Thursday, October 10, 2013

Crazy for Crickets

S sings her made up song:  "Bugs! Bugs!  I love bugs!"  but VA says "I don't like bugs."  But only until I point out that butterflies and ladybugs are bugs.  Then she revises her statement to be "I don't like bugs except for ladybugs and butterflies."
After Pops caught some crickets for us, VA had to revise her statement again because she decided she likes crickets too.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Duplo Legos

 The V's are on a Duplo Lego kick!  It's their new favorite thing to play with each day.

I recently purchased a Duplo number train set to help with counting and number recognition, but instead it has started a craze for building towers and bunny houses with the V's.
They are so focused when they're building!  And we usually end up using every single brick!  So now I've got to get more sets, but it's shocking to me just how expensive Legos are nowadays!

I wish Pops could find my old Duplos from when I was a kid.  I'm sure they're in his basement somewhere!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Exploring local parks

Our normal park is Jacobus, but lately we've been exploring more of our local parks including:  Hawthorn Glen, Hart Park, Valley Park, Washington Park, and Highland Park.  We are really lucky that there are so many great parks within walking distance!  I like the variety but the girls still prefer Jacobus best.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Today's Harvest

One of B's favorite activities is picking flowers and vegetables from the garden.  So far this year, we've harvested:

4 Zucchinis
2 Yellow Squash
7 Cucumbers
Lots of Yellow Wax Beans
Lots and lots of Cherry Tomatoes & SunSugar Tomatoes
Some Snap Peas
Lettuce, Spinach, Arugula, other salad greens, and Swiss Chard
and every couple of days we get a handful of Strawberries (which are B's favorite)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Print awareness & counting to 10, 15, 20...


Number Awareness / Counting Activities:
* Hopscotch
* Connect-The-Dots
* Hide & Go Seek
* Counting Books
* Number Puzzles 
* Number Mazes
* Number Coloring Pages
* Counting "How many?" of different items
* Number Stickers
* Beginning Board Games
etc.



Monday, July 29, 2013

Veggies from the garden

Our garden is really starting to produce veggies for us.  I don't have to purchase many veggies on my weekly shopping trips anymore - now they're coming fresh picked from the garden!  So far, this summer, we've eaten yellow wax beans, swiss chard, tomatoes, toy choi (baby bok choi), strawberries, and zucchini all from our garden here.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Our beans are growing!

The bean seeds that L and I planted last week have now sprouted.  We planted green string beans and yellow wax bush beans.

And the pea seeds that V planted are just beginning to sprout too.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Let's paint!

Here's a beautiful painting by S using tempera paints.  Kids are such natural artists!

I purchased some larger paper and the girls have been enjoying making larger works of art.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Outdoor play area is all set up for the season!

 Well, I've got our outdoor play area all set up for the summer season now.

There is an adult size table with umbrella and a kid size one too.  There is a sand table and a separate water table.  There is our play house and a little slide.  There is also a shaded seating area for when the sun is really hot.

Recently, I've purchased a couple more riding toys, a magnetic fishing set, a plastic bowling set, more bouncy balls, a couple of sand & water mills, and some more sand toys too.  There are plenty of things for the kids to do outside now and they've been loving their outside time each day.
I've also gotten around to planting and setting up all the pots in my container garden.  In addition to flowers, I'm also growing 15 containers of fruits, veggies, and herbs.

On Monday, L helped me plant bean seeds in one of the raised beds in the front yard.  He did a great job and enjoyed watering it with the hose after we finished.

Today, V helped me plant snap pea seeds in a large container out back.  She likes the helper role and did a really great job too.

Monday, May 27, 2013

L's Animal Stack

The kids all love stickers.  Here's a picture that L made using animal stickers.  I love that he always puts so much thought into his placement of the stickers.  He came up with the idea of having the animals standing up on each other shortly after we read The Musicians of Bremen.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Butterfly release - take two

Today we released the last 5 butterflies.  The girls were so sweet and gentle as they watched the butterflies leave the habitat.  A couple of butterflies had gotten their wings wet, so they hung around for a bit while their wings dried in the sun.  V sang them sweet little songs.  And S timidly placed plastic grapes (toy play food) near them as a kind of offering.  So cute!