Tot-School/Prek Valentines

A bit delayed but better late than never, I guess….here is a peak at some of the Valentine fun we enjoyed!! It is a tradition in our home to make chocolate covered strawberries… and this was the first year that I did not do most of it myself. Pumpkin took charge and did a great job ๐Ÿ™‚ she is my little chef in the making.

K. Bear is being introduced to the kitchen basics as well….or should I say she is our professional taste tester??!!

Pumpkin in deep concentration as the dipping begins…

Some of our random ‘school’ projects for the week were as follows; a little heart lacing project for Pumpkin.
K.Bear had her first lesson in sorting…we did several sorting activities throughout the week using a heart ice cube tray from Target. K.Bear had a blast with these giant tongs… ๐Ÿ™‚

Pumpkin is an old pro at sorting at this point but she still enjoys doing ‘tray’ activities. After all a little extra help/practice with fine motor skills never hurt anyone…

What Valentines would not be complete with out the “party”? This year we enjoyed a very informal party (no fuss style) with our homeschool co-op. It was very nice!! The kids all brought their decorated boxes and passed out valentines. We also did a sticker exchange instead of ‘candy’ treats. Our lesson for the morning was on “heart health”. Even little K.Bear can tell you where her heart is now and Pumpkin loves to make her heart beat fast & slow.

We did not let the kids open their “prizes” from their friends until they arrived home. Pumpkin sat on the floor looking at every card, sticker, and treat in her special mail box. K.bear found the only sucker in her box , ripped it open, and began to eat it!!!

Happy belated Valentines from our little school to yours!!

Some PreK Fun

I wanted to share a few of our recent projects we have done over the past couple weeks at ‘weeexplorers’; most of them have to do with the letter “Ff” as we used that as our primary focus letter for our first week ‘back to school’. Pumpkin knows her letters and sounds but we are now changing gears a bit focusing more on writing the letters. We are using Hand Writing Without Tears…which so far I am really enjoying!!

Our hand print fish came out super cute….my only advice on this one is plan ahead because you have to wait to do each step!!
1) Paint hand and stamp it
2) Let dry and glue eyeball on
3) Color/water color some water for your fish to swim

Pumpkin is exploring with our HWWT homemade mat board and ‘pieces’ complements of my dear friend Andi ๐Ÿ™‚ We have been taking the letters very, VERY slowly because Pumpkin tends to have the ‘I know how to do this’ attitude when it comes to writing. The girl loves to write but she does not want help…which makes mommy a bit crazy at times. I try to be patient and make it fun so that the letters are formed correctly. Patience, patience, patience….

What “Ff” week would not be complete without gold fish? Pumpkin had to sort and count each color before she ate them ๐Ÿ™‚

We also made “sun catcher fish” these came out absolutely beautiful if I don’t say so myself. I simply cut a fish pattern out of contact paper and the girls attached little tissue paper squares. Super easy!! Pumpkin helped me glue the eyes on and then we hung them for all to see!!

Hope you enjoyed our intro to PreK….much, much , more still to come!!

1st Day…back to homeschool!!

O’wow!!! What a road it has been over here the past few months!! However, I am so excited to say that Pumpkin is officially done with preschool!! You are probably thinking…what? Well, after a good month of battles off and on about her not wanting to go …it was officially decided “she was done!” and I was even more DONE!! ๐Ÿ™‚ For the remainder of this school year and at least next she will be homeschooled for prek and Kindergarten. The school thing is just not for her and quite frankly after trying it 2x’s in 2 years Im not so sure it is for our family.
Pumpkin (4), KBear(18mo), and Peaches (8mo) loved their “First Day of Homeschool” and so did I!! Complete with circle time, tot-trays…lesson plans..O’my!! I have been busy I have lots to share ๐Ÿ™‚

Below are a few pics. of some of the recent homemade things that we have done not in any particular order..K.Bear enjoyed painting with ice (good clean fun).
Pumpkin LoVeS letters and sounds so I recently made a file folder game using an alphabet strip from the dollar store. I simply cut the strip apart and glued the uppercase letters to the folder. I then laminated the lowercase letters so that she could match them again and again.

One of K.Bears favorite things to do is put pop-cycle sticks in the coffee mug she can sit for the longest time doing this (shocking!!!) she is one busy little girl!!

and life would not be complete without some pudding painting over here…we practiced writing our letters in the chocolate and then maybe she licked her a fingers a few times too!!!

Hope you enjoyed some of the inexpensive things that we have done recently and Im looking forward to sharing many, many more of the fun things that we have been up to lately!!