Wednesday Workbox

We’re studying dogs this week, though we’ve still had some insect and Valentine’s day activities mixed in. Our first workbox today had the dog ears we made yesterday, some Valentine’s decorations, and our dog books.

Box 1: Books.

Box 1: Books.

Not really sure why but he wanted to roar like a lion!

Not really sure why but he wanted to roar like a lion!

Our second box had our letter sound review cards (Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise), some letter and sound recognition and rhyming worksheets (from Homeschool Creations Dog and Angus Lost Units). This is the first time we’d done first sound cards (he put a clothespin on the letter that makes the sound in the picture). He did a really good job.

Box 2: Letter sounds.

Box 2: Letter sounds.

Our third box had our magnet number cards (from 1+1+1=1) and a dog graphing game from the Homeschool Creations dog unit. We’d done the game yesterday and he asked to do it again so I printed out more copies. Strangely our paper die NEVER lands on the dalmatian, very odd.

Box 3: Magnet numbers and graphing game.

Box 3: Magnet numbers and graphing game.

Filling in the graph.

Filling in the graph.

We did some pre-writing tracing practice and then cutting practice using sheets from the Angus Lost unit for box number four.

Box 4: Tracing and cutting.

Box 4: Tracing and cutting.

Box number five was a salt box with some pre-writing tracing cards. This was the first time we did this activity and MBS did really well with following the cards. Afterwards he just wanted to play in the box which of course made a big mess, but relatively easy clean up.

Box 5: Sandwriting practice.

Box 5: Sandwriting practice.

Our final box of the day had Play-doh, some playdough letter mats, and a chapter book. I read several chapters while he made some letters and then while he just played with the Play-Doh. I’ve tried several times to read chapter books to him but this was the first time he seemed to be engaged in the story.

Box 6: Play dough letters and read aloud.

Box 6: Play dough letters and read aloud.

Working hard to make the letter.

Working hard to make the letter.

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Workbox Wednesday

MBS and today's workboxes. He loves sticking out and waggling his tongue for the camera.

MBS and today’s workboxes. He loves sticking out and waggling his tongue for the camera.

Our first box had our books, a nice one about Ladybugs, a cute Valentine’s day book, and a book about going potty. Sadly his response to the end of the potty book was, “I’m not a big boy!” Sigh, I so want to say goodbye to diapers. The box also had these cute little ladybug antennas.

Box 1: Books.

Box 1: Books.

He liked having antennas and super beetle powers but honestly Mommy ended up wearing them the most.

He liked having antennas and super beetle powers but honestly Mommy ended up wearing them the most.

Our second box of the day had several letter work sheets all from Confession of a Homeschooler’s K4 Curriculum.

Box 2: Letter recognition work sheets.

Box 2: Letter recognition work sheets.

Our third box started out with the Leap Frog Letter Factory dvd and when we finished watching it we reviewed our letter sound (all short vowels and up to letter M) index cards (Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise). Then we listened for short vowel sounds and matched picture cards to the vowels using a Valentine’s Vowels printout from Make, Take and Teach. When he said and raised the right heart on a stick the picture heart would kiss it and then give him kisses. He was just cracking up over this. It was fun letter sound practice.

Box 3: Practicing letter sounds.

Box 3: Practicing letter sounds.

Our fourth box had some work sheets, games and puzzles. We started with a Ladybug grid game from Mama Jenn, then some counting and tracing pages from Confession of a Homeschoolers K4 Curriculum, and finally a 10 strip ant puzzle from 2 Teaching Mommies.

Box 4: Counting and numbers.

Box 4: Counting and numbers.

Our fifth box was a Kiwi Crate. It was the second part of January’s crate which had a theme of family game night. When the crate first arrived we made the board game and today we made the Comet Toss game. We played in the hallway with the help of our dogs.

Box 5: Kiwi Crate.

Box 5: Kiwi Crate.

MBS and Worf checking out where the comet landed.

MBS and Worf checking out where the comet landed.

Our final box had Hi Ho Cherry-O in it. MBS loves playing the game and it’s good counting practice. Unfortunately this was too many games in a row (Ladybug grid, Comet Toss, and this) and his sportsmanship limit had run dry so when Mommy won (again) he totally lost it. Not really the way I thought the day would end when I put a favorite game in the last box. Now I know better, not too many games in one day!

