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Nursery Rhythms

Nursery Rhythms

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(not a nursery rhythm)

Yesterday… I posted on Instagram an amazing book called, “The Spider and the Fly” by Toni DiTerlizzi. We have been studying spiders in our homeschooling since Halloween is coming up… we read this story and then we did some crafting. This book was a great because of the illustrations.. oh my goodness! They are gorgeous. If you get this book…. please read the letter from the Spider at the end of the story. It is hilarious! tiniestpumpkin-23

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We love this book!

“I always get my bug.”

After reading this book to Jayd I did some research on what to teach in homeschooling. As you can see I highly stress a reading curriculum. I love to read. I want to instill that into my children. The more you read the more you know!

I came across this blog… edsnapshots.com

She is a homeschool guru and gives much good information. I started listening to her podcasts and they are amazing! She is really giving me a clear understanding in how I would love to run my homeschooling.  One thing she shares is, The Morning Basket. It is time set aside as a family to memorize, teach, uplift, learn, and grow. What you teach totally depends on your situation. I highly recommend starting with #1 and listening to them. I can’t wait to listen too more.

As I was running last night I listened to #2. I loved it! I am going to re-listen to it again tonight! And write down the things that I really want to incorporate into my homeschooling. This was my view as I was running and listening… not to bad… not too bad at all!

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Okay so… the other day we were playing Family Trivial Pursuit and there was a question about a nursery rhythm. I did not know it. Sing a song of six-pence. I had to look it up to read it for the first time. 

 

I decided to look up the Mother Goose Nursery Rhythms. I found this link in my research.

In Jayd’s homeschooling I have now decided to make sure she knows all of the Nursery Rhythms. The first one we have started with Itsy Bitsy Spider. We have started to sing the song. We found this adorable book by Keith Chapman, Itsy Bitsy Spider.

It’s a book about how the Itsy Bitsy spider is blown out the window and from animal to animal. itsybitsy

This book reinforces colors. It rhymes very nice too. I love how it comes back to the mom’s web!

Now… I am sure Jayd has heard this nursery rhyme from when she was a baby, but I am glad to teach it to her now and have her relearn it. Repetition is helpful in the learning process.

The next nursery rhyme that I found next on the previous link was,” I saw a ship a-sailing.” I hadn’t heard that one yet either!!! I decided it was a great one for the whole family to learn, since we will be heading off onto the boat next year!

I simply printed it off… (not pinterest worthy) but I wanted the girls to be able to draw the nursery rhythm onto the print. Here is a copy if you are interested in it…isawashipnr

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I saw a ship a-sailing!

This is my  husband sailing away in the Florida Keys!

He is earning his sailing certification. We are so excited!

 

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step 1. teach all the nursery rhythms to my children. Do you know them all??

step 2. learn how to spell rhythms without messing it up!

 

Have a lovely day!

 

 

Pumpkin Punch

Pumpkin Punch

Pumpkin Punch

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This is great and simple FUN craft for the kids! Even adults seem to enjoy playing a round of

“pumpkin punch”.


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Items needed are:

  1. punch balloons
  2. permanent black marker
  3. hours of time to play
  4. ears to listen to the laugher of the kids for hours and hours!

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How to play:

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The package we bought included the perfect Halloween colors! We had orange, white, and green. We made a pumpkin, ghost, and Frankenstein. (Our green one had a hole in it.)

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I have to admit… I even played a game or two!

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Enjoy!

 

The Tiniest Pumpkin

The Tiniest Pumpkin

The Tiniest Pumpkin. 

Today for home school we talked about pumpkins. We borrowed from the library this cute little book called, “The Tiniest Pumpkin, by Janet Craig.”  This was a great little read. It shares the story of waiting for Halloween to arrive and the right time to buy a pumpkin. They arrive at the pumpkin patch and find out that the pumpkins are all gone, except one… the tiniest pumpkin.

