Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pre-School Letter "e" Activities


Here are the letter "e" activities I did with Cupcake (2 1/2). I am a few weeks behind posting what we are actually doing. I remember this week was a struggle, so there are less activities.

Phonics
Sandpaper Letter
We traced and practiced the short "e" sound. This turned into her grabbing the letter and running around the island shouting "eh." Whatever works.



Letter "e" Play Area
(elephants, egg, eggplant, e block)


   Alphabet Box
(egg, envelope, elephant)

 It was not easy finding "e" objects for the alphabet box!

Letter Collage
  She likes the stickers more than coloring!  Printable from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Counting
Not an e activity
I tried getting Claire to count bears on counting mats shaped like elephants, but she would have none of it. So, instead, I flipped the bucket over and sang, "The Bear Went Over the Mountain," counting up and had the bears climb the mountain. She loved it. So, I discovered songs were the key to get her to count.





Egg Counting   
She did stay engaged for a little bit to count "eggs" in nests. I used floral stones as the eggs. The nests are free printables from The Measured Mom.


Sorting
Color Sorting
Cupcake sorted colored pompoms onto the elephant color sorting mat from Confession of a Homeschooler.


Sizing
I gathered different sized envelopes and had her lay them out from small to large. She really liked the envelopes and carried around a business sized one for about a week.hahaha
  
Art and Music
Art
Cupcake colored and Decorated envelopes with stickers. My intent was to then mail Grandparents Day cards in them, but I dropped the ball.

    
Music
We didn't get to it.
Snack & Storytime
The books we read:
 
An elephant roars above the Savannah, rescuing animal friends. This is a rhyming book and Cupcake requested it many times while we had it checked out.

Everyone loves Edwina-everyone except Reginald von Hoobie Doobie. No one believes him that dinosaurs are extinct, so he sets out to prove to Edwina that she no longer exists. We are huge Mo Willem fans and this was no exception. Cupcake loves this book. It's an adorable and amusing tale about agreeing to disagree.

Annabelle finds a box of what looks to be ordinary yarn, but as she starts knitting sweaters for the whole town, she discovers magic. This is a sweetly told (and beautifully illustrated) tale of greed and generosity.

Elephant Snacks
 I got this cute idea from The Real Thing With the Coake Family, except I used apples instead of biscuits.

Bible Time
We went through "God is Everywhere" in Because God is Awesome by Brad and Kathy Bright which goes through attributes of God. We also read the story of Daniel in The Jesus Storybook Bible. We listened to and sang the "e" scripture song from Songs for Saplings: ABC.

Delightfully Homeschooling,
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What I Wore Wednesday 10/22/14

It's been a while since I participated in WIWW with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy.
So, here are nine outfits I wore in the past three weeks. I was trying to create a new outfit combo every day this month, but that was too much. I need lazy days. So, I am going to try to create a new combo once a week and try a Pinterest inspiration each week, so look for that in the future!


Back at the beginning of the book when it was still 80 degrees...I found this dress at Goodwill!

Not a great pic, but I like this outfit a lot!
Tank Top: Old Navy
Pants: H&M
Jean Jacket: Christopher and Banks


Top: Maurices
Boyfriend Cardigan: Target (Similar)
Scarf: Pick Your Plum
Shoes: Payless...ages ago and still kicking!


Top: Banana Republic Outlet
Cardi: Meijers
Skirt: Downeast Basics
Flats: Old Navy

Mixing patterns, stripes and florals
Top: Old Navy
Scarf: Pick Your Plum

A Summer favorite made fall wearable.
Dress: I got this a long, long time ago. It was either from Charlotte Russe or Forever 21. I don't remember.
Chambray blouse: Old Navy
Flats: Target

Dress: Charlotte Russe
Cardi: Forever 21

Dress: Maurices
Cardi: Pick Your Plum
Shoes: ModCloth

Layer Love
Dress, Belt, Boots, Vest: Target
Plaid Top: Old Navy

And that's all for now!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Hair Elastics


Colored, thick elastics are still trendy and they are super easy to make yourself-and much cheaper than buying them in stores!

I bought my elastic from Pick Your Plum, but you can find elastic at craft or sewing stores and on Etsy.

I had some orange, black, and white, so I decided to make a little Halloween hair elastic treat to send to my tween niece. I found a chalkboard tag that I bought in the Dollar Spot at Target. It's probably for Christmas, but it works. I replaced the jute hanger with a baker's twine bow.


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Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Five Year Journal October Questions

Here are the October questions from my DIY Five-Year Journal.
Just right click and save!
 
