Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Pictures and Lapbook

Happy Easter! These are pictures of the kids this morning. They were fighting, hence the lack of pictures together (ahhh sibling love)! They woke up to hidden Easter eggs and had a ball filling their bucket/basket! We had a wonderful day attending church in our new building. Our small church saw over 1000 people walk through the door today throughout the 4 services! After church Auntie Jess and Uncle Casey came over for lunch and after naps we went over to their place for dinner and another egg hunt.

For the last few weeks we have been working on an Easter lapbook! A lapbook is just a file folder(s) cut and folded. You can then attach pockets, mini books, pictures... that relate to whatever theme you are learning about. Here is the cover (colored and 1/2 cut out by Keanan):Here is the inside! We have 3 pockets to hold the games we made: a shape/color sorting game, an ABC's matching game, and a number/shape/word matching game. We also added an empty tomb coloring page (which Kyla helped color), and an Easter story accordion book.Here is the Easter story book opened up. Keanan can tell this story mostly by himself!And here is the back. A handprint butterfly with our memory verse, which Keanan can say mostly by himself! We are going to continue working on this verse as we start learning about Spring (and working on a new lapbook)!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What a lovely spring day!

Today we drove down to Portland to celebrate Zac's Grandpa's (Buppa) birthday! We had a nice lunch and short visit. The weather was so nice that we spent as much time outside as possible, we even stopped at a park on the way down and another park on the way home to play.After dinner at home we headed back outside. Keanan wants to learn about spring and how things grow so he helped me till up the spot where we will have our little garden! We plan to grow tomatoes, carrots, spinach, sunflowers, green peppers, and whatever else Grandma thinks will grow well at our house.Zac thought it would be a good idea to build a birdhouse with Keanan's help. This is a very special birdhouse with a plexi-glass back. Zac is going to hang it outside our dinning room window. Then we can watch the bird make a nest, lay eggs, watch the eggs hatch, and the baby birds grow!! I hope a bird decides to make it her home!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Last Letter of the week - Z!!

This post is quite late, but we've been busy! We finished up with letter Z last week!! We made a zebra Z, read some books about the zoo, and worked on writing a Z!

We have been working on our Easter lapbook this week (I'll post pictures after Easter) and next Keanan wants to learn about Spring, so we will be making a Spring lapbook!

After much discussion, we decided to not send Keanan to preschool next year. Instead he will be attending a weekly class at BSF (bible study fellowship) while I am in bible study and we will also renew our membership at the Hands On Children's Museum to take advantage of the free class they offer on Fridays. Starting in the fall I will also be more intentional about our "school" time here at home. I'm excited!

This week has flown by since I was at a wonderful birth on Tuesday night. I can't believe it is almost Friday! Happy Good Friday and happy early Easter! He is Risen!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Letter of the week - Y

We had fun this week with a yellow Y and yarn "egg". Keanan also did really well at "writing" this week and traced his letters many times (I put the printouts in sheet protectors so we can re-use them with dry erase markers). We have slowly been adding to our Easter lapbook (for a later post!) and worked on that this week as well.

After taking the above picture, Kyla stood in the same spot and started saying "cheese!" I had to take hers as well!I had a busy "doula meeting" week this week, but it was refreshing to get out of the house! We also had a fun lunch with the Ireland's and a visit from Zac's parents before they head to Africa for 6 weeks! Here's a cute picture of Kyla and Grandpa:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Letter of the week - X

We were a little limited with our X crafts, but had fun making an x-ray X and a xylophone! Almost done!

We spent more time at Grandma's house this week than normal, but it was nice. We were blessed by a HUGE amount of clothes for Kyla from the other little girl that my mom watches. She now has more clothes than she will be able to wear for the next year! Thank you Low family!

I am also officially done with my doula certification course! I am now a certified birth doula through Childbirth International! Thank you mom and dad for making that happen =)