1st Day of School!!!

It’s finally here, our official first day of school!!!! It’s also the first year I took official first day of school photos…

First Day Back to Homeschool

I am surprised to say that our first day went rather well. We had one little “episode” this morning but I handled it very firmly and we had NO problems after that. Compared to the first day of school last year, I am very pleased.

Here is our daily schedule…which is bound to change
You should be able to click it and enlarge. It is personal to us, so I can’t share a template or anything, but I will share that I made it in Excel and it works WELL, since it has all 4 family members on one. Ladybug fits in along with us, she doesn’t need her own row quite yet!

We followed the schedule almost to the minute and it went very well. Now, I am not saying the boys were pleased with the entire schedule, but for the most part they obeyed and had good attitudes. I honestly think they were ready to be back to a scheduled life, after such a long year of living differently almost every day!

We brought daily calendar time back as Krash enters into his transition year of Tot School. Calendar time is SUCH a great daily tool for young kids approximately ages 3-5. All kids can benefit from it, but I think it is most effective for these ages. Here’s what our set-up looks like so far…
I got the calendar from Oriental Trading a few years ago, it’s falling apart some now but still does the job! I made a folding board (got at Target) with the other stuff on it so I can slide it away easily. I will do a detailed post later with what we do and what is on it. Krash also has a special calendar time pointer (got at a teacher store), not quite sure what he was pointing at in this picture though!!! ;)

I am trying to have things to challenge both boys, here is one of P’s items, he writes in what day of school it is with a dry erase marker (it’s laminated), and will fill in the chart below…

We are also starting to create photo-learning books, starting with colors. I hope to stick with this. Today I asked K to choose a color on the board, he chose blue and then we went on a blue hunt around the house. I took a picture and made this 4×6 image in Photoshop to create an “I Spy” color book for them…
The boys haven’t seen it yet, I think they will be excited!!!! I am just going to print them and put them in a simple dollar store plastic album.

I am so thankful for our first day, for our family being well enough to even have a schedule again. After our year last year (for those of you new readers-my husband fought cancer and WON, and I was extremely sick throughout my pregnancy with Ladybug all last school year), a schedule is such a blessing. I am also thankful for my husband bringing back our morning family prayer time. You can see that we have it on our schedule before our day begins. It was nice, we even started a family prayer journal together. God is so good, I am so blessed!

 

Tot School ~ At the Beach!

~Krash is currently 40 months old~

It was a beach week for Krash and boy did he ever have FUN!!!! Here’s a recap of his fun filled beach week!!!!



He loved finding a little sand digger and holding it…

Loved chasing the seagulls…

We went to an amusement park and his bravery amazed us all!!!!

He rode many big rides, actually everything he was tall enough for…


He enjoyed a nice Japanese dinner and practiced his chopstick skills…

He made a car at Ridemakerz

He never quite overcame his fear of going under ;)

He taught himself how to get into his float like this…

He loved Pop Pop throwing him around like a crazy man!!!!

Daddy tried to teach him to swim without his floaties…

This was his move of the week, the “strong man,” he did this for anyone he met, it was hilarious!

He made friends with EVERY doggy he saw, asking the owner, “sir (or mam) may I pet your doggy please?” Talk about some proud parents ;).
My little plumber ;) practiced drawing shapes and letters in the sand…Oh I could just eat this boy up, he made our week so much fun, he is incredible!!!!We start our official school year tomorrow!!!! Stay tuned for a fun filled Tot School report next week to see what Krash is doing!

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… If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details- please do!!! Then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to MckLinky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

When you add your name(blog name) to MckLinky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (36 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!

MckLinky closes on Friday now, if you are a late-in-the-week poster, just add your post the following Sunday, so it will be seen by more people!

 

Tot School… or not.

~Krash is currently 39.5 months old~

So, I had some Tot School photos from our past week, but I loaded up my jump drive and left it at home, which is fine with me, I will add them to next week’s post! We’re at the beach for the entire week and this is the life of Krash currently…

Hope you are all having a wonderfully productive Tot School life, we are living it up at the beach and loving Homeschooling, for the freedom to be here when NO one else is!!!! I look forward to sharing the highlights of K’s week in next week’s post. Seeing him enjoy life just makes me SO incredibly happy, 3 is such a great age!

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… If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details- please do!!! Then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to MckLinky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

When you add your name(blog name) to MckLinky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (36 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!

MckLinky closes on Friday now, if you are a late-in-the-week poster, just add your post the following Sunday, so it will be seen by more people!

 

Friend Makin’ Monday ~ 20 Questions

20 questions

This week’s Friend Makin Monday is a fun “game” of 20 questions!

1. Do you cook every night?
Nope. My husband does the cooking. I know, I know, don’t hit the screen…I am aware how blessed I am. However I am in some serious prayer right now (that has been spurred by having a daughter of my own) about taking this responsibility from him as I am feeling led by the Lord (thanks Proverbs 31). The problem is, he used to cook in a restaurant and is really good at cooking. I on the other hand, am not.

