September 26, 2014

Amazing Autumn Sensory Play for Share it Saturday

I am loving Share it Saturday already. It is so great to be able to check out what so many fabulous bloggers are sharing with us. This week I decided to feature some amazing Autumn sensory play ideas. If you've been around this blog for awhile then you know we LOVE our sensory play. I hope you enjoy these ideas as much as we did.   

A lovely Autumn Nature Bin from Dabbling Momma 

I'm loving this Fun Fall Sensory Bin with Pom Poms from Teaching 2 and 3 year olds

My kids would love this Clean Mud Apple Sensory Play from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Tiny Tots Adventures Diy Farm looks like so much fun. 

I'm all for 3 Dinosaurs Hands on Learning with Leaves

Our Autumn Sensory Play for the week
  No Cook Natural Cinnamon Play Dough.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

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September 24, 2014

Schooling the Little's with the Classics

I LOVE books! In fact, one thing you will find in every room of my house is books. I love many different kinds of books, but the classics... ahhhhh you can never go wrong with children's classics. So when I set out with all of my catalogs, and my notebook to figure out a schooling plan for this year, I kept coming back to great books and our love for cuddling up in one room and reading. Wouldn't it be nice for every child to hear and learn with the classics. 
Little B (6 years old) and Bells (2 years old)
Classics are tried and true books that keep people coming back year after year. Books that have been around for decades and probably will be around for many more years to come. Books that you remember from childhood and are still just as good or even better now that you're reading them to your children. Books like Caps for Sale(one of my favorites growing up), Corduroy, and Eloise Wilkin Stories (Little Golden Book Collection).  So to start off sharing what we have planned for the year we are reading through several of Sonlight Core A books and for Bells we got Core P 3/4. We have already finished several of the books and we absolutely loved them. A few favorites so far are Curious George, My Father's Dragon, and The Boxcar Children

We are also using Before Five in a Row (BFIAR) - We started rowing and have completed Blueberries for Sal, Goodnight Moon, and Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? I can't say enough great things about FIAR. I have used it for several years, and I don't think you can ever go wrong when you mix classic stories and multisensory learning.   
We are using Explode the Code with Little B for extra phonetic learning, and handwriting skills. 
For Math we do a lot of hands on living Math, and include Math in our BFIAR and unit studies. 
 All about Reading is AMAZING! We recently added it and it's really been great, I'll be sharing more All About Reading information in the future. For our family I have found that it works best when we have several things to work with. This way it breaks up the day and keeps everybody excited. The kids are happy and momma is happy. 
Spelling Can Be Easy When It's Multisensory

We really like Signing Time CollectionBooks, Cd's, and Dvd's. I will be adding to our language learning this year, by using books, games, and fun activities in other languages. I can't wait to show you the great things I've found for language.
Signing Time Online Dictionary: Learn ASL Signs!

Bells will be joining us for everything that she wants to sit in for. Which so far is everything. I have also made up some busy boxes with daily themes for her to explore on her own (I'll share those soon).

A few of the Unit Studies I have planned are Jellyfish which you can see part 1  and part 2 here.
Plants/Planting, Weather, The Little House Series, Anatomy, Animals, and the Frog Life Cycle.

For some it might seem like we have a lot going on, for others it might seem to be a laid back approach. For us it works.  Great books and wonderful educational activities are always around us. I'm a true believer that when I mix Montessori, Charlotte Mason, Reggio Emilia, Unit studies, and Delight directed/Free Range Learning into our life, we don't have to adhere to a strict schedule. Instead we have a lifestyle of learning all of the time.
I am not a teacher,
But an awakener
~ Robert Frost

If you would like to check out what the older boys (8 and 10) will be doing click here

Sonlight Curriculum


September 20, 2014

Night of the Moonjellies Part 2

Are you ready for some glowing sensory fun? I've found most kids love when things are glowing, they are drawn to the excitement of something bright and different. So get ready for crafts, great books, and activities your kids will enjoy! The best part is the kids will be having so much fun, they won't even realize how much they are learning.
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This Sensory play was such a great part of our Night of the Moonjellies activities. We actually did it twice already they love it so much.
Are your kids ready to play with moonjellies? This activity is so easy to set up. First you'll need a container to play in, this one is an under the bed container from Walmart. You will also need a couple of plastic grocery bags, and a few glow sticks. I added sea glass and blue food coloring to the water (optional). Glow sticks can usually be found at the dollar store and at Michael's craft store, but if you want to stock up for a great price I suggest getting them from Amazon
To make the jellyfish it is easy. First you want to put approximately 3/4 cup of water into the bag, add your lit up glow stick, then tie a knot (that is the round body) take the rest of the bag that is hanging and cut a few slits lengthwise for the tentacles. Put them in the water and you are ready for some play.

We absolutely love sensory play and try to make it a part of our weekly learning. Keep in mind that what you believe is play, is actually when a child is learning the most. Kids retain a lot more information when they are engaging their senses.   
We also enjoyed some under the sea activities from 1+1+1=1. We used our favorite color coded magnet letters  to spell out several "under the sea" words. 
I knew I wanted to add a fun craft to this week of learning, so we painted jellyfish. The kids painted a small paper bowl, and picked out ribbon that they wanted to use as their tentacles.  When the bowls were dry we attached the tentacles and hung the beautiful jellyfish in our window.  
Viola!!! Didn't they do a great job?!
These were super easy and so much fun. 

If you want to extend this unit out with other fun ideas, here are a few more suggestions of what we did. 
We watched The Magic School Bus On the Ocean Floor and The Magic School Bus Takes a Dive. We really enjoyed reading the books Under the Sea, Over in the Ocean, and Our Ocean Home. The older boys and I started reading and exploring Sarah, Plain and Tall.  

If you missed out on Part 1 with the Jellyfish life cycle and homemade jiggly jellyfish, you should definitely head over and check it out. You don't want to miss that.  

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Share it Saturday

I am so excited to be teaming up with several other bloggers for Share it Saturday. Share it Saturday will be a place you can come every Saturday and see all of the great ideas that are being shared from fellow bloggers. This link up is for anything kid-related, so if you are looking for kids activities, organization, parenting, kid friendly foods, you name it, you will see it here. I will also feature several posts each week that go along with a theme I think you will love.

This is so Exciting!!!!

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I would love for you to follow along on our Share it Saturday Pinterest Board. This way you are sure to see  many fabulous ideas.


September 19, 2014

Fun Fall Toddler and Preschool Activities

I can't wait to share all of these fun fall activities with you. I have searched for the best activities for your toddlers and preschoolers. We are talking everything from lovely activities in nature to the exploding apples and pumpkins. From sensory play to cooking with kids, Make sure you don't miss the AMAZING giveaway  because we have something very special to start your season off. 

No-cook Natural Cinnamon Play Dough

Apple Sensory Play

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