Box 6: Hi Ho Cherry-O

Box 6: Hi Ho Cherry-O

Even ending with a tantrum I still feel we had a good day. He was not interested in doing any careful tracing– just scribbled all over– but he did well with the letter sounds and with counting and number recognition. Just a few weeks ago he couldn’t tell you a 2 from a 6, he’s gotten so much better.

Thank you for stopping by and seeing what was in our workboxes.

 

Friday’s Workbox

The end of our first week using workboxes. They definitely kept us more organized and our days moved smoothly. It really gave us a beginning and end to our school day, instead of activities just dragging on all day, leaving me feeling unsure whether we accomplished anything at all. In the past I’ve planned activities and not gotten to them just because I didn’t have everything set up; this system is really helping me get my act together. As MBS gets used to the system I can see him being able to move on through the boxes much more independently. We will be continuing to use the workbox system but I will not continue to do a post about each day, while it is nice having a record of how every day went it really isn’t necessary and the posts take me way to long to do.

Starting with books again, all of the day’s selection were by Eric Carle.

Box 1: Books.

Box 1: Books.

MBS was excited about today's books.

MBS was excited about today’s books.

Our second box had MBS sorting Groundhog’s and big G’s and little g’s into containers and us reviewing letter sounds.

Box 2: Sorting letter Gg and letter sound practice.

Box 2: Sorting letter Gg and letter sound practice.

Our cookie sheet had a few fun printouts to use our glass bead and pompom magnets with.

Box 3: Cookie sheet with magnets and worksheets.

Box 3: Cookie sheet with magnets and worksheets.

He had fun decorating the big B's and little b's on the butterfly.

He had fun decorating the big B’s and little b’s on the butterfly.

Number practice and adding pompoms to a caterpillar.

Number practice and adding pompoms to a caterpillar.

Putting magnets on number cards.

Putting magnets on number cards.

Box number four had us painting. First we painted groundhogs (and later in the day we added shadows to them), and then I just put out watercolor paper and MBS painted for as long as he wanted.

Box 4: Groundhog painting.

Box 4: Groundhog painting.

MBS painting.

MBS painting.

Our groundhogs.

Our groundhogs.

Our fifth box had Groundhog worksheets that practiced tracing and cutting.

 

Box 5: Groundhog Day worksheets.

Box 5: Groundhog Day worksheets.

Labeling the groundhog.

Labeling the groundhog.

Friday’s final box had a insect gathering set. After getting everything out of the box we went for a walk around our property. We saw some insects, worms, a snail, and spiders but sadly I was unable to capture any insects for us to look at close up.

Box 6: Insect catching set.

Box 6: Insect catching set.

Every time I flipped over a rock Poppy Seed was right there to investigate.

Every time I flipped over a rock Poppy Seed was right there to investigate.

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Workbox Thursday

Our first box Thursday was filled with books and an action card. I highly recommend the book Bubba & Trixie, not for it’s scientific accuracy about insects, but for it’s message of being a good friend and being yourself and accepting differences. However MBS’s favorite was Adios, Oscar! and he asked me to read it multiple times since we did the workbox.

Box 1: Books.

Box 1: Books.

Our second box of the day had letter recognition, tracing, cutting, gluing, and color match worksheets in it. He needed help with the cutting, and we had to look up whether crickets have wings (they do) for the wings/no wings sheets. The color find one was still a favorite.

Box 2: Worksheets.

Box 2: Worksheets.

Finding all the C's.

Finding all the C’s.

Sigh, this is a Mommy issue that I'm not sure how to handle. He can be careful and trace well, but he usually just goes crazy. Not really sure how to handle it.

 He can be careful and trace well, but he usually just goes crazy. Not really sure how to handle it.

Careful cutting.

Careful cutting.

The rice sensory bin with A pictures hidden in it was our third workbox again. He really had fun finding all the cards and then we said what everything was.

Box 3: Sensory bin with ABC Find It.

Box 3: Sensory bin with ABC Find It.

Box four had several Bob books from their My First Alphabet set and my index cards with the alphabet sounds and poem from The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise.

Box 4: Bob books and letter sounds practice.

Box 4: Bob books and letter sounds practice.

