Handwriting, Ladybugs, and Teeth

Yes, a weird title for a post. It is hard to capture a full day into a post title when our days seem to go all over the place!

This morning, after playing around and eating breakfast, we started with handwriting practice. I recently bought the Handwriting Without Tears booklet for M, as she wants further work on her lowercase letters, and could just use some more formal practice to ease her writing skills. This has been the best writing booklet we’ve purchased so far. I really love their technique, and I didn’t even need to purchase the accompanying parent/teacher handbook. C could really use this instruction, as she tends to still “draw” her letters instead of writing them, but I am going to wait until she is a little older before purchasing her own copy. Though M specifically wants to improve on her lowercase letters, we started at the beginning of the book (it starts with frog jumping uppercase letters, like F, E, P, etc.). I was worried she would get bored, but she did 4 pages easily without complaint. C got out one of her workbooks to do some letter writing practice as well.

(top, M; bottom, C)

(top, M; bottom, C)

Next the girls wanted to do a ladybug craft. We are raising ladybugs this year (we did butterflies last spring), and have had our larvae for over a week now.  Our larvae have grown so much! Even the toddler fights for a view whenever we’re checking them out. The girls have started journal books and have been learning about the four stages of their life cycle. I found a great free resource from the montessoriprintshop.com; it includes life cycle cards, blank life cycle cards and worksheets. We also got three great library books: Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons; A Ladybug’s Life by John Himmelman; and Are You A Ladybug? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries.

ladybug activities

Anyways, back to the craft. The girls wanted a ladybug painting craft, but we didn’t have any black paint (and I didn’t feel like mixing all our colors to try to get black). So we made up our own craft. Using paper plates, red paint, black construction paper, a Sharpie, buttons, hot glue, and pipe cleaners we created our own ladybugs. We had first looked at some of the different ladybug species, but everyone ended up creating their own species. The toddler even did all her own painting and sticking on the dots! All three ladybugs are hanging in our kitchen, and they look mighty cute. I now wish that I had made one myself too.

TheLipperLoppyLIfe: Ladybug Craft

TheLipperLoppyLife: Ladybug Craft

While the ladybug craft was drying and I was making lunch, C drew a robot and M punched out more holes to create fingerprint-like drawings.

(left, C, "robot"; right, M, "dot art")

(left, C, “robot”; right, M, “dot art”)

Lunch was fantastical, as we left the Pandora station playing and danced in our chairs while eating (mostly the toddler and I danced). All of us continued the dancing into the living room and had a quick jam session (to Franti’s Say Hey) before it was time for the toddler’s nap. After I nursed the toddler down, I read books to M and C: two ladybug books, another library book, and two chapters from our current chapter book, Charlotte’s Web. Then M had speech class, and both M and C had dental appointments. M’s bottom teeth are just on the verge of starting to become loose, and she has 2.75 of her 6-year molars in! Milestones! Of course when we arrived back home, playing dentist was of high interest. M and C then played outside while I made dinner with the toddler on my back (who quickly fell asleep — late bedtime for her tonight, uh-oh!). Dinner was delish: roasted yam and spinach frittata, maple strawberry scones, and a grapefruit-strawberry smoothie. (Ok, the smoothie was a little too tart.) After dinner Dada played outside with the girls while the dog and I went for a neighborhood jog. Then M and C did a quick speech practice on the Ipad (using the Articulation Station app) before bed.

Wow! I am physically and mentally exhausted!


All Things Bats

The second program this month from the local nature center was about Bats. I actually was rather unimpressed with this particular program, that had mostly to do with the leader (two leaders take turns each month, and this was our first time attending a program run by this particular leader). We actually learned more about bats on our drive to the nature center, when we listened to the audio that accompanied one of our library books. C was really excited on the drive, and kept exclaiming something “new” about bats as she listened. Auditory learner, perhaps? I think I will be checking out more audio books for her!

We still had a lot of fun learning about bats. We spent the whole day doing different batty activities, and by dinnertime, the girls had so much knowledge to share with Dada. Some of the batty facts that we learned included:

  • Bats live all around the world (except the poles).
  • A bat’s wing is composed of its arm and hand, with long fingers supporting the skin of the wing.
  • Bat’s toes are hook-shaped to easily hang upside down.
  • Bats are nocturnal.
  • Different types of bats eat different things; most species eat insects, but some eat fruit, fish, frogs, even blood.
  • Some bats use echolocation to navigate in the dark night. The bat makes a shout (that is too high for humans to hear) and listen to its echo to create a sound picture.
  • Bats sleep in a roost, which can be a building, cave, or tree.
  • Baby bats can’t fly. They stay in the roost huddled together or sometimes the Mama carries the baby when hunting.
  • Baby bats drink mama’s milk; to nurse, they cling to their Mama upside-down, while the Mama wraps her wings around the baby.
  • A Mama gives birth by hanging right-side-up by her thumbs, catching the baby with her tail, and then flipping back upside-down.
  • Bats are mammals, and they are the only flying mammals.

