Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Awhile back, Loryn and Michael were playing in the house corner. They were sitting on the little blue couch, each holding a baby doll.

Loryn said, "My baby grew in my tummy".

Michael said, "Oh. Well, my baby grew in my heart".

Michael is adopted.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there...no matter how you grew your baby!



Monday, April 22, 2013

Be Careful What You Say

Every so often, I have a child who spends lots of time at the art table, but throws everything they make in the trash. I have never really understand why. I have always assumed that maybe it was their way of claiming complete ownership over their art, but that was just a guess. I have never questioned a child on their reasons.

Awhile back, we had a child doing this. Again, I figured this was serving some need the child had, so I left it alone. One morning, I watched as some pretty impressive creations and drawings were ending up in the trash. I finally had to ask him why. He said he was throwing them away because they weren't right.

Huh???

I then said, "Really? I thought you had made some pretty cool things today!" He grinned, and since then I have not seen him throw away a single creation. They have all ended up in the art box.

I have no idea why this particular child decided that his art wasn't good enough. I don't know if someone suggested it to him, or he came up with this on his own. I am most certainly not putting any blame on anyone, because I have never seen anything that would suggest anyone in this child's life would be to blame.

However, as I reflected on this exchange, it occurred to me that maybe some of the issues we have had in the past  could have led to some kids feeling their art wasn't good enough, leading them to throw it away. Not all of them, but maybe a few.

I'm not telling this story to make anyone feel guilty or to place any blame anywhere. I'm using it to serve as a reminder that we need to be careful about what we say in front of our kids. They are always listening, and sometimes they misinterpret us. And sometimes they interpret our conversations correctly, leading them to a behavior we didn't intend.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Learning About Our Five Senses


A lot of baking soda. A few cups of colored vinegar.


There was no instruction whatsoever, just me saying it was baking soda and vinegar.











So how were we learning about our five senses?  We talked about what we saw, what we heard, and what we smelled. As you can see below, there was a lot of touching as they got their hands right in there. They did that on their own, I did not suggest it.

And at some point...one child licked something off their hand, so taste was involved. And he was very descriptive about that taste!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I got this game with my Scholastic bonus points. Big thanks to those that have ordered so that we can earn these points!


We set out one foam mat per child. That day, we were just one color short of each child getting their own color. So I had Fletcher, a 2-year-old, use the same color as another child so he could copy them.

These are the dice. They were a pain to blow up. One dice showed the color, one the movement, and one the number of repetitions. In this photo, the child on the red mat would run in place two times. 

Sometimes, as in the photos below, there was an all-play.


I thought maybe the game was a little boring, as most of the time only one child at a time was doing the action. When I asked the kids what they thought of the game, they said they it was really fun. Shows what I know! Interestingly enough, this group does not get upset if they do not win a game or if it's not their turn. They get excited for whoever's turn it is or whoever wins. It sure does make games a lot more fun!

This has turned out to be a really good addition to our rainy day (or in this case, icky winter weather) activities!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tuesday Tips

I got this for Christmas. Really, it's ok, I asked for it!

This was lunch one day. I was able to throw everything in the crocks in the morning, and not have to think about lunch again until lunchtime! I prefer to cook everything in advance, as I don't like to take time away from the kids to do it later in the morning. But more on that later. 

These crocks are 2.5 quarts each. A lot of the triple crockpots are appetizer sized. I love the cover holders. Those spoons came with it. And there is a notch in the crocks so you can leave the spoons in it if you want to use it as a buffet server. I did just that at Christmas with soups...worked great!

By the way, I have discovered that you can throw those little frozen corn on the cobs in a crock right out of the package. Still frozen, no water, good to go at lunchtime!