Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Drake is NOT good at the game of memory but he loves the cards so I cut a slit in the plastic lid of this can and he busied himself stuffing all of the cards in there. I sat with him after he had played alone for a little while and started naming pictures as he put them in and I also pointed out "Different" and "Same".
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Caden and Drake were waking up way too early so I had to do something! It was as early 4:00am!!!!!! I couldn't take it anymore! I set up the light and timer(5 bucks each at Target). I did just like she said and got him all excited that he could run into my room in the morning when the light turned off and it's working!!!! It's only been a couple of days so I think it will improve. We also put his peter potty (totally recommend it) next to the light so that he can easily find it at night.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
After Drake lost interest it turned into a sorting activity for Caden. He would fill it up and then dump it. Then he would sort the black from the red and start all over. It's out on the shelf now and it is very popular but they haven't worked on it together on their own yet.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
He asked me to paint with him so we painted together.
After we painted we took off all of the stickers and it had this cool little effect:)
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Mommy- "How many feet does he have?"
Caden- "1-2-3-4!" (counting each foot)
M- "Does he have a tail?"
M-"How many tails?"
C- "One. He has 3 eyes!"
M "Really! Let's cont and see!"
C- "1-2 eyes!!"
M- "Just like you! Do you want to draw a picture of him in your Journal?"
I wrote down all of our observations and Caden drew this adorable little lizard! I was so excited because this is the first time he has every drawn anything that actually looks something like what he says it is!! You see it right?? I wrote the word lizard at the top of the page and we talked about the sounds the letters make. Caden picked up the Jar and held it to the paper, "Look lizard, that's you. L is for l-l-lizard, like you!" It was adorable!
I then told Caden that Heavenly Father made all living things and that we need to be gentle and loving to them like Heavenly Father would want us to be. i asked caden if he thought the lizard would like living in a jar and he said "We gonna let the lizard go home to his father." lol we took him on to the patio and he jumped out of the jar and on to Caden's shirt! It was so cute because you could tell Caden liked but was also nervous!
I loved this experience!! It was only 10-15 minutes of our day but we covered so much:
It's moments like these that make me so glad I am homeschooling!
I just wanted to share some of the unique things I did to help me complete these quilts. The first thing I did was draw up a plan in paint brush.
The second thing is I pined up the rows as I was working on them so that I wouldn't screw up:) This also saved me space and kept it away from the boys.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
2 Tbls Cream of Tartar
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
We also have two new areas in our play room!!! Drum Roll Please.........
The Sensory Tub is Back!! The boys are so excited. With all of the changes we had been going through these last few months we didn't have the time(and I didn't have the patients:) for things like this. We are starting out simple(so they can get used to the rules) but I will be putting some new sensory activities in it soon.
Our other new area is the "Computer Area". My sister no longer needed this computer so she gave it to the boys! We were so excited! It is about 5 years old but it has Windows XP and it easily took a couple games. Caden is so excited about it! I set it up so that it is plugged in to the outlet that has a light switch hooked to it. Now if I turn off the light switch they can't turn on the computer.
Friday, September 11, 2009
I am with Angela, I have great goals for structure and routine. I pull a fun activity out - step away to do something that is nagging at me and by the time I get back to them they aren't playing with 'it' they way they should and they have moved on to something else. I too struggle to get THEM to clean up before moving on!
What is the secret. Sometimes just remembering to tell them is hard to do.
I don't know if my method of teaching the boys to clean up after them selves is much of a secret but here it is:) The first thing is organization. The play room is organized into "Areas": (click the Area title to see a post on each area) Table Toys, Floor Toys, Reading Corner, and Busy Toys. You could have more areas if you child is old enough like, Art area, Music Area, writing Area, Computer Area, Sensory Area, Pretend Area or Science area. Also areas can be combined like Table Toys and Art Area could be on the same shelf while sharing a Table. Music Instruments could be with the Floor Toys. Each Area has a designated space in which to play with the toys. By having the work space close to the toys it makes cleaning up easier.
After I establish the areas I put on a little performance! It may sound silly but it works! I have the boys follow me to an area and I say, "Watch Mommy! I want to play with this puzzle" I then take the puzzle off of the shelf and carry it to the table. I take out a few puzzle pieces, put them back in and announce, "I'm all done with this puzzle, I'm going to put it away on the shelf!" I walk over and put the puzzle back and move on to a new activity. I do this several times with different toys the first time and it seems to keep their interest because I am a little dramatic:) Any time I put out a new activity I demonstrate how I would use it and then put it away. Keep in mind that Caden has got this down but Drake is about 75%. I still remind Drake whenever I see him leaving a toy without putting it away. Occasionally one of the boys will get a little stubborn and I will take the extra time to make sure they don't get out another toy and then they reluctantly clean up their other toy. It takes a lot of work and attention right now but It has already gotten so much easier over the last 2 months and Drake is catching on faster then Caden did when he was his age because Drake has Caden as an example. I'm hoping that this will mean that Jack will just follow right along when he gets to this age:) A girl can dream right:) Even though it takes a lot of work I have good reasons for taking it so seriously:
- Teaches responsibility
- When they know they have to clean it up it makes them commit to the activity before they get it out.
- Eventually it will make it easier on me
- It makes it so that no one child can hoard all of the toys
- It also teaches them to respect and care for their toys that Daddy has bought for them therefore, showing respect towards Daddy.
Hope this helps:) If any one has any other tips I would love to here them:)
I call these busy toys and there is one basket of them in the boys room, not in the main play room where all of the other areas are. My definition of a busy toy is: they don't need help from me to use it, there are no small parts and it is easy to clean up. The boys go to their room and play with these when Nate calls me to tell me he is on his way home so that I can have a chance to clean up and start dinner.
P.S. Yes, I arranged the toys in this picture:) Usually they are just piled in there:)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
From Left to Right: (top) Elmo ABC Bus, cars, pretend sandwich, trucks, Africa animals,
(bottom) big Lego's (in a laundry soap bucket), giant solar system floor puzzle.
I rotate out everything often but there is always a building material (big Lego's, foam blocks, small wooden blocks). The other things are meant to enhance the block play. Other things like floor puzzles and letter games are thrown in until the boys really get into building.
Also a tip on boys who love cars! I have a huge bucket of cars! Some are from when Nate was a kid, most were gifts and quite a few are potty present from when Caden was potty training. I keep them all in the closet and then only put out one type in a little bucket. For instance he has 5 cars from the movie, Cars. Or he has a set of Tonka cars that are working vehicles. It helps because when I pull out a new set they are excited all over again!