Tag: preschool

B is for…..

Continuing our letters of the week, we started with B. Here my list for B:

bear

butterfly

bee

brown

beans

beach

ball

bird

blocks

bubbles

button

I always use a printable do-a-dot page for each letter and this time, I had Addie put buttons on dot before.

For Addie, we did an uppercase B for bird and I cut out her feathers, feet and beak. She glued it all on plus eyeballs.

I also made a couple of bird themed sensory boxes with fake birds, nests, worms and bird seed.

Emma did a lowercase b for bear and I’ve been having her cut out the letters from construction paper and glue them to white paper.

We also did a dance (music and movement) to the Teddy Bear song.

For lunch, we had butterfly snacks made out of Ziploks filled with grapes and Goldfish and a clothespin in the middle. I also made chocolate and pretzel butterflies.

The next morning, I made our table into a beach theme. We painted beach balls and I made a beach sensory box from Kinetic sand, a drink umbrella, a doll house chair and seashells.

Emma also made a b is for brown beans with kidney beans, pinto beans and white beans (all purchased from the Dollar store)

We also made bumblebees with paper plates, black paint, large googly eyes and pipe cleaners.

For Emma, we’ve started an interactive journal for her for each letter. We go through magazines, Highlights and grocery ads looking for things that begin with that letter.

Lastly, I made Addie a bubbles and blocks box, which, tbh, was not a big hit. Happy learning!  Continue reading

Our Letter “A” Activities

This last week (and-a-half), we were working on our Letters of the Week when we were so rudely interrupted by Hurricane Irma.

We (obviously) started with the letter A.

I started making lists of everything I could think of that started with the letter A:

Alligator
Apple
Acorn
Airplane
Astronaut
Ant

Then I turned to the handy dandy Pinterest for ideas on how to incorporate these into crafts, snacks and more.

I also dug out our Dr. Seuss’ ABCs book.

First, I borrowed our Alligator craft from my fellow homeschool momma, Erika (check out her blog at erikajohnsonblog.com)

I decided to work on uppercase letters with Addie (my 3.5-year-old) and lowercase with my almost 5-year-old, Emma.

So, for Emma, I had her do a lowercase “a” for apple. I laminated both letters and hung them on our wall as part of our alphabet border we will be making.

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Valentine’s Day in the Silverstein House

The day of love has come and gone…

Here’s what ours looked like!

Crafts:

This year, we made Froot Loop hearts for the birds

“I Love You to Pieces” tissue paper hearts

AND I added in some school stuff too:

Homeschool:

Trace and color Hearts, ABCs with conversation hearts, name puzzles, and color matching with conversation hearts.

 

Food (Heart-shaped EVERYTHING!):

DONUTS!

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‘Tis the Season for Family Pictures

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‘Tis the season!

For holiday cards with family pictures!

This is the one time of year (I think) that most people get their family pictures taken.

We get ours taken usually a few times per year: birthdays, etc.

We usually take some for Emma’s birthday (at the end of October) and those usually end up being our pictures for our cards.

Here are some of my tips:

Set Expectations: Don’t tell your kids about the pictures RIGHT before you are about to leave for them. Give them some heads up. “We are going to take some pictures tomorrow.” Also, I always go in with the expectation of getting ONE good picture. ONE. If I get more, great. Don’t go in expecting the world and be disappointed.

Pick Outfits: Make sure you pick something your kid is going to actually wear. Comfortable. Nothing itchy. For example, my youngest refuses to wear anything but a dress at the moment. So, when I was picking out outfits, I knew not to dare try to put her in anything else.

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Bribery! We used to have our pictures taken in the mall. And we would tell the kids, “when we’re all done we can go ride the carousel!” Or have Chick-fil-A or go out to dinner after. Whatever works. I even brought lipstick to our last photo session to keep them happy! Whatever you have to do!

Outdoor vs. Indoor. This is all about personal preference. We usually take our photos inside at a studio (keep them contained!)

Take yourself vs. Professional This one would be tough to do by yourself with the exception of a timer on your camera, but if you have a friend or a family member it could work.

Here’s my last and probably most important tip: Take lots of pictures of your kids!

People always tell me, your kids are so photogenic! It’s because I take their pictures 20 times per day! LOL They know if they just look at me and smile once, I’ll leave them alone!

Seriously, we all have cameras on our phones now. It’s so easy to snap a picture of them! Plus, it gets them used to the idea of looking at the camera and saying CHEESE, which is all we really want!

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Recipe Share: Homemade Blueberry Muffins

With Emma starting preschool, breakfast around here has been hectic.

I’m not used to leaving by 8:20!

I had picked up some mini blueberry muffins from Publix, but I went through two boxes of them in two weeks!

So, to Pinterest I went and found a few different recipes that I liked.

I wanted to use whole wheat flour.

I didn’t have any plain Greek yogurt to use.

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So this is what ended up being my recipe:

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Homeschool Guilt

So we had kind of a big thing happen in our lives recently and I’ve been hesitant to post about it online for fear of judgement.

But keeping it in has proved very hard on me and my family.

My daughter, Emma, recently started preschool.

But wait? Wasn’t I homeschooling? Yes. I was.

And I still am.

After our cruise, it was clear that both of our girls have a very hard time separating from us.

It’s been nearly 4 years and very few days apart.

So, Emma started going to a local high school just 2 days a week, 3 hours per day and has been doing wonderfully!

She hasn’t cried once. She has picked out her outfits and packed her backpack and picked out her snacks every day.

But we are also still planning on doing school here at home.

As my husband told me, we are merely using this as a “tool” to help her learn something I can’t teach her- separation from me.

He said it’s just like if I would take her for Algebra classes or Spanish classes or anything else.

It was very hard for me. I almost felt like I had lost my identity as a “homeschool mom.” And if I wasn’t that, what was I?

I felt like I had failed at homeschooling.

But I didn’t.

And I haven’t.

The End.

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How To: Make (No Sew) Bean Bags

This week in Emma’s school work for HIPPY, she had to work on her balance.

Which meant I had to make bean bags (one for her head and one for each hand).

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At which point I asked her teacher, “Do you know where I can just buy these since I’m pretty sure I can’t make my own bean bags?”

She assured me I could and told me I could use my hot glue gun. SOLD.

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Homeschool Preschool…What we’re doing

When I was growing up, kids who were homeschooled were always labeled as “weird” or un-socialized.

I think the mentality of that has changed so much since then. There are so many more families choosing to homeschool their children. And there are so many more resources available. I even have a Pinterest board for Homeschool Preschool now!

When I first started thinking about homeschooling, I had no idea where to start or what to do.

I had a friend of mine who told me about HIPPY. It stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) and it’s a state-funded program (free for parents!).

Every week, we have a HIPPY coordinator come to our house and give us a “packet” to complete with Literacy, Math, Motor Skills and more.

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