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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Making Holidays Fun in Simple Ways

Click the picture to see my post form last year:) I plan on repeating several of the simple ideas this year!
Valentine's Day

Previous Valentine's Day Post

I posted these tray activities last year but we are pretty much doing the same things this year:)

Open and close little plastic hearts. There is one pink heart for each red heart and a black jewelry box to put them all in if they want to.
Great for one to one correspondence and fine motor skills.
Tonging roses on to blocks. Very tricky and great for one to one correspondence!
Using Tongs helps work the scissor muscle in young hands.
Valentines Bracelets! Pipe cleaners and felt buttons(friend gave them to me but I would guess OT)
Very good for fine motor practice and shape identification! They could also choose to make a pattern!
So proud of his project! lol goofy boy!
Valentine erasers! Sort by color or shape!
Patterns with unifix cubes using Valentine colors!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Encouraging Healthy Eating in Kids

The kids and I have been trying to eat more fruits and veggies! 

We have been making green smoothies every morning!!!
We have been having Salad bars at dinner time! And a veggies tray, loaded and ready to go in the fridge. I bring it out at snack, lunch and dinner:) The kids can choose dip if they would like:)

The kids had been doing so great and had really positive attitudes. I really wanted to do something nice for them to show them that I appreciated them eating healthy. I was walking around the store and my first thought was to get them a treat! Grrrr! There were Valentines treats everywhere. Not that I mind the kids having sweets sometimes but it seemed like a bad message to send, "You ate healthy now have some candy!" So I left the sweet isle and came out with this idea!!

I found this adorable blender to add to our pretend area, little bubbles in their favorite colors and a fun coloring sheet.

They were so excited, they loved it!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Drawing Nature

I loved this activity and so did Caden7 and Drake6. We chose a desert landscape but we will definitely do it again with other landscapes. I started by talking to them about the ways desert plants adapt to the shortages of water. We looked at tiny thorns and small leaves. Then they began picking one plant at a time to add to their landscape.

Here is Caden's6 finished landscape:)

Drake's6 finished landscape:)

Caden7 decided to use his sketch from the park as a reference to make this drawing. It was really cool to see that he was so into it that he wanted to do more:)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Buddy Reading!

I did this with my homeschool group that I organized. The older kids(5 and up) read their favorite books to the younger kids! It was really fun and my 2 boys loved practicing their books all week and getting lots of attention from the younger kids:) By the end, all of the older kids wanted to hear each other read as well:)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Magnet and Marble paintings!

We gathered paint, paper clips, metal marbles, paper and trays.

The kids started by dripping paint on the paper and then using a magnet want below it to move the paper clips and metal marbles through the paint to make designs.

They turned out so pretty! This student decided to fold hers in half after she was done! It turned out so cool!

 This little guy just finger painted:)

If the magnet is too difficult for them you can just let them roll the marbles around:)

It was really cool to watch the paper clips zig-zagging through the paint like magic!