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Movie Date – Finding Nemo

Big J had to work all weekend and it is too cold outside to go out (goodness is it Spring yet??) so I thought it was the perfect time to reinstate our special movie dates. I picked Finding Nemo. One of my favorites (ok they are all my favorites). We worked on some construction paper decorations to stick on the wall (they were a big hit!) and talked about the ocean life. This is probably my favorite part about homeschooling… absolutely everything can be used as a lesson or a way to learn.

Next I worked on our movie lunch! Octopus hot dogs, Goldfish, cheese cut in the shape of fish and banana slices with peanut butter and raisins for myself and Little Miss E and just plain raisins for Little J.Β  For dessert we had cupcakes with blue frosting, sprinkles andΒ  gummy fish. Oh how much fun we had πŸ˜€

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17 months of giggles

I can hardly believe it has been 17 months since Little Miss E joined our family. To say she fits in is an understatement! She is fun, happy and spunky… and a teeny bit drama queen πŸ˜‰

Happy 17 months sweet girl. Thank you Lord for trusting us to raise her.

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Hearts, fractions, coins and cars

We were back to our usual schedule today… hooray! Little J was much calmer and relaxed, which made the day go by faster and without major frustrations.

We played a lot, cleaned a little and talked some. Little J has grown very fond of Roman numbers and enjoys talking about them and finding them everywhere. He seems to know them up to at least 20.

This morning we started off with a little fraction work, I got him to color some fractions, which is not an easy feat, while Little Miss E stamped hearts using a toilet paper roll. She absolutely loved this activity. I believe she will be my little crafter πŸ˜‰

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What a beautiful job

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Little J loves it when I draw his little sheets… He gets to tell me how my drawings are ‘not very good’ and that I am not a very good ‘drawer’ πŸ™‚

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In the afternoon we played ‘Park the car’. I had seen a version of this game with sight words but decided to modify it a little to our needs. Much like the Hungry spider game, it can be easily modified to cover whichever subject you need. We went with math:

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The idea was simple enough. I called out a number and he had to find the correct spot to park a car. It was a hit! He loved doing math without having to write the results down. I am looking forward to playing it again using different subjects.

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Little Miss E got to work on her fine motor skills while we played, putting coins in her piggy bank πŸ™‚

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Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

Until next time


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A smile goes a long way…

Dear lady at JC Penney… Yes you, shaking your head at my screaming child as I asked his dad to take him to the car… You, rolling your eyes, with thoughts so loud I could almost hear you… You, sitting on your pedestal looking down at us, at our parenting and at the child we raise as well as we can… I know what it is like to be you. You see, I once was just like you! Sure, maybe not as obvious, but I thought it. Like you, it never crossed my mind that perhaps that child was screaming due to the overwhelming noises and lights that don’t bother us… or that maybe his routine was disturbed… or that maybe he just needed to be alone. It never crossed my mind because I , like you, had never dealt with it… or heard about it. If I knew then what I know now I would have probably hugged those parents. Paid their bill. At the very least given them an understanding smile. Things aren’t always what they seem.

But I cannot be mad at you, I cannot base my feelings on your lack of information, I can only move on from here, tall and strong… After all this is not my first rodeo and I am sure it will not be the last. The journey we are on is a life long one, one I would not change.

However it does sadden me that you, like many others, were so quick to judge. That you did not get to see him at his best. That you did not get to meet him and see just how his brain works. How bright he truly is. That you did not get to see his sweet smile or hear his soft voice and he tells you all about the solar system or roman numbers. That you did not get to feel his arms around you. For that I can’t help but feel sorry for you, as those are the moments I live for.

To anyone reading this, don’t follow her lead… be kind… be understanding… Everyone is fighting their own battle, you have no way of knowing someone’s journey and struggles by watching them for a few minutes. Next time you see a frazzled mother trying to console her child who is having a meltdown, offer her a smile… Next time you watch a father drag a kicking and screaming child out of a store or a restaurant, remember that child may be struggling with something you cannot see, hear, feel or understand, and be kind… After all, isn’t that the kind of love and compassion you want to teach your own children?

Until next time

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Hungry Spider Game

Today, to make work fun, we put together a ‘Hungry Spider Game’. I, in all honesty, did not expect much as little J is very hard to entertain, but he LOVED it! I really cannot make that ‘LOVE’ big enough! He had so much fun!

What I loved the most was how versatile it was. You can literally choose any topic or NO topic! You can do sight words, math problems, simple numbers, colors, shapes and even make it into a scavenger hunt!Β  We went with some 1st and 2nd grade sight words. I would shout out a word and he would quickly find the card and grab the ball to throw it.

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Here is a run down:

1- Place masking tap on a doorway to resemble a spider web (somewhat)

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2- Cut a spider out of construction paper and stick it on (This is optional, but Little J is very visual and I knew it would help! It really made the game that much better)

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3- Get some cotton balls or tissue paper balls (cotton will work better, especially for younger kids)

4- CRUCIAL STEP: Have fun πŸ™‚

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‘Oh I just almost had it!!’ He said every time he missed πŸ™‚

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Of course mama had a turn too, while Little J shouted the words. It was just as exciting!

Here he is clapping when one of my balls stuck!

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Try it out, i bet your children will love it just as much πŸ™‚

TIP – Definitely use cotton balls, ours didn’t stick every time!
I will next time! I will also try math problems next time or more challenging sight words, he seemed to have these down with ease.

Until next time my dears ❀