Monday, October 26, 2009
We've started working on simple craft projects while the kids listen to our read-aloud. They love to draw and paint and it is a great opportunity for them to do lots of simple projects. I can do the more complicated ones on our Art Day (Thurdays). They listen better and longer when their hands are busy too. :^)
So heading into Halloween week, here are some links I'm using this year:
- abcteach has a pumpkin page full of fantastic stuff - I'm thinking about making Rose a new seasonal set of letters. ( I love that it has lower case letters to print for a fun matching game too.) I envision Anna's copywork this week being in the Bat and Pumpkin shapebook. Some simple projects for read-aloud time will include the cut and paste jack o lantern faces, the lacing card, and the paper bag puppet. We might even squeeze in the Paper Bag Pumpkin on Art Day. We may use the Experiment pages too, at least the one for describing their pumpkin - I really want to start nature notebooks and this would be perfect.
- Crayola comes thru as always. This time I have my eye on the halloween message game to work on during read-aloud time - I think we're going to have to read a lot this week :^). Maybe Farmer Boy will get finished after all.
- On Art Day we'll be using colored pencils to color in a picture of Van Gogh's Sunflowers. (He's our "artist of the month"). Then I'm planning to have them do a thumprint pumpkin patch and glass jar jack 'o lanterns (sorry, can't find links for either right now).
- For Music Day we'll be using the fantastic Classics for Kids again. This time a program of spooky Halloween music complete with quiz and activity page.
- Instead of memorizing a new poem this week, we'll be reviewing the ones we've learned and memorizing bones instead. Test your knowledge. I'll also be pulling out Rattle Your Bones: Skeleton Drawing Fun .
We were supposed to tackle Magnets and Electricity this week too, but I can't get to the library until tonight. We'll have to see if we can squeeze it in between the pumpkins. And did I mention that we have free tickets for a pony ride at the equestrian park that expire this week? And Anna has some extra reading to finish so that she can get her "Book-It" Pizza Hut voucher. We'd better get a lot done this week!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tonight I made Ethan's Link tunic and hat for his costume. Tomorrow I need to make his boot shoe covers and a cape for Anna Kate's Goldilocks costume. I also need to get bows for Anna and Bella and a blingy jacket for Rose. She needs a jacket anyway, but I can't find the right one. Denim would be perfect - I can add the bling - I just need it to be cheap.
But I'm picking up scarves at the Dollar Tree asap. Because as soon as the Halloween costumes are out of the way - my next project are dollar baby legs. I found this fantastic blog called Dollar Store Crafts tonight and she linked to this project. I checked out the Dollar Tree website and I'm hoping that mine has these, because I've been wanting to get some Baby Legs for Bella, and these are definitely a better buy.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
"If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and all perfection, he must tell you to make a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you.
It is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing.
If you could work miracles, therefore, you could not do more for yourself than by this thankful spirit. It heals and turns all that it touches into happiness."
William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
I was convicted and decided to renew my attempt to list my many gifts. As often as possible.
7. Black crows on colored maple against blue sky
8. Grocery shopping that is finally done (at least for a day or two)
9. Bella sleeping quietly
And Rosie's list :^)
2. A big Jesus
1. A mommy and a daddy
3. Brothers and sisters
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A little while later he said, "And she was poopy too! That's the grossest thing I've ever done."
First up: paper towels.
It's so nice that you have new prints. I especially like the fall print that looks great in my kitchen, and the seashell print that is perfect in my bathroom.
But I don't understand why they all come in muliple packs that always include a spring print. Don't you think that if I like a print, I might really just want the same one?
You're not selling any more paper towels this way, because I don't throw the spring one out. In fact, I'd be far more likely to stick with your brand if you always had my favorite print available without having to buy the other ones.
I'd buy lots of seashell paper towels, Sparkle. But if I have to keep ending up with teakettles and spring flowers to get them, I'm going to switch to Scott's plain white ones. (I know you have plain white ones too, but I'm bitter.)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Ethan quickly answered, "Because the Bible tells us so." Rose quickly added, "And our mamas." Ethan smiled and responded, "Mamas are good blessin's!"
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Homemade Costumes That I Would Choose For My Kids If They Had No Opinion (e.g. My Favorite Easy Ideas, courtesy of Martha Stewart)
Martha Stewart's website has a ton of great ideas for costumes.
- I first saw these 6 Hair-Raising Ideas in the Marta Stewart Kids magazine that sadly doesn't exist anymore. My two favorites are the Rose Garden and the Ice. I think they might have a real chance with my kids in a couple of years when they're past the regular "dress-up" phase.
- She also has some cool family costumes. My picks are the Outer Space and Woodland Creatures (instructions here).
- And how sweet and easy is this Leaf Garland Costume ?
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
We headed to our friends house loaded with supplies. She made supper - and apple crisp.
First we made wormy apple finger puppets. I printed a few of these apples for the younger crafters.
While they worked on that I read:
A Day at the Apple Orchard
Apple Farmer Annie
Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains - one of my favorite books!
Then I passed out these hidden picture puzzles, and Dara read Johnny Appleseed .
Next we apple-stamped some vinyl tablecloths. You can see one drying in one of the photos - I'm hoping the fabric paint will be permanent on the plastic tablecloth - I was too cheap to buy fabric tablecloths for kid art.
We were going to do more apple-stamping on cardstock, but the kids were stamped out - unusual for them.
So we moved on to making mini candy apples. We used butterscotch chips (which won hands down), cinnamon chips (also good), and crunchy peanut butter rolled in mini chocolate chips.
I invented an "Old Maid"-style math game last week, where you try to get matches that add up to "10" or any other number you choose. I printed these on red construction paper to play together. But I forgot about it.
Some days I'm really glad that my head is attatched.