Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tot School-Spiders!

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Ok, so here is what we did this week.  It has been a BUSY week for us.  We have had too many pastoral duties just pop up…oh well!  That’s how we roll!  You can see more of what we did this week by checking out A Mommy Talks with Madonna! 

Language Arts:

We worked on the alphabet using this game.  We had each of the letters on spiders and then E had to smack the right spider with her shoe.  This was a favorite, and the poor spiders have been smacked a plenty!! 

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We also worked on the W for Web.  We colored on a black sheet of construction paper with some chalk.  I sprayed it with some hair spray (it sets the chalk!) and then cut out a W.  W glued it to some paper and made a pom pom spider to call it home! 

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Math Concepts:

We worked on this Spider Graphing Book to count our spiders and graph them.  E used our little gems again to mark her progress. 

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Science Concepts:

We talked about  the parts of a spider and put together a spider with an egg carton, a pom pom, and some pipe cleaner legs.  We didn’t use glue on the legs.  I poked some holes through the carton and we threaded the pipe cleaners through for the legs.  E LOVES her spider, and she dubbed him “fire-crackers”.  We don’t really know where she came up with that! 

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Extras:

We had some Halloween fun this week.  E loved trick or treating as “Bat Tot” and she cruised around in her Tot Mobile.  This is what happens when your the only grandchild folks!!! 

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That was our week!   Remember that all of our lesson plans are on-line for FREE at 2 Teaching Mommies!  Next up, Turkeys!!  Check back next week for more on that! 

Most importantly see what others are up to at 1+1+1=1.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sin and Dirty Diapers


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The other day I was cleaning our upstairs bathroom.  There is a garbage can upstairs with a lid.  Its your standard bathroom fare, and our house rule is NO DIAPERS in the bathroom can.  This is done for obvious reasons.  The garbage goes out once a week.  A diaper in the can at the wrong time could be a smelly disaster. 

Last week the perfect storm occurred. 

I went to take out the garbage and, BAM!  A massive cloud of stink…

After mentally reminding myself that out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks, I remedied the cause of the stink and reminded myself to give my husband a firm talking to.

My mind continued to turn.  I wondered how in the world something so disgusting could go completely undetected for so long.  I mean, I am a meticulous cleaner, and the thought of something so disgusting….

And suddenly, like God so often does, He posed a question to me.  Is my sin any different than that dirty diaper? 

How often do I like to pretend that my sin just doesn’t exist?  I mean often it looks like from the outside I have all my ducks in a row, that things are just squeaky clean.  Sometimes even I can be duped into believing in my own perfection.  Normally when this happens I uncover a dirty diaper in unexpected places, and like sin so often does, it stinks. 

We are not perfect.  Romans 10 tells us there is no one righteous, no not one.  We all have dirty diapers somewhere.  Take comfort though that  if there is someone capable of cleaning up the mess, its our Lord and Savior.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tot School-Halloween

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E is 33 months

This week in tot school we worked with a fun, and not spooky, Halloween theme!  Here are some of the things we did this week, and you can see more with Madonna over at A Mommy Talks

Language Arts Activities:
This week we worked on a couple of activities.  One of them was this Jack-O-Lantern letter match.  E had to match the uppercase Jack-O-Lantern to its lowercase stem.  We had fun with this activity, but we never did all 26 letters in one sitting, because I thought that was a little daunting.  We broke it down into several sets and worked on a little each day. 

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We also read quite a few books.

Math Activities:
I drew a pumpkin shape on a foam sheet for this activity.  We used play-dough and made shapes to make a face for the pumpkins.  E can roll the play-dough pretty easily, so we were able to make circles without much trouble.  Other shapes took mommy’s help, but E directed me on what shape and how many sides.

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We also worked on this bat roll and color.  We printed out the bat printable and used a dice to tell us how many circles to color in.

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Halloween Fun:
We played memory this week with Halloween themed memory cards.  There were 8 matches in all, but we started out with 4 matches at a time.  We will probably play with these a couple more times this week, too!

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For our family night, and as a science experiment, we made glow in the dark Jell-O.  You can read more about that here.  We had a fun time with it! 

