Letter B

Kent was 38 months old, Colt was 14 months old.

I guess we'll call this one to one correspondence practice.  I left him alone with baby carrots and the magnadoodle...

I guess we’ll call this one to one correspondence practice. I left him alone with baby carrots and the magnadoodle…

Bear cave craft

Bear cave craft

It's just coincidence that he made a "b".  He was making a truck.

It’s just coincidence that he made a “b”. He was making a truck.

Our Bible story for "Bb" was Jesus Heals a Blind Man.

Our Bible story for “Bb” was Jesus Heals a Blind Man.

We're using Kinderbach this year and he loves it!  We're learning together.

We’re using Kinderbach this year and he loves it! We’re learning together.

We're doing a preschool co-op group every other week.  It's fun and all the kids seem to like that change of pace.

We’re doing a preschool co-op group every other week. It’s fun and all the kids seem to like the change of pace.

Colt having snack at co-op.

Colt having snack at co-op.

We didn't get the book "We're Going A Bear Hunt" so we watched a reading of it on YouTube.  Then I surprised them and set up a bear hunt in our backyard.  Here they are in the bear cave at the end.  The bears were our Safari Ltd. bears and hid in the leaves.

We didn’t get the book “We’re Going A Bear Hunt” so we watched a reading of it on YouTube. Then I surprised them and set up a bear hunt in our backyard. Here they are in the bear cave at the end. The bears were our Safari Ltd. bears and hid in the leaves.

He was oblivious to me when I took this.  I thought it was so cute, just "reading" the box before breakfast.

He was oblivious to me when I took this. I thought it was so cute, just “reading” the box before breakfast.

Journal 5/21/14

I noticed this nice link-up at Nurturing Learning.  I was thinking it was just a general bloggers’ journal link-up but, alas, it is meant for homeschoolers.  I guess that still fits.  Can you believe my boy is almost 3 and soon to be a real preschooler?

homeschool journal imagemanagingyourblessings.com

In the Schoolroom:  We haven’t been doing many structured activities.  We moved our school shelves upstairs and the upstairs in still under construction so there have been no new trays.  We’ve been taking our time working through the Bible Basics stories.  This week we’re learning about Memorial Day instead.

From the kitchen:
Brian gave me the best compliment this week.  He said I’ve finally learned to make bread as well as our neighbor, Doug.  If you haven’t had Doug’s bread, you’re missing out.  It’s soft and almost as easy to use as store bought bread, but with way more flavor.  Now, mine is too!  Someday maybe I’ll share my secrets.

Praying:
For Wade Dunham, for the family of baby Gray, for a family at church, and for our friends that lost a loved one a few months ago.

Pondering:
How I spend my days.  There has been a lot more memory-making around here lately and a lot more imaginative play (like I said, my boy is almost 3 after all!).

Books I’m Reading: Viewing Violence by Madeline Levine and The Reckoning by Beverly Lewis by my bed.  Hands Free Mama by Rachel Stafford by the couch.  Enough: Finding More by Living with Less on the Kindle.

Clicking Around: I haven’t been reading a lot of blogs or doing much in any groups.  Mostly, my time on the computer has been spent planning and printing off materials for next year.  I’m really excited about A Rhyme a Week.  Kent loves to rhyme and it is such good practice for recognizing different sounds.  He rattles of strings off silly made up words that rhyme, and he’s started noticing when 2 words have the same sounds and asking me if they rhyme (ex:  Mama, does big rhyme with brother?).

In the works:  Our upstairs is still just studs.  The flooring is all laid out but needs to be nailed down.  I need to design the built-ins so I know where to have the electrician put outlets and lighting connections.  We got an estimate for spray foam: around $1500. 

Brian bought an outdoor wood burner to heat the house and the shop.  He has a cement pad poured and electric, gas, and water lines buried.  This means we will have a lot of free space in our basement: the corn stove, holding tank for corn, huge old fuel oil furnace, fuel tank, and I think the 80 gallon water heater are all coming out!  Plus, we should save thousands of dollars in corn and electricity this way.  

Catching Up… February 2014

Someone can move!  He doesn't crawl, but he sure rolls and twists and pulls.

Someone can move! He doesn’t crawl, but he sure rolls and twists and pulls.

A transferring/sorting tray with pouch tops.

A transferring/sorting tray with pouch tops.

Chalks with a heart stencil.

Chalks with a heart stencil.

Colored vinegar with baking soda.  Fun, but it only lasted about 30 seconds and then I had to fill them again.