Bug Bingo and an ant life cycle puzzle was our fifth box. This was the first time either of us had ever played bingo and oh my, he did NOT want to quit. Game after game after game. I had to help him with his strategy and I’ll admit I started to purposefully go in bad squares so that he’d win. He really liked this game, well worth the 1 buck at the Dollar Tree.

Box 5: Bingo!

Box 5: Bingo!

Our final box of the day was a dvd from the library. It had 3 episodes all about insects from The Magic School Bus show. He really enjoyed watching this and it was amazingly informative. First time I’d seen the show and I was definitely impressed, I’ll have to check out which other ones the library has.

Box 6: Magic School Bus.

Box 6: Magic School Bus.

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Workbox Wednesday

Day three of our new workboxes did not get off to a good start. MBS was very excited about starting school and wanted to get going as soon as he was up, but like Tuesday I told him it had to wait until after our regular morning routine. However when I came in after feeding the animals I found out we had no power, and that just set everything going downhill. We actually did our first box, the books, fine but MBS was too amped up sit for anything else. He was full of explanations about why we had no power and ideas about how to fix it. So I just called a halt to school for awhile. The power came back on before the hour was up but the MBS was deeply involved in his play so I just let school wait until he was ready. Once he was ready school did go pretty well and any problems were just Mommy’s grumpiness and nothing to do with the actual schooling.

Box one had our books and an action card.

Box 1: Books

Box 1: Books.

Our second box of the day had several worksheets, letter finds, tracing the number 1, cutting, and another color find. He enjoyed them all and did well, though the cutting one was torturous for me to watch– he really needs scissor practice and I was terrified he was going to cut himself.

Box 2: Worksheets.

Box 2: Worksheets.

Tracing the number 1. Love the tongue!

Tracing the number 1. Love the tongue!

He really enjoys these sheets but he wants to put an X through any of the wrong color even if it's on the same picture as the right color. I could not convince him that it didn't matter.

He really enjoys these sheets but he wants to put an X through any of the wrong color even if it’s on the same picture as the right color. I could not convince him that it didn’t matter.

Please don't cut your finger!

Please don’t cut your finger!

He likes to get really goofy while doing these, pretending to put the dots on the wrong letter.

He likes to get really goofy while doing these, pretending to put the dots on the wrong letter.

We interrupt your school day with mail! He was so happy to get a card!

We interrupt your school day with mail! He was so happy to get a card!

Our third box was the cookie sheet with our pattern blocks, he immediately just wanted to play with them. At first my stress level started to rise and then I reminded myself that he is 4 and I want school to be fun, I need to be flexible! I decided to just have him do one pattern sheet. I let him choose which and then I took the other and we did the sheets. Then we just played with the blocks. He kept making different dragons. He asked what I was making and I said I didn’t know. He kept pestering me but I really had nothing in mind and told him so. After a moment he shouted, “you’re doodle building!” I just LOVE that term.

Box 3: Pattern blocks.

Box 3: Pattern blocks.

Happy over my butterfly.

Happy over my butterfly.

Adding "wings" to my doodle building to make it into a dragon.

Adding “wings” to my doodle building to make it into a dragon.

We did patterns again in box number five. I used some bugs to do color match, thinking that manipulative would make it more fun for him. No. He still does not like this and really doesn’t seem to grasp it, which I don’t understand, I mean it’s just an ABAB pattern. Is it really that he doesn’t see it or is it just that he doesn’t want to do it, like singing the alphabet song?

Box 4: Ant patterns and caterpillar manipulative.

Box 4: Ant patterns and caterpillar manipulative.

Box number five was a huge hit! The printout is actually for spinning and graphing but what I did was use a matching color dice for each ant and then we “raced”, I used a different color pen for each race. MBS loved this, he just wanted to go again and again. Strangely even though we would switch who was doing what colors the yellow ant won most of the games, I wonder if the die is weighted wrong.

Box 5: Ant race.

Box 5: Ant race.

Our final box for the day was based on a project in Janice VanCleave’s Play and Find Out about Bugs: Easy Experiments for Young Children. It was to build an insect. Obviously the modeling clay called for in the book is much lighter than Play-Doh, my ant’s chenille stem legs couldn’t hold it up but it sure was cute! MBS had fun making his ant and then attacking mine. After that he spent another hour just playing with his Play-Doh and having a blast. The day got off to a bumpy start but it ended well.

