Saturday, February 26, 2011

March, In Like a Lion

This afternoon it rained, then snowed. An indoor day, filled with shamrock playdough. Bean is loving holidays right now. "We better make some green sparkled playdough soon for Leprechauns."

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
Wiltons green food color
A toddler's handful of gold glitter

Mix in a saucepan on medium until it feels stiff. Cool and play!
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pajama Yoga

My dear friend gave us these great child yoga mats, and we have used them every night since! Thanks, Cindi :)
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Object Box One

Object Box One, Full of 3-letter CVC objects
Objects on the mat
After she matched some words, my 'secret messages'

Awareness that the written word has within it the ability to carry a message, to communicate
Awareness that we can read someone’s thought
Help Child explore and analyze the language he uses

 Steps Within The Lesson
  •  I’m thinking of one of these objects.  Write it down, fold it, and pass to the child
  • Child matches the paper to the object
  • Continue on to finish this way
  •  Please read them to me
  • You read all of those words
  • Remove the objects one at a time, have them read them again
  • Repeat until all are gone

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tot Time

Peanut and Pumpkin got some special time this week. Our favorites: plant care, sand tray, and cleaning up after the sand tray. Note to self... make a sweeping work, they are making a mess with the sand tray simply to sweep it. Always fun with these two!
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

2 Stylish Blogger Awards :)

What a fun morning, to wake up and see that I have recieved the Stylish Blogger Award from two of my favorite blogs!!!  Little Acorns and  Fairy Dust Teaching

The rules of acceptance of this Stylish award are . . .

1.  Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2.  Share 7 things about yourself
3.  Award recently discovered great bloggers
4.  Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

7 Things About Me:

  1. I love chocolate.  All of the time.
  2. I don't know how to sew.  
  3. Setting up materials for my girls is my biggest hobby right now.
  4. I like teeny-bopper music.  Hey, try to listen to Brittany Spears and not dance....
  5. Today I'm going to toy purge.  There's too much in this house, and we don't use it.
  6. Sundays aren't the same without football.
  7. I miss being a student.  I keep looking for a class that fits my schedule :)

Without further ado, here are my award winners!  I love reading so many blogs, but these are my newest favorites!

Art For Small Hands, a blog by a Montessori Art Teacher!
Earth Friendly Mama, a new home Montessori teacher/mom.
Practical Parenting, another writer for Mommy Moment- she is great!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Playdate Prep

Tomorrow we are seeing a group of tots and new babies. To prepare, we made a snack of rice krispy treats and hearts for the little ones. We made some Valentines from the tissue paper from Grammy's gifts. A pretty sweet Friday night, even if none of my girls liked their treats...go figure.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sand Tray, Crafts, and Beads!

A random work period on a Thursday. Hopefully keeping them captivated past bedtime will pay off in the morning! Yawn.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fun With The Pink Tower and Brown Stair

We are missing some cubes and a brown stair (working on that!), but its still attractive to the girls. Today they worked together to copy the extensions I drew in my album.
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Valentine For Mommy

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Song For The Fifth Child (although we are done at 3!)

Someone posted this on the bulletin board at school.  It makes me smile, and cry.  Expecially now since my girls are playing with me, and the dinner dishes sit there unwashed. 

Song For The Fifth Child

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking!

Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep...

by Ruth Hulbert Hamilton, in Lady's Home Journal. 1958.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine Craft/Work/Snow Day

Heart Pouring
squeezing pin bowl- hearts!

heart bead stringing
The Valentine Factory
Making coffee filter hearts
Hung on the window
Painting Hearts
Table Washing

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Year Of The Rabbit

Today we worked and celebrated the Chinese New Year.  Today starts the year of the rabbit! We made lanterns out of Valentine's Day themed scrapbook paper, to hang for the whole month.  Bean coined them as 'love lanterns' 

Making Chinese Lanterns

Red Envelope for luck and good fortune

Our love lanterns!