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Manners Matter

We are firm believers in teaching manners at an early age and Vera has really picked up on saying things like thank you, sorry, and excuse me. This week we focused on please. It paid off because she now says please for everything! It honestly makes it hard to say no when she says “mommy eat ice cream please?” Ummmmm not right now? “Pleeeeeease?” Aw man……
She even woke up this morning and said “mommy light on please?” 🙂
Our imaginative play was a new tea set and we had many polite tea parties every day. We also sang songs about manners like the please thank you song from Yo Gabba Gabba and the magic wordssong from Signing Time. We also worked on signs for please, thank you, and share.
Another focus this week has been counting. As in actually counting instead of always counting to 5 or 10. We checked out the I Like Bugs book again and count the bugs on each page. We counted blocks in towers (or as V likes to call them CASTLES!!) and counted our neighbors chickens! This was her favorite thing to count and she actually got it right! 1, 2, 3 chickens!
A fun craft/activity we did was lacing cards! I was pretty excited about these because I have a special love for yarn and sewing. I made these cards on sturdy card stock (you could also use recycled cardboard from an empty cereal box). I drew different shapes on each card and then used a thick sharp needle to poke holes in the card along the lines of the shape. Then we threaded a large eye plastic child safe needle and I let V go to town! We worked on these for a min until V decided she really only wanted to take the needle off of the yarn and hide it someplace… I still have not found it :/.
Today we will be making pictures using simple shapes. Then maybe we will get around to having that ice cream she so politely asked for ;). Happy teaching!!!

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Busy week 5

We had such a busy week filled with learning and fun! I don’t know about your kids but mine is fascinated with bugs. All kinds! You name it slugs, spiders, caterpillars, beetles and butterflies they are all her favorites. We read several books about bugs including The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This has been a favorite in our house for a very long time so we read it often . If by chance you have never read it and have small children I highly recommend it. It’s colorful and has fun pages with small holes cut out. This book covers counting , days of the week, identifies different fruits and teaches the life cycle of a caterpillar to butterfly. We will most likely need to buy a backup copy soon because ours is looking a little shabby.
After reading our beloved caterpillar story book we made our very own caterpillar , cacoon and butterfly wings using pompoms, a clothes pin , watercolor pencils on a coffee filter, and white yarn wrapped around a toilet paper roll. Not only did Vera really enjoy making these but she has continued to play with them every day.
We went for a short hike where we saw millipedes, spiders, butterflies, dragonflies and a black bug that I have never seen or heard of before … I wish I had my camera. Vera was very excited by the millipede. She followed it around for a good amount of time before it crawled into a patch of poison ivy and we redirected her attention.
There is a beautiful documentary called Microcosmos that we watched split up over a couple of days. This is an up close look at many insects with minimal narration. I was able to talk to Vera about what was happening in the film in terms she understood. She really enjoyed this movie until a storm hits and she was a little sad that the water was washing away the bugs.
One day I made a bug themed treat that involved brownies, animal cracker crumbs and raisins. It was an edible ant hill! I made it in a clear cup so she could see the layers. It was really yummy and a sweet treat.
I’m looking forward to this weeks healthy foods:) we will be eating lots of good foods 😉 and work on hygiene as well. Happy schooling!

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… Oops

Well I fell off the face of the Earth for a bit. Preschool has been a bit on the lax side and I have taken a break. The good thing is we started a couple of weeks before schools actually started up around our area and so now we will be ” on track”?..
I would like to brag for a moment and say that my daughter has learned the few letters we went over our first few weeks! She can identify V, W, X and O! So it is paying off!
I feel bad that I have fallen in a rut of being lazy as far as planning curriculum each day:( Toddler life can be difficult at times but I know it’s easier when we have planned activities. We are all happier with something to keep us busy during our time at home. I just need to find ways to incorporate chores and daily duties into our daily learning time… Any suggestions seasoned homeschooling moms ?
Anyway… Back to our schedule! I’m picking up on I for insects 😉 I will postpone R for rapunzle and fairy tales week for later. It deserves more planning than I have given it.
This week will hopefully include some bug viewing at the nature center ( fingers crossed) and many crafts and experiments! I don’t know about your kids but my daughter is FASCINATED by bugs! We recently visited the zoo where they have a butterfly garden and I’m pretty sure Vera could have spent the entire day surrounded by butterflies! We do not own a magnifying glass but its on my list for this weeks activities!

Happy schooling everyone I hope you have been more active in your teaching than I have been lately ….Oops!