Sunday, September 25, 2011

Three Weeks Down

We just finished up our third week of school and I can’t believe how fast it is going by! I haven’t taken a lot of pictures other than of Emily on the first day (because Chris was actually taking them) and of some of our book and art activities.

The first week we worked on the letter A. Here is Emily with a few of her activities. Most of the activities were printed from Kidssoup. She worked on making an A with playdough, matching different color A’s, tracing the letter, coloring things that start with A, putting together a puzzle, and gluing on words that start with the letter A.

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We read the book And Rain Makes Applesauce and made umbrellas with cupcake liners and yarn on cardstock and drew applesauce rain on the pictures.

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Their favorite activity of course was making acorns. I saw this idea on Pinterest. You take Hershey Kisses and add a mini vanilla wafer and top it off with a peanut butter chip on the top. We used icing for the glue. DSC02899. DSC02901

We enjoyed our acorns while watching our letter A movie…The Apple Dumpling Gang. Lets just say they were not that impressed with the movie:)

On the 2nd week we worked on the letter B and what is more fun than blowing bubbles. I filled up cups with water and food coloring and added straws. I let the girls blow bubbles in their cup onto water color paper. This was a big hit because they are normally not able to blow bubbles with their drinks.

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This wraps up the first 2 weeks of school. I was very happy with how well the girls have gotten back into the groove of school. Yes, we have had some not so great moments but I feel so blessed to stay home and teach my girls!!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Circle Time

Circle time is one of my favorite parts of our school day because it is something we all do together and I am not trying to split my time. It is a time for us to be silly but still learning together. DSC02787DSC02788

I have a list of possible activities to cover during circle time but we don’t do all of them everyday. I just pick and choose what works for us that day. Here is the list:

Pledge of allegiance, letter of the week, sign language, number of the week, songs with instruments, rhymes, show and tell, poem, read a book or short story, word wall, 100’s chart, skip counting, praying, calendar time, learning our phone number and address, reviewing states and capitals that we are learning, bible verses, frontier girls promise, Veritas cards, and feeding Rita (I will explain that in a minute).

Most of the things we are covering in circle time are posted on the wall  but anything that is not hanging up is in a box that I keep on our circle time table. DSC02821The box holds all of our poems, stories, Veritas cards, flash cards and any extras. The little trash can with the eyeballs is Rita. The girls feed Rita most days during circle time. If we are working on the number two then they might feed her 2 marbles and if we are working with the letter C then they feed her things that make the “C” sound. I mainly started using Rita for Emily but Ellie loves her just as much!

I made a notebook for all of our stories and have them categorized by season so I can easily find stories that are applicable for a topic we are working on. (sorry the pictures are side ways but they wouldn’t stay turned!)

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One of my favorite things we do I found on Mrs.. Lee’s Kindergarten blog. I will read a story and I will ask them to tell me the title, theme, characters, setting, problem, and solution. I wrote each of those things on sentence strips and put magnets on the back so whenever we are going to use them I just put them on the magnetic dry erase board and I write the answers on the board.


That pretty much sums up our circle time:)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Frontier Girls

Both girls are doing Frontier Girls this year and I am so happy that we have found a home school troop and both girls can do it together. They just earned their fire safety badge and are working on their etiquette badge.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Our School Room

I don’t think I have ever posted pictures of our school room before and since a wonderful friend recently helped me rearrange some things it I thought it would be a good time to share pics.

Here is our circle time area. Our circle time area is to the right when you walk in the room and behind the door is our calendar, family mailboxes and school rules. We use the little mail boxes to put their allowance in and write notes to each other.

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In the middle of the room we have our school table and up against the wall is Emily’s workboxes. Ellie is using a notebook instead of a workbox that you can see on the back of her purple chair. I will talk more about how Ellie is using her school notebook in another post.

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In one of the dormers there is a cabinet that holds the curriculum that doesn’t get used as often and the baskets on top hold the curriculum that we use on a daily basis.

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Also, in this dormer is our animal wall from Road Trip USA and our Mystery of History time line.  DSC02809

In the other dormer we have our foam alphabet that we are working on. All of the foam letter ideas came from Totally Tots.DSC02808 

My friend had the great idea of putting all of our books in file crates so the girls can easily flip through them. So they run along the back wall of the room. This has been such a huge hit! They aren’t in alphabetical order but all of the A’s are together and B’s are together etc.  DSC02812

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Our art shelf is tucked behind our chair but it wasn’t quite big enough to hold everything so there is a SMALL closet right beside it so I put a shoe holder on the back to help hold our loose items.

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On our longest wall we have a sofa and chair because this is also the room where we watch TV and I have a craft nook in the corner but it was too messy to photograph:)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sensory Bin

I love making the girls sensory bins and there are so many awesome ideas in blog land so I decided to make at least one a month and maybe 2. This month I decided to make a cutting sensory bin. I filled the tub with:

  • scissors
  • craft and hole punches
  • beads
  • tissue paper
  • scrapbook paper
  • foam
  • straws
  • thin cardboard strips
  • paper in all different shapes
  • paint samples

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It is definitely not a “pretty” box but it has been very popular. I am not sure who is enjoying it more. Next week I am going to add glue and pipe cleaners.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Family Spa Night

We try to plan a family night once a month that is different and fun and this month it was spa night. It has been our favorite so far. We set up three stations: facial, pedicure and manicure.

For the facial station we set up a lawn chair (b/c we are classy like that) and set up a little table with homemade facemask, cucumbers, lotion, body spray, lip gloss and a pan with warm water. DSC02862

For the manicure station we set up nail polish, fingernail files, lotion, pan of warm water for soaking and body spray.DSC02864

For the pedicure station we set up the same as above except in the foot tub we put a body sponge and soap.


We started the night off by getting into our pj’s and sipping pink lemon-aide.

 DSC02867We read a cute little book that came with the spa kit called Spa-di-da. Chris and I took the girls through each station first so they could know what to do when it was our turn. At the beginning of each station we sprayed the girls with body spray to help them relax (Ellie’s idea). We played classical music in the background to help set the mood:)They were so cute and into the whole thing. After Ellie’s facial she said that her skinning was soft and glowing:) We acted like the girls were our clients and they did the same for us. DSC02869   DSC02876 DSC02877

For the facial mask we used 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 2 T of warm water and a dollop of yogurt. It didn’t smell that great but they didn’t seem to mind.DSC02871 DSC02868DSC02872

I love the times when we all really enjoy the moment we are in. No whining, no grumpies, no complaining and not thinking about what I should be cleaning or my to do list. Just appreciating being together!! This was one of those nights and I loved it!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

1st Day of School

We had our first day of school today!! Ellie is officially a 1st grader and Emily is in Pre-K. We had a lot planned today and the girls were so excited! We started our morning off with new outfits and taking pictures. I printed their signs from here.

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After breakfast we packed their lunch and headed upstairs to start school about 9:00. I don’t let them eat upstairs very often so they were happy about that! School went really good. I worked with Ellie and Chris worked with Emily. Ellie had a little bit of a melt down at the end when we were playing a game but other than that it was a success.

We were done with school right at noon and the girls ate lunch and had some down time. I called the girls down about an hour later for Sundae school. Ellie thought we were doing our family bible study and Emily was just confused on why were were doing school again. Both girls were happy to find this:

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After we enjoyed our root beer floats and sundaes we set up for our family night. We are trying to do this once a month and this month we were going to have a family spa day. It was my favorite part of the day. I will post more on that later.

We finished off the day with a carpet picnic and the movie Tangled. Now I am pooped but I think the first day of school was a big success:)