Friday, November 30, 2012

Advent for Advent~

Today we discovered the meaning of Advent and used our day to prepare~ Advent for Advent!
We read our Bible and talked about how most of it leads up to the greatest Gift ever~ Jesus.
I explained to them the month of December is a time to prepare for Christmas and will read through many scriptures on the journey.
I talked about the first part of 'Advent'ure being Advent SO we will be on an ADVENTure for the next weeks.
We made a chart of what we learned AND made up a song~
(EK filled in some of the blanks and SJ circled her sight words)
 {Our Advent Song~ tune: I'm a Little Teapot}
Last year we used Truth in the Tinsel as our Advent curriculum making each craft and hanging on our Jesse tree.
This year I am making things a little simpler by using the paper ornaments but then I wondered what to do with them.  
We hit the jackpot at Target/Michael's yesterday/$1 aisle.
Found the cutest little trees to decorate and hang our ornaments on so today everyone made their very own Jesse tree~
 We also made paper chains to count down days until Christmas and practiced counting to 100 by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. Made a dot paint tree too.

We painted a little wreath that will hold our advent candles to be lit starting this coming Sunday
 And I am busy cutting our ornaments that will be hiding in our calendar pockets to be colored each day while we read our scripture, then hung on our trees.
A great Advent day for Advent!  

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Christmas Humbugs~

Today we read The Christmas Humbugs all about little Humbugs that come to spoil Christmas searching for more humbugs... 
 We talked how we would be keep the Christmas spirit in our house and NO humbugs.
EK: I will listen to mommy and daddy.
SJ: I will listen to mommy and do what she asks.
WP: I will play outside. :)
They loved making their own humbugs and hanging them up~
 Praying a beautiful Christmas season for all of us!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

In the Christmas Spirit~

Over the next weeks until Christmas we are sprinkling in a few of my favorite Christmas books along with our regular curriculum.
Yesterday we read Olive, the Other Reindeer and watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. We read a non-fiction reindeer book and compared what we know from each.
  Each little created a Reindeer paper bag puppet and stapled a non-fiction little book on the back.
They have loved making their reindeer retell stories or read their fact book attached.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankful Friday~

Our Fun Friday meshed with Thankful Thursday and became...
Thankful Friday!
We enjoyed a morning of remembering and praying for people we are thankful for~
(PS... we LOVE Amelia, Rosemary, and Jessica too!!!)
 And made cute turkey cards for them.
God has blessed us with SO much love and we want to give it right back!!!
I am also SO thankful to be home teaching these three little ones and the opportunity to share ideas on my blog.
Thankful for everyone that takes the time to read.
Blessings and love to each!!!  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Silhouette Update~

How To~

1. Sit child in front of a window with side facing you and have them hold still while you shoot a profile shot with your camera.
(Zoom in so profile takes up most of shot)
2. Print the photos out as 8x10 on regular copy paper.
3. While holding copy and a black piece of construction paper, cut the silhouette very slowly and carefully. 
4. Glue to white tagboard with rubber cement.

That's it! Keepsakes forever!!!  


and decided to put a little different spin on it.
Meet Munchie~
Scott cut a slit to create a mouth on a tennis ball and I added the wiggly eyes... Munchie.
What does he like to eat???
Colors, numbers, letters... just about any skill you can think of~
   I used colorful letters (gathered A-Z), put #s (1-26) on the back
and dropped everything into a big basket with a dry erase dice (color dots attached).

SO many ways you could play and even within the same game for various learning levels.

EK: Roll dice, find letter that color, say letter/sound/word, and spell word that begins with letter. Feed it to Munchie.

SJ: Roll dice, find letter that color, say letter/sound/as many words as she could think of. Feed Munchie.
(later will have her sound out her word and write on dry erase board OR magna doodle)

WP: Roll dice, find letter that COLOR, name the color and try for the letter. Feed Munchie. 

Biggest underlying skill is building fine motor skill when squeezing Munchie's mouth open. SO awesome.
After ALL the letters had been eaten, mom had the honor of emptying Munchie. SJ said he had a BIG burp. LOL   

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Silhouettes and Delicious~

As we continued our Cranberry Thanksgiving week,
we have certainly enjoyed various parts.
One of their favorite has been the silhouette page 
so today I shot each one of them and created a most beautiful keepsake... their silhouettes~

They LOVED guessing who was who... pretty easy and looks JUST like them~
 Right before lunch we mixed the ingredients for Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Bread~
Each one helped with the recipe~
It baked while we ate lunch and after picking Rosie up from school, we all had a piece for snack~
  Everyone agreed... Delicious!!!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Cranberry Thanksgiving~

This week we continue our Thanksgiving study with a FIAR book I wasn't really looking forward to BUT...
 We fell in LOVE with it!
The kids loved it SO much we read it again tonight so daddy could hear it. 
We also started our new chapter book and dove into social studies locating the New England states... we learned all about cranberry bogs too. (Cranberries were in our Mystery Box today.)
EK and SJ really loved putting on a puppet show for each other with the turkey finger puppets.

We were also able to squeeze in an adorable art activity~
Making Turkey Handprints for our art gallery~
   Starting to look like Thanksgiving in our classroom. :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Turkey Day~

This week of school has been pretty easy and smooth...
Focusing on the first Thanksgiving and its meaning.
Today we read a few books, sang lots of songs, played with turkey finger puppets, read Thanksgiving ABC book and matched letters, 
and created the cutest feather turkeys ever!!!
They all drew something they are thankful for:
EK~ Jesus.
SJ~ Food I eat.
WP~ My daddy.
I am thankful for ALL of that and SO much more.