Sunday, September 30, 2012

Week in Review

 This weekend the kids and I drove to Knoxville, TN for some cousin time!!! Tomorrow is B's 2nd birthday and we celebrated all weekend long. We had intended on going to the zoo on Saturday but rain and a discombobulated nap schedule called for a change of plans. Instead, we went to the park then played in the backyard, went out for a birthday dinner (hibachi-style) and ended the weekend with a breakfast birthday party. We had a blast!
Snoozing on the way

B showing the Beans how to cheer on the VOLS

Nap time with Reilly. 

His first Hibachi :) He ate a little bit of everything.
The girls playing with Bubba
My kids opening the birthday girl's presents! Sorry B!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Word Work

Busy has always loved learning! She loves a challenge, so the teacher in me takes advantage of that. I bought some books that starts to introduce sight words and she loves to read them! After reading the book to her and with her, we take the sight words from that book and put them on her word wall. As an extension, we do some word work together to reinforce the words she is reading. She gets stickers on her A+ for Hard Work card when she puts forth an effort and when she reads the book by herself she colors in shapes to complete a picture. The program is Innovative Kids: Now I'm Reading and I am really liking it. We are on the pre-reader program called Word Play.

The extension activity I made was really easy. I collected tops of bottles and milk cartons and wrote the letters to spell out the sight words. I then wrote the word on snack size zip lock bags and put the matching tops inside. She uses the bag to see how the word is spelled and matches the letters to make the word. 

The trick is to teach that you only work on one bag at a time. That way the tops don't get mixed up.

This is another literacy activity that we do together. She picks the letter she wants to work on and we cut pictures and words out of magazines that start with that letter. We tape the letter pages to the closet doors in the family room. 

More Apple Activities

We have been busy making more apples (I think it's time to move on to pumpkins). Here are a few activities that we did last week.

Hanging Apples

We love to display themed art projects by hanging them in the front window. For the apples, I drew the apple on a piece of white or red paper and had Busy help me cut them out. We then cut out stems and leaves and colored the white apples green (and purple?) We have a string hanging across the window that I leave up and we hung the apples with paper clips. Easy as (apple) pie!

Apples in a Basket

For this project you need craft sticks, glue, string and play doh. Busy helped me glue the sticks together making four sides to the basket. Once the glue dried, we tied the four sides together. Then she made apples with play doh and pretended to pick them from the tree outside and put them in her basket. We did not have a bottom to the basket, but you could easily make one and tie it on the bottom. 

Q-tip Painting

I used to do this when I was teaching. I drew a picture of an apple tree and set out paint and q-tips. We have done dot painting before so Busy knows the difference between dot painting and brush painting. The first time we dot painted, I demonstrated the difference between brushing and dotting. She started with the green leaves then moved on to the trunk and finally painted the apples. She was very proud of the result, and so was I :) For a little something extra I asked her how many apples she could count. 

She wasn't happy with the way her first two 1s looked. She said they were too "crooked." Apparently the third one was better. 

She did this tree at school. She called it "Fall Leaves and an Apple."

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week in Review

This week was full of some fun things, and it all started with babies in a box...

Our first music class at Shine Louisville
Beans was mesmerized

Uncle Daniel and Aunt Karyn were in town to celebrate Uncle Daniel's birthday. We had dinner at Jack Fry's (Busy called it "Fancy Dinner.")

Saturday we went to Huber's Farm to play and pick pumpkins!!! 

Archery with Daddy

family fun :)

She is concentrating so hard trying to actually start the tractor.
She rode Silver last year, too. 

Fall weather is the best!

And after only a day of pushing this around...

This is what the Beans decided he was ready to do...

*Note to self, all videos must be taken in landscape mode. Apparently you can't rotate a video.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Week in Review

I have now realized that in order to recap our week, I am going to have to start keeping notes! It's Sunday and I have already forgotten what we ate for breakfast, much less what we did last Monday! I do know that we had another busy week of gymnastics, ballet, school, Nana's and Baba's house, soccer and some jug band fun. It's starting to get dark earlier which means fall is setting in :) Beans is drooling more than Hooch and has been a little sticky with the case of the "mommy hold me's" the last few days, and Busy has started a lovely new 3 year old thing...pouting. Uuugghh. I thought I didn't like whining, I really don't like pouting! Other than some sad news that I can't put into words quite yet, we had a pretty good week. Here it is in pictures :)

Helping me give Bentley a bath

Kick it! 

Beansie's first popsicle

Dinner at Sato Zen with Daddy

His first sink bath

Parent's night revealed that she doesn't like going to Kroger!

Fun at the Jug Band Jubilee!!!

Dancing at the Jug Band Jubilee :)

No teeth yet, although the drool is out of control. 

Our new camel friend at Henry's Ark

Seriously, the cutest baby in the world!!!

More dancing

Catching up on some reading :)

And she's off to save the world...