Tuesday, September 1, 2009

(Lack of) Cozy Book Corner

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I have been tyring to find some special "reading nook" in our house since my kids were born. You know, a secret little cozy corner with cute kid-sized chairs and a bakset of books. Somehow, it just never works out and my kids always end up here in this oversized chair that gets moved all over the house because it doesn't really fit anywhere. It is pretty cozy!

My favorite part of reading in our house is our "nonfiction" section. All (okay, almost all) of the books are labeled and the kids are always taking (and putting back) books off of these shelves. This system has saved so much of the "Well, I know we have a book about that somewhere.....", proceeded by tearing apart all the bookshelves to find that one book!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up - Konos Style

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This was our first official week homeschooling! We are studying Attentiveness ala Konos. We learned all about the ear....

Then found some parts to make our own crawl through ear.....

Enjoyed some lunch in the ear.....

We also made some signs for our Attentiveness unit study. If it ever stops raining here (actually, I am very grateful for the rain right now) we are going to take our signs outside and make an obstacle course for the powerwheels.

It was a great week. We (okay, mostly I) learned a lot. I have a whole list of changes to make this weekend!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Chore Charts

I am a HUGE fan of having kids help out around the house. Every few months, I come up with some new system and I really like this one. Around here, anything works for a season and then we need to have some new twist to make it fun again. Our Race Track is loosely based on Vicki Bently's Everyday Family Chore System and Accountable Kids. Basically, each child has three "checkpoints" and once they reach a check point, they put a sticker on a chart. After they earn 25 stickers, they get to go mini golfing with Dad.

The great part for me is that I don't have to remember who hasn't brushed their teeth, put on their clothes or had breakfast. I can just ask, are you at Check Point 1?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Draw IT!

This is a fun little reading game that both boys can play together!

I wrote several words on index cards, Dylan reads them silently and then draws the word. Nathan gets to guess what he is drawing. I am excited to try out all the variations of this game!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Chompers

Every picture I have of Logan looks like this. I think this kid has never stopped teething.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Old Claypots, Meet Old Craypas

I wanted to use up the last Craypas in order to justify opening our shiny new craypas that I bought at ICHE.
Decorating clay pots with craypas or oil pastels is awesome! The colors stay bright even through rain (and snow).

The Reading Tree

Dylan is excited about The Reading Tree we made last week so I thought I would share. It really has him motivated to read independently! I told him when he read 30 books and put 30 apples on the tree we could go visit "the RAT," also known as Chuck E Cheese. (I'm excited about the reading....not so thrilled about the rat.)