Friday, June 27, 2008
The Sunny Patch Blog! I am especially interested in these activity bags! Great for a long trip in a car!
Sadlier Oxford Check out the great online learning activities!
A list of fine motor activities!
Ziggity Zoom A new website introduced to me by http://preschoolmama.com/ Lots of activities and printables and apparently more great stuff to come!
Not new to me but worth a mention!!!!!!
Michael Olaf's Child of the World Catalog This is my GO TO for Montessori inspiration! If you have not checked this out DO IT RIGHT NOW!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Soooooo...I bought about 1/2 a bag of books. Apparently, I only have half the self control I need! I also picked up 2 cushions that will be perfect for making these situpons this weekend. I spent $4 total!
As far as donations go...I brought about 5 boxes of clothing, etc... after our yard sale the weekend before last. I am already working on another box to bring in a couple of weeks.
We have finally decided to give up on having yard sales. I love to shop them but sitting there all day and not selling much is not worth it to me. As Andrew pointed out, if you just get a receipt at the thrift store you will be able to take more off your taxes then you have EVER made at a yard sale!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
http://www.justkidsrecipes.com/inxbak.html Make sure you check the other categories as well!
Kid's cookbook to check out!
Cool recipe and inspiration for my cookbook plan!
http://www.molliekatzen.com/kids.php Check out these ideas! I would LOVE one of her books!
http://www.kids-cooking-activities.com/index.html Look around this one.
http://www.bry-backmanor.org/picturerecipes.html picture recipes
And...this might be the solution if you really do not have time to look for good recipes! These are all picture recipes that are ready to print!
I just love the Internet!
So...changes inspired by the last post...here is our NEW schedule!
Monday - Cooking Mama & Me day! A day in which we cook something and add a page to our soon to be new COOKBOOK! Just like this!
Tuesday - Nature Study
Wednesday - PLAY DAY!!! Fun stuff only! Parks, play dates, play areas, backyard fun, etc...
Thursday - Nature Study
Friday - Arts/Crafts!
I am feeling much better and so ready to get started! Thanks for all your inspiration!
Anyway...trying to shake off the gloom...here is a list of wonderful ideas shared by some of you that I am looking forward to trying!
Frozen grape pops! Hot summer days here we come!
Peanut butter granola balls! YUMMY
A Volcano! Josh will love making this volcano!
The Chore Bucket Worth a try...we have been majorly slacking on keeping up with his chores!
Balloon Balls This is exactly what I need for the fall, may help him to focus so I can try circle time again!
Peanut butter milkshakes and especially the Kid's cookbook idea! Is there a bit of a theme with all this food??? I think a cookbook is a must...hmm...I think I just got an idea???
Chewy granola bars See Above!!!
Recycled Paper shapes Great for our end of summer study of composting etc...
Hope you find some inspiration!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Anyway, the appt. was going along quite normally. You know...he was weighed and measured, blood pressure taken, heart and breathing listened too, etc... Then she got out the little flashlight scope thing to look in his ears. She checks out the left, looks good. She checks out the right and makes a little huh sound. She explains that she sees a foreign object in there and thinks it is a rock. OY!
So, we question Josh a bit and try to figure out what it actually might be, he immediately tells us that he put ???? in his ear awhile ago when making an owl! He could not tell us what it was and I have NO memory of him ever making an owl??!!
Obviously...no matter what it was, it needed to come out! So the DR tried to use a long handled tiny scoop to grab it out. No Luck! Josh just screamed and cried in pain. (It was so awful!) Then she thought maybe they might be able to wash it out and had the nurse come in and squirt water in his ear. Which of course made him scream and cry some more! (and he is NOT a kid who cries easy!) At about this time, I had ENOUGH! So, I asked if I could see it for myself. I immediately thought it looked like one of those tiny craft pompoms. I suggested maybe they could just grab it with tweezers and since, at this point they were out of options. They decided to give it a try!
