Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Thirty days of October Fun! -Week One-

Thought I'd try to take a picture and make a little post every day in October!  Here's the first week- I'll edit this post as the week progresses.

Day One
We have a little rotating Bible time with the neighborhood kiddos- it's so much fun!  We hosted this week- read The Pumpkin Parable, played some cute games, sang Jesus wants me for a Sonbeam, and made jack o lanterns from paper plates and their hand prints were the leaves :)

Getting her face painted later that night at Neighborhood Night Out.  It amazes me how still that little gal can be sometimes!  She was like a statue :)

Day Two:
Evie and I made a black and orange paper chain (lots of good fine motor skills in the glueing and weaving together!)  Originally we were going to have 31 links and tear off one each day until trick or treating, but she decided she'd rather keep it whole.  It amazed me how much she enjoyed making this!

Day Three:
We planted mums today in her mommy made Red Riding Hood dress!

A better shot of the dress from the other day when she wore it the first time. 

Day Four:

We took a fall leaf finding bike ride and then did leaf rubbings, in her mommy made rainbow pony skirt!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Our DIY Homeschool Calendar!

I wanted to incorporate a calendar time for Miss E into our school this year, but since we don't have a school room, and we do our learning in the kitchen/ breakfast room, I didn't want to have some primary colored kiddie calendar that looked silly in our house.  I love those calendars, don't get me wrong, but our house is an open floor plan type of look, so we just don't have a kid colored area.  I was planning on just hand drawing it, but my awesome and SUPER talented friend Lindsay designed it on her fancy pants computer instead... and can I just say, did an amazing job!  

I pretty much just sat next to her in awe and watched her make magic with her computer. 

Then I went home and tried to make some pockets with just my hand lettering.  
Not so pretty.  I threw these away!

So I ended up typing them up on the computer in the matching font and making pockets with contact paper.  25 year old contact paper.  No lie, my mom bought the roll when my brother went to school.  Now that was an investment, lol! 

It has a Weather area (I used these printables from Learn Create Love), a sight words area (I used the dolch kinder list and cut them out), a season area, and a Catechism (Westminster Shorter) question area.  If anyone would like the questions, I typed them up all prettily and can email them to you :)  I would post the file, but as I am not computer savvy, the best I can do is email!

We are using these videos each day to learn the days of the week and months (another one here) of the year.  Each day she writes the day and temperature on with a dry erase marker, and we do a sight word and catechism question as we learn them.  She pastes them in her journal when she has one memorized.  So far its been great fun! :)

Little Pattern Review

I just finished up these ruffle pants for Miss E and I absolutely love how they turned out!  Just in case y'all are looking for a quick pants pattern, this one was quick and easy.  I think they took me about 2 hours start to finish, and I'm always slow the first time I try a pattern.  I used a grey knit and a pattern (Jocole Flounce Ruffle Pattern) from Girl Charlee.  I absolutely love that website, I could easily spend a small fortune on gorgeous knits! :)  I used a 3t capri size for her (she's 39" tall and 35 lbs) and it's just right.  Can't wait to make lots of fun things from this one!  So glad I took a risk and got it!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Stand For Life

Recently in Texas we passed legislation that will hopefully close most of the abortion clinics in our state, and also prevent abortions after 20 weeks.  A small step in the right direction.  Supporters were asked to wear blue and put up a picture with the hashtag stand4life on facebook.  The kiddos were amazingly cooperative! :)  The little pictures are Asher's sonograms.  I originally planned to put each of their sonogram pictures on the board, but I really only have extras of Asher's around since I was pregnant for so long and had a lot of sonograms there at the end :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How we did Preschool :)

Thought I'd put this up here so anyone who had questions could see how we did preschool.  We started preK at age 3 since Evangeline showed so much interest.  She's just like her mommy- loves a good project or worksheet!  For us it was mainly about setting a routine- learning to do school almost every day together and starting to love learning!  So I tried to always keep it light and fun- things she was really interested in.  The great thing about preschool is there are SO many free resources out there. There are tons of great printable packs about anything your kiddo is interested in!  E's favorite was definitely the Tangled Rapunzel preschool pack-

Tangled Pack

It was a great way to get her really excited about "school".  We focused on the basics first, with lots of play, and lots of projects!  I always tried to make it fun, especially around the holidays.  It was also our special time together as we usually do school when Asher is napping.  We usually only did school for 1 to 1/2 hours, sometimes 6 days a week, sometimes 3 or 4 days of the week.  Sometimes for longer, sometimes for shorter!  Evangeline is SO type "A" so I didn't want her stressing at all about school.  She's a little perfectionist, so I don't want to put any pressure on her.  I let her take the lead- what she wanted to learn about, do, and stop doing.  Here are a few of our fun projects we did together, usually after worksheet time.

Making leaf cookies...

I cut out the pieces for a Jack O Lantern and a black kitty and she painted and glued them together :)

 Our thankful tree for Thanksgiving...

We also did theme "units".  This one is from our Rodeo unit from the month our town has its rodeo.  Here she is making a cactus!

Here is a huge list of printable packs-

Usually I just spent some time on pinterest or google to find her a printable pack about whatever she was interested in at the moment.  I also check out Amazon for preK books, find the ones with the best reviews, then reserve them at the library. We spent a lot of time reading aloud for Prek.

Other resources we used were a PreK curriculum book I bought when I was pregnant with E at Sams (I'm not even kidding, lol) and lots of puzzles.  

Here's a link to my pinterest board for our school projects.
It's mostly preschool towards the bottom :)

Evangeline also did Awanas at our church for scripture memory and "social" time, and a ballet/tap/gymnastics combo class so she could learn some school skills... things she wouldn't learn at home- like how to walk in a line, lol :)  We also do Botanical Gardens tot classes when we can (they stop in the summer)

I think preschool home-school is so much about building confidence.  Mommy's and child's!  It's a great way to transition into the idea of homeschooling without pressure.  So have fun and don't stress!  Since I wasn't home-schooled, this was a huge point for our family.  We had no idea how to go about this.  But God has really blessed us and made it a very enjoyable journey for our family!  If anyone ever has any questions, I love to chat about school, so please feel free to ask anything.  I'm definitely a beginner at this, but I love to help in any way I can :) 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My new love...

Chalkboard Markers.  SO fun!  Definitely great for memory verses and timely reminders for mommy hearts :)