Tuesday, November 10, 2015

K is for Kiss

 We have been reviewing the letter K this week. Today we focused on "K" is for Kiss!
 Zoey got to try on lipstick and make some kisses of her own!
(She still writed her "Z" backwards, but I am sure one day we will be able to flip it around!)
We read the Kissing Hand again and made our own kissing hands.
 We counted Hershey Kisses! Zoey has recently discovered milk chocolate and is in love! For me it's the darker the better, but the kids love milk.
 We read a few more Kiss related stories.
 And we made peanut butter kiss cookies!
 These are Max and Mia's all time favorite cookie.
 Zoey put all the kisses on the cookies. She did a great job. She was rewarded for all of her efforts with a taste test.
 Zoey approved!
Since the weather has cooled down so much we are really enjoying preschool in pajamas in front of the fireplace.
We are excited for the big kids to come home so that we can share our cookies with them.

Gratitude Boards

 We had a very successful Family Home Evening this week. I gave each of the children a board and they created their own gratitude boards! Our theme for this month is gratitude as we move toward Thanksgiving and Christmas. I put out magazines, scissors, and glue. The kids made boards filled with blessings.....and lots of things they just really like!

 Our treat was leftover Halloween candy. We still have a lot!
I love my family! I honestly love Monday nights. Family Home Evening is awesome :)

Little Ladies

 I took these pictures of the girls on Sunday before church. We picked out a few new skirts for Mia on Saturday. We wanted to find a dress, but finding a dress with sleeves and length is hard to do! The skirts are beautiful and flow-y. Mia loves them!
 Zoey is wearing the Christmas dress I bought on clearance for Mia years ago! This is the last year this dress will get to be worn at our house! It will soon be too small to fit anyone.
I love my little ladies. They are absolutely perfect!
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

J is for Jack and The Beanstalk!

 This post is from earlier in the week. It is late because my computer was not working! Things are back to normal now....and so a preschool day post!
We focused on the letter J and read Jack and the Beanstalk. I read it from the Book of Virtues. We also watched a couple cartoon versions on the computer for good measure!
 Letter J handwriting practice.
 and Magic bean counting!
Since starting preschool at home with Zoey she has become less interested in television shows and other distractions. I notice that she wants to fill her time with activities like puzzles, coloring, play-doh, baking, etc...
I think it is wonderful, but it does keep me busy during the day! I am still loving our preschool sessions at home. It is such a special time with the two of us!
In other news: It is finally cool/cold! Hot chocolate weather has arrived. Sadly it seems to have brought the season of sickness with it! Ty has had a cold for several days and Mia woke up coughing today. I am lysol-ing everything in the house and hoping we can keep it from spreading. We will see!
Friday, October 30, 2015


Last night was pumpkin carving night at our house. I made chili and pumpkin cornbread with a big candy filled skillet cookie for dessert!
My parents came over with my brother and his family too.
 Zoey had picked out the tiniest pumpkin and she was very excited about it!
 Ty and my dad were the carvers. I put on gloves and pulled out the seeds.
 The pumpkins turned out great and I ended up with a big sheet of roasted pumpkin seeds.
It was a fun night. We are ready for Halloween!
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cookie Play

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 Our story today was a bit of a throwback. We read "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie".
 Next there was chocolate chip counting and sorting.
 I made a batch of skin therapy cookie dough play-doh.
It is a no cook recipe that uses coconut oil, oats, and cocoa powder in the mix. (I found the recipe HERE)
It smelled fabulous! I had to assure Zoey that she could not eat it.
 The play-doh made both of our hands super soft after playing with it for a while.
I put together a little letter match up game. The alphabet is one of Zoey's favorite subjects/songs!
Another successful preschool play day.

Happy Things

 Ree Drummond's latest cookbook found it's way to my house! I am super excited about this :)
Zack did a little free hand drawing of Pete The Cat. I think it is absolutely adorable!
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Mitten

 It is cloudy and cool today! We are making homeade bread and having a Mitten themed school day. Zoey and I read "The Mitten".
 I found some printables to go along with the story perfectly!
Zoey colored and cut out all of the pieces.
 We read the story again while Zoey acted it out using the cut outs.
 Next we used Zoey's hands as a template to make her own little pair of pink paper mittens.
We are loving our story themed week!
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Snow Day!

 (Not Really....It is October in Southern California, which means it is still in the 80 degree range! We are looking forward to temps dipping into the 70's next week, but for now all snow is pretend.)
We read...."The Snowy Day".
 We stacked powdered sugar donuts into powdered sugar snowmen. (and then we ate them!)
 I made play snow for Zoey to play in. I used an extremely simple recipe that I have seen online for a while now. You mix together 6 cups of flour with 3/4 cup baby oil.....and voila....Snow! (caution: this activity could result in a mega mess!)
 Next we spent some time working on handwriting.
We finished with a review of the numbers 1-10. Zoey is getting good at recognizing all of her numbers. They are tricky to write!
Monday, October 26, 2015

Blueberries and Bears

 Another week! We started the day with a little letter/name tracing. I read an article that encouraged teaching capital letters first. It explained that children see capital letters everywhere....on STOP signs and on store names. Capital letters are easily recognizable to them. I am planning on switching over to a combination of capital and lowecase letters soon!
 I themed today's activities around this book, "Blueberries For Sal". We read the story and then did some "bear" math/snack time with teddy graham crackers.
 Next we made blueberry muffins. Zoey cracked all of the eggs by herself and did a great job! She also counted all of the muffin liners and scooped the batter.
(We are serving the muffin as an after school snack to the big kids when they come home from school!)
 We also did some painting. Zoey used different shades of blue to paint blueberries. I didn't take a picture! 
Tomorrow will be another book themed day.