Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Letter H: Hippo

Well, the end of the week is here. It's been a crazy busy week for us. We had MOPS on Thursday, which meant we didn't get to any school (because its all morning, and that's just a lot for #1 to do). We prepped a LOT of apples, and we're picking more tonight. We are figuring out the logistics for starting a THIRD worship service at our church....Pastor's heading it up, so we are planning some things together. Kind of fun.

Anyway, a view into our week. Everything we did came from COAH Letter H unit. I didn't take as many picture this week because Pastor did school with #1 on Friday while #2 and I did our own thing and we just enjoyed schooling....guess pictures just didn't cross my mind.
 Looking at the weather, this day it was RAINY, for once!

  

Left: Instead of ink dotters this week, we used stickers, took a little longer and was more of a fine motor activity for both kids.
Right: Making the letter H out of unifex cubes.




Left: Gluing foam pieces on the letter Hh
Right:Milk Cap Spelling.              






Left: Hh Magnet Page
Right: Making a Helicopter with Tangrams (we also did a hot air balloon).




 Cutting and Gluing. This takes a lot of time and he's getting better at it. I still can't tell if he's right or left handed he switches while he writes and when he cuts, and seems to be proficient with both hands.



Sorting smallest to largest. It was easy in the start, but he got a little stumped along the way. 

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Apples Galore!


 We got a lot of apples, probably 30lbs, from a friend (will be getting another 50lbs on Friday from a different friend), so I've been working hard at preserving the apples so we can use them all winter long. This was our last apple project the apples, making applesauce. My kids eat a container of applesauce a WEEK, so I know this will come in handy, plus you can use it to bake in place of oil in a lot of things. So. Here's a couple pictures and my easy recipe (that you can freeze) for applesauce!
 Slice, Peel, and Core the apples, I have an awesome one from Bed, Bath & Beyond, it's worth the $20! (Well, I used a 20% off coupon, so it was even cheaper than that). Cook the apples (with 1 cup of water- per 4 cups of apples) on the stove for 20-30 minutes, until soft, not mushy. Add your sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Let cool COMPLETELY (otherwise you'll have an insane mess, trust me, I've done it). Then put in the blender (the kids don't like big chunks, that's why).

Then store in freezer bags (I forgot a picture there, oops.)

Here's the FULL recipe:
Applesauce
4lbs Apples - Peeled, Cored, & Sliced.
1 cup water
1 TBSP Lemon Juice
1 tsp Cinnamon 
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar (you can use more or less, depends on the tartness of your apples. 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Discount Sites for Clothes and Toys


I'm members of MANY discounted sites for clothes and toys for the kids. Now I've only really ever used Babysteals, but they are all legit and have awesome deals. I get their emails so I know what's on sale for the day and what not. It's a great way to save on things you already buy for your kiddos.

Mamasource: Deals on places and events, in your area.

Zulily: Deals for kids, moms, and babies.

EcoBuys: Environmentally friendly deals for you.

Plum District: For moms, by moms.

Babysteals: One of my favorite sites, they have two deals, 9am and 9pm (mountain time). This is where you can get things for 60% off!

Kidsteals: Similar to baby steals, just deals for older kids.

Scrapbooksteals: A site for all your scrapbooking needs.

Shesteals: A site just for moms.

Finally....a site where you can compare or "crawl" the web for the lowest price on things!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Survey Sites


I take surveys online and get paid for my opinions. It's not much, but you know an extra $10 for amazon a month is kind of nice to spend on myself or gifts for other people. Here are the survey sites that I prefer and that are legit!

Opinion Outpost: This is probably my favorite site. Some of the surveys are longer, but on evenings when Pastor has meetings or something I'll sit down and do one or two. They pay you by amazon reward codes, or even transfer money into your paypal account. It's easy to make rewards. If you don't qualify for a survey they reward you with a "prize draw" or you can donate a dime to a charity. I think this one is great!

Survey Savvy: Now I've never used this one, but others have told me they've gotten great results from this site.

National Consumer Panel: This is where you scan your groceries (and you have to qualify for it, and have a landline I believe) and then get points that way. The National Consumer Panel consists of people from all demographic and geographic areas of the United States. By scanning the barcodes on their purchases and completing surveys, panelists' consumer voices make an impact in the marketplace.

Swagbucks: This isn't a survey site, but a way to surf the web, you get points/dollars for surfing the web through their link. Pretty neat.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Letter T

This week we worked on letter T. We used LOTW. We also did some transportation things from Homeschool Creations. I did some work on numbers and shapes with #1 as well. #2 still focused on colors, since she's not proficient at it, and again, shes JUST 25 months. We did a couple crafts this week. A school bus, for transportation and then we also painted with cars. It was a lot of fun. Here's a look into our week.


Left: We started a daily notebook, writing the day, number, time, and others. We got it from COH & Ironic Adventures.
Right: Turtle lacing

Left: Prewriting. I'm still working on getting him to write from left to right.
Right: More writing, and #2 joined in.

Left: sorting small, medium, and large. This was EASY for #1.






Left: Milk cap spelling
Right: We do take breaks in our school day (which is only typically 1.5-2 hours long). Lego building is his break of choice.


Working hard. I just love this picture of him because he's so devoted and hard working here!

Cut and Paste Turtle....this took a LONG time.

Left: counting practice, matching the turtles with the correct number, hard, but he didn't give up.
Right: Tangram train building.



Left: #2 worked on lining up cars and counting them...she can get to 13 successfully then it gets a bit interesting.
Right: doting the T page, still a huge favorite thing of the week.



Left: this came from a Scholastic Pre-Writing book for preschoolers, it was continuing the pattern on the turtle.
Right: Magnet T page.







Both kids thoroughly enjoyed the transportation pack from Homeschool Creations. I'm sure I'll be pulling these out at other weeks. The matching was one of their favorites game, but we play memory a lot, so that's understandable!






Left: This is from the Homeschool Creations, putting the numbers in order, 1-10. He did well. Then we worked on pointing to the number that I said.
Right: Shadow Matching 



Left: Painting with cars.
Right: Pastor joined us one day. Here was the puzzle making for the turtle.


This is an activity I found a while back, working on matching shapes to the right square. 


Play-doh fun!
Left: Reading the T story and finding all the Ts.
Right: Turtle Graphing





Left: We made a Bus because its a form of transportation. We made it out of an egg carton. For the directions, go here.
Right: Here's a picture of #1s writing his numbers, he's tracing, but still doing well!


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