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March 27, 2008

Maple Syrup

This week we are reading about Maple Syrup. We are doing some of the activities from HSS unit on Maple Syrup.

This Saturday our family is attending a Maple Syrup Festival in the city. Cant' wait to taste that warm fresh syrup! :-)

March 26, 2008

Easter Lapbook

Here are some pictures from our Easter lapbook. It's based on the story "The Legend of the Easter Egg". Lesson and lapbook printouts are from here.

I don't know why some of the pictures are so dark...can't seem to get a good shot of my lapbooks lately...grrrr!

We did not use all the components on the lesson (maybe we will do the rest next year!) so it took only 1 file folder, instead of 2.

Some of the things we added were: for the weather flap book we glued a picture of each type of weather instead of writing about it. We also added a pocket with color cards (crimson & scarlet). They don't look too good on the pictures but they are actually really cute and accurate. We used oil pastels and practiced many, many times to make the colors on white paper before making the card. ;-) For crimson we used red and 2 tones of blue. For scarlet we used red with a little orange.
On the back we added Caleb's egg shell artwork.

March 25, 2008

I love Spring

Well it's starting to feel like Spring around here. I can't believe it! I really thought the winter was going to continue for another month. Even Caleb keeps telling me "Mom, I think the snow is saying No, no I don't wanna go!" :-)

The past 2 days we've had around 50 degrees temperature (after a VERY COLD and Snowy Easter weekend)!

Yesterday we spotted a daddy robin in front of our building looking for worms! Today we got to go to the neighborhood playground! And without wearing lots of clothing layers.

I loved watching the boys playing outside running non-stop, climbing, balancing chasing a ball and getting very tired and hungry before dinner.

I brought a book with me to the park. I figured I could get some reading done while they played but I just couldn't stop watching them. They were so happy. They've really missed playing like this. Too bad I didn't bring my camera.

I'm ready for spring fever! Oh please, please winter go away. Don't come back till next year...this time leave us for real. :-)

March 24, 2008

The legend of the easter egg-part 2

We had a great time with the Easter Eggs unit. Every morning last week we read the story, practiced our Bible verses followed by the activities below. We ended our school time by putting together some of the lapbook components.

Day one: see previous post here.

Day two: talked about Communion (read passage on Mark 14:22-24) and the symbol of the Easter egg. We also watched some fun clips of eggs hatching.

Day three: reviewed the vocabulary words with the lapbook component; learned how to read "noon" on the clock; talked about freezing rain & hail and looked up images (google) of both. We printed some of these images to add to our lapbook.

Day four: all about eggs! We did our "eggs-periments" (the boys loved to spin the eggs, try cracking them and watching the vinegar make them soft). We also learned the parts of a raw egg and decorated a cross with painted egg shells.

Day five: We made our Easter Eggs!

I'll be posting the lapbook pictures next...

March 22, 2008

Easter Eggs

With all the snow and freezing rain outside we decided to have some egg fun inside the house. This was our first time making easter eggs. Caleb LOVED it! Noah was more interested in dipping his hands in the food coloring cups and eating the eggs!! LOL!









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March 21, 2008

Snowy Spring???

Today we woke up to more snow!! 1 or 2 inches when we took these pictures, but so far we accumulated at least 3 more inches today. Looks like the winter does not want to go away. The boys LOVE it as you can see. Mom...not so much. :-(


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March 20, 2008

Please and Thank You Lapbook

Here are some pictures of our "manners" lapbook. The boys enjoyed this little book called "Please and Thank You" and so I wanted to make a simple project to review what we learned.



Cover: ASL "please" & "thank you" Inside Left: "Strong Words" barbells



Middle: The Golden Rule; Inside view of the center folder
Pig Will & Pig Me Too Folder;
Table Manners "Pizza"



Right: "Honorable Actions" Back: "Pleasant Words" Honeycomb

Medal Book (kindness, sharing, honesty, helper)

I wanted this lapbook to reinforce good manners/behavior but from a biblical perspective. I wanted my little ones to see that the Bible has something to say about our actions and words and that ultimately is not about them being good kids but instead to conduct themselves in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord.

The Bible verses we included are...

