Thursday, May 31, 2012

RRSP: Letter D, 16, "all" and Dog unit

Last week we studied the letter D, the number 16, sight word "all" and I added a unit about Dogs to emphasize the /d/ sound.  Our memory verse was, "Do all things without complaining or disputing" Philippians 2:14.  We applied this verse to our lives quite a bit last week!  And by "we", I do mean me too, because lets face it, we all complain sometimes, even when we shouldn't.

After our daily activities of learning the verse, number, letter and word of the week, calendar time and the computer presentation, she colored her coloring sheet depicting the verse.
The craft for the week was about different responses to use rather than "complaining or disputing".  They included, "I'd be glad to.", "Sure", and "OK".
This is the first letter we've studied with a curve and from here on out, that's all we have left.  Curves are still hard to write/draw for her, but she did great on these tracing sheets.
We finally did a letter sort since the uppercase and lowercase letters look different.  She always does well with these unless she feels she's in a hurry and then just starts putting the letters down without looking at them.
For our collage, we "dot" painted the D.
I haven't worked on too much tracing of numbers and shapes recently, so I found some "D is for dolphin" tracing sheets also from 1+1+1=1.  She really seemed to enjoy them, so I think I'll try to do these more often, if not add them to our weekly regular activities.  I'm thinking I might put them in one of our binders in the page protectors so that she can use the dry erase markers.  Maybe.  I have the tendency to not pull the binder down off the shelf often enough for her to do this, so I might just keep printing different ones each week for her to work on.  OR, I could put them in page protectors, but put them in our drawers each week so that we remember to do them.  Thanks for letting me ramble on while I think out loud and plan our school day! ;) 
For some fun, I brought out the dominoes to play with.  I had never shown her dominoes, so she thought they were pretty fun.  Of course, I think she liked stacking them during her individual playtime more than she liked matching the numbers and making a train with me.  Again, I need to remember to pull these out a little more to play different number games...or just to stack! ;)

Our extra unit this week was about dogs from Homeschool Creations.  Mackenzie loved it, but then again, all of the dogs were on paper, so nothing was scary to her! ;)
One of our favorites is the roll and graph:
She also made a little book about the dog's collars.  I read the description, "This little dog has a green collar" and she found the picture that matched the description.  She glued the pictures on and then I stapled the book together.
More tracing...
My new favorite is the "clip and learn" game.  We talked about each picture one at time and then she had to find the clothespin with the correct letter for the starting sound of the picture and clip it on the card.  She did very well, considering some of the letters for the card, we haven't covered yet, this year.
Patterning, of course...
She likes to do a couple of patterns where she completes the pattern for me and then she makes up her own pattern - which is basically her putting them all in whatever order she wants to.  As long as she doesn't ask me what comes next, we'll be good, since hers don't really have a pattern.  We also did a cut and paste pattern completion page. 
One of our last activities was counting frisbees.  She had to find the number that matched how many frisbees were on the page.  We also did it the other way and counted out frisbees that matched the number I put in the box.  She seemed to like this one also.  When I pulled it out for her she said, "Oh, this is like the ballerina one."  We did the ballerina unit in our 3rd week of school toward the end of January!  Yes, sweetie, it's the same activity from 4 months ago - sorry! ;)

This week is the letter P and an extra unit on Ponds.  We aren't doing so "we haven't even done one full day" - and it's already Thursday.  Oh, well!  I'll post about it once we are finished!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fun in Georgetown

Last week, I set up several posts with their titles so that I could remind myself of blog topics to write about.  Since we were planning a trip to Georgetown to visit Brandon's mom, I told myself I'd blog about it, and set up the post.  As it turns out, I took absolutely NO PICTURES the entire weekend!  Huh?  I always take at least one picture a day and yet I managed to not take a single picture from Saturday, Sunday or Monday!  Crazy.

Even without pictures we still had a good time.  It was our first overnight trip and longest drive with Meredith and went fairly well.  We left Saturday morning at nap time, so she slept most of the way.  She did get a little cranky about 20 minutes out because she was hungry.  We quickly pulled over so that I could get in the back seat with the girls and feed Meredith the rest of the way.  After lunch and naps (for Brandon and the girls), we went to Cindy's school to see her classroom.  Brandon helped Cindy hang some stuff and Mackenzie enjoyed seeing what a "big kids" classroom looks like.  She liked drawing on the dry/erase board and playing with all of the manipulatives and classroom stuff.  She is just like me, when it comes to stuff like this.  We both love it!

