Thursday, March 24, 2011

Princess Flower's Little Project

A friend of Princess Flower gave her this little kitty. She wanted to have a little house for her kitty. This is the little house that she made. The house includes a fireplace, bed, chair, and custom carpet.
PF's friend liked the house so much that she wanted a house too. So PF made a house for her friend's whale. The whale's house had a bubble tank, table, chair and a seashell bed.
I love her new project!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dinner Helper

Ladybug was a wonderful dinner helper. We decided to make our own egg casserole. Ladybug cracked all the eggs, measured the milk, crumbled bread, added cheese and ham and stirred it all together. I chopped up potatoes and placed it in the oven to bake. Ladybug served and helped clean up dinner. She was so excited to make dinner!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Princess Flower's Tea Pot

Princess Flower spent a couple of days in art class working on this tea pot. The spout was made by wrapping clay around a pencil and then attached it to the pot before removing the pencil.
She made it for her daddy. So sweet!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Protecting Paper Dolls

Dragonfly and I found Kai Lan paper dolls. Dragonfly loves Kai Lan and her magnet dolls so I thought these would be fun for her. I knew I had to do something so they didn't get ruined. I certainly knew I needed to when as I am punching them out of the book Dragonfly ripped one of the things.
So I decided to laminate each of the pieces and then add velcro to keep the clothes and accesories attached.

It took awhile to complete this project but it will be well worth it when she can play with the dolls for many years without driving her mother crazy by ripped them, spilling water on them or coloring on them.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Meet Frankie

This is Frankie. He is my twin hand man. Many kids at my school have one too but I was the first one to come up with the tongue sticking out. By Princess Flower.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Leprechauns

Ladybug and Princess Flower created leprechaun traps. Unfortunently they didn't catch a "real" one.

Ladybug's balloon leprechaun.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dinner Helper

The girls each have a night during the week that they help with dinner. I used to just let anyone who wanted to help jump in but that became to much and I was a little overwhelmed with where all the little hands were going. Now, I have more concentrated time with each girl to really teach them all that goes into preparing dinner. They help with cooking dinner, setting the table, and cleaning up. Here is Dragonfly helping make veggie soup. It was suppose to be chili but it absolutely slipped my mind to soak beans. Oh well, this is the advantage of a well stocked kitchen...we can just switch gears. Dragonfly did a great job pouring all the ingredients into the crockpot.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Being a Big Sister

I love my girls. I love that they truly care about one another and about teaching their younger sisters how to do things. Today my bigger girls had a half-day of school which I just loved. My girls came home and weren't exhausted. We were able to talk and get things done at home that we just can't do when they are at school all day.
During the summer, we are rarely found wearing socks. Well we prefer to go without shoes too! During the winter, its another story. By the end of the winter there are a lot of socks that need to be matched up. So we always take a day and sort and match up each of the pairs. This time Ladybug wanted to have the job. She took it upon herself to show Dragonfly which piles to put each sock in. They divided them into colors and then I showed Ladybug how to fold the socks together. It was so sweet to see Ladybug teaching Dragonfly. She was so patient with her and they had a good time together. This is how things should be, older sisters teaching their younger ones. This is why homeschooling is so important. It allows time for a family to grow together and support one another.
It has been hard to miss these experiences this year but I know we will be a better family by going through the challenges of this year. Summer will be extra special!!!

Off to See the Art Gallery

The girls were very excited to head downtown to see PF's art hanging in the art gallery. PF brought her friend along to see it too.
Pointing out her masterpiece.
PF's piece was in the color category. Here are the collection of pieces from her school. Hers is a version of the Starry Night.
Here is a pottery piece that I thought was wonderful.
PF was really excited by the dot art pieces. They all look really cool.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Celebrating Green

Today I based Dragonfly's lessons around the color green. She started with a green collage.
She still needs help cutting so I made lines for her to follow.
The finished product.
Blowing the green whistle.
I put together a bunch of green items for Dragonfly to sort.
Sorting with our special green tongs.
Green eyedropper fun.
I also gave dragonfly some spoons. I love that she realized right away that the eye dropper filled the caps much quicker.
Then she tried pouring from the caps into the bottle.
That led to stacking the caps.
Playing with minty green play dough.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

PF's New Piece

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PF loves the new song she is learning on the piano. Her teacher thought she did well today. PF is doing well learning piano and is loving it! She is flying through her current book.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Issues with Homework

I am not sure what is the best way to get homework accomplished. I prefer for there not to be any schoolwork after 2pm but that doesn't work well when kids schoolwork is controlled by others. Ladybug and Butterfly have a worksheets and a book to read each night. Butterfly also has spelling words to study. I am challenged each afternoon because LAdybug is demonstrating what my girls would rather do when they get home.

They are just plain worn out.

Princess Flower's Art


PF has art this week. Her teacher has a lot of extra fabric and she allowed PF to take some fabric home. PF had a plan and wanted to make an art board. I found a board for her when she got home and we covered it with the fun fabric she came home with. PF thinks it is eye popping! She is so excited to be able to display her art and not have it hiding in a notebook anymore. I am sure the board will be covered by the end of the week. Displayed now is a PF's version of Starry Night painted by Van Gogh. This is her favorite artist.

Dragonfly shows off her moves too

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Dragonfly thought the videos of her sisters were so funny that she wanted to make her own dance video. She also wanted to show off some of her gymnastics moves.

Snack Mix


Dragonfly went shopping with me for the few food items we needed to get through the week. She decided on yellow squash for our stir fry and pick out three snacks for a snack mix. (Pretzels, peanuts and raisins) When we got home she helped put the snack mix together.


Then we sat on the floor and rolled the container back and forth to each other to mix it up. She then got to measure 1/3cup of mix into a bowl and enjoyed a snack.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dance Moves

My girls decided to show me some moves they have learned/seen at school. They are too funny.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Activities for March

March is a fun month to remember how awesome it is to be Irish! Not that I think rainbows, gold, leprechauns, or four leaf clovers are really "Irish" things. I got a few activities prepared tonight. PF really wanted to help as well so I let her come up with some trays for her sister.

Sensory bin (PF made the rainbows)

Clover clothes pins

Clover counting
PF's sorting activity

By PF: Line the Four leaf Clover with beads. I great fine motor skill.

PF's color matching game.

PF's counting game. You can also match the numbers.

PF's Pot of Gold activity. First place a clothes pin on the pot then place the correct number of gold pieces into the pot.

PF's Letter activity.
I really enjoyed seeing how creative PF could be with these activities. I literally just put all the materials she could use out on the table and she went for it. Before I looked through all the pictures, I thought she was doing all counting activities but as I was looking through the pictures, I realized she hit on all the basic areas that Dragonfly needs right now. I love having creative children!