Where care is most like home.

Today we spent welcoming the most recent member to our Lil’ Caboose family.  He is 4 years old with lots of energy and curiosity, he will be with me 5 days a week. His photos will not be appearing on the BLOG.  So, again, we did a lot around our new child, getting him used to where things are located, a fire drill, he selected his chair for snacks and lunch etc.  Then was craft time. We did painting, lots of crafts, even dancing, then fun play in the Daycare room. Then played outside, until the rain hit. He was here yesterday as well, so he got very familiar with our “Play ground” as he calls it, because we were outside all day, and he had a great day, both days.  And today he had a friend here to play with.  “K” was here and the baby.  “K” was a good friend and showed him the “Ropes” and what she likes to play with.  She is always a big help with the baby too. (As a side note, my 12 year old daughter took the craft pictures for me today).  After the school kids arrived there was “Princess” play,  dancing,  and trampoline. “A” even showed off what a wonderful craft she created at School. “J” and “A”  played frozen, their newest imaginary play.  It is great to watch them have so much fun.  Another great day!!  Enjoy the pictures.

 

 

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Today was beautiful out. We spent much of the day out there.  We also started a new “Story Board”.  What that is is a Velcro board with several different activities squares. When we do something such as reading, we place the “Reading” square on the board. I don’t have a square for every activity we do, but I use what I do have. Below you will see a picture of “K”s Story board for today. The baby had her first day in the outside swing and LOVED it.  Once the kids arrived after school we remained outside and the kids were thrilled that we had very little snow left in our play yard.  There was so much wonderful imaginary play.   “J” lost another tooth today.  You will see her showing me, then “A”.  Another great day.  Enjoy the pictures.

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MONDAY

I did not post yesterday because I only had a few pictures so I combined them for today. Monday was a very rainy day. Because of that “K” and I talked a lot about the rain and wind, as we watched it out the window. She got further in her workbook and we made a rain picture with cotton clouds and blue paint for ran.  We also made a Beaver that we had to cut the rain clothes out for him and glue his rain gear on.  “K” had a lot of fun.

TUESDAY

“K” and the baby and I were here this morning and it was a pretty busy morning.  “K” did some work in her workbook, made two additional pages of “Sounds like” pictures and we played several games on the PBS website. She LOVED it. Several of the games involved movement and following Curious Georges steps etc. Other games involved her putting puzzles together and also finding and mixing ingredients for making recipes. She even dug up bones and matched them to the boxes they belong in, then put them together to make a dinosaur. We also did some other games and read books.  She did great and had a lot of fun and learning at the same time.  “K” even fed the baby her morning meal and did a wonderful job with it. Then we went outside.  After lunch and rest, we went back outside and waited for the School kids to come and we remained outside the rest of the afternoon.

MONDAY

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TUESDAY

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PJ/No School Friday

Today was PJ Friday, because Gorham had no School.  I only had three children here today though.  We did fingernail painting, watched “Frozen”, played house, store and many other imagination games as well.  I also had some beads, Masks, and temp Tattoo supplies so the girls dressed up for Mardi Gras.  They had a blast.  The baby even found a new teething toy.  Another great day!

 

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Library/Outside/Playroom

Today we did not work in “K”s workbook (not that we do every day anyway) but I decided to take her and the baby to the Baxter Memorial Library for Pre school reading and activities. Both kids had lots of fun.  The baby crawled everywhere and “K” participated in the reading, singing, body movement and craft with the other Pre School children that are brought there.  She really worked on her Social skills, which is very important at her age, as all or most of you know.  Today’s books were about Lions, so the craft was a Lion hand puppet. We also played with some toys, read some books ourselves and played with the dolls (babies).  And, today was a special treat, they had a sort of scavenger treat. You had to find the poster  1 – 12 and do what the poster said on it. For example, “Roar as loud as you can”, “Stretch on your tippie toes and stretch, but do not fall over”, “Find the Lion’s paw prints”, “Find certain books and dust them”and so on.  When we arrived back at Daycare we played outside for a bit. The fresh air was good and it really didn’t feel that cold out. When “J” and “A” arrived from school we had some more fun in the playroom. They were princesses, cooks, readers, spinners and more.  Another great day! Enjoy the pictures.

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Just two here after the bus his morning.  “K” continued in her workbook.  She completed yet another section, Numbers, and got her Certificate.  She wanted to feed the baby, and she did a great job.  They are really good together, “K” is a huge helper and she really enjoys it. For a craft “K” painted the rim of a paper plate Green (I cut out the middle)  and I printed off a Shamrock. Once the paint had dried, we attached the shamrock to the rim with hot glue and a popsicle stick to make a hat. While we played in the Daycare room, “K” fed our pet fish (2), we did some reading, music and rearranging. You will see her doing “head, shoulders, knees and toes”.  She really loves the 1×1 time. We had a lot of fun with lunch.  “K” mixed up some eggs and some pancakes, but then she added the secret ingredient for St. Patrick’d day, green food coloring.  She kept telling me how delicious they were, even green.  Once “J” and “A” arrived after school (“L” was sick) there was even more playing in the Daycare room. They used baby dolls, Kitchen, blocks, puzzles and so much more.  I am adding some new electronics, so there will be some more rearranging..    Enjoy the photos. Sorry for the blurry ones, still haven’t gotten a new lens.

On a separate note: We will be having a 4 year old boy joining us, Full-time, in a few weeks.  “K” is very excited, as am I.  His new Brother or Sister will join us in the Fall.

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