Leezard, leezard, leezard

Of course, I wish I could remember where that came from, but I distinctly remember someone saying that in a movie somewhere……

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Superman: That’s a good lizard

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Superman: Princess is looking at the good lizard

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Batman: feeding the lizard
Superman: we’re putting grass in there

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Superman: You knocked over the bottle, Mommy
Batman: You’re letting the good lizard out.

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Superman: There’s the good lizard, and he went on the side

Superman and Batman: the good lizard eats grass and bugs. He eats bad bugs.

This descriptive post of the lizard we found in our house has been brought to you by Kid Friendly Friday.

Zilker Musical: Music Man

I love the Zikler Summer Musical. This has been a tradition to go see it, since I’ve been in college. The great thing about my birthday being in the middle of summer is I can make everyone go see it for my birthday. This is the second year we’ve included the kids, and they had lots of fun at it too.

We got there way super early and set up our blankets, then after hanging around for an hour or so waiting for more blankets to adequately have room for 11 people we set off for the playground and the train.

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Poor Princess is just like her Mom and Mimi, she turns red when she’s hot. That is not a sun burn, she is plastered in sun screen.

First Batman insisted he needed his picture taken next to the statue. I’m raising a ham I tell you.

* Important side note, anytime you’re spending a long afternoon in the hot sun, pack a couple of spray bottles. They are a great way to entertain little kids and help cool you off. Okay, end of side note.

We got to ride the last train of the day. We rode it a few years ago when I made Mother’s Day books for the grandmas, and so Jeff recognized things as we drove by.

Sadly, there’s no pictures of the musical, what with not wanting to make the dancers fall as they dance across the stage, but we had lots of fun eating chicken nuggets and apples and drinking large amounts of liquid (did I mention it was hot?). At the end of the night Princess was out, and had decided she’d had enough and she was sleeping.

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She’s been shot!

And then Uncle Sean decided to have some fun…..

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Sigh……. at least it was only Powerade.

Monster book

I thought I had posted about this back when we did it a few months ago, but as I was looking for the post to send off to ABC and 123, I couldn’t find it. So, if I did I’m posting it again, but this time I have the printable for you to share.

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Here we are working on it.

You can adapt this to whatever theme you’re studying. Just make one page per number and put at the top 1 monster, or apple, or whatever. We used stickers I had made with my sticker maker, but obviously you can glue or draw.

I’ve also figured out since making this, that while little books look super cute. In reality it works much better to have bigger books, so I’ve changed the document to reflect that.

Monster Counting Book

Another book we made on monsters was to describe the monster we made. These are very simple books, but I’m basing this off of what we used to do when I taught first and second grade. These are great helps to early reading skills. So we make lots of books in our house. Sadly the pictures of us making these books have been eaten by the computer monster that lives in my computer, but I have it on good memory that they were very cute and filled with lots of green, blue, and pink (favorite colors in this house).

Oh, and I use construction paper as covers, it’s a bit more sturdy than copy paper and add a bit of extra color for visual interest without having to color the whole page.

This is My Monster

Children’s Museum this month

WOW it was crowded, so we didn’t hang around too long, but we did find some fun activities……

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We made throwies. To make at home get an LED light, a 3 volt battery (think oversized watch battery), a STRONG magnet and electrical tape.

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If you look closely at Princess’ hand she is holding the LED you’d need.

Yeah, I was going to try and link the parts, but truthfully while I could construct one I don’t know the specific name of the type of LED. All we had to do was slip the connectors on either side of the battery, put the magnet on, and put large amounts of tape.

After they made it, they went into the “light cave,” and everyone got to throw them up in the air and watch it soar up to the metal plate. This was wildly popular.

Scrapblog,Scrapbook,School Days

As always, shape sorting was very popular (So was the restaurant, but no pictures this time, did I mention the crowds).
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Superman sending bolts downstairs

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Batman built a car.

PhotobucketThe only part of the new traveling exhibit they were excited by. Playing with scarves and making things fly. They’re just a bit young to try and make most of the activities there. But, it’s perfect for elementary age.

And, we did in the end have to buy 2 new throwies for the boys to make at home. They’re hanging on my frig now, and a week later are still glowing.

Trees, or the drive of a million questions

They’re all really into questions right now, here’s how our drive down to the Children’s Museum went:

What makes the road Mommy?
What makes the trees?
What makes the houses?
What makes the clouds?
What do clouds do?

As you can see it was a nonstop supply of questions, and some of them were repeated after being answered another couple of times. They really latched onto my answer for trees though.

I explained that God made the trees, but trees need water, dirt and sun to grow. Then I said we’d learn more about it when we got home (as I frantically thought, now what will I do).

Luckily the answer came in the e-mail. I’ve been chosen to be a tester for Teacher Bookbags, and they’re new August book bag was available for preview. I opened it up and the first theme was trees! SCORE! So, I printed off the sheet that perfectly fit what I needed.

So, what I really loved about these activities, they were already set up for different cutting skills. The boys had a vaguely oval shape around the tree to cut out, and Wendy had a square. Perfect for their skill levels. We had lots of fun talking about what trees look like for different seasons. The only problem (and this is in anything showing a winter scene), we don’t have snow, but it led to a whole different discussion about snow.

Now, back to that whole who do trees grow thing. There was a paper for that too!

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According to Princess rain goes up. She was quite insistent that her rain cloud went on the ground and pointed up. Fine, that works.

