Tot School ~ back to normal!!!

I am SOOO happy to say we had a normal Tot School week this week!!!! I got up on Monday morning determined THIS would be the week I would feel better and it was!!! I seem to only be facing normal pregnancy issues now, praise God!!! Our week was filled with lots of fun Tot School time, here’s some of what we did…

This was Krash’s first exposure to Lite Brite, I thought he would love it…he wasn’t all that thrilled!
He was VERY into lacing this week, I found him a few times playing with these after our initial time together early in the week. We soon got out his tractor and other animals so they could all ride along…We played with our Magnetix (similar to Magneatos) and Krash worked on his own for quite some time.We got back to working on our ABC notebook and he had a fun time coloring his Cc page with markers…he loves markers!He did this entire ABC Puzzle almost on his own this day, I was so impressed!I often make Tot Books before I ever give them to K so I have a few saved up. I decided to bring out Thomas and see if he’d like to do some of the activities! To my delight…he did! He colored the entire train book and worked with some of the other parts! He played with our great Noah’s Ark Shape Sorter toy a lot and he finally learned that the animals go in specific places. His favorite was the elephant, he kept putting him in and out!

We have been reading a lot this week and he really likes this pumpkin book we have…Pumpkin Faces
He played with his Pattern Blocks Puzzle set…
Starfall was a HUGE hit with Krash this week, I think he played it everyday! The great part is that Pac-Man is very patient and will sit and do the ABC portion with him, letting K choose the letters.
K has a big collection of Disney Cars and he added the Mac truck with the street racers to it this week (thanks to an old Walmart gift card we found). We could probably get rid of all of his other toys and just have these and he’d be fine. He loves these cars! I love that he is often found counting them!!! We do lots of fun learning with his beloved Cars!He asked me to get out the Travel ‘N Doodle Matagain this week…
The best learning moment for K this week was probably learning to use the drill with Daddy!!
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Homeschool Memoirs ~ 10 Timely Facts

I have unfortunately skipped the past several Homeschool Memoirs posts due to being sick, but I thought this was a simple one to try to get back on board weekly!

Here’s 10 facts about me you may or may not know…

  1. I am 12 weeks pregnant right now, with our 3rd child…planned by God :).
  2. I am an only child.
  3. I have a dream to know how to sew as well as my wonderful Mommy, I just can’t seem to muster up the patience, I get too frustrated.
  4. I love Little House on the Prairie and have probably watched close to 100 episodes since I have been sick for weeks with my pregnancy!
  5. I live in a rough inner city neighborhood, an American mission field. We have lived and served here for over 4 years now, with no plans to leave. We used to live in the suburban south…big change. :)
  6. I do not cook, my great husband does! He used to be a chef so we are blessed. I wish I cooked better and more, but am thankful that I don’t have to!
  7. All of my babies are born by c-section due to my oddly shaped uterus which causes them to be breech, this will be my 3rd one coming up, and probably our last.
  8. I would love to have tons of children, just not the pregnancies…I absolutely hate almost everything about being pregnant-except the joy that comes at the end!
  9. After becoming a Kindergarten teacher after college I went on to fulfill my other dream…to be a photographer. I went back to school, learned, practiced and developed/owned a children’s photography business with my best friend before moving to Philly. I miss it but love my life more now!
  10. I love having 2 boys. I am excited if our next child is a girl but with the other 2 we desperately hoped for boys…and got them! We are both going to be 100% thrilled either way this time as we think a little girl would bring us all so much joy. We also know that another wild boy would just add to the fun! Hopefully we’ll know at the beginning of December!

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I’m Back!!!!

I wanted to wait a day to write this so I could be a bit more sure, but I do believe I can officially say I am on the mend!!!! We did an entire Tot School morning yesterday AND today and Pac-Man and I even began a new lapbook yesterday as a way to get back to the fun part of school. For so long he’s just been completing the basics, I figured it was time to do some child-led learning for his sake. He was THRILLED!!! His choice…

Earthworms!!!

Lovely. I was excited to see him excited about learning again, I think he really needed a lapbook! I said to him, “wow, you are behaving beautifully with your work today…” he said, “that’s because we’re doing a lapbook, I love doing lapbooks!” :)

We got this great pre-made (free) lapbook from Homeschool Share, and began with a few of the mini books yesterday. We also began the writing portion, with him dictating a worm story to me and me typing it in on our Starwrite program for him to trace over to work on his cursive.I can’t say enough great things about the Startwrite program, it is wonderful and I find myself using it almost every day for him now.

It feels good to be back, although I am really lacking on the energy, I don’t really feel sick much during the day (it kicks in still in the evening though), so I can be with my boys. Thanks again to all of you for prayers and kind emails and comments, sorry I am so behind with replying to most of them :(. I am trying to get caught up!

Tot School

For those of you keeping up with baby #3, I am now 11 1/2 weeks along and am recovering, slowly. I have still spent most of my week in bed, with family here to help (PRAISE GOD). I am having a few good hours per day and still spend many laying in bed feeling horrible. I am very hopeful that as I cross the 12 week mark this week things will continue to look up. I plan to try to get back to a somewhat normal routine on Monday, for the mornings at least.

My little guy had a great week and although there aren’t many photos to show, he had a blast. My husband’s wonderful parents, (Nana and Pop Pop) were here for 4 days and were of course-amazing.

One of the fun things they did was take the boys to Ride the Ducks-a land/water tour of Philadelphia. Here’s Krash with his duck whistle-they said he loved it!!!

Krash spent some time impressing them with his Tot School skills-they always love to see how much he has learned since they saw him last. We did lots of things together, but just have one picture of K and Pop working with ABC’s on his new Travel ‘N Doodle Mat. This thing is great, we love it! Krash enjoyed some fall playground time too…I am so blessed to have a wonderful family who take such great care of my boys when I can’t!

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Tot School

Our week began great last Monday and around 11 am I went downhill. I have been in bed (or at the toilet) pretty much since then. Krash and I had a fun Tot School morning together last Monday though…

I finally put new batteries back into our Little People A to Z Learning Zoo Playset and he was amazed that it made noise! He’s always played with it without batteries and loved it. It says the letter names and animals names and sounds, it’s great! He asked me to read this great book with him, I love snatching up bargain books at Marshalls, TJMaxx and stores like that!
Finally we got out Automoblox, I broke them all apart and he built this entire car on his own with no help. Then he played for a LONG time with it, putting the wheels in and out of the back compartment. I love these cars!!!
My wonderful Dad “Baba” is here this week (he got here on Monday right after I got sick again). He is AMAZING and has been Super Baba all week as my husband has had an insane work schedule. My Dad does it all, meals, YMCA gym class, dirty diapers, bedtimes, playtime… everything. I don’t know how we would have survived this week without him. He’s still here and we are so thankful! I happened to meander downstairs for a drink one day and found them playing and working on colors with our peg board. Thankfully my camera was sitting right there!

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If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…

GO HERE 1st for more details, then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email). Provide a link back somewhere in your post to this post so your readers can see other ideas too!