Archives for April 2011

The Hope That Is Ours

I awake in the middle of the night sandwiched between my toddler and my preschooler sleeping peacefully. As I listen to their steady breathing and snuggle in the warmth of their little bodies, my heart bursts with gratitude to the Father for blessing me with these two precious little ones.In an instant, that gratitude is replaced with the all too familiar feeling of panic. What if something were to happen to one of them? How would I ever survive? My throat burns and tears sting my eyes. My heart … [Read more...]

DIY Chalkboard Collage Door

  We purchased a door from the "as-is" department at IKEA a few months back. I had originally planned to use it to display photos in our living room, but when we rearranged the furniture, it no longer worked with my design plan. So it sat in our shed for a few months, while I waited for inspiration.    A few weeks ago, my mother-in-law gave us a dresser to use in the boys room. We painted it white and put it in their room. It looked great, but needed something above it since there … [Read more...]

Reflecting on Easter

  Year after year I have celebrated Easter. I have put on my best dresses, dyed colorful eggs, cried at the Passion plays while thanking Christ for His great sacrifice.   But this year was different. You see, this once innocent girl with the childlike faith had now tasted of the bitterness of death.    Death. Once something that seemed almost surreal has now taken up permanent residence in my reality.    Death. Something so powerful that it took my dad away … [Read more...]

Learning About Easter

These past two weeks have been our official first weeks of doing preschool at home. Things do not really look that much different than before, except that I am loosely following a plan and theme and have introduced a daily circle time. Things have been going really well and Buddy has been having lots of fun, which is the most important thing to me. Here's a little glimpse at what we have been up to...   Circle Time   Fingerplays and Songs We have been doing some Easter songs and fingerplays … [Read more...]

Preschool Learning Activties {Spring/Easter}

  I am a little late posting this for the month, but I did want to share with you the learning activities that we have been doing and will continue to do throughout this month in addition to the activities already in our rotation.   Theme: Spring/Easter   I purchased a set of plastic eggs for the boys to play with. These are fun for color matching activities as well as open/close skills.     I found this egg tray at the thrift store. They have had a lot of fun with it. Here it is being … [Read more...]

Our First Garden

This weekend, some good friends of ours helped us plant our first garden. First, the guys dug up the grass for our plot..While they did this, Little Man snacked on some Ritz Crackers around the garden box my husband built.When the plot was ready, they leveled the box and filled it up with soil and composted manure. Then we started planting. Laura showed Buddy how to plant "baby" seeds.I made temporary garden markers out of Home Depot paint sticks and a Sharpie until I can come up with … [Read more...]

Preschool Learning Activities

As I mentioned in my "eclectic" preschool plan, we will be doing various Montessori inspired activities to work on sensory development, fine motor skills, practical life skills and to begin introducing academics such as colors, shapes, numbers and counting, and letters and sounds. In a Montessori school, all of these activities are typically displayed on trays and baskets and placed on shelves around the classroom for the children to easily access as they are interested. I would love to … [Read more...]

Knit Pincushion

Funny story about this pincushion...it actually started out as an Easter egg. I'm not really sure why I was knitting an Easter egg, but I was. Things were going really good until the end. I wasn't paying close enough attention and suddenly, my Easter egg had a tail. And I didn't really care enough to backtrack and try to fix it. So I stuffed it with some wool roving and tried to shape it. It looked nothing like an egg. I was playing around with the shape and mashed it flat. It looked … [Read more...]

My “Eclectic” Preschool Plan

After a year of researching four different philosophies of early childhood education, I can only come to the conclusion that our style of home preschool education will have to be labeled "eclectic", because there are things that I like about all four methods. Therefore, I will do my best to combine all of my favorite elements into one plan that works for our family. If you are not familiar with the four methods that I am speaking of (Waldorf, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and Reggio … [Read more...]

DIY Child’s Apron

I have wanted to make Buddy an apron for his play kitchen for a while now, and I finally got around to it this weekend. When I was cleaning out his closet last week, I found a bundle of plaid sheets that I had used to make his bedroom curtains a few years back. They are nice blue plaid and I thought the fabric would make a very cute boy apron.I used this great free pattern from Meg at Sew Liberated. I also added a big divided pocket for his kitchen utensils or notepad for when we play … [Read more...]