After dinner we went back to Cindy's place and watched a movie.  It was a Christmas movie, but it was the only kids movie she had.  Mackenzie still enjoyed it, so that's all that mattered.  When we went to the hotel later, Mackenzie was SUPER excited.  She hasn't been to a hotel since last summer and you could tell it was all just so wonderful for her.  I don't know how many time we had to tell her to quit running around and talking so loud.  We brought the pack n'play for Meredith to sleep in, but after about 15 minutes of her pulling herself up and just staring at us through the sides, I finally picked her up and put her in bed with me.  I thought it was going to be a long night with her in bed with me, but for the most part she stayed in the same place.  Mackenzie and Brandon slept in the other bed, and from what I heard, Mackenzie didn't stay in one place all night.  I believe the word "kicking" was used to describe her sleep. ;)

Anyways, we went to church in Georgetown the next morning and got to visit with a family friend.  After lunch, we loaded up the car again and came home.  It was a short, but nice trip even without any pictures to show for it!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

RRSP: Letter W, 15, sight word: we

Two weeks ago (and one day this past week) we studied the letter W, the number 15, and sight word "we".  Our memory verse was "We love Him because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19.  She picked this memory verse up pretty quickly since it's short.  We discussed who "Him/He" was and how we can show our love for Jesus like He showed us.  Our craft for the verse was that same idea - different ways of showing love (pray, obey, sing...).  This went hand in hand with the previous memory verse, " deed and truth" 1 John 3:18, so it was kind of a review for her and that's good!
For her verse coloring sheet she said she would color all of it, IF I would help.  I colored the letters and she colored the picture.  Jesus is purple if you were wondering. ;)
She likes to trace and talk at the same time.  Gee...talking non-stop, I wonder where she gets that from?! ;)

For our collage, we used "Winter" stickers.  What else do you use for W?
We also made a walrus:
Another coloring sheet:
Our miscellaneous activities included:
color picture sorting from 1+1+1=1
Pattern beads...
...we made our into necklaces when they were complete.
Number clipping...look at that concentration!
Putting our ABC's in order

And finally working with consonant sound cards.  She did pretty well with these, but had trouble with a few letters.  I only focused on the letters we had studied so far.  We will definitely continue to play with these cards as well as an alphabet mystery sound box my mother-in-law just bought us.
Overall, a good week even if we did 3 days of school over the course of 8 days.  Sometimes we just need breaks! ;)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Finger Puppet Princesses

A few weeks ago, Mackenzie and I looked at Serving Pink Lemonade's blog to find something we could make/do.  The first thing we saw were Disney Princess finger puppets from Made it on Monday.  She has all of the templates available for free download.  Since we had a ton of felt and some thread, I made a couple of dolls.  I'll be honest, they are not great.  Cinderella was first and I was trying to make her fairly fast to accommodate a 3 year old's attention span.  Think, "momma, are you almost done?" every 2 minutes.  I learned a little from Cinderella, so Belle's head isn't quite as flimsy.

They are very crude, but Mackenzie likes them.  She's already had several puppet shows for us.  A few days later, my grandmother gave me a package of assorted colored thread which I knew would come in handy when I made the other princesses for Mackenzie.  When we received a birthday invitation for one of Mackenzie's friends, I decided I would make her a full set of the finger puppets.  Complete with a little felt castle to carry them all!

Little Mermaid isn't so little! ;)  This time around I sewed with matching colored thread, but the biggest help was using fusible webbing!  It's awesome and really helped keep the sewing down to a minimum!  I actually fused the pink ribbon to the felt to cover the stitches on the castle purse.

Yes, there are some things I would still change.  I need to find a way to attach the heads better - or at least hide the stitches better.  I promised Mackenzie I would make her a new full set with the castle, so maybe I can improve even more with her set.  I have another felt project I'm wanting to work on, so this has been great practice for learning what I can do with the felt and fusible webbing.  Here's to many more projects like this!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Playing with daddy

The girls love it when Brandon comes home.  Apparently, he's much more fun than I am! ;)  Playtime with daddy is always a part of our evening routine.  Meredith really likes to hang upside down.  When I lean her back while I'm holding her and then lift her back up again, she pushes against my arms to go upside down again.  She especially likes it when Brandon picks her up from a crawling position and holds her upside down.  She braces for it and gets still after he's done it once.  This is her having fun upside down.

Even through or because of the blurriness of the picture, you can tell she was having fun!

On this particular night and most nights, Mackenzie wanted to do the same thing as Meredith and was not going to miss out on the fun!