Thankfully, it worked immediately, she reached right in and grabbed it right out! Well, it turned out to not be a pompom but was actually a little piece of black fun foam. So strange...we do not even have that color so I can not for the life of me figure out when or where he put it in!
What a trauma! The appt. lasted for about and 1hr and 20 minutes. He was also supposed to get shots but we decided to just do it in a year since these were just the ones you need to get before Kindergarten. And...honestly, he was just too horrified. He even told the Dr that he did not care to come back again and that he did not really like it there! At least, he mostly used good manners! No one can really blame him for being honest!
Hopefully, he learned his lesson! So...have your kids ever put anything in their ears or noses?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Thought I would share our plans for summer, since they are FINALLY ready! (Warning- this one will be looo-oooong!)
I decide, for the sake of organization, to create a Nature Journal. It has a two-fold purpose. The first is to encourage Joshua to start writing and recording (drawing etc...). The second is just a place to keep all the activities I have planned. I want to have things ready but not schedule things to certain days so as to be more flexible, NOT my strong suit!
First, I went here and printed off pages that I liked to use for his writing and recording. I chose some that are lined a bit with space for drawing and some with just open space for pictures and taping found items etc...
Next, I looked at all the activities I wanted to do and split them up into subjects. (Intro, Birds, Trees/Plants/Flowers, Backyard Animals, Insects, Sun/Clouds, Creek, Frogs, Beach Life, Dirt/Compost)
Here are the activities to go along with the subjects. (Feel free to ask for more infrmation if something you are interested in is unclear!)
- Create Journal- I slid every printed out page and activities written on cards into a page protector. I plan to pull the pages out as we use them and slide them back in for keeping.
- Spring Nature Walk- http://www.heartsandtrees.blogspot.com/ Look in the sidebar under My Free Downloads! Check out this blog! You may want to just order her ideas!
- Plant Seeds- We have several different planting projects including a Chia Pet, Paper towel sprouting seeds, and a few other ideas and kits I have been collecting. I figure if we plant a ton...something will grow!
- Under a rock- literally move a rock and discover what is underneath, write and/or draw what you find.
- Paint Clubhouse- We are just going to paint a giant box left over from Josh's birthday, something he can drag out and play in for a week or two!
- Trash pick up hike to the park! Grab a bag and join in!
- Make birdfeeders- like this and this.
- Bird graph- We are just going to keep track of all the birds we see for one day by color, type, what they are doing, etc...
- Bird observation and journaling.
- Set up a bird bath, I hope!
- Make a bird from here http://kidscraftweekly.com/bird_issue.html! Highly recommend joining this site!
- Journal writing
- Collect/Press leaves and flowers
- ID leaves and flowers using cards from http://www.montessorimaterials.org/science.htm and http://therealshmi.googlepages.com/science and maybe http://www.freewebs.com/montessoritoprint/science.htm
- Leaf/ tree rubbing
- Make a sponge garden
- Plant part cards from one of the above ??
- Flower pounding like this!
- Maybe even try our hands at a Lapbook http://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/2008/06/flowers-plants-lapbook.html I highly recommend, if you are interested in lapbooking, joining this group, http://lapbooklessons.ning.com/. Just amazing Moms!
- Maybe pressed flower cards http://pinewoodcastle.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/11/pressed-flower-.html
- Journal writing
- ID Local animals using our local animal field guide!
- Set out a pan with flour anf food on it to check out footprints and figure out who are nocturnal etc... Footprint guide found at www.bear-tracker.com
- Squirrel lapbook (Will share links in a week or so, ya know, after I find them!)
- Journal writing
- Ant Study
- Josh got this butterfly house for his birthday, so a bit more butterfly study!
- ID insects using cards from http://www.montessorimaterials.org/science.htm check under Animal Classification.
- Use Josh's new bug vac a ton to check out insects from the yard!
- Some art/craft insect craft, yet to be determined!
- Also, journal a bit on butterflies and their progress!