 
 
 Previous Months:

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Little Mermaid Family Costume (With Flounder Tutorial)

Over the weekend, we held our Fall Retreat for the college ministry for which my husband and I work. Every year, we have a themed costume dance. This year, our students chose Disney/Pixar as the theme. So, we went as Ariel, Eric, and Flounder!



I was a modest Ariel, obviously. :-) I found the skirt and top at Goodwill and I bought the wig on Amazon for less than $10. My husbands pretty much had everything for Eric because his costume is easy.

The star of our trio clearly was our little Flounder.


I made her costume and it was super easy-no sewing required!


Here's how I did it!

Tutu Fin: Making a tutu is super easy. All you need is elastic and some tulle or organza. I used two rolls of glitter tulle and one roll of glitter organza from Joann's.

First measure how much elastic you will need around the child's waist. Cut and tie. Then, you need to cut the tulle/organza into strips double the length you want the tutu to be. Last, you tie the tulle/organza around the elastic until it is full.

To tie:

Double the tulle/organza by folding it in half. Place on the inside of the elastic circle to tie.


Next, bring up the two end pieces of the tulle/organza and pull them through the loop, around the elastic.





Pull tight. Continue to do this with each strip, pushing them close together. If you have fat elastic (like I did), then it will fold over in half as you tie on the strips. That's OK! It will still work. Actually, it will be sturdier.


When you can no longer fit anymore tulle/organza, you will have a beautiful tutu!



For the Shirt: All you need is a yellow shirt. I found one at H&M for less than $5. I made the stripes with blue washi tape. For the blue fins, I looped some leftover organza and tape them to the sleeves with hem tape.

For the blue "hair:" I bought two blue tiaras in the Dollar Spot of Joann's. I took the tiaras off of the headbands and glued them together. Then, I reattached them to one headband, but rotated them to like a mohawk.




My little Flounder had a blast dancing with college students! My husband is a good sport participating in my costume love.


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" Pre-School Activities


For our first book unit, we did activities surrounding If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

We began by reading the book each school day.

Phonics
 Phonics Cookie Flip
We reviewed previously learned letters and sounds before beginning the activity. For this activities, I punched out circles for the cookies and wrote the letters on the back (I used the other side for our color sorting activity). I placed the "cookies" on a cookie sheet with the letters facing down. I placed the sandpaper letters on plates. 

Cupcake flipped each cookie over and looked at the letter. I had her say the sound and then place it on the correct plate.



Alphabet Box Sort
 I put all the "a" "s" and "m" items in a basket and had Cupcake pull them out and sort them on the correct letter. We aid the sound each time.


Story Activity
Because this book is a great sequencing book, we did an interactive sequencing activity. I put each object mentioned in the story in a bag (cookie, cup (for milk), straw, napkin, mirror, nail scissors, broom (obviously not in the bag :-)), blanket and pillow, paper and crayons, pen, scotch tape). 

I let Cupcake wear mouse ears, which, by the way, were mine as a child! She wasn't too keen on wearing the tail, so I didn't force her. :-)


We started with "If you give a mouse a cookie..." and I handed her the (fake) cookie. Then I asked her, "what happens next?" She pretty much has this book memorized, but I helped prompt her when needed. I encouraged her to pretend she was the mouse and do the activities (minus trimming her whiskers, of course).

Here she is pretending to drink milk from a straw.

Counting

Cookies on a Plate and Chocolate Chip Counting

  I got this cookie counting game for $2 at Walmart! Cupcake isn't into playing the actual game yet, but she loves the cookies. So, I put some on a plate and had her count how many cookies were on the plate. I would add and take away and have her re-count. We also counted the chocolate chips on the cookies.

Cupcake loves her counting bears, so another day, we incorporated the bears. They had a chocolate chip cookie party.


We counted bears at the party and the cookies again.

Sorting
 Colors
We did a color cookie flip game, like the phonics game previously mentioned.

  
Shapes
This was not really a sorting activity, but shape recognition. I printed out a little picture of the cookie mouse and cut it out. I used cookie shapes from the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" mega pack FREE from 123 Homeschool For Me, which is an awesome pack I plan on using in it is entirety when Cupcake is older. 

I hid the mouse under a shape and said, "Where is mouse? He's under the (shape)" and Cupcake had to pick up the shape to find him. She loved it.


Sizing
I used the cookie sizing printables in the printable pack mentioned above.
That is all we got done that week, besides eating cookies. :-) I am very laid back because Cupcake is only 2.5 and I want her to enjoy school.

Delightfully Homeschooling,

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