I thought I'd take a little time today to share a little about what's going on with each of us!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Last week we did the letter M. It was a short week with Labor Day but we did get a good bit in. We of course started with the letter M collage. Letter M is for Money, Mouse, Marbles, Milk and Mop.
We did a cute Totally Tots letter M craft. M is for Mouse!
We read two books about mice. The first was Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh.
After reading the book we did a counting activity. I wrote numbers 1-10 onto index cards then I gave Luke a pile of paper clips. He had to randomly draw numbers and then clip the correct number of paper clips onto each card!
We also read Mouse Paint by Walsh. And then we painted mice! We learned about mixing red, blue and yellow paints to make purple, green and orange! I drew 3 ovals on 4 pieces of paper (2 for Luke and 2 for Eli). They painted 3 mice red, blue and yellow. Then they mixed the paint to get orange, purple and green. After they are dry you can add faces, arms, legs and tail. Here is Luke painting his mice:
And a cute story about our 'rule' that hopefully shows reinforcing these things is working... Today, the boys were playing in Luke's room and I heard them bickering. Then I heard Eli start crying. Before I was able to head in that direction, Luke ran into our bedroom, came up to me and said, "Mommy, I'm not going to lie. Eli was trying to get my clothes and I took my arm and pushed him."
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
*This includes mirrors, sinks, tubs, shower stall, toilets (inside and out) and sweeping and mopping the bathroom floors. This also includes the sink, counter and mirror in our bedroom.
Thursday- Vacuum and Dust
*Yep, that's it.. I vacuum and dust... the bedrooms and the den. Exciting. Sometimes I vacuum really well.. like I get behind furniture, etc. And sometimes I just go over what I can see! If it's the Hubs week to be off on Friday I also try to get my Friday work done.
Friday - Sweep and Mop
I try to sweep the floors everyday and of course I do the dishes everyday.. well most everyday. Sometimes the dinner dishes don't get done until the next day. I also do a load or two of laundry everyday.. but if you were to come over today you'd see two loads on the couch... it doesn't always get put up the same day! Here lately I've been on an organizing kick. And that is good.. because I am not organized. Today I organized the closet where I keep all of our craft and school things. So, I'm hoping to add some kind of organizational stuff to my week. I guess decluttering counts, right?
I made up this schedule to keep up on the important cleaning. Sometimes kids are sick... I am sick.. we are busy and it doesn't get done. And it's okay. My house is never perfect. I have kids, young kids and you know what? We live here! I have gotten into the trap where I worked myself to death to keep things looking perfect. And you know what? They never looked perfect! I would work and work on housework and at the end of the day, all I had was frustration! There was still laundry to be done, the boys had left their blocks in the den floor, I hadn't made it to the bedroom where my makeup was still strewn all over the counter, the Hubs had left his wet towel in the bathroom floor, that pile of mail and papers still waited on me by the computer... and it was 11pm and I was exhausted! So, now, I try to do the important things and do a few 'straighten ups' throughout the day and just let it be. I still catch myself going back to that frustration. But I have to remind myself what is important. My kids and hubby deserve a wife and mommy that is not frustrated.
*Disclaimer- Please don't think that this means my house will look tidy every time you come over. And please don't think this 'schedule' means that I have it all together. Oh me, that is far from the truth!
Monday, September 13, 2010
So, it's almost 11pm and I'm about to get in bed.. but it's still Monday! I had a hard time coming up with a menu this week. I just wasn't into it. And I'm not really happy with what I've planned.. mainly because of the lack of veggies. I'll throw in some extras for lunch time though!
Tuesday - Chili (never had it last week, it was too hot!)
Wednesday - Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit
Thursday - Chicken Nachos w/ Black Beans
Friday - Baked Manicotti, Salad
Saturday - Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza, Carrot Sticks and Dip
Sunday - Taco Salads w/ Home Group!
Monday isn't listed.. because that was tonight. We went to Chick Fil A at the mall. They have family night and kids eat free with the purchase of a regular meal. They also had free ice cream for the kids and they could top it with all kinds of yummy stuff! The boys had fun!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
1. What is something mommy always says to you? God knows how many things.
2. What makes mommy happy? Praying to God.
3. What makes mommy sad? Scared.
4. What does your mommy do that makes you laugh? Say funny stuff.
5. What did your mommy like to do when she was a child? Play with baby toys.
7. How tall is your mommy? I need to count. 22. (He counted from my foot to my head with his hands)
8. What is her favorite thing to do? Clean up the house. (HA!)
9. What does your mommy do when you're not around? Cry. (Because I miss him)
10. If your mommy becomes famous, what will it be for? Singing. (See... someone likes my singing!)
11. What is your mommy really good at? Cleaning up.
12. What is your mommy not very good at? Running. (Oh so true!)
13. What does your mommy do for her job? Clean up and clean up the bathroom and my bathroom and the floor.
14. What is your mommy's favorite food? Spaghetti and Hot Dogs and all kinds of food. (Haha... yes, he's right about the 'all kinds of foods' part!)
15. What makes you proud of your mommy? When you play with me. :)
16. If your mommy were a cartoon character, who would she be? A girl cartoon.
17. What do you and your mommy do together? Play some games, like where I get some out of my closet.
18. How are you and your mommy the same? We love God.
19. How are you and your mommy different? We don't wear the same clothes.
20. How do you know your mommy loves you? Do you know what? I love you too! :)
21. What does your mommy like most about your daddy? When you're scared you get daddy.
22. Where is your mommy's favorite place to go? To the store to get stuff.
As I sat here eating my lunch and the boys watched a little Imagination Movers before nap time, I hopped over to A Wise Woman Builds Her Home. I was skimming through her most recent posts and came across this one. It is entitled "The Start of a New School Year" but there is so much more to it. It's much more about our time and family! Hop over and read it.. and then come back.. I'll wait.