Box 6: Build an ant.

Box 6: Build an ant.

Building ants.

Building ants.

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Tuesday’s Workbox

Day two of using our workboxes went well. MBS woke up wanting to to do school, not that Mommy was ready to go that fast– coffee, shower, animal chores, and food, all had to come first. Once that was done we started our school day. I started a stop watch to see how long we actually spent on school, pausing it during snack time and his bath, but kept it running as we switched between boxes and while we did our action cards. Our whole Tuesday school time took an hour and ten minutes– I don’t plan on recording the time at this point but it was nice to know about how long it will take if we’re doing well and I feel that is about right for a 4 year old.

Box number 1 was filled with books again and probably always will be, I like starting our day with reading. All the boxes contained an action card, just like Monday.

Box 1: Books.

Box 1: Books.

Our second box of the day had two different file folders. One with a ten piece puzzle, which he really enjoyed doing and he practiced saying the numbers. The other folder had a game to add ants to an ant hill and while he was excited to use dice for the first time the game itself just bombed, he just kept saying, “I’m done now”. Oh well.

Box 2: File folder games.

Box 2: File folder games.

He was so proud to get the strips in the right order.

He was so proud to get the strips in the right order.

Action cards still a big hit!

Action cards still a big hit!

We had the cookie sheet with magnet letters and the rest of the capital letters today. He actually enjoyed it more today until he found a foam letter J instead of a magnet. Then there was a meltdown. Sigh. 2 sets of magnetic letters and the darn J was missing from both!

Box 3: Matching the letters.

Box 3: Matching the letters.

The little cup next to the cookie sheet held a card that said “snack”. In Sue Patrick’s Workbox System she recommends having a schedule strip where you put the order of the boxes and include the other things you’ll be doing like snacks, chores, exercise– so that they have visual clue as to what is coming up. I didn’t have any velcro dots when I was setting things up so I put my schedule cards in the little cup in the box to let him know what would be happening next.

Box number four had a capital and lower case letter A sort. This was way too easy for him (and sadly I have it printed up for several more letters!) but he seemed to enjoy being really good at it. In  the same box we had my index cards from The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise. I have an index card for each letter with their sound and the little poem that goes with it. He’s learned all the vowels soft sounds, so we reviewed them first, and then we went through the first several consonants. He does say the sounds and some of the poem but not all of each verse but what he does say he says LOUDLY and with great enthusiasm.

Box 4: Letter size sort and sound reviews.

Box 4: Letter size sort and sound reviews.

Big A little a.

Big A little a.

A is the first vowel we will say.

A is the first vowel we will say.

MBS has been waiting to do what was in box number five for a while now. It is an ocarina whistle that you can paint, he received it as a gift. He was so happy to finally paint it.

Box 5: An Ocarina and paint, his smock, and a schedule card that says, "take bath".

Box 5: An Ocarina and paint, his smock, and a schedule card that says, “take bath”.

"What color should I use next?"

“What color should I use next?”

We had a break in school while he took a bath and when he got back we dove right into our last box. He was surprised to find a new pair of socks in it. Ant and beetle socks! It also had ant pattern cards. He really has trouble with patterns and does not enjoy it so we’re just doing little bit at a time.

Box 6: Ant pattern cards and a new pair of insect socks!

Box 6: Ant pattern cards and a new pair of insect socks!

Socks! And yes, he really does like getting new socks.

Socks! And yes, he really does like getting new socks.

Patterning the ants. This happy face is over the coolness of the ants, not the activity.

Patterning the ants. This happy face is over the coolness of the ants, not the activity.

I love this look of concentration as he tries to do the pattern.

I love this look of concentration as he tries to do the pattern.

Our second day of using workboxes over. We had another good day. After lunch we watched A Bug’s Life. This has not been a favorite of his and usually he says “no” to watching it but this time he sat and watched the whole movie. And I mean watched, not played with lego’s and occasionally glanced at the screen, he really watched it and enjoyed it. Still was scared by the grasshoppers but not enough to ask me to turn it off.