My addition to the project was to have them glue dirt on the bottom of the page. I was very impressed with the boys very carefully putting glue only on the line that had been drawn on the page to represent dirt. I think they’re skills have improved a lot recently. It used to be these were just big blogs of glue.

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look at that skill

I’m looking forward to using the rest of the August theme, but I don’t know if it’ll make August activities, the ideas perfectly compliment themes for later in the year. All in all, I’d have to say it’s a great buy for about $3, and there’s that whole instant gratification thing of the download.

*I have not been compensated for raving about this in any way, I was lucky enough to be chosen to get the freebie, and I’m perfectly happy to tell about products I love. That, and I now have some cool new books to add to my book list.

As a side note, I’ll be doing more with trees in a month or so because our theme in a few weeks is “leaf.” I just happened to do this activity now, and thought it was really cool.

Preschool Corner: our plans for the year

This year I’m actually using a curriculum. I’ve bought the “My Father’s World” Kindergarten to use with my kids. It’s intended for ages 3-6, so Princess is a little young, but I’m doing it more for the boys. With her I’m going to have her play along and she’ll do different workbook activities. I don’t think they’re ready for a super hard core kindergarten with lots of workbooks or something, but this seems like a good way to step up what we’re doing a little.

Here’s our list of themes for the year:

Sun
Moon
Leaf
Apple
Nest (animal homes)
Turtle
Us (five senses)
Dinosaur
Octopus
Water
Insect
Goat (farm animals)
cow (farm animals)
horse (farm animals)
elephant (wild animals)
penguin (wild animals)
kangaroo (wild animals)
zebra (wild animals)
rock
jewel
butterfly (life cycle)
frog (life cycle)
fox
vegetable
quail (birds/contentment)
yellow (colors)

I like that it includes a list of books and some activities, it also has a very good plan for getting kids to read. It kind of reminds me of “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons”, I’ve seen people rave about this book, but it didn’t work for me personalitywise. I’ll also be supplementing with any and all cool activities that I’ve found on various blogs (I’ve become quite the Evernote addict). My plan is to post about what we’ve done a week later, rather than trying to frantically post that same week.

We’ll probably start up with sun in a week or so, it’s a boring post, but I thought it could be helpful to know what we’re up to in the near future. Or, at least I like to know what other people are doing.

For more great preschool ideas go to Homeschool Creations
For what other people are doing this year go to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Open Ended Art: yellow and painting

We were going to start talking about the first day of Creation and how God created light and dark, so these dove-tailed together perfectly. I told them about how on the first day of Creation God created light and dark and separated them. Then I gave them yellow and black paint and let them paint their own masterpiece. They could use any of our painting materials. So we got some interesting ideas from it. After they finished their first piece I let them have as many colors as they wanted. The other artworks will be saved to use for wrapping paper.

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Princess experimenting with a brayer

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Batman used mostly black for his first painting with this small little spot of yellow. He explained it was the dollar store. They’re obsessed with it right now because that’s where they get to go for being dry all night.

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Superman’s second piece was this super cool multi-colored masterpiece that was completely covered. His also was the Dollar Store.

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Superman showing off his dry diaper

PART 2 of creation book.

Kid Friendly Friday: Summerfest

To explain what Summerfest is, back when I was in high school our church started Backyard Bible Clubs. For the first two years as follow-ups they did sports camps, but decided that wasn’t what they wanted to do, and ended up with Summerfest. It’s a street carnival held in the church parking lot (or in the case of the church plants in parks or school parking lots). They have bouncy castles, carnival games, music, a small show of some sort, and food. The only thing that is charged for is the food. But, I love a place where my whole family can eat well for under $10, so it’s not a lot for the food.

This year my particular church opted not to do a Summerfest, so we went to Hutto’s (my brother is the youth pastor there). My kids had a blast.

So, here’s what my kids spent time doing there.

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Finding bugs in the sandbox. You had to find 10 bugs then you got to pick a prize. I made my kids bring their backpacks so I wouldn’t end up carrying all their “treasures.”
Princess: “I digging”

 

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Catching ducks in a butterfly net. Princess tried very hard to catch every single one of the ducks in her net.
Princess: I catching fish

 

 

 

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Batman putting a ring around the “pin.” I loved that most of these games I could duplicate at home.
Princess: That BATMAN!

 

 

 

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Superman petting the rabbits. Does anyone else have kids that stay in the petting zoo FOREVER?
Princess: The animals are eating

 

 

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Seriously, Princess was in there for at least 30 minutes chasing the different animals and petting as many as she could.
Princess: “Them going ‘No!'”

 

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Uncle Sean singing with the band.
Princess: “Uncle Sean playing that.”

 

 

 

 

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Riding the kid train. But, really I could post that picture by itself and then get turned in for child abuse for locking my kids in a cage and letting them drink sodas….
Princess: “That a train! driving”

 

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A view of the train itself. The kids had fun in it, but then wanted to go back to the games. I mean what can be anywhere as exciting as getting large amounts of little plastic trinkets and candy?

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Oops, made this one smaller than the others. View from the other side of the bean bag toss. That seemed like it could have been such a cool shot.
Princess: “I not know” Hey if she’s going to insist on sitting on my lap she might as well help with the post.

But, seriously, check out the newspaper and local bulletin boards I”ve found lots of great free or cheap activities by looking through things like that. For more great Kid Friendly Activities go to I Blame My Mother.