Speech: Proverbs 16:24 Diligence: Proverbs 12:24 Honor/Obedience: Proverbs 1:8-9


Some of the templates I took from an online manners lapbook (oooh I can't find the link to the site! I'll post it here when I find it). The rest were some ideas I had after reading the book.

Sorry for some of the shots being out of focus. I couldn't seem to get a good shot that day. You can click on any of the pictures to see a larger view.

March 18, 2008

FIRE!!

True story...

Last Sunday the boys were spending sometime at grandma's house with Brad. The boys had found the perfect "toy" to keep them safely busy (or at least that's what Brad thought).

They were playing with those small Styrofoam piece for packing shipments They were flying them all over the living room under the TV, piano, etc. This is the type of game that they LOVE but can only play when mom is not around!

Brad was in the room next door and all of sudden he hears the boys say "fire...fire...fire" over and over again but on a normal voice volume; so he just thought it was part of their game.

My brother-in-law walks into the room and says "What's that smell? Something is burning". By this point Brad had started to smell it too. So he walks to the basement stairs and the boys start saying "daddy, daddy, fire, fire!" pointing at the staircase light. Brad could see the smoke coming out of the light bulb and he thought it must have been some burned wires.

But as he gets closer to the light he noticed these small black burned things....yes...it was those Styrofoam pieces!! The boys were having a blast throwing them at the light as if it was a basketball net. LOL!!

Brad: "Why didn't you tell me there was a fire?" Caleb: "Dad, we were telling you there was a fire but you wouldn't come!" Brad: "Next time make sure you run to dad and SHOUT FIRE. Now let's go clean up Lola's living room".

THANK YOU LORD that nothing happened!

So....lessons my husband learned that day...
#1 when your kids say "fire" don't assume it's just part of their playtime...go check!
#2 Styrofoams and heat are not a good match.
#3 Kids can turn any innocent game into an emergency!
#4 Not everything that looks like a good toy is a good toy
#5 Even when the whole incident was very scary, it could have been a lot worst. We were not upset with the boys. We actually thought it was very funny. So if this happens to you...keep it cool. Accidents happen and we all learned from them, right?

Chick hatching

ok..ok...I know this is not what Easter is about but they are so cute!

Baby Chicks - First 48 Hours

Those of you reading "Legend of the Easter Egg" this week, could show this clip to your little ones.

March 17, 2008

The Legend of the Easter Egg

This week we will be reading "The Legend of the Easter Egg" and using the lessons plan from HSS.

Today we read the story. We introduced the memory verses for the week Luke 24:6 & Isaiah 1:18.

We talked about Good Friday and Easter and what we celebrate on each day.

We learned about the colors "crimson" and "scarlet" and practiced mixing oil pastels to make these colors.

We sang "Jesus Paid it all"

So glad this unit was posted just in time for Easter! Lots of fun activities planned for this week. I'll be posting the lapbook pictures when completed.

March 10, 2008

"The Year"

Last week we learned all about "The Year" (at least all I thought my preschoolers could handle!).

We talked, played, sang, drew, read, listened, painted, glued and acted out about... the months, the seasons and the weather.

Stories and Poems


The Year at Maple Hill Farm (by Alice Provensen)

Follow the animals and people that live on the farm and see how things change month by month.



The Months (Poem by Christine Rossetti)

Focuses on the signs that creation gives us in the different seasons. I will add the words to the poem at the end of this post.



How Do You Say it Today, Jesse Bear? (by Nancy White Carlstrom)

Well we LOVE Jesse Bear! So we couldn't resist adding this title to our week. Jesse Bear tells us about the important events and holidays that happen during the year.



Activities & Crafts



"The Months" Book of Pockets:

I took this idea from an article featured on the Homeschooling Today magazine January/February 2008 issue. We took construction paper and folded in 3/4 to make a pocket. Stapled the pockets, hole punched the sides and string with yarn. On each page of the book we pasted a part of the poem "The Months" that corresponded to each month. Inside the pockets we will place crafts or something that helps us remembers how nature changes that month. So far we did January, February & March. We will do the rest at the beginning of each month. I think it will be a good year-long but simple project that will allows to review the months.




Paper snowflakes for January


Dripping wet painting for February




Kites with windy sticker for March



Weather Calendar & Weather Boy Hats:

Ideas taken from the book Science Play! I printed a March calendar from www.printfree.com taped it to the wall and every morning this month the boys are looking outside to check the weather and they are adding a weather sticker to the calendar.