We first read (and listened to the accompanying audio cd) Bat Loves the Night. This was entertaining and highly educational. We also read Bats by Gail Gibbons (I am a fan of Gail Gibbons nature books!).

books bats

The girls were provided with some worksheets that they could do at their choosing. The worksheets included writing practice, a coloring page, connect-the-dots, a wordsearch puzzle, and a fold-a-bat craft. We looked at how the bone structure varies between a bat, bird and a human, and colored in the corresponding bones on this resource. We watched a few online videos (on Nature.com and Discovery.com). We even watched an echolocation music video (it was a wonderful way to practice saying that long word). We made bat masks.

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The girls wanted to put on a bat puppet show for Dada that night. So I found a fingerplay song to use and we created puppets for the show. The girls used their big bat masks (above) to introduce the show, and then together we sang, “5 little bats went flying one night,…” with our Mama and baby bat puppets. (We did discuss how a Mama bat usually just has one baby, not five.) It was a little hard rehearsing the puppet show with the toddler climbing all over us (and stealing puppets) so we had to have a dress rehearsal when Dada was home to distract the toddler before the big show. It was fun!

The Bat Puppet Show

The Bat Puppet Show

Learning About Nocturnal Animals

A few weeks ago we attended a local nature storytime about owls and other nocturnal animals. They read Little Owl’s Night. As a special treat, they had a conservation educator bring in a hawk and a horned owl for a live presentation! Obviously, the hawk isn’t a nocturnal animal, but it was a great way to compare features between nocturnal and diurnal birds. Both birds were gorgeous, and it was so cool to be so close to them; a much more personal experience than the aviary or the zoo. At the end, we went outside to see the hawk fly.

Bubo the Horned Owl

Bubo the Horned Owl

flying hawk

flying hawk

We’ve studied Barn Owls last spring (reading books, dissecting owl pellets, and watching Barn Owl web cams) so the girls were already familiar with owls and nocturnal behavior. But we wanted to learn more about nocturnal animals. We got some great books from the library to read, including: Creatures of the Night, While the World is Sleeping, Where are the Night Animals?, and Whoo Goes There?.

books nocturnal animals

We made a T chart of nocturnal and diurnal animals (and one that is both, elephants!) and we made a collage of nocturnal animals. We put both of these projects in our new Animal Binder (so we can look back on things we’ve studied). We discussed advantages and adaptations for night-living (following this guide) and added the information to our Animal Binder as well.

above, Nocturnal Collage; below, Diurnal/Nocturnal T Chart

C colored some pictures of nocturnal animals while M worked on a word search puzzle that I made from an online puzzle generator. Online, we watched some BBC Nature clips, a video slideshow, and a puppet music video and played a few online games, finding hidden nocturnal animals and identifying animal sounds. One night before bedtime, we turned off the lights in the living room and played hide and seek in the dark, experiencing what it might be like to be an owl hunting a mouse and a mouse trying to hide. This was super fun, and no one made any major bumps.

As usual, there is always so much information available, so we still have plenty more to explore and learn about in the future. The girls were especially excited about owls again, so we have ordered some more owl pellets to dissect and have started watching the Barn Owl web cams again. I think we will always be checking in on those Barn Owls in Jan/Feb (when they lay eggs).  Hooray for web cams and YouTube videos!

Jambo! A Study of Tanzania

Last spring we studied countries through our monthly Culture Club group. We had a lot of fun learning with friends about different countries that the hostess’ visited, had a family connection, etc. The hostess would provide delicious food, usually a craft or coloring page, and a short presentation. We took a break over the summer, and since I thought we would be moving this fall, we haven’t started it again.

I had been thinking about how to study world cultures again, when it occurred to me that the girls can study the countries that their grandmother visits frequently for her job. We started a binder for the project, labeled with a world map showing the countries that Grandma has been to. This is also a great way for them to connect with their grandmother.

