This week's Bible story is Noah's Ark. I plopped the kids down in the garage with some magazines and had them pick out pairs of animals to glue into their arks. I must say, they made some very interesting selections. hehe! When they were finished, Aidan asked to add a Noah so they cut out a couple men and we added a white beard. A fun and silly afternoon project!
We tried cereal a couple weeks ago and Sydney Grace was NOT impressed. I randomly decided to give it another try tonight and she seemed to really enjoy it.
I'm not sure what was harder for me, Sydee Grace being old enough to try cereal or Hanni and Ai being big enough to feed her. They are so awesome with her, she's been incredibly blessed with the best big brother and big sister!
In this last one she was looking at Aaron waiting on him to give her another bite.
Oh, and that high chair is getting a new cover as soon as I get to Hobby Lobby and buy some fabric!!
We have these two plain jane, honey colored stools that once served as plant stands but the kids have used them for the last couple years when they help me cook (almost nightly).
I've been really needing a creative outlet lately so I decided to revamp them. I've tried to keep the colors in my kitchen/dining room bright and cheery! The main colors are black and red and I've added some aqua and lime green as well. (These also happen to be the colors I chose for my fiestaware!) We had a half gallon or more of black paint in the garage so I was going to just paint them black but then I decided to add in some color. Polka dots for the first one (Hannah's) and I'm thinking I may do stripes for Aidan's.
Alrighty...blogger is being goofy so I'll have to try to add the before pic later on.
Our sweet baby is just days away from being FOUR months old!! She is growing like a weed and jabbering up a storm. She loves to snuggle and is the most consistent little stinker I've ever seen! She takes a very short nap in the morning, a little bit longer one in early afternoon and a long nap in the evenings. She is ready for bed by 8 pm and wants to be fed, played with and swaddled by 9 at the latest. She has not deviated from that "schedule" pretty much since birth. Her big brother and big sister love to talk and play and "love" on her. They love her SO much and she's been blessed with awesome siblings.
Here are a few pics from our little photo shoot today...
We've been trying to get a full week of school in since the 3rd week of August but due to being out of town, a death in the family and my gallbladder surgery, we're JUST now able to be successful a month later. Ahh well, we're just sort of unofficially doing kindergarten so I guess it's not such a big deal. We tend to do most of our learning through everyday experiences anyway. ;)
My plan throughout the year is to blog about our week at least once, mostly just to share our progress and so that I have some way of keeping up with what we've done when. I'm much better at this blogging thing than I am at keeping a written journal so we'll see how it goes.
The overall goal for this year is that the kids continue to enjoy learning while also adding in a little more structure. Most of our "learning time" is spent just living life (grocery store, role play, nature walks, conversation, playdates, etc) and I typically strive for at least 15-30 min of "table time" each day. Table time consists of everything from phonics lessons to crafts. We had been focusing more on character traits (which I still feel are REALLY important) but I decided to switch and focus more on working our way through the Bible. We'll be covering one or two Bible stories each week using these resources as a guide (http://www.dltk-bible.com/genesis/lesson-otbooks.htm and http://www.dltk-bible.com/genesis/lesson-ntbooks.htm) and I'll be adding activities and my own twist as we go along. We're also dabbling some in phonics with The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading,Starfall, workbooks, etc. I'm not using any official curriculum for math but I have a list of skills we're going to be working through. Each of the kiddos has a spiral that we do random journal entries in once or twice a week. I use the journals to encourage creative thinking and for handwriting practice. The kids tend to really enjoy Science, History and Geography so we'll throw lots of that in also. I'm not sure what route we'll go next year when they officially start kindergarten but I continue to pray that God makes it VERY clear to both Aaron and me.
Now if you made it through all that, here are a few pictures from our week thus far...
This little book helps keep mommy on track throughout the week.
Day/Night journal drawings
While the girls were napping Aidan and I created an "1800's neighborhood" (Aidan's idea was inspired by our trip to Pioneer Farms on Sunday)
A close up
Washing their "pet rocks" after our morning walk
Hannah said this one was a raccoon
I didn't get a picture of Aidan's finished products but he painted his rocks when he got home from soccer practice.
Yesterday we took advantage of Austin Museum Day (free admission) and took the kids to visit Pioneer Farms in Northeast Austin which also happens to be home to the Biscuit Brothers for any of you PBS watchers. I'm so thankful for the fun time we had together as a family. The place was really nice but we were a bit disappointed that only a couple of the guides there were willing to talk to us about "their" home.
So it's only been two months since I blogged last and my goodness there's been SO much happen in that time! Sydney is 11 weeks old and the twins are just days away from turning FIVE!!! Instead of typing out a long, boring update I think I'll just jump right in to what's going on with us now!!
Sydney is NOT a fan of tummy time but finally tolerated it long enough to roll over a few times yesterday! She's been smiling and "ah-goooooo"ing for a few weeks now and we are all just smitten with her!
This week makes week number 3 of attempting to start school. I am having surgery on Wednesday but I'm still determined to get some good learning time in before then and I've got some plans together for GG when she's here helping this week. Each Saturday or Sunday I try to write out a rough outline of what we'll be covering the next week so that we have some sort of structure to our table time. I opted not to use a curriculum this year so I've made a list of topics/goals and we're just working through them pretty informally. I've included a picture of our outline for this week. As you can see, it's pretty sparse since I'll be out of commission after Wednesday.
Hannah and Aidan are both sounding out words and reading "at" words fluently. I think they were surprised at how well they're doing and so excited to be actually reading! Their handwriting is improving as well and they are easily able to write any letter (capital or lowercase) that I call out to them.
These are their journal entries for today. I asked them to head outside for a few minutes and make some observations about the sky. Hannah drew big fluffy clouds and Aidan drew a cloud he saw that looked like a bus.
Then we made name clouds with cotton balls. Each kiddo traced their name with glue and then stretched out cotton balls to stick on their letters. Poor Aidan could not stand the way the cotton felt on his fingers so Mommy helped out with the stretching.
I'm a Christian wife and mom of 4 doing my best to take care of my home and those who inhabit it. I've been blessed with the opportunity to stay at home with my children and I just love watching them grow and learn. Most importantly, I am a daughter of the King trying my best to just "Be Still".