Dad's are so much fun!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Brandon's Birthday

Brandon's birthday was yesterday, so Mackenzie and I made him some banana bread at his request. 

This is on our kitchen table even though it looks like it's on the floor.

I've never made banana bread, but the recipe I googled was really easy and it took no time at all.  I haven't tried it yet, but he and Mackenzie say it's good.  I'll just trust their judgement.  I like bananas, but for whatever reason, I'm just not keen on trying banana bread.  Instead I used my "try new food" moment of the week for the sauteed zucchini that I cooked last night.  It was ok.  I ate it.  I prefer sauteed broccoli, so I think I'll just stick with that.  But, it was Brandon's birthday, so I at least tried to cook one thing out our vegetable norm.

Anyways, Mackenzie also wanted to draw him a picture as his Birthday card.  She told me that she wanted to draw a picture of herself.  Before drawing she told me she was going to draw an oval for her face "because that's what we have - ovals, not circles."  I was impressed...I don't know if someone told her that or if she just figured it out on her own.  The funny part was that when she drew her oval it was horizontal, not vertical like I assumed it was going to be.  It kind of reminds me of her big headed lalaloopsy dolls, so maybe that's where it came from.  She drew a circle for her eye and then "another one for the other part of our eye."  That would be the pupil.  I gave her a brief description of what pupils do.  I had her look at my pupils there at her table and then I looked out the window into the daylight until I could tell my pupils were smaller and quickly ran over to her for her too look at how they were smaller.  I think she could see them change in size too.  The second eye she drew is a little bigger, but she says she did that on purpose...ok.

She drew her body and was about to draw her legs, but then realized she hadn't drawn any grass...oh no!  Once she was finished, I tried to get her to write her name.  Instead of an "M" she made a "W", which discouraged her a little.  She wrote a couple of letters after that but then said she was finished.  I love that she likes to draw pictures now.  I'm looking forward to many more pictures from her in the future! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dance Recital

Mackenzie had her ballet recital on Saturday.   The recital was only for 3 & 4 year olds and each class had their own performance.    The show started at 9:30, but we had to be there at 8:30.  Mackenzie's hair was fixed before we got there, so all we had to do was put on her costume and lace it up (think corset).  She was ready by 8:40.  Let the waiting begin!  Waiting 50 minutes is long enough for a 3 year old (or anyone), but she had to wait almost 2 full hours before getting on stage!  I guess due to luck of the draw, we were 13th out of 13 ballet classes, so it was almost 10:30 before they got on stage.

We passed the time by taking pictures with our friends...
walking down the high school hallway and looking at their trophies, awards, cheer leading costumes.  We also took a peek inside the auditorium to see the stage.  After that, the show was about to start and we had to go sit in the dressing room and wait and wait and wait.

Up until she actually got on stage, I was just sure she was going to have a melt down on stage.  She had been whining for the full 2 hours saying she wanted to go on stage, but when we finally got backstage and only one group was ahead of us, I actually had to cover her mouth because she started crying.  I hugged her and kissed her and said she could hold on to me for just a little bit.  And then, the other girls were coming off stage and it was time for her.  I kindly pushed her in line with the other girls and she surprised me by going with her group and not even looking back!  Once her teacher was lining them up, she was fine and all set to go.  AND she did great!  NO tears and she actually danced!  So much better than last years dance recital!

Without further ado, here she is!

So cute!  Two things I think are funny...1) at one point she looks really far to the side and smiles big which means she saw me looking at her backstage.  2) When she puts her arms together in a circle in front of her, she waits just a little bit and realizes that her thumbs aren't "tucked in".  They both go down at the same exact time.  I think that's funny, because every time I pretend to dance like her, she corrects my thumbs!

After the show, the girls had to wait again...
 for the trophy presentation.  When they got their trophies, their dads also presented them with flowers. 

And finally we went to lunch!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Since Meredith is crawling a couple of months earlier than Mackenzie, I'm already having to tell her no when she tries to mess with things on the floor.  Her two favorite items to go after are the floor antenna in the living room (we don't have cable) and the laptop battery charger.  I've also pulled the playroom blinds up a little so that she can't reach them.  When I pick her up I shake my head and say no, but now she thinks it's a game because she can do it too!  I'm sure it doesn't help that I've tried to take a video of her shaking her head.

Even though we are trying to teach her something, we can't help but laugh when she shakes her head at us.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I see you!

These pictures are a couple of weeks old, but I think they are so funny.  Meredith really wanted to look in the mirror and I guess she couldn't figure out how best to do it, except lean over it.
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