First up, Tanzania!

We read an excellent collection of books from our local library:

We colored Tanzania on a map of Africa. We colored the Tanzanian flag, and learned what different parts of the flag represents. We learned how to count to ten in Swahili, and made a Swahili Counting book, counting animals that can be found in Tanzania. We sang a counting song in Swahili. We learned how to say hello (Jambo!), daddy (baba), children (watoto), elephant (tembo), and other Swahili words. I didn’t get out my Swahili dictionary or workbook from my college class because they are packed already and I’ve been too lazy to dig it out.

The girls really enjoyed learning about Tanzania and are looking forward to seeing photos from my mom’s visit. We might still attempt to cook some Tanzanian food, but I haven’t made the time for that yet.

Monday, Monday

(Yes, this is a very boring post title, probably for a very boring blog post. I apologize.)

Over the weekend we stayed home and the girls continued to work on a lot of their homeschooling projects: M weaved yarn on her loom; both girls played the spider addition game a few more times; M did apple tree math again; they made Halloween necklaces and a counting autumn leaves book; they played games and did puzzles with Dada; and just simply played a lot too. After having a few busy weekends in a row, I loved having a lazy weekend at home to watch Badger football, go for a quick hike, catch up on housework, and finally get motivated to start making the Halloween costumes. But since the weekend looked very similar to a normal homeschooling day (minus the speech class or field trip), I decided to take it easier today.

  • The morning started off with too much television. Normally the girls will watch up to an hour of tv in the morning, so I can either keep the toddler asleep longer, or just take some time waking up myself. (It will be so nice when I can get 7-8 hrs sleep straight, but I’m far from that stage right now, so waking slowly is how I cope.) But boy did I pay for it later! Whenever I let the girls watch a lot of tv (this morning was 2.5 hours), it seems that M is crabby to her sisters and me throughout the day. I actually put M in her room by the end of the day, so she could have space to compose herself. I usually don’t parent this way, so I was feeling stretched a little thin at this point.
  • Then we went out to the fabric store to get the little bit of fabric I needed to finish the girls’ costumes. M was insistent that we run this errand today, so I can finish them asap.
  • The girls bought some Halloween-colored pipe cleaners for themselves at the fabric store, so they played with those, mostly making bracelets and stuff.
  • I cut up some pipe cleaners and placed them in a plastic bottle so the girls could explore them with the magnet.
  • I also made a pipe cleaner toy for the toddler; gave her some small pipe cleaners and a basket, so she could put them in the holes. I wasn’t sure if she was ready for this or not, but she loved it! She carried it around and played with it for about 20 minutes straight.
  • C worked on her ABC book, this time letters E and F. Each week she looks forward to adding to her book, but today she wasn’t very interested in actually doing much of it, even the coloring.
  • M wrote a letter to her grandma. This is the first letter she’s written that she really wrote sentences that made sense to the person she was writing too (usually M will just randomly mention something about her life; today she chose to ask the grandma questions about her recent trip and then tell her something in her life that was relevant to that trip).
  • M also played the snakes and ladders game, and this time I added words that she’s never read before, and she read them. She is still intimidating about reading a book, though.
  • Both girls did some computer play, but every week that they do this, M always has a little fit at the end, wanting to do more. Perhaps I need to be giving them more access to computer games. C plays games on my phone during speech classes, and both girls play either on the phone or Ipad on the weekends. Anyway, I think giving them more access will wait until after we move (and I can have a computer space designated for them) or after they get their own Ipad.
  • M decided that she was going to marry a princess today, so she spent time making invitations and decorations, and preparing the wedding ceremony and reception (tea and cookies, anyone?). Apparently the ceremony will be starting soon.
  • We all made cookies together. Both girls got to crack an egg. I told each girl to throw the shell in the trash and wash their hands. When C went to throw hers away, she completely crumbled the shell in her hands. This is so typical-C, always seeking those sensory moments out. It made me smile, and I realized this was the first time that I had them throw out their own egg shells, and will be doing that from now on.
  • M and I put together the skeleton puzzle; M was able to do the head and upper body all by herself. This puzzle is challenging, even for me, and I always get stressed out while doing it and fending off toddler and C from destroying it. I always get a little bit snippy, which just makes me feel worse. I guess it’s a good moment for me to work on my mindfulness. Or maybe I need to be doing this puzzle only when the toddler is napping.

I really thought we wouldn’t be doing much today, but it sure seems like we did!