Every week we have a designated "weather boy" who does the following....#1 in the mornig he looks outside to check the weather...#2 Comes back into the house and announces "today's weather is...."#3 he MUST wear the correct weather silly hat (see below)....#4 he might even do a silly weather dance!....#5 and then paste the sticker on the calendar.



Headband with newspaper streamer for "windy"

Paper plates with construction paper decorations gray clouds with lightning for "stormy". Yellow triangles for "sunny".

"snowy" & "cloudy"

Tree Seasons Paper Craft:
Printables from DLTK's site. We printed 4 tree trunks and the boys colored and glued different leaves to represent the four seasons. For winter we made white paper "snow" confetti and pasted a picture of a cardinal.


Melting Ice:

I let the boys drop salt on an ice cube and watch what happens. Just a simple activity but they loved to see how the salt "cracks" the ice cube and makes a big hole in it.


Music:

We listened to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons". You can listen for free at www.rhapsody.com The boys had their hand puppets dance to the music.

We also reviewed a song for the days of the week that the boys had learned in the past. It's from the Weesing FingerPlay songs CD.

Our Window View:

We have been taking pictures of the boys by our window to keep track of the seasons. I am adding the ones we are have taken so far to our Months Book of Pocket.
"The Months"
by Christina Rossetti
January cold desolate;
February all dripping wet;
March wind ranges;
April changes;
Birds sing in tune
To flowers of May,
and sunny June
Brings longest day;
In scorched July
The storm-clouds fly
Lightning torn;
August bears corn,
September fruit;
In rough October
Earth must disrobe her;
Stars fall and shoot
In keen November;
And night is long
And cold is strong
In bleak December.
Here's another poem that could be used with older children.
The Months
by Sarah Coleridge
January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.
February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.
March brings breezes loud and shrill,
Stirs the dancing daffodil.
April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.
May brings flocks of pretty lambs,
Skipping by their fleecy dams.
June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children's hands with posies.
Hot July brings cooling showers
Apricots and gillyflowers.
August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.
Warm September brings the fruit,
Sportsmen then begin to shoot.
Fresh October brings the pheasant,
then to gather nuts is pleasant.
Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast.
Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire and Christmas treat.

March 09, 2008

Psalm 23 Antithesis

The clock is my dictator. I shall not rest.
It makes me lie down on when exhausted.
It leads me to deep depression.
It hounds my soul.
It leads me in circles of frenzy for activities' sake.
Even though I run franctically from task to task,
I will never get it all done,
for my "ideal" is with me.
Deadlines and my need of aproval they drive me.
They demand perfomance from me,
beyond the limits of my schedule.
They anoint my head with migraines.
My in-basket overflows.
Surely fatigue and time pressure shall follow me all the days of my life.
And I will dwell in the flows of frustration forever.
-Marcia K. Hornok
This made me laugh so much but sadly this has been me so many times before. After reading this, get your Bible and offer PSALM 23 to the Lord as a prayer of praise!

A child's heart

Caleb: you know what, mom?

Me: yes?

Caleb: when I grow really big like daddy I want to be a construction worker.

Me: really? what makes you want to be a construction worker?

Caleb: I want to build one of those really tall, tall buildings and then I am going to put there all the people who don't have homes.

(Lord, show him how he can be useful in your kingdom. Thank you for his heart of compassion.)



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Caleb: Mom, remember when I ask you if I can do something or have a snack and you say No and then I start saying "no, no, I want one" and I start whining?

Me: Yes, I remember that.

Caleb: That's when I am sinning. When I do that mom I am sinning...because I am a sinner.

(Lord, show him his need for you. Thank you for his humble heart)

March 04, 2008

March Preschool Plans

Here's our unit studies for the month of March....

This week: "The Year" (so far it's going great! Lessons on weather, seasons, calendar reading and months of the year).

Next Week: "Manners Matters" (I finally found a lapbook for this topic!)

Week 3: "The Legend of the Easter Egg" (we will "row" this book and use lesson plan from HSS, maybe do a lapbook too)

Week 4: "Starting to Measure" (lots of fun activities planned to introduce my little ones to measuring and sizes)

Will blog on the weekends how the week went.