Thanks for stopping by. (all printouts are from the same sources as yesterdays blog post)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workbox Week

In an effort to bring more organization to our homeschooling I’ve decided to use workboxes. This has actually been in the plans for ages, I’m just finally getting around to doing it. I’ve noticed that a lot of homeschoolers are using workboxes and a google or pinterest search will bring you plenty of ideas. It was originally thought up by homeschool mom Sue Patrick for her autistic son, using a lot of the visual components used by TEACCH. From what I’ve seen on the web a lot of people have seen the idea and taken it and made it work for them but haven’t read her book. Now I think anything that works for you is great, but the book really does explain why she feels you should use certain things (shoeboxes versus say file folders) and it also has a some good homeschooling tips. It does have some religious talk in it but it is very minimal. So if you are interested in using workboxes I highly recommend you read the book and hey, it’s now available on the Kindle.

So, for those who have no idea what workboxes are I’m going to give a quick overview. They have nothing to do with what type of homeschooler you are (eclectic, Classical, Charlotte Mason) or what curriculum you are using. Workboxes are just a way to organize what you are doing. The parent fills numbered boxes with each bit of school work that the student is to do, and the student can go from box to box on their own (eventually), following the numbers. You can put other signs on the boxes like “do with Mom” for work that needs Mom’s supervision or help. They help the student learn independently– it’s already laid out for them, rather than finishing one bit of work and having to get Mom to find out what to do next.

At this point there is no independent work going on here in the Woolly Dragon’s Lair. MBS can’t read and is just beginning to learn his numbers. Almost all of our “work” at this point needs my direction and help, but I can see where that will change and I like the idea of him being able to move independently from assignment to assignment.

I’ve read 2 big complaints about using workboxes. Number 1 is the actual boxes take up a lot of space, which I can see, especially if you have more than one child. I want to store our boxes on a rolling cart but so far haven’t found one I like, so I’m just putting them out on top of our cubby bookshelf. Complaint number 2 is that it’s too much work for the parent. And honestly I don’t get this at all. Yes, it does take a little bit of time to choose what bit of curriculum, book, game, that I want in what box each day but I’d still be picking out all of these things for him each day. And if eventually he’ll be able to learn more independently that will save me more time. Of course I might change my mind, today was only day 2 of using them.

Right now we are doing a two week study Ants, Beetles (ladybugs), and Caterpillars and I am planning on using the workboxes every day. I thought it would be fun to put a “what’s in the workboxes” post up every day of this unit. Hopefully this will encourage me to blog more too.

So for day 1 we had six workboxes, four were shoeboxes, and I had one cookie sheet, and one larger lower plastic box that I’m using for a sensory bin.

Our workboxes up on top of our cubby bookcase.

Our workboxes up on top of our cubby bookcase.

MBS was super excited about the workboxes. Here he is being goofy when I asked him to point to the first one.

MBS was super excited about the workboxes. Here he is being goofy when I asked him to point to the first one.

In box number 1 we have some books and an action card (this one says, “March like an ant.”). I ended up only reading two of the books to him, his glazed over eyes told me that one science book was enough. We really liked the book I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd. Except for the last couple pages that had spiders, well, he really like that it had a spider but Mommy was completely annoyed because a spider is NOT an insect.

Box 1: Books

Box 1: Books

Spider!

Spider!

 

In box number 2 we had several different worksheets, all the supplies he’d need to do them (pens, glue stick, dot marker, scissors) and another action card.

Four work sheets.

Box 2: Four work sheets.

"It has an X! I have an X!" MBS has an X in his name and is very excited to find it other places.

“It has an X! I have an X!” MBS has an X in his name and is very excited to find it other places.

After pounding down for most of the dots he started sliding the marker along and said, "This is drawing. When you draw with a dot marker it's not so bangy."

After pounding down for most of the dots he started sliding the marker along and said, “This is drawing. When you draw with a dot marker it’s not so bangy.”

Circling everything that was brown and putting an X through anything that wasn't. We'd never done anything like this and he absolutely loved it! Was so proud of his X's and circles, "this is a perfect circle!"

Circling everything that was brown and putting an X through anything that wasn’t. We’d never done anything like this and he absolutely loved it! Was so proud of his X’s and circles, “this is a perfect circle!”

