Sunday, November 27, 2011

Advent Sunday: Week One

Both Zac and I never celebrated Advent growing up, he in an agnostic home and me in a Baptist one.  So when we joined the Covenant church in college we were really drawn to this new tradition.  The celebration of Advent (awaiting the coming of Jesus) really helps me keep the focus of Christmas where it should be, on Christ.  This is something we are working really hard at teaching our kids.  At dinner time starting with today, the first Sunday of Advent, we read the scripture that goes with the appropriate candle, light the candle, and then sing a little song to help the kids (and us) remember the meaning.

The above picture is our advent wreath, lit for the first time this year.  The first candle is the candle of HOPE.  Scripture: Romans 15: 12-13

Song (the the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
One small baby in the hay
Brings us hope on Christmas day.
God had promised his own son
Bringing hope for everyone.
One small baby in the hay
Brings us hope on Christmas day.

Friday, November 25, 2011

ATTENTION: Anyone teaching young children!

What is the name of this shape?
If you said "diamond" you are wrong, the correct mathematical term is RHOMBUS! 

This is no harder to teach preschoolers than the terms hexagon or square, but time and time again they are told (until geometry class in middle/high school) that this is a diamond.  Please stop mis-educating our children!

Let review.  This is a diamond:
This is a rhombus:

Thank you, have a nice day!

~ Your Friendly Former High School Math Teacher (Jen)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's on our shelves - Thanksgiving!

This week and next week we are enjoying some fun Thanksgiving activities!  We are also doing Five In a Row's Cranberry Thanksgiving, but more about that next week.

On this shelf: (starting on the top) corn paint printing, BOB books, feather painting, corn kernel pulling with tweezers (Keanan's favoroite!), pretend corn beading, cheery pie making with playdough, ABC movement cards

On this shelf: (starting at the top) letter writing in cornmeal, turkey number cards with numeral beads, roll a turkey game, Thanksgiving matching cards, build a turkey with playdough, gratitude leaves (not pictured), tracing activity

And the action shots!

Here is the result of our gratitude leaves!  They are hanging in the dinning room ready for Thursday!


Linked up with Living Montessori Now

Friday, November 18, 2011

Craft Time - For Lincoln

On Wednesday night one of Keanan's friends broke his femur at his own birthday party (just turned 4).  He had surgery at Mary Bridge Children's hospital and should be back home tonight or tomorrow.  Keanan was very upset when he heard about it yesterday.  I think he assumed for a few minutes that Lincoln's leg came off and he would have to get a new one like Daddy.  We talked about it quite a bit and have been praying for Lincoln.  So for our craft time today we decided to make some cookies and a card for Lincoln!  We know that Lincoln LOVES the Cars movies so we decorated our card with Cars stickers.  It turned out really cute and we hope to get it to Lincoln tomorrow.  Please keep him in your prayers as he heals (spiral break down the femur from hip to knee, now with two metal bars in place).

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Home Preschool: Letter K

We finished up our letter K unit this week!  It is no surprise that K is Keanan's favorite letter, and he really enjoyed most of our activities.

Some of Keanan's work:

Some of Kyla's work:

Our "starting school" wall:

Action Shots:
They decided to play this all on their own and were taking turns *insert fluffy pink heart*
Linked up at No Time For Flashcards and I Can Teach My Child

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Craft Time - Handprint Turkey

With all the activities we do in the school room, I haven't taken much time lately for crafts.  So this last Friday we did craft time instead!  Each kids had their palm and fingers painted and then printed on a piece of paper.  Here are the results!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Our school room activities this week

During this week and next week we are in a letter K unit and having fun with different things in the school room.  Here's our current activities: 
On this shelf: pumpkin hammering (Keanan loved it so much that I kept it up), BOB books, farm animal puzzle (Kyla's favorite thing right now), straw pieces lacing, letter sounds matching, cookie cutter shape matching, sandpaper mystery bag
On this shelf: cornmeal letter tracing (Keanan really likes this), belt practice, bead sorting with tweezers, sound matching (both kids think this is great!), uppercase & lowercase letter matching with clothes pins, wooden tic-tac-toe set, nuts, bolts, washer & lock washer sorting. 

I also set up a magnet number matching area and a watercolor area this week.

Here are the action shots!

Linked up at: Living Montessori Now, I Can Teach My Child, and No Time For Flashcards

Monday, November 7, 2011

Our Missionary Friends, The Scheer's

We had a lovely dinner tonight with our new friends Matt, Ellie, Blake and Callie Sheer, who are soon to be stationed missionaries in Indonesia with MAF, Mission Aviation Fellowship.  A few weeks ago they spoke at our small group about their new adventure with MAF and Zac and I knew we wanted to support them in some way and get to know them better.  So they drove almost 2 hours to come hang out with us and the kids tonight =) 

Matt is a Pilot / Airplane Mechanic and Ellie is an RN, although staying home with the kids now.  They are so excited for the opportunity to serve with MAF in Indonesia.  MAF planes fly missionaries to places all over the world.  They also assist in humanitarian efforts flying in food and medical supplies and flying sick or injured people out of remote locations for care.  Matt is looking forward to building relationships with the people he serves while flying in Indonesia and sharing the love of Christ with them. 

Their kids are too cute and our kids had fun playing with them tonight.  Kyla was very taken with baby Callie =)
Take a moment prayerfully consider supporting Matt & Ellie and check them out on the MAF site at  They would love your prayers and to hear from you.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Go Zac!

This morning Zac competed in the "Turn Back the Clock" 5K race in Lacey. He took 2nd place in his division with a time of 24:53 and got a medal!! And 18th overall! We were there to cheer him on, and so proud!!