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Elephant, Fox, Giraffe, and Hippo

These are some of Tristan’s favorite animals (mine too), so this was extra fun!


I found some FREE printable letters to go along with E F G and H.

It’s really neat seeing things start to click in Tristan’s brain. He almost knows all of his colors and points out colors everywhere we go. At two and a half he’s learning his alphabet and points out the letters he knows when he sees them.

All the kids get really excited when we look at our alphabet, number and color books. The girls have started to repeat letters when we do flash cards.

Learning is fun, and I hope it stays that way!

E for Elephant 
F for fox.

G for Giraffe

H for Hippo

I’m pleased that he can tell me the name of each alphabet animal, without me telling him! He traces the “hidden” letter with his finger and says “F for fox”. 

I do not have a pattern to share, I free hand all the animal letters. I use a pencil and erase a lot. Using a ruler helps to make some of my lines strait. I hate drawing eyes so googley eyes work great!

Thanks for following! 

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Repurposed Broken Crayons DIY

This was an easy project I’ve been meaning to do for a while now.

img_2200-3I had a bunch of broken/old crayons that my kids don’t really like to use. I pulled all the paper off the crayons.

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I broke the crayons to fit in my sylicone molds. Next time I’ll probably cut them smaller with a knife so I can fit more in each mold.

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Heat your oven to 150-200 Fahrenheit. Cook for about 10 minutes or until melted. I didn’t stir mine and they looked nice and marbled.

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Let them cool, then carefully pop them out of your molds. img_2230-1
img_2244They are the perfect size for toddler and baby hands. They wouldn’t work well for a child who can stay in the lines. 😊

img_2249-1I store mine in a pull string muslin bag.

That’s it, have fun!

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Usborne Books

I finally got my book order, I think it took about a month!!! Well worth the wait though! I’ll just post a few pictures so you can see why I love my books!

These are the five books i ordered.

Paisley enjoyjng her book on the swing.

Teagan and Paisley enjoy theor books inside while mommy makes lunch.

Page in the babys first slide book

Page in animally – probably favorite book ever 🙂

page in the german book – this was a daddy pick.

blue page of the color book

pink and purple page of the color book

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Letters B, C and D

I needed a temporary solution for all of Tristan’s art projects and pre-school letters. I found a galvanized metal wall hanging at Michaels. It’s cute and effective as a magnetic board. Eventually I want a cork board “crown molding” to boarder the ceiling of the play/school room. I haven’t figured out all the details of that project yet!


Tristan has been learning his farm animal names (he already knew most of them), numbers, colors and alphabet. We have so enjoyed making alphabet animals for each new letter! As you can see we already made B, C, and on a previous post I showed the picture of A for Aligator. You don’t have to be an artist, it’s for preschoolers. I can’t even draw stick figures so as long as he can tell these animals are letters I did all right 🙂

Today we are making D for Dog or Dalmatian.

Start with a blank white card stock, a pen or pencil and a ruler.


Draw a big bold “D”. Doesn’t have to be perfect, you can shape it up when you cut it out. Depending on the age of your child they can help cut out the letters.

Cut out the letter D and have your little helper glue it to a colored piece of card stock, Tristan picked blue.


We looked in our paper scraps file and added some spots, an eye (kinda sad looking), collar, tag and an ear. 


All finished and ready to hang on the magnet board.


Tristan especially likes this letter because it’s just like his Dalmatian that he likes to carry around the house. 

We are finished this craft and the girls are still napping. Time to do some pre-school!

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Winter Blues?

Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost March. This nice weather we have been getting is such a tease, I hope it lasts!

We finally got our felt board, still working on cutting out all 600 some pieces. Tristan loves helping with Bible time, he puts the characters on the board while daddy tells the story.

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Got a little behind on our alphabet with a grumpy teething baby. We made a fun uppercase letter A today.

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Just for fun I made two different type of baby headbands for the month of love. So easy!

You can find out how to make them here Bow top knot and Knotted baby turban.

