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No School day… Tons of fun March 13 2015

I tried something a bit different this morning. The kids were all hyped up so we all sat down on the mat and for about 10 minutes we practice deep breathing. The kids said it helped, but only they know.  Then AB and JP decided to do some push ups and one legged stands. Next we sat down and made “Veggie” masks. The kids loved those, almost as much as coloring some “Frozen & Princess” pictures. They were pretty proud of those, and should be.  I worked 1×1 with CS on fine motor skills of holding a pencil/marker.  If that wasn’t enough fun, the fort building began, and finished. CS was the first to check it out. He took off through all the curves inside.  Then it was “make your own pizza” time. Who knew the kids would get so excited about this project? After lunch we headed back down to the Daycare room so that the kids could all check out the fort. They just sat inside for about the first 30 minutes. I think it got a bit cramped after that.  And there were the normal, everyday things: Barbies, peek a boo with CS, kissing the baby, Army figures and silly faces.

Another great day.  Enjoy the photos.

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Inside Day/Alphee/Computer learning/Playing

ONE DAY BEHIND. Never enough hours in one day.

Tuesday I introduced two more learning activities. One is Alphee, some parents might remember him. He is a robot that comes with cards with many different learning skills.  Also I brought out the Learning Laptop, which also asks many skill based questions. The kids especially liked Alphee, he is lots of fun.  Then there was lots of play.  We got a new kitchen set so that was a big hit, as well as tons of music being made.

 

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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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Preschool Workbooks/Valentine Treat/Craft day

The two preschool children and I were very busy today. We worked in their Workbooks on numbers, counting, letters, Alphabet, matching, Community helpers, weather and “All about me”.  We also read, sang songs and danced.  Then we decorated for the party. The girls were so excited to help.

We did a Valentine “treat” day and crafts after the school kids arrived.  This is the first year I didn’t do a party, because there were no days off from school or even half days. But I still wanted to do something.  The kids had so much fun, between the treats and crafts. THANK YOU so very much to the parents that helped, with food and gifts, I truly appreciate it.  Especially on short notice.

I did get another new “toy” for the play room. Not really a toy, it is a mini trampoline.  Each of the kids used it, to release some energy,  and they all  love it.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Crafts and Cooking Helpers

As you saw, it was pouring out this morning. So we stayed inside and made a couple of fun crafts. The first one was “creative”. I laid out many different craft objects on the table. I put out 4 different yarns, beads, sprinkles, ribbon, coloring utensils, decorations, stickers and more.  And all I did was ask them what color paper they wanted for their craft. The ONLY direction was “Use anything on the table, anything you want, to make your picture. And use as much glue as you want to”. That was it.  They came up with some wonderful pictures, just using their imaginations.  Our next craft was simpler.  We made pipe cleaner and bead bracelets. Again, using any colors they wanted.  For lunch my daughter had been telling them all week she would make Chocolate Chip Pancakes.  Today was the day.  So all the kids took turns helping her pour in the ingredience and stirring.   Those were great pancakes and everyone loved them. We spent the afternoon outside.

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Cooking and Dress up Fun

Full house today since it is school Vacation.  The kids had a full morning of fun. THEY made (with a little help) Chocolate Chip Waffles that we would have for lunch.  They love to help cook.  Then, we had a Fashion show put on by the children (costume picker, my daughter Brianna).  It was awesome. We had Superman, A Magician, a Vampire, a devil, two cowgirls, 2 Princesses,  Tinkerbell, well you can see them all for yourself.  They had so much fun and so didn’t my daughter helping them.  After the Fashion show I cooked the waffles, while the ids played Pinball.  Then we ate, back to the play room then rest/movie time.

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Finger Painting/Cooking/Nursery Rhymes/Gross Motor skills

We had fun again today.  Started off with using finger paints to make a picture of anything the kids wanted.  One child said they had never used finger paint before so wasn’t sure what to do with it.  Once they got started this child caught on quick.  We went through how certain colors mixed together make other colors. The kids didn’t quite remember that finger paints were meant to get your hands all messy, so they were going easy, but that didn’t last long as you will see. I showed them that once their paper was covered in paint that they could use their fingers to make pictures, so I made their names, they loved that part.  This went on for quite awhile.  In the end the papers all pretty much had the same color painting. Next my daughter, who was home today, got out all the materials needed for the children to make brownies.  They felt so grown up cooking our afternoon snack (with little help).  While the Brownies were cooking (and beyond) we moved down to the play room and did some dancing, singing and computer games. We also did many  Nursery rhymes that required following the movements on the computer (wheels on the bus, London Bridges, Hokey Pokey etc).  We also did some gross motor skill games as well (Frog Jumper for instance).

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