Workbox number 3 wasn’t an actual box. It was an alphabet sheet and our magnet box on a metal cookie sheet, oh, and another action card.

Box 3: Match the alphabet

Box 3: Match the alphabet

Checking to make sure the magnets really stick. This was not a favorite activity but he needs work recognizing letters in different fonts.

Checking to make sure the magnets really stick. This was not a favorite activity but he needs work recognizing letters in different fonts.

Number 4 was the sensory box with dyed rice and with letter A pictures hidden in it. And an action card.

Box 4: Colored rice with hidden pictures.

Box 4: Colored rice with hidden pictures.

He enjoyed the activity but mostly he enjoyed the rice and has asked to play with it several times.

He enjoyed the activity but mostly he enjoyed the rice and has asked to play with it several times.

Box number 5 had a blank card, pens, a sticker sheet, and an action card. He “wrote” and decorated a card to my Grandmother. She lives for mail and he happily obliges. He loves to make and send cards, especially to people who send back (and often include stickers).

Box 5: Make a card.

Box 5: Make a card.

Our final box of the day had our counter bugs, a die, bug jars (both counting and sorted by bug type), and an action card.

Box 6: Bug counters.

Box 6: Bug counters.

 

See that smile? It had nothing to do with the actual activity, all he wanted to do was make the bugs fight.

See that smile? It had nothing to do with the actual activity, all he wanted to do was make the bugs fight.

What was his favorite part of the day? The activity cards we did after finishing each box. Getting up and moving like a certain critter just cracked him up, especially since Mommy was doing it too. Were the workboxes a success? It really is too soon to tell but I feel that the answer is yes. Our day moved smoothly and MBS was very motivated to find what was in the next box. An hour after we finished  school MBS came up to me and asked if we could start school all over and do more boxes! That is a good homeschool day!

Printouts used in these boxes were from these great sites:

I apologize if I have shown your printout and not included a link, not my intention just my tiredness, please let me know so I can update the page. Thank you for visiting the site.

 

And We’re Back

I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. I love reading peoples blogs and seeing what other families are doing in their homeschool. And I love the idea of sharing what we’re doing with family and friends and having a record for us, but I hate the actual writing of a blog post. I am just so bad at this. Oh well, practice makes perfect.

So, what’s been happening with us since last post. On Halloween my dh had a surgery that has had a very long recovery period (it’s been months and he’s still on a lot of pain!).  Thankfully my wonderful in-laws came over to help out for the first 2 weeks of his recovery. Then there was Thanksgiving, a visit from my eldest brother, Christmas, New Year’s, my father died, and on the same day as my father’s death we got the wonderful news that my sister, who has been fighting melanoma for several years, is officially in remission, and finally MBS turned 4. It’s been a very busy few months!

We did get schooling done during this time, some organized units and a lot more casual learning. Here are some highlights.

In October we had done eye drop painting of coffee filter leaves and in early November we made tree trunks from paining MBS’s arms and then made fall tree scenes with the leaves.

Carefully adding glue.

Carefully adding glue.

Our fall trees, mine pre-storm and MBS's after a windstorm had blown all the leaves down.

Our fall trees, mine pre-storm and MBS’s after a windstorm had blown all the leaves down.

We made snowflakes using masking tape and then painted over it. We liked this so much that it was the basis for our Christmas cards, though I soon got sick of making tiny snowflakes so most of the cards were just MBS’s paintings.

Our snowflake painting.

Our snowflake painting.

He drew an amazing Jack Skellington!

Wow! He was 3 years and 11 months when he drew this. Of course his next drawing was pure scribbles but this IS Jack Skelllington!

Wow! He was 3 years and 11 months when he drew this. Of course his next drawing was pure scribbles but this IS Jack Skellington!

We got some snow.

Which meant snow dancing!

Which meant snow dancing!

We put together a lot of Lego’s.

And this was just Christmas, he got even more on his birthday!

And this was just Christmas, he got even more on his birthday!

And train tracks!

He got 2 sets of expansion Thomas tracks at Christmas and then a Chuggington track set for his birthday. He has recently fallen in love with Chuggington and thankfully we kept them both wooden so they can use the same tracks.

He got 2 sets of expansion Thomas tracks at Christmas and then a Chuggington track set for his birthday. He has recently fallen in love with Chuggington and thankfully we kept them both wooden so they can use the same tracks.