2. What kind of laundry detergent do you use & why?
Charlie’s Soap…love it, great price and totally safe-a big key for me. We cloth diaper too so it’s perfect for the dipes and other laundry. I use a small amount of EcoSaver fabric softener in regular clothes loads. I get both at Wegmans, or Whole Foods.

3. Do you do laundry every day or loads at a time?
Everyday.

4. How often do you eat out per week?
Maybe once per week, if that. We are eating at home tons more now that we have 3 kiddos!!!

5. Where do you usually eat out?
Applebees is close by, we love the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday’s. Longhorn is nice and close…but our all time favorite as a family is to go eat sushi-even the boys!!!

6. What is your favorite retail store?

♥Target♥

7. What’s your favorite thing to drink?
Water, coffee.

8. Do you take vitamins? What kind?
Nope.

9. What percentage of the household chores to you do?
70% My husband helps out a lot, I am blessed. The only reason it isn’t 50/50 is because I am home more and handle all of the day to day stuff. He always helps with big things, like vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, etc. I am the organizer and picker-upper. I am also the 100% laundry gal, which is fine with me, laundry does not bother me at all.

10. Do your children do chores? {Or will they, did they, etc}
Yes. We use Accountable Kids, which has really helped a lot with this. Pac Man just recently learned to unload the dishwasher and I personally LOVE that he does this! He also does lots of other things.

11. Do you go to church?
Why yes, of course we do. We wouldn’t be very good missionaries if we didn’t, huh? ;)

12. Do you have a housework schedule?
Nope, I just do it. I tried Fly Lady but I just couldn’t do it. My house is pretty clean though.

13. Do you keep a working budget?
Not anymore, we did for a long time, but now we are just “trained” I suppose. We never spend more than we make and we have no credit card debt.

14. What do you do at night as a family?
My husband works away form home leading ministry 4 out of 7 nights and I am away 1 night, so that only leaves 2 nights at home together and we love it!!!!

15. How do you prepare yourself for a new week?
I just do as much as I can to be more prepared. How’s that for a generic answer ;).

16. What do your mornings look like?
Hmmm, in transition now. I am starting my new fall routine when we return form the beach mid-Sept. However, the main things: I usually get up before my husband, he then gets up and feeds the boys breakfast. I nurse Ladybug and get her dressed. I am on the computer for about 30 minutes or more if I get up earlier. My hubs leaves around 8:45am, then it’s me with the kiddos!

17. What time do you get up in the mornings?
Goal: 6 or earlier
Actual (many days): 7-8

18. What time do you go to bed at night?
Usually between 11-1

19. How do you manage all of the paperwork that floods into your household? {bills, school work, magazines, ads, etc}
I got a Neat Receipts scanner and I love it!!!! I got the 4.0 version from Costco. We also shred anything with our name and we recycle!!!

20. How do you keep your household organized? {calendars, charts, etc}
Computer mainly.

There ya go, I’d love to see your answers, join up here!

 

Tot School

~Krash is currently 39.5 months old~


Learning Toys/Trays…

This was K’s least favorite tray this week, although I thought it was pretty snazzy. I made him a file folder game with paint cards from the local hardware store!!! Frugal Tot School Choice! I put little Velcro pieces on them so they wouldn’t wiggle.

He loved playing with his new wooden blocks, which were a cheap consignment sale find!

We used his ZOOBSto sort by color and style. He really enjoyed this! We built an airplane too, his favorite thing to build!

Feelings Theme…

We read the book, How Are You Peeling?, in honor of our Feelings Theme. After reading the book, we did this great file folder game, sorting the fruits and veggies.

Krash played with his Kimochi Cloud

He worked with his new Feelings Tot Book

ABCs…

I finally decided on Mickey Mouse for Mm! I printed up little Mickey’s from a clipart site and gave him a whole bunch of them.
He is really good at gluing with just one dot now…
His finished Mm, he lined them all up and told me they were all friends!

Tot School Organization…

I have made a change to the way Krash is doing Tot School, and it may change again soon (I am always adjusting as I see a need). This week, I began with a full shelf of trays like this…Usually I just let him play with something, then put the tray back, and go back to the same item again. Now that he is older and eventually he will be transitioning into Workboxes (a ways off still), I wanted him to get used to completing all of the trays offered. He still chose which trays to do, but when he was done, he took them off of the shelf…I had him stack the empty trays (which for some reason he really loved), put the work in the basket, and then look to see what he could do next. We kept it like this until he completed all of the trays, which for him was a few days. Then I surprised him the next morning with all new trays!

He seemed to really like this and it helped me make sure he was working with all of the trays.

Life School…

Playing with his sweet sissy…

His first time on the camp waterslide (where we go for our summer staff retreats)…

Crazy times with Daddy at camp…


Mommy’s Favorite…

I love this shot of K, which was taken the hour before we left camp. He was WORN OUT. I love how he has his little head all curled up on his beloved blankees, and how his sweet little legs are laying…

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… If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details- please do!!! Then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to MckLinky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

When you add your name(blog name) to MckLinky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (36 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!

MckLinky closes on Friday now, if you are a late-in-the-week poster, just add your post the following Sunday, so it will be seen by more people!