Sunday, January 30, 2011

Church activity, marshmallows included

Muffins, fruit, juice, Scripture stories, and coloring.
Oh, and marshmallows!

One part of the ward's primary activity for the children yesterday
was this table where they could each construct a tower
using marshmallows and toothpicks. The older boys in charge
at the table were good helpers and showed the younger ones
how to get started.

Can you guess which table my two younger boys enjoyed the most?


{Hmm, who's kid is that wearing the superhero costume?}
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Sometimes "preschool" really is that easy!

On Friday, my niece came over for some play time in the morning.
I was busy with the baby, rocking her, when I heard a cute little
voice saying, "1, 2, 3, 4...." all the way to 10 and a few more numbers
repeated. I looked over and saw the two little cousins busily laying
down cereal o's on the squares of our Don't Eat Pete game board,
while counting them out.

Then they'd suddenly shove handfuls into their mouths and growl
like bear cubs!

I had to snap a photo.

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See; I knew there was a benefit to having cereal
and things down where children can reach.

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Self-serve snack and math lesson (oh, and cooperation), Check!



Saturday, January 29, 2011

Inventions

A few days ago, I pulled out the IKEA construction set I bought last spring and the oldest two boys set about creating a motorcycle.

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Getting a close look at the instructions...

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Playdough and Computers

The art table has been updated yet again.
This week it serves as a surface to sculpt
play dough on; markers and a
large pad of paper have also graced its surface.
{Along with lots of squiggly marks on the table itself!}

Do you also like to use a garlic press to make thin strands with dough?

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Few Things...

...from the goings-on during the month of January.

Bonus points if you can spot the toy axe 
in one of the photos below....


Playing "house" with friends...

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The "moving van" has arrived!

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wintertime Blahs...or Bliss?

I don't know what it is about this time of year, but about midway through the month of January, a lot of my energy and plans and excitement have flown right out the window! 

I've been keeping up on the minimum to keep the house running, like doing dishes and laundry--we've just been eating "easy food" (canned soups, fruit, homemade nachos, spaghetti) as I have little energy to cook or bake much. There have been some really cold or windy days that kept us inside. My husband has been out of town here and there, and I think that zapped some of my energy, but I honestly think we are resting from a very busy December.

What have we been up to, in this lull between activity?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Discoveries: Slides! and Smiles!

January has had cold spells and then these nice days
with bright sunshine and warmer temps.
We spent time outdoors at the park close to our home
and we discovered that lil' baby sister loves slides!
She crawls up the structure's steps and
then onto the tallest slide and goes down face first!
No fear here!

Her biggest bro likes to help her.

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Celebrating New Year's 2011

We like to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new 'family style'!

My husband was getting in a little extra work-time,
so he joined us a bit later in the evening.
The kids and I enjoyed the company of my youngest brother,
who came over and hung out with us.

We enjoyed playing a few of the kids' favorite games, like Dancing Dice and Quitch,
while eating such delicacies as goldfish crackers.

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Lil' sis was pretty pleased to be at the table, too!

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Making block walls and making up games with Lego.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival 1/11

First edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival for 2011
has been posted at See Jamie Blog!

Curious about how other home educating families' explore
Social Studies, Narration, Nature Study, Fine Arts
and other related topics to a Charlotte Mason approach?

Visiting the links from the Carnival gives you a sneak peek
into other families' real lives.

Who knows what you might find... a spark for an idea to try
or an example to validate something happening in your family right now.

I've been enjoying reading through the blog post submissions.
You can see mine under Social Studies.

To visit the carnival, click the pic below.




Monday, January 10, 2011

C E D Challenge Jan. 1-9

I am participating in this challenge at Creative Every Day.



The idea behind the challenge is to recognize
and infuse creativity into each day.

I am enjoying something, even if it just takes
a second and is small, that takes me out of the
every day activities and taps into my creative mind.
If something I am doing in my every day life
counts as creativity, I include it in this challenge
(like cooking or blogging, for instance).

I like the chance to challenge myself in this way
and see what others are creating and sharing.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Nicholeen Peck and Teaching Self-Gov't

On Wednesday evening, I listened in to hear Nicholeen talk about the concept and steps to teach ourselves and lead our family in self-government. It was excellent and definitely worthwhile listening to for the entire 2 1/2 hours. I did have to press 'pause' and take care of my little ones' needs a few times, but it was exciting to come back and learn and be so encouraged by what she was sharing.


I have to say she is the most positive, empowering person I have heard or read about who offers insight into parenting techniques, and I have read and met many over the years, so that is saying a lot. I was really impressed and inspired.

These are not tips and tricks, folks. She gives principles that can bring real change to individuals and entire family dynamics, no matter the size and shape or educational choice of the family.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Isn't it About...Time?

A friend shared this article on FaceBook and I had to mention it here.
It is featured on Latter-Day Homeschooling.

The article discusses the positive impact play has on children's lives.

Take-away message from Super Summit 2011 #1: Donna Goff

I really enjoyed listening in on the call to Donna Goff today. She raised 7 children and homeschools using several of the same philosophies I have incorporated into our family's learning journey, including Charlotte Mason, Dorothy and Raymond Moore and Thomas Jefferson Education. I enjoyed reading her websites, some of which are featured here on my 'Instead of School' page, under the heading 'Resources'.