Since it’s love and farm month we decided to add to our little animal collection at get a bunny. 🙂

Bugs is a mini lop bunny, just the cutest thing, and Tristan loves her! He is learning how to play nice and care for animals. We aren’t into movies (unless it’s educational or special occasions) or video games, but I’m all about being outdoors and taking care of animals. I think animals teach character and very important life values. I had bunnies, hamsters, guinea pigs, chickens, parakeets and fish when I was growing up. I think they taught me a lot of responsibility! We plan to bread Bugs with a Mini rex bunny, I think she’ll make some really cute baby bunnies!

Ben isn’t a huge fan of pets, but he agrees that our kids should grow up around animals so I’m happy with that! Plus, he’s making Bugs a sweet home so I know he really loves her! 🙂

 

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February – Love and Farm Animals

Time to get back in the swing of things. My break to get the hang at being a mom to three kids 2 and under is officially over. Ben is back to work full time, no winter break, “sigh”.

I want to be more dedicated to fun learning with Tristan and to keep ourselves busy with exciting project to show Daddy when he gets home from work. I think it’s important to set goals (not too high) so that I don’t end up just trying to “make it through the day”! Each month I have a theme. I try to match the bible verses, crafts and songs together with this theme.

I got a plastic bin from walmart that I can hang files in and store craft projects of Tristan’s. I also let him pick out a folder to store papers in, he picked a super cute puppy folder.

I like to be prepare ahead of time, that way we can have fun and not be interrupted…unless there is a baby or two crying. I threw everything in his “school” bin so when I have a minute here or there we can sit down and do school. Tristan loves calling our fun times school ha-ha. This is some of what I have on hand:

  • Aquadoodle Mat – just water, so no mess. You can draw letters and numbers or just let the kids have fun doodling.
  • Abacus – hands on counting makes learning more fun!
  • Crayons, Scissors, Construction paper, pipe cleaners, google eyes and other such items for crafts.
  • Number Coloring pages. 1-10. This was my favorite, and it went with my theme. Animal Number Coloring Pages. Here is the original post. I just printed mine on scrap paper, I didn’t plan to save these masterpieces. :p
  • Easel – this is nice for Bible time and crafts.
  • Felt Bible Story Board & Figurines. I got mine online at Betty Lukens. Use code ABC20 for 20% off. This is not a must have obviously, but it makes Bible time fun for kids.
  • Alphabet Flash Cards – you can find so many different versions on pinterest. But here are some that I liked: Here. Free Homeschool Deals – alphabet flash cards. Animal flash cards.
  • Alphabet Blocks – Melissa & Doug
  • Books – Dr. Seuss’s ABC, My First Numbers, Curious Baby Counting (I love this because it’s hands on), lots and lots of all kinds of books!

BIBLE:

Matthew 22:36-40 is our main verse for this month, going with the Valentine theme of Love. “Love the Lord with all your heart…and your neighbor as yourself…”

I made a chalkboard to write the verse of the month on. I used this blue Martha Stewart Chalkboard paint. Just use any old board and a paint roller. (it’s still drying)

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Some other verses on Love – 1 John 4:19, Luke 3:16, 6:35, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 Peter 4:8, Psalm 18:1, and of course John 3:16. Tristan LOVES memorizing bible verses. I just have him repeat after me. Being enthusiastic while you read is important. He asks to do it again and again, and what better way to get it ingrained in his little head. Makes my heart glad!

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We also get a Bible verse from church that we memorize every week.

We didn’t get our felt board in the mail yet, I can’t wait!

PHONICS(Reading, Writing & Math):

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While you color talk about the color of the crayons, the animal that he is coloring, and the number that is on the page. You will be amazed at how quick they catch on when they are having fun! You can download the coloring pages I used above for free.

This month we are learning numbers 1-5, letters A-D, and colors red, purple, green and blue. I will move at his pace, and of course he will probably learn even more than these things just by daily learning activities like playing hide and go seek, counting fingers, and naming the colors of his toys. The most important thing is to have fun – sometimes I need to remind myself of this!