Good stuff, huh? I mean, I know my children aren't in school yet, but oh how I desire to remember Mrs. Fuentes lesson when they are in school full swing! And even though now the only activity that Luke is involved in is soccer, I know this is a lesson that I need to hide in my heart, now. This is something we need now!
May we seek Him for wisdom and discernment in all that we do!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Letter L was a super easy one for Luke... considering it's in his name! We still had o much fun learning about different things that start with L and also doing all kinds of fun activities and crafts! First we started of with a Letter L collage from Homeschool Creations! (FYI, this post is long.. I probably should have made it two parts!)
We had a lot of fun learning all about Ladybugs! We read the book Ladybug (can't seem to find it.. but I'll keep trying), which was full of ladybug facts! We used some parts of the Ladybug Lapbook from Homeschool Share (I just discovered this site and will be using it more in the future!). We used the "Parts of a Ladybug" and also "I Can Follow Directions" which was a great learning tool! Then we made a cute ladybug out of a paper plate!
For snack time we had Ladybug apples and Lemonade! Yum! I got the snack idea from Mama Jenn! We used chocolate chips instead of raisins!
Both boys got in on this craft! I printed off a Lemon coloring page and then mixed some lemonade mix in with yellow finger paint. This made the paint smell just like lemons! I was afraid that Eli might try to eat it since it smelled so good but he didn't! ;)
I am still searching for where I found this Lollipop printable! I have got to start writing it down! Anyway, I cut out these lollipops and created different sequences for Luke to finish. Ok, found it.. the printables came from Homeschool Creations!
Then we made a Lollipop! I didn't help him much with this. I cut the yarn in several pieces and let him do the rest. He's pretty meticulous with his work.. wonder where he gets that from?
This week we talked about how God is our Shepherd. We read Psalm 23 and talked about how God takes care of us just like (better than!) a shepherd does his sheep and Lambs. Luke put together a puzzle of shepherds watching over their sheep.
Our verse was, "Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Sam 16:7
The house rule that we focused on was: Love, Honor and Pray for One Another and we read 1 Corinthians 13 several times to talk about what it means to love others.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Quick menu... late.. but it's here! I've got a recipe to share later in the week!
Monday- Dinner with family
Tuesday- Shepherd's Pie
Wednesday- Baked Chicken, Green Beans, Roasted Potatoes, Rolls
Thursday- Beef Stir Fry w/ Rice
Saturday- Spinach Lasagna & Salad
Check out orgjunkie.com for more menu ideas!
I'm thinking about making some banana nut muffins this week.. and even though it's only the first week of Sept, I'm already thinking about pumpkin bread!!! It's one of my favs!!
What are you eating this week?
Friday, September 3, 2010
1. Bible Time- Right now we're using this book (ok, well I can't find it online.. but I'll try to take a picture later and post it). The stories are really simple and the boys enjoy listening to the stories. It comes with a DVD of the stories being read to the pictures in the book and then there is a song after it that goes along with the story. They also like learning new songs about the stories too! I'm also hoping to purchase The Jesus Storybook Bible. Hopefully we can get it for later in the year! We will also be continuing Scripture memory (link below) to go along with our letter of the week.
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word."
2. Letter of the Week- Yep, we are continuing the letter of the week. We're still mainly focusing on the Uppercase. We should finish the upper case right before Christmas and we'll start the lower case in January. We will be using Kumon Uppercase and Lowercase workbooks along with all of the fun activities I use online. We'll be reading lots of books that goes along with our letter projects. Here are some of the things I use online:
Totally Tots - Alphabet Crafts
Totally Tots - ABC Scripture Memory
(I also highly recommend Song's for Saplings that go along with Totally Tots Scripture memory... my boys LOVE it!)
Confessions of a Homeschooler - I get lots of ideas and do many downloads from her site!
ABC and 123 - Again, tons of ideas!
Mama Jenn - More and more ideas...
Ok, I could go on and on! There are so many great resources but these are a great place to start!
3. Math/Science- We'll start off the year doing Kumon Numbers 1-30 and go from there. I always incorporate math and science into our activities. We learn about different animals, places, etc along with our letter of the week. We count and sort and sequence and take away and add. It really is amazing what you can tie in! For instance this week we will be talking about our sense of taste and smell! Lemons anyone? We've also talked made ladybugs and counted spots, legs, etc.
4. Other skills, etc. We'll be working on mazes for pencil skills and lots of scissor work too! Of course we'll be in the kitchen a lot! And thank goodness the weather will be cooling off soon! He's four. I'm not stressing. He will learn as we live. And most importantly I want him to know God. So... that leads me to our last and newest addition:
5. House Rules and Character Traits: We are using Gregg Harris' 21 Rules of This House. I love each one of them and they will be good for the Hubs and I to remember as well! We will be going over one a week and reading Scripture that goes along with them during family time. I'll be incorporating these Character Qualities during the day as well. We'll just talk about them as we go about our day.. nothing formal. Also on my list is the the Westminster Shorter Catechism and the Ten Commandments. All of these things can be woven into daily life.