Colored vinegar with baking soda. Fun, but it only lasted about 30 seconds and then I had to fill them again.

This was part of the Valentine Vehicles Preschool Pack from Trillium Montessori.  I've never done many printables but he really enjoyed this pack.

This was part of the Valentine Vehicles Preschool Pack from Trillium Montessori. I’ve never done many printables but he really enjoyed this pack.

We made all of our Valentine's with the stencil.

We made all of our Valentine’s with the stencil.

"Is It Kind?" cards from the pack.  What a great idea!

“Is It Kind?” cards from the pack. What a great idea!

Land, Water, and Air sorting from the same pack.  I think I see more printables in our future.

Land, Water, and Air sorting from the same pack. I think I see more printables in our future.

I love finding things like this.

I love finding things like this.

Barn time!

Barn time!

Thank you for the Valentine's Day card Grandma! - Love Colt

Thank you for the Valentine’s Day card Grandma! – Love Colt

I had this sticks around from a project and Kent put 2 together and said he made a "K"!  So I made his name.

I had these sticks around from a project and Kent put 2 together and said he made a “K”! So I made his name.

Puzzles!  This must be part of a sensitive period.

Puzzles! He’s doing 60 pieces ones alone.  This must be part of a sensitive period.  I’m amazed!

It's all fun and games... until baby falls and bruises his cheek on the shape house. :(

It’s all fun and games… until baby falls and bruises his cheek on the shape house. :(

You know you had a really bad winter when your 2 year old gets the calf medicine out of the fridge and correctly pronounces the word Penicillin as he treats his sick calf. :(

You know you’ve had a really bad winter when your 2 year old gets the calf medicine out of the fridge and correctly pronounces the word Penicillin as he treats his sick calf. :(

How did you fair this winter?  I am DONE with winter, DONE I say!  It was rough.

 

Catching Up… January 2014

Kent was 30 months old, Colt was 6 months old.

I started reading again.  I haven't had much time for reading since Kent was born, or so I thought.  I made a checklist to help me get through one book in 30 days, and now I'm reading voraciously again.

I started reading again. I haven’t had much time for reading since Kent was born, or so I thought. I made a checklist to help me get through one book in 30 days, and it got me reading voraciously again.

This is a Melissa & Doug sticker set with food stickers and placemats.  Kent thinks it is a lot of fun.

This is a Melissa & Doug sticker set with food stickers and placemats. Kent thinks it is a lot of fun.

We learned that Jesus' earthly father, Joseph, was a carpenter.  Nails in stryrofoam is always a win.

We learned that Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, was a carpenter. Nails (or screws) in stryrofoam is always a win.

Then we made a collage with wood: toothpicks and Popsicle sticks.

Then we made a collage with wood: toothpicks and Popsicle sticks.

This book, Black and White with Tana Hoban, was fun for Kent to set up and Colt still liked looking at it.

This book, Black and White with Tana Hoban, was fun for Kent to set up and Colt still liked looking at it.

Kent played with some leftover clay from our Christmas project.  It requires more hand strength than playdough.

Kent played with some leftover clay from our Christmas project. It requires more hand strength than playdough.

I made him a fun sensory bin with "snow", shaving cream, and our Arctic Toob.  I think the snow was hair conditioner and baking soda.

I made him a fun sensory bin with “snow”, shaving cream, and our Arctic Toob. I think the snow was hair conditioner and baking soda.

His grandparents gifted him with a subscription to the Highlights magazine for preschoolers.  He cut the book out himself and I helped him staple it.

His grandparents gifted him with a subscription to the Highlights magazine for preschoolers. He cut the book out himself and I helped him staple it.

I got him the Gakken Let's Create workbook for Christmas.  It gets excellent reviews.  I didn't think a workbook would be a big hit with him but it is his favorite part of school now.

I got him the Gakken Let’s Create workbook for Christmas. It gets excellent reviews. I didn’t think a workbook would be a big hit with him but it is his favorite part of school now.  I paid $10 and if they become available again I’m going to buy one for Colt.  It was a great value considering the thick, full color pages and stickers.

He's been very interested in any of the trays I put together, but he still occasionally goes for a pouring activity.

He hasn’t been very interested in any of the trays I put together, but he still occasionally goes for a pouring activity.

He wanted to wear his deer in a wrap, "like Brudder."

He wanted to wear his deer in a wrap, “like Brudder.”

I was really happy with how this picture turned out.  I had it printed as an 11x14 and put it on our mantle.

