Monday, March 14, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness

Every once in awhile someone does something that blesses your socks off!  That was this past week. Out of the blue we got 2 packages in the mail from the kids Great Uncle Dave who lives in Washington State.  He is my husband's mom's only brother and a retired elementary school teacher. He has only met our kids on a couple of occasions, which makes this all the more surprising.  He sent 2 boxes full of kid chapter books, tons of candy and money for each of the kids hidden throughout the boxes.  My kids were so excited....was like opening treasure to them!

Despite their faces they really were excited (my kids don't have real smiles. Haha!).

Kiddie Loot

So many awesome books!  Some of these are the ones I will be needing for school 
in the next couple years with our Heart of Dakota curriculum.


So proud!

Look at this huge stack!

Thank you, Uncle Dave!!!
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Monday, February 29, 2016

Mother Goose Time 2016 Film & Win Video Contest- My Entry

After 2 weeks of filming at our homeschool co-op and 8 hours of work editing, my video is finally ready to submit. A big thanks goes out to my son Mr.C for putting the this together for me. I couldn't have done it without him! This film was a joint effort made by everyone in our family. My 13 year old daughter came up with the idea, Mr.C and I filmed, directed and put the video together, my 3 little boys starred in it and my husband's voice was used as the newscaster. The preschool children are the students I teach each week at our homeschool co-op. I have been teaching using Mother Goose Time curriculum at our co-op for 3 years now.  I am entering the 2016 Film & Win video contest with Mother Goose Time. Wish me luck!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Our Valentine's Day- Homeschool Party and more!

Now that my little boys are older they are starting to really get into holidays.  This year I decided to host a Valentine party for them.  We invited a few friends from the boy's preschool/kindergarten class at our homeschool coop and met at an indoor play gym.  Before we left for the party the boys made some super cute, owl valentine bags. These came in the February Art Pack from Funshine Express.

Adding the finishing touches!

J Bug and Little E with their finished bags.

All the children's valentine bags for the exchange.

The party table
Lots of yummy things to eat!

It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without some heart shaped cookies.

And of course, conversation hearts!

The ball bath is always a hit.

So fun!

Baby E's shirt says, "Chicks (heart) Super Heroes"

Time to munch!

I love the looks on the girl's faces.  Precious!

Also in the Art Pack this month was an adorable heart shaped glasses project. 

Um, yeah...I think Baby N got a little crazy with the scissors! Haha.

Are you feeling the LOVE????

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

In the Art Pack- Faux Snow Cones and Traffic Signs

Finishing up January's Art Pack from Funshine Express, this week my boys made faux snow cones and stop signs. For the snow cones they made colorful water color paintings onto coffee filters.  

Yes, there was lots of color mixing!  

We then rolled up a paper towel, wrapped it with the painted filter and then stapled the "snow" onto the cone cup.  The end result was pretty darn cute and my little guys had fun pretending to eat them.

If only they were real! ;)

For the stop signs, I marked cut lines with chalk on the corners of a red square.  The boys cut along the lines to make a quick and easy octagon. We discussed what shape they just created and why stop signs are important.  Good little lesson!

Busy, Busy!

J Bug wanted to show off the back of his sign.

And Little E went crazy with the stickers!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This weeks Art Pack projects- Teddy Bear Wagon and Lacing Skates

As you know my children have been enjoying the Monthly Art Pack from Funshine Express.  Each month we receive a box of 8 different art projects and the best part it is delivered right to our door! Geared towards the 3-6 age range, these projects are simple to complete for little hands.  We try and fit them in whenever the boys are whining that their bored.  They have been a blessing!

 Teddy Bear Wagon

This week the boys made Teddy Bear Wagons and Lacing Ice Skates. 
 The boys enjoyed decorating the wagons and then I helped put them together with my stapler.

 Afterward they had a fun little toy to play with. So cute!

 Here is a closer look.

 J Bug with his teddy bear wagon.

 Lacing Skate

The fine motor opportunities in this project were abundant! The boys had to color, cut, paste, punch holes (with a whole puncher), and then lace up their skates with a piece of string.

 Baby N is 2 1/2 now and he loves to cut!  He loves to cut a little to much in my opinion and most of the times ruins all his projects.  Thankfully, I was able to get the scissors away from him before he cut up his skate.

Pasting on his "metal"

All Done!
(sorry about the silly face.  This boy does not generally like to be photographed)


 Proud of his work

 I love the faces my boys make when they are focused on a project.  Kissy lips are a regular with little E.

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