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Wild Kratts Birthday Fort

I am really excited to be taking part in Building Blocks and Acorns’ Fort Building Challenge. All this month bloggers like me are building themed forts at home with their children and sharing them online. Since both LittleMan and SunnyGirl have February birthdays, I built a birthday fort. And since they are having a Wild Kratts party, it is a special Wild Kratts birthday fort.

Wild Kratts Birthday (7) (more…)

Christmas Camp Out

LittleMan had been begging me for almost a year to have his first sleep over but I was stead-fast in my stance that he was too young. Earlier this month I wanted to invite one of his little buddies to come see the Christmas lights with our family and it seemed like, if we were going to have him that close to bed time, we might as well keep him over night and give his parents a chance to sleep in the next day. And so with that reasoning, I finally caved and let LittleMan have his first sleep over.

Since we were going to see the lights, it only made sense to make it a themed sleep over: A Christmas Camp-Out.

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Fairy Garden from Recyclables

We’ve had several fairy gardens this past summer. All of them in containers on our patio. All of them drown as soon as there was a decent rain. Seems to me that if you want a fairy garden to be able to survive a bit of wet weather then you need to supply it with either some coverage or to make your garden in the ground where the rain water will naturally seep away. I didn’t think it would be possible for us to have such a fairy garden in our current living situation.
Then I noticed our bushes looked like a tiny forest near to the ground. Unfortunately they were a bit messy. I always knew there were lots of dead leaves and a couple plastic baggies tangled in the branches but we generally just avoided the bush because we didn’t know what sort of wildlife might be under those piles of dead leaves. I decided that it was worth the risk to investigate further, perhaps if I found no snakes then this could be the perfect site for our fairy garden.
Fairy Garden, Suzy Homeschooler (2)
I didn’t find any snakes but I did find out that people are disgusting. Under those piles of dead leaves I found broken glass, cans, bottle caps, nails, screws, a rusty metal pipe, scrap wood, insulation, fast food containers- the list goes on. How have we been living with this 2 feet from our front door?! Our neighbors bushes look similar to ours, with what seems to be piles of dead leaves and a couple plastic baggies, but I doubt that there isn’t just as much disgusting stuff underneath theirs as well.
Fairy Garden, Suzy Homeschooler (16)
Once I had cleared out all the rubbish, things were looking much more promising. (more…)

A TMNT Invitation to Play

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! If you follow us on Facebook then you may already know that our family went as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this year.
A TMNT Halloween and Invitation to Play from Suzy Homeschooler (11)
We actually didn’t get any pictures while trick-or-treating so Marmaduke suggested we dress up again the next day for an “epic battle” (his words) and it was so much fun! No decent pictures of all four of us together (the self timer can be so tricky with two little ones) so I compiled a collage of the battle to share.

We don’t want to be downers on Halloween, but we do want to encourage our children to use moderation with all that refined sugar so we came up with a system LittleMan’s first Halloween which we still use today: Switch Witch.
Every year we buy a special toy ahead of time and the children are so excited to get the toy, they happily trade most, if not all, of their candy for it. The candy goes in a tall cabinet in the kitchen, and they are welcome to have a piece or two every week until it is gone.

This year SunnyGirl traded her candy for a large bouncy ball, and LittleMan traded his candy for a TMNT set that includes a (more…)

Doll House from Ikea Expedit

Doll House from Ikea Expedit, Suzy Homeschooler (1)
This is one of those projects where the end result looks *nothing* like what I had originally set out to create.  Though I suppose if I want something to look a certain way, I should probably stop asking for LittleMan’s help making it because we will rarely agree. (more…)

Sight Word Tree

I’ve been working with LittleMan on the Dolch sight word pre-primer list, however I’ve noticed many of the words he had memorized are not on the list. Simply high-frequency words in the books we read and family member’s names.
In an effort to try to keep track of the words he has learned and motivate him to keep practicing, we’ve built this sight word tree.
Sight Word Tree
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Writing Station

For those who are just joining us, today is the 3rd and final day in a mini series of posts about our new permanent homeschool stations. For the first few weeks of the school year I was changing out the available tools on LittleMan’s shelves every week, leaving them bare on the weekends. This was a source of stress for me to come up with new activities for his shelves on top of changing out his box lessons every day, SunnyGirl’s tot trays every week, and their sensory bin(s) every week. To make it worse, LittleMan didn’t really seem to interested in some of the options that were put out for him! After some thinking and some talking with LittleMan I decided to continue with our box system as that is working well for us, but to remove the additional activities for awhile, and instead offer permanent stations for basic skills which we are constantly working on: cutting, reading, and writing.
Cutting, Reading, and Writing Sations from Suzy Homeschooler

Today’s station, writing. (more…)

Reading Station

For those who didn’t read yesterday’s post, for the first few weeks of the school year I was changing out the available tools on LittleMan’s shelves every week, leaving them bare on the weekends. This was a source of stress for me to come up with new activities for his shelves on top of changing out his box lessons every day, SunnyGirl’s tot trays every week, and their sensory bin(s) every week. To make it worse, LittleMan didn’t really seem to interested in some of the options that were put out for him! After some thinking and some talking with LittleMan I decided to continue with our box system as that is working well for us, but to remove the additional activities for awhile, and instead offer permanent stations for basic skills which we are constantly working on: cutting, reading, and writing.
Cutting, Reading, and Writing Sations from Suzy Homeschooler

I will share one station per day for the next 3 days. Today’s station, reading. (more…)

Scissor Practice with a Permanent Cutting Station

For the first few weeks of the school year I was changing out the available tools on LittleMan’s shelves every week, leaving them bare on the weekends. This was a source of stress for me to come up with new activities for his shelves on top of changing out his box lessons every day, SunnyGirl’s tot trays every week, and their sensory bin(s) every week. To make it worse, LittleMan didn’t really seem to interested in some of the options that were put out for him! After some thinking and some talking with LittleMan I decided to continue with our box system as that is working well for us, but to remove the additional activities for awhile, and instead offer permanent stations for basic skills which we are constantly working on: cutting, reading, and writing.
Cutting, Reading, and Writing Sations from Suzy Homeschooler

I will share one station per day for the next 3 days. Today’s station, cutting. (more…)