Leaves and Language Arts

This morning we went to a nature storytime at the Swaner Ecocenter in Park City. The girls loved it, and I enjoyed the drive up Parley’s Canyon and into the mountains! They listened to a story about an oak tree, painted a fingerprint autumn tree (very similar to what we did last week at home), sang a song, and made a leaf identification page with leaf stamps. M’s favorite thing was making the leaf identification page and C’s favorite thing was gluing her painted tree to the orange paper frame. I loved the fact that the leader could understand most of what M said (except when M tried to say “chair”). M still isn’t very clear in the least, but it’s a big accomplishment for a stranger to understand most of her speech! Afterwards we ran up to the rooftop viewing deck to take a glance at the wetland before heading back home. What a lovely start to the day!

After lunch, I wanted us to practice identifying tree leaves some more, so I found a tree leaf bingo game for us to play. It was fun, and I’m sure we will be doing this often this autumn!

Still thinking about leaves, we gathered some leaves from our backyard for leaf rubbing.

We read one of our favorite fall stories, The Little Yellow Leaf, and then decided to act it out. The girls dressed up in Daddy’s shirts (one in yellow, the other in red) and pretended to fall off the tree by jumping off the couch.

Today is also our language arts day, so C worked on the letter D for her ABC book (including making this cute D is for Duck craft below, inspired by this blog).

M worked on -at family words for reading/writing. We still play the snakes and ladders board game I mentioned a few weeks ago, adding the word cards each week; M loves this! I also throw in some new words from the word family when we do the game, and she sounds them out perfectly (for example, before the game, we practiced, bat, cat, hat, and mat, but the game included sat and pat). Today I even put together the -an and -at words (like pan and pat) so she could really compare the two and read them. And she put together a phrase with the game word cards (Pat the dog). She is doing well reading most letters, but still has trouble with some letter sounds, like j (and I haven’t started blends with her yet).


M designed a machine to deliver cups of water, via conveyer belt, to the table.
C wanted to learn how to write machine.

Unexpected Discoveries

Well, today did not start out that well. M had a meltdown about her outfit; when she melts down, she yells, kicks me, and calls me mean. And of course, behaving that way makes her feel bad, so she really needs a lot of affection from me after it. Which, I admit, is a little hard, because I just endured being screamed at before even eating my breakfast. But it was short-lived, as it always is, and we went back on with our day, which turned out to be full of discovery.

As we were headed out the door to a friend’s home for a LLL mom-and-tot get-together, we realized that their best friend wouldn’t be there, and that it would be mostly mom-and-tots (no big kids). Yes, we are at that point where, as much as I want to sit and chat with friends, we need to be doing things entertaining for the kids, not me.

But, no worries, we just changed plans. M had been asking to go to the Natural History Museum again, so off we went. (I’m glad the girls do well with changes and transitions, it really was no big deal. Though they did have to discuss first if the zoo would be a better choice, but both agreed to go see the dinosaurs today.)

It’s amazing how much there is to do at a museum. We’ve been to this particular one probably about every other month or so (more in the winter months), and always come home with more knowledge and discoveries. It has a lot of great exploration rooms too, so I usually like to concentrate on just one floor/subject when we visit. But since today was a random visit, and the girls wanted to go through it all, we started at the top and worked our way down.

Usually, the girls went to their favorite exhibits, so some floors we rushed through, which was quite fine by me, because I only wanted us to be there an hour before the toddler’s naptime. The take-away learning moments that I noticed were: (1) spending time at the water and wind erosion tables to learn more about how water and wind can shape the land; (2) finally getting a chance to make a building and test it in the earthquake lab; and (3) discovering that wetlands filter and purify water.

Then home for nap and lunch. I did online research for wetlands activities, and we will be doing some experiments later this week to explore this topic further (we simply ran out of time today). M wrote and read the words she learned yesterday. The girls drew (M drew a barosaurus dinosaur) and played with their ponies and dinosaurs. After lunch I read another Pooh adventure while the girls did more drawing, and then we were off to speech.
I had been planning to run a quick errand after speech class, but C was visibly tired, so I decided we should stick around home instead. We had a delicious snack outside and played outside for awhile. The girls ended up performing some dance shows for me, until we discovered a new insect and caught it for observation and to sketch in our science journals. We first observed that it had 6 legs, two antennae, a mostly red body with some black. Seeing a visible stripe down the middle of its back, we knew it was a beetle. But our insect book had no beetle that matched! I started googling, and couldn’t find anything. My best guess was that maybe it was a juvenile box elder bug, because we have a lot of box elder bugs in our backyard, and they are red and black. So when I googled that, we found our answer! It was a juvenile Box Elder Bug! Now I wish our insect book showed the different stages for all insects. Maybe we will need to get a more thorough field guide eventually.

