Friday, April 29, 2011

Coloring Sight Words

This week Boo has had fun practicing sight words by coloring them: I write ten different sight words in black marker on a piece of paper. She picks out ten different color crayons. I call out a color and a sight word for her to "color" (trace). For example: "Color they green" and she has to look at all of the words on the page and find the word they and trace it with the green crayon. Fun for her, easy for me!

Easter Treasure Hunt

Instead of hiding lots of eggs filled with candy each year, our family does an Easter treasure hunt. It's basically the same as our Valentine's Day tresure hunt. Ruben and I write clues on slips of paper and put them inside plastic eggs. We hand the first one to one of the kids and inside it has a clue to where the next egg is hidden. They follow all the clues to find where their Easter baskets are hidden (they know the baskets are from us, we don't do the Easter bunny). This year Buzz and Boo each got candy, a book and an amber necklace. Plus Buzz got a Lego Hero Factory guy and Mary got a purse (with new earrings inside). Bean got a book and a toy.
I've resigned myself to the fact that with three young kids, I'm never going to get a perfect shot of all three of them, so this is as close as I got :)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Daddy/Daughter Dance!

Last night was the night that Boo had been waiting for for weeks: the Princess and her Hero dance. Boo is definitely a daddy's girl and was so excited to get to dress up and dance the night away with her prince :) She looked so adorable in her dress (which will also be her Easter dress). She even let me curl her hair a little (but she specified to only do loose curls because she didn't want to look like Annie, as in little orphan Annie, this girl cracks me up).

My princess and her prince!

She came home with goodies! A crown, a wand, a picture frame that she decorated (they had their pictures taken at the dance), and candy. Each of the daddies got up in front of everyone and presented their daughter  with a rose while sharing what makes them special, so sweet!

Boo was so excited to share all of the details of her night. Her highlight? Getting to dance to her favorite song: Firework by Katy Perry

Friday, April 8, 2011

Easter/Spring Sensory Tub

Our new sensory tub has an Easter/Spring theme. Buzz and Boo both helped put it together. They said from now on sensory tub assembly will be a group project :)

We used cotton balls as the base then added lots of fun items:
pom-poms in spring colors
Easter themed cookie cutters
mini egg shaped foam ornaments
wooden cross (colored by Buzz and Boo)
plastic chicks and carrots filled with Easter erasers
tiny baby chicks
Easter bucket
Easter tic tac toe game (inside bucket)
lamb Webkinz

Everything was purchased at Michael's and Dollar Tree, except the lamb which we already had.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Craft Stick Math

I'm all about making learning cheap, easy and hands-on! Earlier this week I came across the craft sticks that I had labeled with the numbers 1-100 for our 100th Day sensory tub and I pulled them out to use again. I had Boo grab a handful of the sticks and tell me the number. She enjoyed this a lot more than I thought she would and she spread them out all over the table as she identified each number.

Since Buzz is beyond just identifying numbers I gave him a handful of randomly numbered craft sticks and he practiced putting them in order.

While he was working Buzz mentioned that this activity was just like playing Racko. So of course we had to break it out and play! (we have an older version from the early 90's, so I'm don't know what the updated version on Amazon is like)

If you've never played Racko before it's a great, simple game. The players try to be the first to put their numbered cards in order. The box says for kids 8 and up, but Buzz (6 years old) can play it no problem and Boo can play with minimal help from me.


For the last two weeks we've been doing a space theme! Buzz has been really interested in space lately and he really enjoying learning more about it! We played with our space sensory tub.

We read a few books about space:

We used some of the printables from the Solar System Preschool Pack at 1+1+1=1

Both Buzz and Boo learned all of the planets in order (My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nothing)

We made a few space crafts from No Time for Flashcards.

We talked about moon phases and Buzz and Boo each made a moon viewer

We read from the space section of the Giant Science Resource Book and did some of the worksheets.

One evening we put together a styrofoam solar system with Ruben

It's been a fun two weeks!

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