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Don’t you just love tiny little pumpkins??

I really do.

This book was great for Jayd. This is a First-Start Easy Reader. Jayd does not know how to read yet, but we are practicing. The story line is great and simple.

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In our classroom today… we did

  1. shapes (circle)  we cut out pumpkin shapes.
  2. we talked about colors. We mixed red and yellow to make the tiniest pumpkin cookies.
  3. we used scissors for cutting.
  4. we talked about opposites. Big and Little.  Tiny and Large.
  5. we talked about the parts of a pumpkin.

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To make the cookies…

  1. shortbread cookies
  2. frosting
  3. red and yellow food coloring
  4. a place to get messy
  5. knife
  6. licorice

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Please let them get dirty and messy… its part of the creative process.

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These cookies do really make the simplest craft. I did not spend hours in the kitchen making homemade sugar cookies (but I plan on doing that soon enough). The frosting was store-bought as well. tiniestpumpkin-44  tiniestpumpkin-43  tiniestpumpkin-45  tiniestpumpkin-47

We had fun crafting and decorating… The Tiniest Pumpkin.

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I love her lines from the pumpkin… handwriting reinforcement.  

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She has the tiniest facial expressions! NOT! 

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“This easy reader contains only 48 different words, repeated often to help the reader develop word recognition.” (resource front cover of the book)

It is now time to go and get your tiniest pumpkin for Halloween. Enjoy!

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Apple Monsters

Apple Monsters

Apple Monsters

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Since we moved to Florida and Jayd is old enough for preschool we tried to find a local preschool here, but we did not want to pay money. We did not find one. They have a preschool through the state but it requires extensive paperwork and acceptance, just not in our time budget. I decided to “homeschool” or teach Jayd preschool. I never thought I would be doing this. I love to craft and I love to learn, but to actually teach her something… uuhhhmmm no. I don’t do well teaching my own kids.

I decided I needed to set aside some time to do this. My mornings worked between getting the girls off at 8am and we would go for a few hours.

We just started two days ago.

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{apple face: a common practice in our family}

I can honestly say it is going to be a lot of fun and easier than I thought. It just takes time, planning, and preparation.

This is our simple schedule:

  1. we read books
  2. we learn a new word/write the new word/theme based
  3. we study our colors
  4. we use scissors to cut
  5. we do arts and crafts

Some things I want to include to make sure she is getting a well-rounded education is science and math (my two least favorite subjects) .

We focused on apples today.

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The science part : Do apples sink or float??

I simply filled a bucket full of water and asked her does it sink or float. I also cut one apple in half so she could have two different apples to play with.

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The outcome… they float!

Apples float because they are made up of water and because their overall density is less than that of water. Their density is less than water because 25 percent of an apple’s volume is air. (reference)

Today I simply had her do was give me her hypotheses.. sink or float?? Well… she just made it sink, or at least she tried! Ha Ha.

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After that I just let her play in the water with the apples.. she eventually moved the water to the ground and started throwing the apples into the water. What a fun girl!

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She played for a bit. It was fun to see her in her element. Of course we had to cut up an apple for snack while we were working.

Most of my girls will not eat the crust. I am lazy and cut it up, but not the peel. They won’t eat the peel. My husband usually is the one who eats those up… because he can’t seem to let things go to waste.

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After our snack… we worked on more apple fun stuff. I made a Baked Apple Oatmeal. I made up my own recipe because I am on a different lifestyle change, but this recipe was pretty darn close. I really want to tweek it up a little better before it is perfect, but that’s okay, it was edible. I just love baked apples!

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While this baby was cooking… Jayd did Apple Monsters!

  1. apples
  2. toothpicks
  3. marshmallows
  4. black marker for eyes

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This apple was pretty much shot from our earlier throwing… so coloring it with a black marker didn’t bother me. I asked her to name her apple monster and she said its names is “Marshmallow”. so very creative.

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The whole morning went well.

