dot. Our bible verses are on rings so I can easily review with them and everything else is attached with double sided tape. I still have several open spots for us to add to the board and I thought about jazzing it up and making it more colorful but I am happy with it for now.

During circle time we also have a calendar that we use to talk about days of the week and months of the year. I always try to incorporate songs, books or simple games. Circle time usually lasts about 15 min.

I got so much inspiration from here, here and here!

Friday, July 2, 2010


Emily loved washing her car! I am not sure what she enjoyed more...filling the bucket with a whole bottle of soap or washing.

I had to throw in the picture of the girls playing superhero.