Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February 21, 2012

This morning I woke up scrunched between 2 little guys. (Typical morning for me, actually) One, of which, was not about to let me move. I managed to grab my phone, that I had sitting nearby and began playing some fish game I downloaded for free. It's pretty ridiculous when I think about it. I'm just tapping my finger trying to catch fish and stuff in a net... When I finally had enough space, I peeked out the window. It looked like it was turning into a cloudy but sunny day. Then I checked my older son, whose been sick, and decided to cancel his speech session for today.

A little while later, when the boys were awake, we headed downstairs. When my older boy got to the top of the stairs, he started saying "It's snowing mom!" I thought he was just kidding, but I was surprised to see that he was right. It was snowing! We went downstairs and turned on the fire and had a little bit of breakfast. (It's weird to me to turn the fire on. I'm used to a wood burning stove.) We put together his spider man puzzle while my youngest played with some toys nearby. The girls were still asleep. Then we worked on his counting and abc's. I wrote words on the chalkboard, mostly names, and told him what the letters were and what I was spelling. He just laid on the floor watching me, answering questions when I asked them. Then he asked me to read to him. I pulled out "What Your Preschooler Needs to Know" and read him a page from each category. He liked that, but was still kind of lethargic, poor kid. All he wanted to do was lay on the couch and watch busytown, or car fixing shows.

I did eventually let him watch some tv, while his younger brother played and his sisters and I started our "Meet Kirsten" study. We're reading the book for a club and since we've already read it recently, I thought it might be fun to do more with it. I looked up lapbooking and found a great page full of templates for American Girl lapbooks.  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/American_Girl_Lapbook.php Today I just read chapter one to them as they began to color their templates. They're both excited to try lapbooking. I had heard of it before, even had friends who had done it, but I never really looked into it until they started talking about wanting all the Little House on the Prairie books. I remembered a friend telling me how they'd done a book for that. I wish I had listened to them when I first started homeschooling. My goodness the difference it could've made for us! haha but I didn't so here we are starting a little later with it. My mind is flooded with ideas for different things I'd like to study with the kids and what all they could add to their lapbooks. I'd like to help each of the girls make friendship quilts and rag dolls as part of the "lesson" as well. I'll try and keep updates about how that goes and what we do and post pictures as well.

We also looked up the Eastern Bluebird again, which is now my oldest child's favorite bird. We came across a pretty cool site all about birds. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=1189&ac=ac
The site has all sorts of information. We will definitely being using it for future bird watching information.

When school was done the girls took a rest and I played with my boys. First we were steamrollers. Then we were lions. Then dinosaurs. And once again steam rollers. When I couldn't play that anymore, I suggested we draw pictures and guess what the other person drew (also known as pictionary.) My son has never really been interested in the game before, but today he had a blast. I started and drew and drew until he said, "Sit down, mom. It's my turn." I was excited to see all the things he drew. I forgot how easy it is to allow kids to learn naturally. Thus my interest in a more life learning approach for my kids.

We've also got some projects going on at our house right now. We bought a cheap used desk in need of some love for our oldest. Over the past week my husband and I took turns sanding down, possibly toxic, paint off of it. Today, she started painting it. She wants to be a marine biologist when she is older and she loves the ocean so she is painting her desk to look like the sea with a beach. It's a pretty cool idea and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I do have a picture, just haven't downloaded it yet. Another project is our coffee table. We bought a coffee table and matching end tables from the late 80s or early 90s (I think) when we still only had 1 kid. Over the years this set has gotten fairly beat up, not that it was in mint condition when we bought it. In order to move the set to our new home, I had to agree to redoing them. The past two evenings I've spent some time sanding down the top of the coffee table. It's almost done! Although, now I have to figure out how to sand the rest... I plan to stain it when I'm done sanding. I'm pretty excited because it's the first big project that I've had in a while. Again, pictures aren't on my computer yet. On top of those two projects, my husband is looking into turning a little beat up shed in the backyard into a chicken coop and rearranging our barn to prepare it for animals. We're hoping to get sheep and chickens this spring. Not sure what else we'll be getting.

That was our day today.

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