Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Recess Interrupted

The kids went out for "recess" on this beautiful day only to discover this in our yard.

Their first reaction was one of sadness that this beautiful creature had died.  That, however, quickly turned to interest in the Monarch Butterfly and thanks to the internet an impromptu science lesson took place.  

Did you know that Monarch Butterflies go through four generations each year?  The first 3 die within 6 weeks but the fourth lives 6-8 months; long enough to migrate to a warmer climate, hibernate, and start a new first generation in the Spring.  Amazing!

Friday, November 4, 2011

New Scheduler

I don't know about your kids but mine do better if I provide them with a daily task list.  I decided I wanted to do something more interactive and fun than a piece of paper.  With the side of our fridge, a can of chalkboard paint, and some magnetic letters ($15 total) I was able to do this.  Starting Monday (we have to wait 3 days before we can write on it) each morning I will write their assignments on the fridge and they can erase them as they are accomplished.  Hopefully this works as well as I think it will!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thanksgiving Ideas

Now that the Trick-or-Treaters have come and gone it's time to start thinking about all the fun things we can do for Thanksgiving.  Below are some of the free things I've found online.  We can't wait to get started!

Thanksgiving Preschool Pack
Thanksgiving Tot Kit
Thanksgiving Tot Pack
Tt is for Turkey

All Ages
Toilet paper roll pilgrims & indians
Possible Placemat for kids table  - for this have the kids color and write what they are thankful for then laminate to use as placemats at the kids table.
Teepee Treats
Lots of crafts and printables

Unit Studies for Older Kids

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

At 2:11 on 11/2 my life changed forever when this amazing person decided to make her entrance into my world.



This sweet girl made our family complete and we are so blessed that she graced us with her presence.  She is loving, sweet, and keeps us laughing daily with her crazy sense of humor.

Happy 4th Birthday Allie, I can't wait to spend the day celebrating with you!