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Extra:
Our family ventured out on a camping trip this weekend, and we had a wonderful time with my extended family.  It was chilly, but E liked sleeping in her tent.  There was a lot of playing in the dirt and roasting marshmallows, which is what camping should be, right? 

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Moms Favorite
While camping we took some pictures.  Here is my favorite one! 

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I hope you enjoyed looking at our week.  Remember, all of our activities can be found a 2 Teaching Mommies for FREE.  Be sure and come back next week when we’ll be learning about Spiders!  Most importantly check out what others did this week at 1+1+1=1.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tot School-Pumpkins

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E is 33 months.

This week we learned all about PUMPKINS this week in tot school!  Here are some of the things we did this week, and you can see more with Madonna over at A Mommy Talks

Language Arts Concepts:
We worked on the letter P this week.  A couple of weeks ago we did the letter “P for pine tree” with our forest unit.  This week I decided we’d work on a lower case p with our pumpkins.  E INSISTED that we have a pink sky, and I didn’t fight her.  I pick my battles folks. :)  We also went a little crazy with some felt stickers I had, but the finished product was pretty darn cute! 

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We also worked on a color by letter that worked on the letter P.  We used a printable and a colored the lowercase P’s green and the capital P’s orange.  We distinguished the two because “little P’s” have a “stick out on top”. 

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We also read books.  Here are some favorites. 

Math Concepts:
We worked on this Pumpkin Flip and Cover Pumpkin patch.  We used our number cards and colored the number we counted.

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We also tried a measuring activity where we used pumpkins to measure vines.  E lined the pumpkins up and counted how many there were. 

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Social Studies and Science Concepts:
We used this Fall Tot Book to talk about several things.  We put together a fall puzzle, matched leaves, and colored fall items.  In addition there were some counting and sorting activities in the book that we used.

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Extra:

Our field trip this week was to the Pumpkin Patch! We had a great time at the corn sensory tables, finding pumpkins, and playing! 

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We also had a fun family night this week where we watched “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”  You can read more about that here!

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Remember you can find all our printables on-line for FREE at 2 Teaching Mommies.  Next week all our lessons have a Halloween theme, so be sure and check out what we do! 

Most importantly, see what others did this week at 1+1+1=1!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tot School-Safety

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This week is tot school we learned all about the people who keep us safe, and safety.  These are just some of the things that we did this week, and you can see more pictures of our week with Madonna over at A Mommy Talks

Language Arts:
We split the week into three days and three themes.  On the first day we talked about firemen.  We used this beginning writing activity where E traced the lines between the fireman and the fire to help him put the fire out.  The first time we tried using a truck to trace, but E wasn’t feeling it, so we switched to a marker.

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On the 3rd day of our week we worked on talking about safety.  We made this S for Safety collage with images and talked about safety.

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Math Activities
Going along with our fireman theme for day 1 we made this shape fire truck to work on our shapes.  E loves using the glue stick, so we cut these out and glued the shapes down.

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Science and Social Studies:
I found an experiment on the internet that I thought I would give a try with E.  It involved a jar candle, and we put the lid on the candle to watch the flame go out.  This is one of those moments that I look back and kind of say “WHAT WAS I THINKING????”  E didn’t get hurt, and she wouldn’t have with me, but her curiosity in fire went sky high after this activity.  Suffice it to say our candles are going to be put away for  awhile. 

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On Safety day we read and talked about strangers.  I got this book about strangers from the Berenstien Bears.  It was a good read, and it didn’t freak E out. :)  Always a plus. 

                                             

 

 Extras:
We had a movie night this week and we watched Bolt.  We also made chili-2 alarm chili.  It was a good night, and you can read more about it here at 2 Teaching Mommies.
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Mom’s Favorite:
We did a letter hunt for escaped letters on the day we learned about cops.  Here E was looking for her escaped letters!  How cute is she? 

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Come back next week when we talk about PUMPKINS!!  All our printables are available for FREE at 2 Teaching Mommies.  Most importantly check out what others are doing this week at 1+1+1=1.

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