She learned parts of an apple.

  1. stem
  2. leaf
  3. seeds
  4. core
  5. flesh

She practiced her writing… the color red and apple. She used scissors to cut out apples that she had stamped. Earlier this week I purchased and downloaded this awesome pack from The Moffat Girls Blog. I just printed it off and know she can practice her numbers, letters, etc. I just downloaded the month of October for the fall harvest fun! The red paper is from an old school Playskool book called… Colors. I am not sure if you can buy them anymore. This was given to me as a gift from a teacher who passed it on.

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We had fun learning about apples and creating our Apple Monsters!

I just hope that I can keep up with her and her excitement for learning.

Any tips or information or blogs with great ideas… would be helpful!

Wish me luck!

Whatever Wednesday

Whatever Wednesday

Whatever Wednesday! Today… sharing a few random thoughts about my life, my photography, and my home. valsurprise-5

I love my life! I love my home! I love my children!

I am very grateful to be alive. TO BE A MOM. TO BE A HOMEMAKER. I am just grateful… to be. Some days are filled with struggles and disappoints, but I am truly grateful for each and every day to learn and to grow.

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I simply froze some water and red food coloring. I let it freeze for about 4 hours. Then we painted.

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We painted on white and pink paper. I had some hearts cut out and I simply let her “water-color paint” over the hearts. It was pretty cool! It was also very messy! Our hands turned bright red from the food coloring. I put in about 4 drops so that might have been a bit much… but I wanted red hearts! We didn’t color very long because it just stained our hands… but we did get a few hearts.

We also did laundry! Yea! It seemed it needed to be done. IT WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL THING… Jayd just came over and started helping me. She took all the towels little and big and folded them all by herself! No Joke. I loved it. AND I even put them away like that.. I didn’t refold them. She helped me from her heart and I wanted to remember that.

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So… she became the Queen of Laundry today.

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After our little craft and some laundry dancing… we read some of the cutest stories we borrowed from the Library.

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These were great books!  Here is a link.. if you need or want them to read to your little ones.

Poem in your Pocket

The Days the Crayons Quit 

Valentine Surprise 

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WE loved this story on hearts. Paper and Real.

So… I had Jayd cut out some hearts for the very first time.

She did great!

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She even said that she messed up. I said it is okay… we don’t have to be perfect. And her response…. But I want it to be perfect. I think we are in trouble. It was a cute perfect scenario after reading the book.

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Here are our imperfect… cut out… food coloring… water coloring… painted hearts!

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heart collage

We had such a great time crafting… reading… and water coloring!

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And meanwhile… earlier in the week this happened.

 

 

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Bree copied the flamingo free printable that I have displayed on my entry way table from pocket full of paint… and she copied it by heart. I love how Bree can draw. I love how she loves to be creative.

If you want a copy of this cute printable check out her site… here.

I made some { what I thought were } tasty Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins aka Whole Wheat Stuffed Muffins. The girls didn’t enjoy them because they are ” too grainy”. I am trying to be gluten-free but I do not have any health issues it is just a matter of priority, so I sneaked a few and they tasted great to me! My kids on the hand are not gluten-free, but they prefer something other than whole grain!

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I added some mini chocolate chips, some peanut butter and some almond butter. I found the boxed mix at my local grocery store… but you can find it online here.

I simply followed the recipe on the back with a few adjustments. wholewheatstuffedmuffins

Here is the recipe…

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 6 oz. box muffin mix
  • 2 Tbsp Powdered Stevia
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • *optional items peanut butter, almond butter, chocolate chips, dried fruit etc.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line mini muffin pan with muffin liners.
  2. Place muffin mix into mixing bowl.
  3. Add sugar, coconut oil, milk, and egg.
  4. With a spoon mix until blended.
  5. Add mini chocolate chips. Mix.
  6. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 -12 minutes.
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From my home to yours… it doesn’t have to be perfect all the time… even our hearts!