- Take a Cloud Walk downloaded from http://www.nostudentleftindoors.com/Home.html
- Make a cloud book showing different cloud types with cotton balls.
- Make cloud pictures like this!
- Make solar prints using black construction paper with leaves on top and set in the sun.
- Create a simple sundial with a paper plate.
- Make suncatchers like this super easy idea!
- Journal writing
- We have a creek in our backyard so we will be studying the water and creatures we find!
- Creek clean up! You would not believe all the stuff we find!
- Journal writing
- Frog study, including lifecycle info found on http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/topic/world/minibeast.html. Just scroll down a bit!
- Journal writing
- Shell/rock sort
- ID shells with cards from http://www.montessorimaterials.org/science.htm
- Sand vs soil study
- Shell Wreath- glue shells on a cardboard cutout wreath shape. Maybe a frame instead if we do not have enough shells for a wreath!
- Journal writing
- Soil study- to see what is in it!
- Shake jars from http://lapazfarm.homeschooljournal.net/2008/04/10/more-garden-themed-montessori-trays/ Several other great ideas here too!
- I am considering making some sort of wormery, but to tell the truth I am a bit horrified by worms. Had an entire bucket of them dumped on my head once and have never gotten over it!
- Make a small compost. Ideas from http://thecookfamilyzoo.blogspot.com/2008/05/green-hour-project-composting.html
- Paper making project like the one found at http://artfulparent.wordpress.com/2008/05/20/handmade-paper-shapes-tutorial/
- Journal writing
Rainy Day ideas
- Art/craft projects, of course.
- A terrarium from http://www.kidsgardening.com/2006.kids.garden.news/jan/pg3.html
- This Newspaper hut from http://pepperpaints.com/2008/05/13/newspaper-hut/
- ABC nature pages if I am REAL desperate! http://www.freekidscoloring.com/alphabet/animals_and_plants_alphabet/
- Journal writing!!!!!!!!!
So that is it for now! If you get a chance, let me know if these types of write up are helpful! I do not mind doing it but it does take a ton of time. So if it is not of use to anyone, I could probably find something better to do with my time (read- do the MOUNTAIN of dishes in my sink!)
Monday, June 09, 2008
I finally finished making the Constructive Triangles and am thrilled with the results! It was very easy to do and really looks great!
All I did was buy the appropriate color fun foam. (I substituted the gray for purple) I printed off
the constructive triangle patterns and blue triangles (black and white versions only) from
Then I roughly cut them out and taped them to the foam. I took my time and carefully cut out the foam. I finished by using a sharpie to add the blackline to the edge for matching.
I chose to store ours in zipper bags for now, I also cut out a small control of error to toss in the bag. (more for me than Josh!) I plan to present these this week using these lesson plans.
So...what have you made lately?
Friday, June 06, 2008
This is an excellent Practical Life activity to do with a preschooler but it does take a bit of prep and a boat load of patience! Before you even mention the activity make sure there are no irreplaceable glass bowls anywhere near the area in which you and the child will be working! (I learned this the hard way...it was in the dish drainer and a heavy plate tipped over right on top of it!)
Fill up one side of the sink with hot soapy water.
Fill up the other side with lukewarm, clean, clear water.
Pull up a tall stool and wrap yourself and the child in your favorite aprons.
In our house, I wash the dishes slowly since Josh needs a bit of reminding as to where to place the dishes in the drainer. Anyway, after I wash a dish, I place it in the clear water and he pulls it out and dumps the water (preferably into the sink!!!) and places the dish in the drainer.
Hints and Tips:
I often place a clean towel on the counter spread out next to Josh for him to place bigger or awkward dishes. It is just easier for him and I do not have to do too much juggling in the middle that way!
Start off with a small amount of dishes the first few times! Maybe just lunch dishes to get both of you used to sharing this job.
Have fun with this! Do not do it too often if it is stressful for you, the experience will mean more if it is kept positive!