Then we finally got around to our assigned daily activity: Arts and Crafts. Today we did symmetry painting, inspired by a local blogger and the book, Math Arts. The girls loved this; it really was magical to open the fold and see the symmetrical designs and color blends. We will definitely be exploring this again!

Afterwards, the girls made more art, this time with stamps, while I bathed the toddler (who got a hold of some paint while I was distracted by a long-awaited, pleasant phone conversation). I even took a shower too, which provided much rejuvenation before the dinner chaos; I may do this more often!

I tried to put a major focus today on playing. I would have liked to start our experiments to follow-up the last-minute museum visit, but I decided play was more important, and we will fit those in throughout the week. I think we made a good balance of free play and structured activities. I like having a daily “subject”, but sometimes it can be too much if our day is already full of child-led, living learning. And it must have been a tiring day, as M collapsed in bed an hour early! (C, on the other hand, had a quick nap in the car, so she might be up late.)

Sun-Shining Expressions

Do you ever have those sun-shining days where everyone is getting along, you’re marveling at everything your kids say, and everyone is just living life joyfully together? Today was one of those days! I couldn’t have asked for a better start to a few days of parenting solo with the kids.

After breakfast we headed out to our nearby National Forest. The first trail is literally a 5 minute drive from our house, and on odd days, dogs can be off-leash on the trails. We have become so spoiled here! A quick romp in the woods, with a happy, free dog, and happy, free children! Best start to the week!

Our happy, muddy dog

Best quote of the hike, furnished by M while looking at an orange bag tossed on the side of the trail:

“Is that poop? That smells like poop.”

(She’s well aware that dog owners will leave the poop bag on the trail to pick up on the way back down, but this just cracked me up!)

On the drive back home, while stopping for coffee, we started singing the Music Together‘s Hello Song, but putting in things around us, like “Hellooooo to the red car, so glad to see you!”, etc, when C sang:

“Hellooooo to the LipperLoppies, so glad to see you.”

Seriously, you do not understand the name of this blog until you have spent some time with my children. LipperLoppy is definitely a family joke!

At home, we started our language arts learning session. M played games on the computer while I worked with C, and entertained the baby toddler simultaneously. (FYI, we have temporarily thwarted the climbing-on-tables-eating-art-supplies problem by placing all chairs on the tables unless a butt is sitting in one.) Today C worked on the letter B, which was pretty hard for her to write, and she didn’t have the patience to practice much. She really loves to color, so spent most of her time coloring, and doing a few quick B crafts. She is still really proud of her ABC book that she is making. Her activities included a B letter hunt, B Words Cut N Paste, Writing B Worksheet, B Coloring Page, and a B Craft (gluing beans onto the Bb template).

(sorry for the crappy photo)

C actually did the bean craft (photo, above) while I was putting the toddler down for a nap, so she might have done more if I had stayed with her. But it was way past naptime.

Then the girls switched places. C did much better on the laptop this time, and didn’t need any of my help! (Whew!) M had been a little stressed with our reading lesson last week, so I switched things up a bit. She first did some worksheets learning words in the -an family (again, I chose something that she was already familiar with, that I thought she would be able to read easily, and that she also can say correctly, there is that speech therapy sneaking right in with reading lessons!). She worked on the words: can, pan, fan, man, ran, van (and I’m kicking myself that I did not include tan! guess I will add that next week as a surprise). She was able to read, write, and say the words easily, and understood that they all had the same ending too. Then we played a board game. I printed out the board game, “Snakes and Ladders“. If she came to a “Word Card” space, she drew a card and had to read the word on the card (and just the word; no pictures for hints). She did great! I also included any other words she could already confidently read (family names, and cat, basically). She enjoyed playing the game a lot too, and can’t wait to do it again. I told her we can learn new words each week, and keep adding cards to the game. She’s thrilled! In fact, she was so proud of herself that she wrote out the entire alphabet and some of the words later that day, on her own direction.

Then, for writing practice, she wrote a letter to a different relative. This time, I printed out the alphabet on similar lined paper, to encourage her to write more neatly and pay attention to the lines, but it was just there as a reference, no requirement. This relative’s birthday is coming up, so we decided to make a package with more artwork and birthday cards from the girls.

