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August 31, 2007

Why?...Why?..Why?...

...Oh...the endless "why" questions of preschoolers!

Here's some that Caleb has been asking me lately (and I must say that some of these I found very profound and others are so funny!)

  • Why do you drive faster in some streets and slower in others?
  • Why do we blow candles on birthdays?
  • Why are some families blessed with one car and others with two?
  • Why are we not learning Bible verses at the library (storytime)?
  • Why is Noah so naughty? :-)
  • Why do some parents stay at home and some go to work?
  • Why do some kids bother me?
  • Why does God keep sending bad weather to us? (recent Midwest storms)
  • Why did the soldiers beat Jesus? (he's been very curious about why Jesus suffered)
  • Why did they think He was their enemy?
  • Why do I get to eat more candy when I am with Lola? (grandma) ;-)
  • Why can't I drink pop like other kids?


My prayer is that even with these questions the Lord will give me wisdom to direct his little heart towards Him.


"Let your speech be always gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer each person"


Colossians 4:6






August 30, 2007

Our Sunflowers!!!









Last Spring, after reading The Carrott Seed we planted some sunflowers seeds at grandma's backyard (we also tried planting carrotts but it didn't grow). It was a looong process for the boys to wait for it to grow and bloom but last July the first flower appeared!

Caleb said:"Remember mom, how it was just a tiny seed?"

Noah said: "It's Biiig!".


Now we are getting ready to enjoy the sunflowers seeds!!! And then we will do it again next year. How exciting for my little ones to watch a small seed turn into a plant taller than them.
Thank you Lord, for the beauty of your creation and the opportunities to enjoy it with my children.




August 29, 2007

When We Were Very Young (1924)

What a lovely collection of poems by the great A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh, House at Pooh Corner).

This is our read aloud for the week and everytime Caleb wants me to read them again and again. I have to say I always heard this collection is consider a classic of children's literature but I didn't see what all the fuss was about....now I know.

The poems are simple and full of situations, activities and emotions that surround preschoolers. This is a great choice to introduce your child to poetry. The illustratrions are so beautiful as well.

I've been working on teaching Caleb to be polite and so I was delighted to find this poem in the book.

Politeness
If people ask me,
I always thell them:
"Quite well, thank you, I'm very gald to say".
If people ask me
I always answer,
"Quite well, thank you, how are you today?"
I always answer,
I always tell them,
If they ask me
Politely....
BUT SOMETIMES
I wish
That they wouldn't.
When Caleb heard that last part of the poem he said "Me too! I don't like it when people keep asking me "how are you". ;-) He thought it was so funny the boy in the story felt just like him!
To which I replied: "Isn't it great that even when the boy didn't feel like it he was still polite towards others?"... now I had his attention!!

August 28, 2007

Learning Bird Songs

One activitiy we've been doing since last Spring is learning to recognize birds and their songs in our neighborhood. My 4 year old is recognizing at least 10 birds and 6 bird songs!

Here's a great website where to get you or your little ones excited about learning bird songs Learn Bird Songs

Some cool things about this site...
  • beautiful bird photography
  • recorded bird songs with explanation of each sound (calling, predator alert, migration, etc.)
  • clues to remember this sound
  • tips for spotting and recognizing birds
  • birds divided by habitats

Activities:

  1. Listen to 1 or 2 bird songs at a time to begin. Start with birds that you see more frequently.
  2. After a few weeks of listening have your child cover his eyes and play one of the clips to see if he recognizes the sound. Offer lots of praise either way. ;-)
  3. Try to copy ("sing") the bird songs.
  4. Go on walk at parks or nature centers, especially early in the morning to hear the birds.
  5. Make a simple bird book (paper, contruction paper will be just fine) and glue images together of the birds you've been learning about. These are easily found is you use a search engine or a website like Enchanted Learning. You could even write for your child the date/place where you spotted or heard this bird!!
  6. If done in a very gentle and fun way these activities can be so rewarding for both you and your child and a great introduction to learning.

August 26, 2007

My ticker....

I gotta loose some weight before Christmas!!!

The truth is I've been saying that since before last Christmas...hehe. So there's my ticker for everyone to see. I hope this will get me going.

Hasta luego sweets...and hola whole grains and pilates!

August 25, 2007

Meet the boys...


NOAH

Interests: Basketballs, balls, jumping, music, stickers

Favorite color: Green
Activities: going to the park, visit the library, playdough, dancing, singing, playing with anything that Caleb is playing with, putting things inside his ears (chips, blueberries, cotton balls, beans, peas, playdough, toothpaste, etc.)

Favorite Characters: Curious George, JayJay the Jet Plane

Favorite Music: KJ-52, TobyMac & anything that has a dance beat

Favorite Books: Goodnight Gorilla, Corduroy, Jesse Bear What will you wear?, Goodnight Moon, We're Going on a Bear Hunt





CALEB

Interests: Books, Trains, TV, Birds, Dogs, Mazes, Gymnastics

Favorite Color: Purple

Activities: outdoors, nature, play with trains, act out stories , make up songs, cut & paste, Awana

TV Shows: Thomas the Tank Engine, Veggie Tales

Favorite Music: Beethoven, TobyMac, Veggie Tales

Favorite Books: (very hard to narrow it down, but here's the current ones)

Caps for Sale, Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel, Froggy Gets Dressed, Curious George Gets a Medal,
Harold & the Purple Crayon, Tootle


A blog entry just for me!!!

How exciting!!
One of the ladies from the FIAR boards posted an entry just for me on her blog!

Check out her post here


August 23, 2007

Hello

I can't believe I am finally doing this! I've been wanting to start a blog for a long time so here I go...

This year we will begin homeschooling our boys and I am very excited about it and very thankful to the Lord for this wonderful blessing. Please, pray for us!

I will share more about why we have decided to educate our children at home but for now I want to share this poem taken from the book For the Chidren's Sake that summarizes my prayer for my children...

Come, child.
I respect you, you are a person.
Come with me.
You belong to this planet.
You are to inherit,
You are to understand.
Look. Look, and you will see.
Enjoy this day: the sun, the grass, your friends.
Listen-we will read God's Word.
We are His Sheep, He is our Shepherd.
Grow! Flourish! Be master!
Let us do what we ought.
Let us choose the right!
The bored wake up,
The failures find new spring,
The sinful start again.
Come little child,
I will listen, I will learn too-
Let us enjoy abundant LIFE!