I was really happy with how this picture turned out. I had it printed as an 11×14 and put it on our mantle.

Kent's imagination is alive and well!  Someone's boots left a puddle of water in the entryway, and there was some corn spilled on the steps.  So, Kent gathered up the corn and a cow and let her drink from the puddle.

Kent’s imagination is alive and well! Someone’s boots left a puddle of water in the entryway, and there was some corn spilled on the steps. So, Kent gathered up the corn and a cow and let her drink from the puddle.  I found it later.

I'm not sure if this was the first time I set Colt upright with the Boppy... it's the first picture I found with him sitting.

I’m not sure if this was the first time I set Colt upright with the Boppy… it’s the first picture I found with him sitting.

This was a gift that came in an activity swap.  He doesn't use the numbers to help him yet.  This was at the start of his obsession with puzzles.

This was a gift that came in an activity swap. He doesn’t use the numbers to help him yet. This was at the start of his obsession with puzzles.

Practical life: He made his own PB&J.

Practical life: He made his own PB&J.

Catching Up… December 2013

Homemade playdough "cookies".

Homemade playdough “cookies”.

Lots of floor time for Colt.

Lots of floor time for Colt.

And lots of tasting everything!

And lots of tasting everything!

Making bubbles with soapy water and a hand mixer.

Making bubbles with soapy water and a hand mixer.

Making an angel.

Making an angel.

Finished product.

We learned the story of when Gabriel the angel came and told Mary that she would have a child.  All month Kent wanted to “talk about Mary and the angels”.

Large to small exercise with felt.

Large to small exercise with felt.

We went to free play at a gymnastics center.  Fun times!

We went to free play at a gymnastics center. Fun times!

Babywearing is so handy!  This was on Christmas Ever.

Babywearing is so handy! This was on Christmas Eve.

The boys "big" gift for Christmas was the Small Deluxe Bible Felt Set from Betty Lukens.  Kent thought is was a great bed.

The boys “big” gift for Christmas was the Small Deluxe Bible Felt Set from Betty Lukens. Kent thought is was a great bed.

Colt got a few books and Rainbow Sound Blocks.

Colt got a few books and Rainbow Sound Blocks.

My Mom got them the giant leaf canopy.  So fun!

My Mom got them the giant leaf canopy. So fun!

Brian surprised Kent with this farm set.

Brian surprised Kent with this farm set.

Late in the month, Colt got to try real food for the first time.

Late in the month, Colt got to try real food for the first time.

The mirror continued to be a hit... more so for Kent!

The mirror continued to be a hit… more so for Kent!

Thinking back, what was your favorite December activity?  What gift did you or your children enjoy the most?

Catching Up… November 2013

I wanted to mount a low horizontal mirror on the wall for Colt.  It was a lot trickier than all the pictures online make it look.  If you pay attention, most people mount it above the trim.  However, laying flat on the floor and trying to look in it, I couldn't see myself.  So, Colt wouldn't have been able to see either.  I built a frame to bring the mirror flush with the trim so I could mount it even with the bottom of the mattress.

I wanted to mount a low horizontal mirror on the wall for Colt. It was a lot trickier than all the pictures online make it look. If you pay attention, most people mount it above the trim. However, laying flat on the floor and trying to look in it, I couldn’t see myself. So, Colt wouldn’t have been able to see either. I built a frame to bring the mirror flush with the trim so I could mount it even with the bottom of the mattress.

The mattress and mirror are from IKEA.  The mirror is glass but has a safety coating to prevent a mess of dangerous pieces if it breaks.

The mattress and mirror are from IKEA. The mirror is glass but has a safety coating to prevent a mess of dangerous pieces if it breaks.

We read the Pumpkin Patch Parable and played with pumpkin guts.  I'm still not sure how I feel about Jack O' Lanterns.  I like that the parable book turned it in to something positive, but the origins are still bad.

We read the Pumpkin Patch Parable and played with pumpkin guts. I’m still not sure how I feel about Jack O’ Lanterns. I like that the parable book turned it in to something positive, but the origins are still unsettling, from what I’ve read.

He LOVED this activity and asked for pumpkin for a long time afterward.

He LOVED this activity and asked for pumpkin for a long time afterward.

Library selections.  He learned that "God Made Me".

Library selections. He learned that “God Made Me”.

We decorated this picture for a bank contest.  He requested the hat.

We decorated this picture for a bank contest. He requested the hat.

We managed to get a good picture of us just in time for Christmas cards.

We managed to get a good picture of us just in time for Christmas cards.