Then it was time for our late lunch. And I had scrumptious leftovers of BBQ pork sandwiches. So delicious, and for once, I ate a very filling lunch that really helped me last the day. I need to try to eat more at lunch time!

After lunch, the toddler was still sleeping (she ended up with a 2-hour nap, woo-hoo!), so the girls made beaded necklaces. M has been wanting to finish one that she had started in speech class months ago, so it was about time that they did! (I thought I had packed all the beads already, but I found them.) M made a very long necklace that she loves and thinks it is just the thing Fancy Nancy would wear. Oh my.

Perfect timing, in that the toddler didn’t wake until we had finished with the beads! Then we were off to run errands: mail the package at the post office, thrift shopping at a local kid resale store, and purchasing a few items at the grocery store that we would need for dinner. We didn’t make it back home until past 4, and still had science to do!

I told the girls we could wait to do science for another day, and just play, but they wanted to do the science activity, Polar Bears. The relatively new-to-our-local-zoo polar bear is quite the entertainer; she basically has a routine of swimming to the glass underwater, then coming straight up out of the water (to the ooh’s of the crowd watching) and backfloating to start over again. It’s fun to watch! Anyway, we had been at the zoo the last month, and M had asked to study polar bears next.

When we were about to start, M said she first wanted to tell us what she already knows about polar bears. She had a whole presentation prepared! She started by passing out toppings to her toy cake, that had loop velcro on it, saying, “feel this, do you think this feels like polar bear fur?”. WOW, just wow! She had more to do/say, but C was not in the mood for a lecture from her older sister, so I told M that she could give a Polar Bear Presentation to Daddy when he came home.

While the girls worked on a coloring page, tangram puzzle, and creature card, I started reading some of the books we had checked out from the library.

The main facts we learned were:

  • Polar bears live in the arctic.
  • Mother polar bears have 1-3 cubs at a time, usually 2, and nurse for 2.5 years.
  • Polar bears are the largest land predator and the largest bear.
  • Polar bears eat seals.
  • Polar bears need ice to hunt seals, and global warming is decreasing ice in the arctic.

Then the girls each made an informational poster including all of the facts mentioned above.

And lastly, they made a polar bear craft. M said, “Mom, can you give me cotton balls for my birthday? I would love that. We could make a pillow with them.” I had already been planning to stock the craft cabinet with more things like pom-poms and such, and now I know to add cotton balls to the list too!

And gosh, I forgot that I had some online polar bear videos and webcams for them to check out. Well, they can watch those later this week, and maybe I will even look for a nature show on the Arctic/polar bears on Netflix too. The beauty of homeschooling is that we never stop learning!

By this time, we were overdue for dinner. Luckily what I had planned was simple, and fairly quick. I just have to share one more quote from the day, another one by M:

“My middle name is tortilla.”

Our LipperLoppy World

I felt that yesterday provided too much structured time. Even though we only spent < 30 minutes on the planned schooling activity, there was barely time in the day for free play (probably only two hours?). So today my goal was free play.

In the morning we met a dear friend and her darling boys for a romp at the local farm. Cute animals, fresh sunshine, and good friends was what we all needed!

After lunch we read from our chapter book and a few more picture books, as usual. Then the girls played for about an hour before leaving for speech class.

After snack, we did our geography activity. Both girls have not had a good understanding that their city is in their state is in their country, etc. So I found this activity floating around pinterest, and it was perfect!

And of course, we will have to update it when we eventually move (we have been patiently anxiously awaiting a move by my husband’s job), but that will be a good introduction to the new location.

By the way, every time we sit down to do an activity with drawing/writing, etc, the baby is all over the place, climbing on the table, eating markers/crayons, trying to rip paperwork from her sisters, etc. I distract her with something, and then 5 minutes she’s crying again. I plan on giving her lots of busy bag activities when she is a little older, but she is too young for most of them now. I suppose I can do schoolwork while she is napping, but that is usually our “down-time”. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that the household isn’t “serene”; a lot of times the baby is frustrated and crying, or a big sister is having a tantrum, or whatever! It’s just life with young children.

Then we played legos together (I also wanted to just sit down today and play with my girls, I definitely don’t do this enough!). We will head outside soon for more play and relaxation, until dinner time with Dada.

  • "Living is learning and when kids are living fully and energetically and happily they are learning a lot, even if we don't always know what it is. " - John Holt
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