This week has been jam packed. Dragonfly has experienced many practical life experiences and lessons this week. This is the last week we will be using our winter theme. I look forward to the hearts and love of February. I pulled out a new preschool workbook and Dragonfly completed several pages from it. This week we discussed Shapes, Numbers, Letters and their sounds, Opposites, Bigger and Smaller, and handwriting. On Thursday, I took Dragonfly to the pool at the Y and gave her some lessons in swimming. She had such a good time and I loved listening to her laugh! Tracing letters Butterfly home sick from school joins us in table time.
Counting the stars on the belly and matching the proper hat for each snowman.
This picture is for Ms. Kim. Dragonfly is saying "tada"!
Dragonfly was very interested in helping to cook this week. She helped take the ends off of the green beans and then I caught her eating them as she worked.
She helped keep an eye on the cookies. We made a new recipe and they were delicious. I actually think the batter is better raw. Since the batter does not have eggs in it, the batter is perfectly fine to eat.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
1c regular oatmeal
1c Oat flour
1c Natural Nut Butter (we used peanut butter)
1/2c Homemade applesauce
Mix all together and bake at 350 for 10-12 mins.
Puzzles with sisters.
Counting out the correct number of snowflakes.
"Mom, this words is IS." I guess she has really been paying attention to her sister's sight words.
Gymnastics. Playing dress-up with her friend. Her friend has a little baby sister. We also visited another sweet new baby. Dragonfly is learning so much about little babies. She wants nothing to do with the babies but loves to care for her baby dolls when we get home. There are also a lot of pregnant moms and Dragonfly has started walking around with her baby under her shirt.
We are halfway through the school year! I like to remeasure my girls at this time to see how much they have changed since August.
Aug 67lbs and 4'5ft
Jan 64lbs and 4'6ft
Aug 45lbs and 3'9ft
Jan 47lbs and 4ft
Aug 39lbs and 3'6ft
Jan 41lbs and 3'7 1/2ft Dragonfly:
Aug 29lbs and 3ft
Jan 35lbs and 3'3ft
So, we have had some big changes since August! This is going to be shocking to people who haven't seen them since then. Butterfly and Dragonfly are very much alike and I find it hilarious that they both grew 3inches. I also think that PF and Ladybug favor each other a lot too and they both grew right at an inch. It is also fun to see how much their hair has grown since the first day of school.
I love watching my girls grow and it is exciting to see what each new day brings us. They fill my life with so much joy!
We are working on eating healthier and by that I mean cleaner and more natural food. As it is sometimes termed whole food. We have done away with many processed foods and snacks. My goal is to totally rid of children's systems of processed sugar but this is challenging when the school they are attending provides them with a ridiculous about a sugary treats. I have control over breakfast, lunch and dinner for now. I have been concentrating a lot on making their lunches packed full of good foods. I would love any suggests of easily packable lunch items that I can add to what we have right now. I think having a rotation makes things interesting and fun. I also want to expose my children to many different foods so they will be aware of what God has provided for us. These are the lunch containers I am using right now and their lunches for today: Ladybug: Carrot stick, Prune, String Cheese, Freeze dried snap peas, peanuts and raisins. Butterfly: Sweet Potato fries (baked with honey and cinnamon), prune, String cheese, potato wedges and tomatoes. PF: Homemade granola bars, prune, string cheese, freeze dried snap peas and carrot sticks.
Tonight, we went to see the movie Tangled. It was such a cute movie. Upon returning home I handed two of my girls blank papers to make a picture on and writing paper to write a review or summary of the movie. Above are two of Butterfly's drawings.
Once in a beautiful kingdom the queen was to have a baby child. But the
queen was sick. The flower healed the queen. And the queen had a baby child.
In the middle of the night mother Gothel took the princess. She was locked in a tower for
18 (love the way she wrote it)long years. She saw the lanterns every night if it was her birthday. She wanted
to go outside but mother Gothel didn't let Rapunzel. So Rapunzel left the tower herself. by: Butterfly
These are Ladybug's drawings.
A beautiful flower grew. The queen was to have a baby girl. Mother Gothel took the baby girl. She locked her in a tower. by: Ladybug
Today we got up and did a few chores before heading to the gym. When we came back from the gym, there were a few things I needed to do on the computer. I put on Letter Factor on one half of the computer and I looked up what I needed to on the other half. Math Factory followed and then Dragonfly requested her magnet dolls. This gave me enough time to get done what I needed to before we started on her trays for the day. Sorting shapes. I had intended on her coloring these shapes but she does not like the idea of that.
Dressing the snowman.
Biggest to smallest.
Tracing. Free drawing.
Art entitled: Its a Mommy!
Twig blocks. Practicing color matching and fine motor skills.
Counting links. I haven't laminated these or punched a hole in them yet so we just placed the links on each snowman. Dragonfly really had to work to get them together so I know this is a skill we will work on again. We also used this time to talk about greater and less than.
Dragonfly enjoyed gymnastics this morning and then joining mommy at the gym for a workout. We did stop by the Sun Journal before going to the gym so Dragonfly now knows where the newspapers in our city come from. Before we left for gymnastics, I set up Dragonfly's activities for when we returned. Today she worked on tracing letters and other lines. She refuses to hold the pencil/pen/marker the right way and for now I am letting it go. Then she worked on scissors skills. She is improving each day.
She did really well with putting the clothespins on the cup. She was really listening a couple days ago when I instructed her on how to open them and was repeating to me today what I had said. I love that she was listening!
She was very proud that she got them all on.
Then she moved onto counting. This activity required her to pick a number and then put the correct number of snowflakes around Frosty.
I must have worked her so hard today because she took a nap!