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Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 4

We had another great Christmas fun day!! You can see our 10 Days of Christmas Fun plans here, this is Day 4!

The favorite activity of the day was definitely “Delicious Decorations.”  We made ornament crackers and also made Christmas trees using our cutter from this awesome set.


I was the most thrilled that Krash consumed lots of veggies without making a big old fuss about them!

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They both liked Roll a Reindeer, except Krash doesn’t like not knowing the correct color.  He doesn’t like much coloring freedom, everything has to be just-so!  The boys used one of our new cubes, and our printables from Education Cubes.  They LOVE these!!!IMG_6733


Krash is working hard on his ABC tracing book, and we enjoyed putting them all in order!IMG_6735


He loves the letter finding trees.  Such a simple activity to reinforce his lower case letter ID…IMG_6737


Working on the word MaryIMG_6739


We put our “cookies” into our cube and rolled a picture before placing it on our cookie tray.  This made it much more fun for Krash who wasn’t at all impressed with my beautiful cookie matching game.IMG_6743

Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 1

Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 2

Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 3

Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 4 {this post}

Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 5, 6, & 7

Tot School ~ Christmas Fun!

~Ladybug is currently 20.5 months old~

We have had an interesting week since returning home from our Thanksgiving adventure. Ladybug had her MRI this past Thursday {you can read her medical journey on my Lil’ Ladybug blog}, but other than that she participated in our Christmas Fun week.

My Canon 40D is off being repaired so I hated that…but it is officially on the way back to me and I am thrilled!!!!

On of her favorites was our Christmas Sensory/Imagination Bin…

IMG_6480She was thrilled when she found a necklace in it!!!  She puts I on almost everyday now!!IMG_6472


She also really loves our easel {ours is from Ikea} and draws almost daily!!!

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Her new favorite is standing  up and playing the iPod while it is hooked into our speaker/docking station.  It rotates so she can play her games and she will stand there and play! Her favorite iPod game right now is from the Tickle Tap set, the one called “Field Flier.”  She also really loves the Baby Piano.IMG_6646

One day I found her like this, all curled up in our new Giant bean bag chair, playing her favorite IPod game!IMG_6481


She still loves to dress the magnetic dolls and now will often get some of the clothing in the right spot!IMG_6693


She REALLY loves our new blocks which we have to go with our new Education Cubes membership.  Ladybug enjoyed stacking them when she found me loading them with learning stuff!IMG_6702

I loved seeing her as a part of the mix with the boys Winking smile

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She also really loves our Christmas booksIMG_6651


Moms Favorite

I have a few favorites this week probably because I am a little emotional about our little bug due to her medical issues.  I am just soaking in her sweetness in a big way.  I love the thumb shots, she still happily sucks both-but only when she is tired so it’s not a big deal yet.  I love her new amber necklace too.

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I love her little gingerbread outfit…  IMG_6600

This cracks me up!!!  Pac Man was so proud because he got her to wear the santa hat and he took a picture of her ;-)  She looks so funny!!!!




See Christmas Gift Ideas for Tots here…Gift-Ideas..4

More Tot School Links…

Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

Ladybug’s Journey…

IMG_6661-2We have had a lot going on behind the scenes that we have chosen not to share publicly until now.  Our little Ladybug has been going through a bit of a medical journey and we finally have made it to a point where we feel led to share.  I will be sharing about Ladybug and her journey on my Raising my Lil’ Ladybug blog and invite you to jump over there if you feel God lead you. 

We share mostly because we know that it is God’s story and God often uses His stories to reach others and offer encouragement to other believers.  We share His story as it unfolds knowing that He is in complete control.  You can read the first post about her journey here.

Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 3

We had another great Christmas fun day!! You can see our 10 Days of Christmas Fun plans here, this is Day 3!

Just so you don’t think my kids are always engaged in meaningful, well planned activities, I show you this proof…IMG_6615Yup, I woke up in a bad Mommy-mood and thought it would be best for all parties if we just started our day with a movie.  I chose “The Small One” which is a bonus feature on this Mickey Mouse DVD.  We have read the book a ton already this season so they all enjoyed it!  I personally enjoyed my coffee and the peace and quiet.

We then dove into the sensory bin and within about 20 minutes our neat schoolroom looked like this…IMG_6617


We also did some planned work too! Krash is really enjoying his coloring, which is something Pac Man would have HATED at this age.  I LOVE that K loves it!!!!IMG_6621Awhile into his coloring he showed me this…IMG_6622

He had reorganized his entire bin so he could find them all.  I was in mommy–is-an-organizational-freak heaven, and oh so proud!!!


He colored a picture of Minnie Mouse to give to Ladybug for Christmas…IMG_6624He was so proud and is SO excited to give it to her.  We laminated it and he had me write her name on the back and tae a picture of Ladybug to the back.  He is so funny!IMG_6625


He worked on the word stable

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He traced his Christmas lettersIMG_6632


We read J is for Jesus and matched up Candy Cane ABCsIMG_6636


We made candy cane craftsIMG_6639On his own, he sorted the beads so he could see them!!IMG_6641Then completely on his own, made a pattern for one of his, do ya think he was proud?!!?IMG_6643


Ladybug slept most of the afternoon but was a very happy participant when she woke up.  She is especially fond of our Christmas books and climbed right up into our red bean bag {how Christmas-ey} and dove into her book on her own.  Yup, she melts my heart.IMG_6651

Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 1

Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 2

Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 3 {this post}

Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 4

Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 5, 6, & 7


See more Christmas Fun Ideas…

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Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 2

{Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 1}

We had another great Christmas fun day!!  I am even having fun putting these posts together and know they will be fun for the kids to look back on one day. You can see our 10 Days of Christmas Fun plans here, this is Day 2!  I didn’t take as many photos today but still caught some good moments!

I drew an outline of a Christmas tree on our easel and didn’t say a word when the kids came into the schoolroom this morning.  It didn’t take long for Pac Man and Ladybug to begin decorating it!!  They both love the easel.IMG_6567


We had fun playing together with the animals and baby Jesus.  I included Pac Man by challenging him to remember how to spell each number word after Krash counted the animals!IMG_6576After counting, K began drawing some cute people 😉IMG_6578


We marble painted yesterday and today it was time for glitter!  I showed the boys how to make tree decorations with glue and glitter and they both loved it all!

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Krash did an amazing job coloring his #2 page today, I was blown away with his coloring and tracing of the #2, this kid loves to color!IMG_6597


We worked on our beginning sound cards too, and Krash did much better than I expected {although this wasn’t his favorite activity}IMG_6599

Another fun day for us!  We didn’t get to all of our activities today but that’s OK, we had a great time with what we did do.  I am trying to remember that marking things off a list is the least of my concerns…having FUN with my kiddos is my concern!


See more Christmas Fun Ideas…

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