Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Horse Painting~

EK & SJ have been on a horse painting kick lately~
and they are pretty awesome at it too!!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bear Hollow Wildlife Zoo~

Today we met Savannah and the boys at Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens~
 We loved seeing all the rescue animals and reading their stories~

 Shaylee was our personal tour guide reading all kinds of information~

 It was wonderful to be there with the boys~

 Ella seriously is becoming a Big~
Sorry for all the animal photos but the kids will want them in their blog book~
 It was a beautiful day to be with my people~

A great little outing for about an hour and half... we will be back for sure!!!
Mostly because it was FREE!!!!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fairy Tale Study~

I found a story podcast for the kids to have another kind of reading experience...
and it has spurred a fairy tale fascination!
Our first story was Rapunzel and then we watched Tangled~
They all sketched while watching~
and then we wrote story narrations~

I laminated them for their Art Notebooks~

We read several versions of the story and were able to compare all the story details~
While we were outside have a story picnic, Ella found this cute caterpillar which they all passed around the whole time~

Have you heard of Flip Up Fairy Tales? We have about 15 of them in our collection.
Most of them have CD recordings and this week I have been recording the ones that don't.
It has been so fun to see how excited they are to hear my voice on the CD~
I record on my iPhone using the Voice Record app then email recording to myself.
I add it to my iTunes account then burn to a CD... easy peasy!!!
Listening to stories on CD is one of the best ways new readers can practice with support!!!
Guess who loves it the most??? Calla!!!
We are planning to visit several fairy tales over the next weeks!!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Puzzles: Activity Trays~

How many of us have a huge stack of puzzles our kids never touch?
Well, dump them on a tray and watch the magic happen!
Worked like a charm... I dumped the puzzles all day and they kept putting them back. Even this big map one. I loved hearing them talk about the place we had read about before~
Even the older kids were in on the action~
The trays have really been a fun way to add learning to our day in a super simple way!!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Vermeer Study Complete~

We finished up our last painting for Vermeer this week and painted some masterpieces too~

Good job baby Vermeers!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Afternoons Pour into Mornings~

Afternoons after snack, the kids head outside to play outside and swim.
Today Evie was out in the backyard catching tiny frogs and happened up on a snake skin taller than her~

She also saved a butterfly from the pool so everyone wanted to measure the snake skin and butterfly wingspan~

 The next morning we chose a nature book to draw from~

and drew all the wonderful things we have found in our yard~

 Nature Journals~
It will be so wonderful to look through these beautiful journals one day when they are big!!!