Monday, August 30, 2010

New Look

I have a new look!! Have you noticed? OK technically I don't have a new look but my blog does! I wish I could tell you how I did it but I didn't do it... my very dear friend did and she tells you how in this post. Thanks Katy!!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tot School

    ~Emily is 32 weeks old~

Tot School

After taking about a month off from school we started back this past week. The girls were very excited and so was I knowing that I had 6 weeks planned:) I added an extra activity for Emily so instead of having 3 boxes to choose from each day she has 4. Here is what Emily did this week:

DSC00794Magnetic Pom Pom’s. I can’t remember where I printed these sheets from!! I thought I printed them from Home Grown Hearts but I can’t find them but I will keep looking!

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Window Clings (Both girls love these)

DSC00797 Match the small picture to the large picture using a magnifying glass. She loved this activity!!! I printed it from here.

DSC00798 Playing with Handwriting Without Tears letter pieces– She made roads to drive her cars on.

DSC00799Color Wonder

 DSC00800Putting noodles in a cheese shaker

 DSC00801 Playing Candyland – This continues to be one of her favorite games!

 DSC00803Color Matching file folder game printed at Confessions Of A Homeschooler

 DSC00804 Pouring Water

DSC00805AquaDoodle Mat

 DSC00787 The big hit of the week was finding alphabet puzzle pieces in the rice. I got the idea from here.

  DSC00793 Eye Spy Bottle that she played with for all of one second!

All in all it was a great first week of school! To see more tot school ideas visit 1+1+1=1.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Every Cowgirl Needs A Horse

The girls and I recently checked out Every Cowgirl Needs A Horse from the library. We LOVED this book. It is so cute and funny and the girls and I read it over and over and over again. It is about a little girl who wants to be a cowgirl and asks for a horse for her birthday. On the day of her birthday she puts on her cowgirl gear and does all of her cowgirl chores while waiting to see if she gets a horse. Instead of a horse she gets a bike that she pretends is a horse. It is such a cute story!!61LzWkxBUVL__SL500_AA300_

Ok this is not book related but I have to share a few things that the girls have said and done this past week:

Me:Ellie, go ahead and get your last chore done

Ellie:Now I know how Cinderella felt!

I was sick one day this week so Chris and the girls went to the store for some ginger ale. Both girls come running in and told me they have a surprise for me. They were so excited!!!! Know what the surprise was….coupons they had found. They know me so well!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Homemade Bagels

I have been wanting to make homemade bagels ever since I saw this recipe on Passionate Homemaking. I finally made them this weekend and they were so so yummy!!! I really wanted to try to blueberry but I knew the girls would love the cinnamon sugar ones. Everyone loved them but they were a little bit of a pain to make. Hopefully next time will be a little easier and faster. The main problem I had was that it took for ever for the dough to rise! Anyway here they are: DSC00773

Luckily they tasted sooo much better then they looked:)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

School Plans for 2010-2011

I have been in major school planning mode for the last week or so and have almost the first 6 weeks of school planned. My goal is when we start school at the end of August to have 6 weeks planned for both girls including circle time. I want everything printed, pages tagged or whatever needs to be done so I can easily fill our workboxes each night. Here is our school plan:
My Father's World 1st grade - I never thought I would use an all in one curriculum but I really like this curriculum, especially the bible section. I am going to supplement the reading with:

Happy Phonics - Ellie has loved this. It is all games and lots of fun!

Explode the Code
we will also be using
Math U See Primer

Artistic Pursuits

We will also be reading lots of books! I always include 2-3 books in one of Ellie's boxes and this continues to be her favorite thing in her workboxes.

We will also supplement in with games, Handwritting Without Tears (that we were doing last year), lots of hands on activities and different printables from, Confessions of a Homeschooler, Prekinders,Teacher File Box and Making Learning Fun.

For Emily:

I still plan on doing tot school activities with her. In the past she has had 3 school boxes to choose from while Ellie was doing school but I am going to add in another box so she will have 4. Three of the boxes will be ones she can work on independently and the 4th box will be one for us to do together. Also anything that is in Ellie's workbox that has to do with a science experiment or craft I include enough materials for Emily to participate too.

Circle Time:

Circle time will pretty much stay the same but we are going to do Ellie's bible lesson during this time so Emily can be a party of it and I have added a pocket chart to our circle time board so I can include fun rhymes and poems.