I just found these free Bible alphabet pages from Ministry to Children and wanted to share the link with you! They’re beautifully illustrated and I can hardly wait to print them up for the kids. Enjoy!
I have several busy bags made up that I can easily grab and throw into the diaper bag if need be. These are great if you’re going to a restaurant and anticipate a bit of a wait time, to bring to the doctor’s office, and well, for any other time you might need to keep your child occupied quietly. Busy bags could also be used if your toddler or preschooler is transitioning a nap time to a quiet time.
Click here to check out my guest post on Ottawa Mommy Club blog to see how you can make these simple busy bags.
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This morning we watched Sesame Street and the kids loved watching Elmo try to put different objects in some water to make a boat for a pet rock. So, I changed my plans for school (at least, I would have if I’d made plans for today….) and decided we’d do our own sinking and floating experiment.
I gathered up some random objects and made up a quick chart for the kids to record their results on. First, they looked at each object, picked them up, and made their hypothesis about what would happen. I’d put out a pencil, a fork, a button, a screw, a wooden block, and a penny for them to test.
Next, they put the objects in the water and drew what happened.
Tobi was so proud of work.
I thought we would be done, but the kids had more ideas. They wanted to see if they could make the sinking objects able to float.
Some ideas worked better than others.
Best of all, they had fun. They thought up their own ideas and tested them out. If something didn’t work, they tried something different. After the initial guidance I gave to help them make their guesses and record their results, I just sat back and took pictures.
I also happened to find a good website for kids science experiment ideas!
What science experiments have you done or would like to do with your kids?
I knew from the start that it would take a while for things to run smoothly as we start really getting into homeschooling. I was very sporadic doing preschool with Tobi last year but this year I want to get into a routine so that we can learn more and make better use of our time.
I didn’t expect our day to get bumpy before we even started though!
I tried spending some extra alone time with Josiah before getting started so that he would hopefully be more content to play alone while the rest of us did school. It didn’t really work.
Josiah was still grumpy, so the kids watched a cartoon and then I brought out their (not) back-to-school gift bags. There was nothing really new in them (I like that they’re young enough I can get away with that still!) They each got a pencil case I had stashed away a while ago with some crayons (I tried to pick out barely-used ones), a ruler, a glue stick, a pencil and eraser, and a dry erase marker. They also each got some stickers and some fuzzy Cars colouring cards. Tobi got a dry erase I Spy book, and Annie got a colouring book. They dug into their bags so fast I couldn’t get a clear photo!
I don’t think Tobi noticed that the gift bag I used for his present was the same for last year’s first day gift…
Immediately after their gifts were opened, disaster struck. Josiah grabbed Annie’s stickers from her..
And then I gave them back.
I didn’t get everything done that I had planned. We read the story of the week, Hurry Up, Franklin. We did our calender board and memory verse (I’ll post more about all of this later this week in the “all in a day” post I’m planning on.)
We worked on reading analog clocks and matching the time to digital time. Then Tobi wrote out what time the clocks said.
We made a list of different animals that are slow and animals that are fast on our easel chalkboard. For journaling/handwriting, Tobi picked an animal from each list, copied the name of it, and drew a picture of it. He did a great job and was so proud of himself!
All in all, the
day morning was a success. It didn’t go super smoothly but I had expected that. I know that over time things will go better and I will be able to add more to our day.