Okay, I think that brought us up to date. Now onto what we’re doing now but that has to be another post. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Creepy Carrots!

MBS just loved this book!

Creepy Carrots written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown.

It really was just a hit with him. The story is about a carrot loving rabbit who starts seeing “creepy carrots” everywhere. While it is a “scary” book it didn’t scare my almost 4 year old and it has a wonderful twist at the end.

I decided since MBS loved this book so much we should do a craft to go along with it. I had all the supplies ready for him when he woke up one morning, he was thrilled! (3 cheers for prepared Mommy!)

Supplies:

  • Orange foam sheets, I pre-cut carrot shapes and stalks but an older child could do this on their own.
  • Foam glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange pom poms
  • Marker to draw mouths

Supplies

Oh, that glue was hard to squeeze!

Smile carrots!

Beware… the creepy carrots!

Just be warned, not only are they creepy and may show up anywhere around the house they also…

make nice swords!

I’m linking up to Link and Learn at No Time for Flashcards, Read, Explore, Learn at JDaniel4′s Mom, and Tuesday Tots at In Lieu of Preschool. Please visit their sites to get more ideas of activities for your preschooler. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Blueberries for Sal {BFIAR}

We “rowed” our first book, Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky. I have to say that this is not one of my favorite books, the mom not paying attention to where her daughter was drove this overprotective Mommy nuts! However it didn’t bother MBS at all. We read a lot of other berry books as rowed, our favorites being One Little Blueberry by Tammy Salzano a cute counting book and Blackberry Banquet by Terry Pierce which was amusing and had wonderful illustrations.

We read a lot of books.

MBS photobomb.

We started off our “B” week with a hike around a beaver pond where we didn’t see any beavers but we did have an adventure having to cross a creek without a bridge.

Ryan and MBS crossing the creek.

They braved the logs, I knew my own klutziness and took off my shoes and waded across. We had a fun hike and a yummy picnic lunch, and saw bugs, birds, and squirrels.

I wanted our first “row” to be memorable and fun so I had ordered a baby and momma bear to add to MBS plastic animal collection. He was so surprised when he got out of his bath and found a present waiting for him. He spent another hour wrapping up toys and giving them to me as gifts– too cute.

“It’s a bear!”

One afternoon, fed up Mommy decided to clean up disaster that was MBS’s room. As I cleaned and organized with MBS’s “help” I set down a Baby Blanket and we found things that started with B and put it on the blanket. This was a very Mommy activity, MBS isn’t really there yet but we talked about why some things qualified to go on the blanket and why others didn’t and we got the room clean!

B: Blue dog, Beach ball, ball, box, bag, Barbie, books, beaver, bird, bear, bunny, bandana, Blue, bowl, butterfly, beads, block, and Bazinga (the sock monkey).

And I can’t be the only Mom out there who wants photographic proof that their kids rooms are clean sometimes. :)

Clean! For at least 12 hours. :(

We used blue pom poms and a small pail to “pick” berries and feed them to our bears, we used the printout pail (from Homeschool Creations) to count blueberries and match them to the printout number. MBS is finally able to use the little tongs to pick up and move things so he spent a long time putting blueberries (aka pom poms) in and out of ice cube trays. We also played with our little plastic bear with the directional word book and then later MBS glued the pictures of little bear in the right spot. One of my plans was to potato stamp blueberries and make baskets over them like I saw on Little Page Turners but when I saw the pom pom painting on Delightful Learning I was sure MBS would rather do that (he LOVES pom poms!) so I asked and he said, “pom poms!” Another activity I had planned was to make mini blueberry pies and I was really getting down on myself when I finally decided to just LET IT GO, MBS wouldn’t eat them– he prefers to just eat the frozen berries plain so why was I doing this to myself. We did eat the frozen blueberries, fresh black berries that we picked on our property, and had yummy blueberry pomegranate juice. MBS favorite activities have been drawing, cutting, and gluing stuff– he’s really on a creative kick right now.

We’re sticking with bears for at least another week as we’re on to a study of hibernation. I’m linking up to Preschool Corner, the Weekly Wrap-Up and the Before Five in a Row list, please visit them for more ideas. Thanks for stopping by.
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