Tristan enjoys going through his alphabet flash cards and repeating the letters after me. We use two different sets of flash cards. One just has just the capitol letters, the other set has lowercase, uppercase, and a picture, like A for apple.

I thought it would be fun to hang up some better quality alphabet pages on the wall or make a flip book. Here is a great post to follow, but I also came up with some different ones. You can buy them off of her blog, but I thought it was just as easy and fun to make them ourselves.

Learning is fun for everyone!

 

ART/CRAFTS:

You could literally go crazy finding stuff on pinterest to make your homeschooling experience fun, sometimes I just need to stop myself and actually get something done. Arts and crafts is my favorite “subject” if you couldn’t tell. I’m no artist, in fact I even butcher stick figures, ha-ha, so hopefully I can teach my kids how to be better artists. :p

 

If You try footprint art, I wouldn’t expect it to turn out perfect. I used a foam roller and had my husband help me place the wiggly feet on my canvas. Then I used the same roller to stencil the letters. Just wash out the roller after every color.

Tristan made the sweetest Bee mine valentine for daddy. He can’t wait to give it to him once he gets home from work!

Here are some other heart shaped animals. We still need to make some for Tristan’s Mema and Grammy.

I don’t have much of a schedule for crafts, just monthly goals e.g. valentine cards. I say the more crafts the better, so check back for more valentine/love crafts through the month of February.

LIFE SKILLS:

Tristan’s goal for this month is to learn how to dress himself. He knows how to clean his room, and where every toy belongs, I’m pretty impressed with his organizing skills. Some of his daily responsibilities include feeding his Beta fish, Nemo, and his Chinese Dwarf hamster, Jerry. Tristan is a big help throwing dirty diapers into the trash for Mommy and giving the girls toys and their nuks to keep them happy.

MUSIC:

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This is Daddy’s specialty. We both come from musical families, but Ben has some amazing talent that I hope he can pass onto our children. Ben learned to play the piano by ear, but doesn’t know many notes. I know my notes, but it would take me weeks to figure out how to play a song by ear. It will be a joint effort. 🙂

This month we plan to learn how to sing Jesus Loves Me and Old MacDonald had a farm. I like to play classical music during the day such as The Piano Guys, Pride and Prejudice, Handel, and Mozart. I think listening to music gives children a musical ear. Tristan’s favorite music time is watching Cedarmont Kids DVDs and listen to the CDs in the car.

Well that does it for now. Check back to see what other fun crafts and learning times we have through the month. I’ll also try to post some of my favorite easy recipes. Subscribe to my blog so you know when I post, I’m not too consistent with posting at this point. 🙂

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mommyeats | Mommy meets healthy eating.

UPDATE: December 30th we FINALLY adopted out foster baby Tristan, who is now TWO YEARS OLD! Yay, best Christmas present ever!

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Teagan & Paisley

July 2nd we were blessed with our very own set of adorable twin baby girls Paisley and Teagan. So I have a little excuse as to why I’ve been so busy. 🙂

Holidays are over, winter feels like it has just begun, things are crazy here, and we are all missing Daddy as he works hard providing for our family.

To add to the craziness, or I would like to think we’re trying to become more structured, we have started “pre” pre-homeschooling. That’s a mouthful, but basically we are working on putting our long winter days to use learning music, life skills, numbers, colors, and most importantly the Bible! I’ve thrown together a very rough draft month by month log for keeping us on track with our learning. Still working on it, but I would LOVE to share it with you when it is done. My goal is to blog each month on our learning with pictures, links to DIY crafts and printable color pages and anything else we use through our month. So check back each month if you want to follow along. Hopefully you find this helpful as you tackle the job of raising your children. I plan to homeschool my kids, so I’m just getting an early start, and hopefully making each day a fun learning experience for the kids!12631319_10153934689221103_8404482168374529796_n