The Didj

Our son Pac Man, who is soon to be 7 knows many kids that own a Nintendo DS. Of course, he wants a DS. Well, for many different reasons, we have NOT given in to this trend for a couple of years now (he’s been asking that long). First, we don’t like the idea of him *lost* in a little hand-held world and also we don’t like the idea of him wanting something just to have what everyone else has. There are a few other reasons, but those are the main ones.

Well, knowing how much he loved his Leapster L-MAX, we decided to look into the older-kid version of this, the LeapFrog Didj. We liked what we saw (and the price) and got it for him recently. It was one of those spontaneous LOVE gifts (perfect for our theme this month :). He was ecstatic!!!

He loved how grown-up it looks and that it is similar to what he wanted. We LOVE that is is educational too! It hooks up to my computer and I can download skills onto it that appear in the games he plays. So far we only have the game that comes with it and I was able to adjust the math skills he has during the game. In the spelling games, I can put in his exact spelling list! Here he is setting up his little character, there’s also a *store* where he can *buy* upgrades to games as he earns points.We are very happy with our decision so far, so is he! If you have a kid like mine, it might be worth looking into. AND, check your going-out-of-business Circuit City and see if they have any first, we got ours there and saved a bit!Krash doesn’t know it yet, but he’s happy too because now the LMax is entirely his! He is a bit too young for it, but Pac Man got it when he was around 3 1/2 and loved it for years.

Tot School

~”Krash” is currently 33 months old~

We are still in potty-training mode around here so I set up an area similar to this each day for Krash. I set out a soft blankee, strip him down to his booty, put his potty seat in there and we play all morning long! You can see some of his Tot School tools on the floor around him. In this shot he is watching Leap Frog – Math Circus-he has just begun to watch this one. His little area often ends up looking like this…He grabs every pillow he can find and he lives up to his bloggy name…KRASH!

In honor of potty-training, we are still being blessed with some unique outfits, and though this shot has nothing to do with Tot School, I had to share it with all of you moms of tots! :) He was playing Nerf Dart Tag with his big bro, and let me tell you-Daddy and I were rolling with laughter watching him run around like that!He stacked his bears for a LONG time (I can’t find these online anywhere, but we have these too that he loves)He spent some table time cutting and coloring. He still loves his little dollar-section Buzz Lightyear notebook!We played pound the letter, first he chooses a letter and we find it together in the alphabet puzzlehe gets it part-way put in…then he POUNDS away as he yells out the letter…obviously his favorite part!He’s still not very into our Learning Wheels, mainly because he thinks the clothespins are too hard. So this week, I put them all on and yelled out a color for him to pull off. He liked it much better.We also had lots of fun instrument time. This particular day he was exploring sizes with them-trying to see what would fit into his little Jamaican drum!I snuck up on his quiet play time-which I believe is part of Tot School…letting tots learn to entertain themselves and play on their own. He was very focused on getting a tiny helicopter hooked up to a truck so the helicopter could “fly it.” I love watching what he comes up with on his own!Snow finally came and K got to build his first snowman with his Dad and brother!And he got to participate in a great snow fight (Daddy won)!

Finally, here is a book, A Silly Snowy Day, that is VERY special to Krash right now. Daddy read it to him one night, from our *winter books * collection we have out right now, and K fell in love. He now sleeps with it, carries it around almost all day, and asks us to read it right when he gets up and before sleeping and any other time he can get us to read it! He’s never really had a book that he has loved THIS much, it is sweet to see! The best was the other night when he went to sleep reading by a little glow light he has. Later Daddy found him asleep with his face in the book :). This is also a special pic because surrounding him he has his other current *loves* …his blankee, his Shamu, and his dolphin…he was reading to them in his little reading corner!

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Let the copying begin…

It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had not properly prepared my son for copying straight out of a small-print Bible…oops. He brought me yesterday’s copied verse (which was slightly overseen by Daddy mostly) and let’s just say I wasn’t all that impressed :). I have had him copy before, and we’ve worked on it, I just didn’t give enough thought to the fact that this Bible has smaller print and that’s tough for him to manage.

So today we got busy together, and I figured out a few ways to help him out. First I got out one of my recipe book/picture frame holders and stood the Bible up in it for him, so he could glance upwards instead of down at the table.I then got out a mini-sticky note and helped him put it under the verse he was working on. We also added a colored tab with an arrow that he could move if he felt lost, showing him what word he was on. He did this for a few words and then didn’t even need to move it. Our word today was “truth” so I added the truth page to his notebook, along with the Love page from yesterday. So far he has copied one verse per day but he has lofty goals of trying to do 2 or more per day…we’ll see. He is excited to earn money to show love and is pretty sure he wants to send the money to our sponsored child in Rwanda, Albert. To help him reach his goal, I made him this chart to color in as he completes verses, I think the visual will help keep him motivated. If you’d like to use this, I added it to the page in PDF form to download here, it’s in the original pdf link, I just added it at the end (a blank one and this one we’re using).
Ours is in $1.00 increments, as Pac-Man is earning 50 cents per verse, and I am trying to encourage him to do 2 verses per day, to reach his personal goal of $20-40. Hopefully we’ll be able to color in one space per day!

** Here’s my first post about this, in case you missed it!

i heart faces ~ Week 4 Eyes…

I didn’t have a recent shot I really loved showcasing this week’s theme…EYES-until today! It was snowing here and the boys went outside for just a minute. As always, I had my camera. Pac-Man’s face was all hidden behind his coat hood, leaving just his smiling eyes peeking out for me to see!


(tech info: f 4.5/320, Canon 40D, Canon 28-105mm lens, ISO 1600)

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LOVE is in the air!

Over at Totally Tots, the Bible Bites theme for tots is LOVE this month. Since I have a tot and an older child, I wanted to tie the theme in for Pac-Man too. You can read Laura’s great ideas for tots here, and here’s how I am adding to our month for Pac-Man…

Each day when one of the boys pulls out the heart for the day, we will do the tot activities Laura suggests and try to use the word over and over again all day to teach it to Krash.

For Pac-Man I have created a notebook with blank writing paper in it and sheet protectors to hold each special page, they look like this… Throughout the day, Pac-Man will have an opportunity to look up Bible verses related to the word of the day to fill up his LOVE notebook. I did not include all of the words, only leaving out a few-on those days he can go back to the LOVE page (I listed many verses for the word love-see above image), or to any other word he hasn’t completed all of the verses for.

At the end of the month Daddy and I are going to give him a set amount(probably 25-50 cents) per Bible verse he has copied. He must use the money earned to show LOVE to someone else. He can buy them something, give the money to the church, give the money to our sponsored child, or any way he can think of to use the money to spread love around! I told him this morning that he would become rich by filling his heart with God’s word and he will bless someone else’s life by using the money he earns to show LOVE.

I made a page for each word I chose, with a list of Bible verses for him to choose from. You can see them here in PDF form if you’re interested. I realize there are many more verses under each category, I tried to choose the ones I felt would apply to his age and comprehension the best. He will be using his NIrV Adventure Bible for Young Readers to look them up. I am going to allow him to go back on some of the days, since there are more days than words, so we won’t be *paying him* until the end of February. Daddy and I might even surprise him with a gift of love at the end, depending on his attitude-but we’re not telling him that so his attitude will be genuine!

I will get some action shots of him working on his notebook throughout the month and certainly do a follow-up post to let you know how it’s going!