Tot School & Tiny Tot School: Letter Hh

Last week the Tots were learning about letter Gg for Goat so I carried out the Farm Theme with the Tiny Tots as well. I have lots of Farm Materials so we had plenty to keep us busy.

Monday was a holiday (Memorial Day), which made this week a short week. The Tots focused on letter Hh for Hippo. I don’t really have a theme for Hippo so we focused on a different Hh word each day instead. The Tiny Tots did some activities around some of these words as well.

Here’s how it went down:

Character – Right now I’m just reading a Bible Story every day to the kids. The Tiny Tots’ Bible Story Comes from First Bible Stories for Boys, and the Tots’ Bible Story comes from The Little Golden Bible Storybook. Starting next week, I’ll be working on Character Concepts with the Tots.

Language (Focus Words) – Hippo, Hh, Heart, Horse

Small Objects – Hippo Beanie Babies, Rubber Hippo

Writing – Harold the Hippo Coloring Page, Paint an H, Free Coloring on a Heart, Paint a Horse
The Tots also did a House Craft made from the letter H, a Helicopter Craft with Hh’s on it, and glued Big and Small Hippos to the H they painted.

Math – Count 2 hippos, Baby X Count App

Reading – (Nothing Hippo or Hh related)

Technology – (A new area I added this week) ABC Magic App – I was impressed that the Tiny Tots could repeat some of the phonetic sounds they heard.

I’ll admit this week was more difficult for me to plan for because I really didn’t have a common theme to work with, but it was also a short week because of the holiday which made it okay. My tot was absent one day, so we had to fit in his school work on the final three days of the week.

I didn’t take many pictures this week, but today Ryce Man put a ring on the peg for the first time all by himself so I was pretty proud of that, and here is a picture of him finger-painting a horse.

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I’ve searched the web and found some things to help me plan better for the Tiny Tots. The Tots have been learning letters with Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool, but since my tiny tots are only 11 months old, I don’t really think letters are what they need to be learning first. We’ll be focusing on one color and shape at a time, but we’ll also have a monthly focus as well. I’ll share more with you in next week’s post. Have a great weekend!

Our Organized Homeschool: Intro. to Organization

Being organized is one of my passions. Classrooms, Nurseries, Play Rooms, and Homeschool Rooms are some my favorite spaces to organize, although two of those I’ve never had the opportunity to organize in “real life”, only in my day dreams and doodles.

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I worked as a preschool teacher so I was able to organize the classrooms where I taught. I also designed, decorated, and organized my son’s nursery this past year. It is constantly changing as he grows and becomes more mobile. We don’t currently have a space that I can devote to a be used as a Play Room or Homeschool Room in our home. This means that our “Living Space” has to have a dual purpose and be all the more functional.

I don’t think you would be able to tell that I operate a home daycare if you came to my house, unless of course the children and all their toys were out and about. That’s how I want it to be. Sure, you would see the two shelves on my book case that I’ve devoted to display the thematic toys for the week, but all of the toys and activities are tucked away and organized in cabinets and storage pieces. I bring them out and rotate them so the children don’t lose interest, and my home isn’t a hazard of toys to trip over (of course, sometimes this is unavoidable during play times).

In this series, you’ll see how I keep our homeschool organized. You’ll also see how I plan each week’s activities and how I store things not in use. Hopefully, you’ll see something that inspires you like I’ve seen so many times from other homeschool moms.

Day One – Intro. to Organization

Day Two – Storing Supplies & Resources

Day Three – Storing our Activities & Toys

Day Four – How I Store our Weekly Activities

Day Five – Planning, Displaying, and Notebooking Completed Work

Photography: My Baby is Turning ONE!

I’ve said before that my goal is to be a well-rounded wife and mother. There are many things I would love to know more about or someday learn to do including my piano skills, learning to sew and monogram things, and gardening. I don’t really want to be a professional or even sell my services in these areas, just to be able to do for my family and for gifts. A few things that I already know how to do well and do for myself are organizing, interior design, cake-baking, and photography. I don’t think I’ll ever hire out for any of these things, unless I just really don’t have the time. This weekend, we took a little photo shoot of my little 11 month old to use for his party invitations. My dad is an excellent photographer, but I ended up stealing his camera to take most of the photos myself. I’ve found that with my little one, I can get the best photos by following him around as he explores and plays instead of trying to pose him for pictures. Here are a few of the shots I captured.
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Β Let’s just say that choosing my faves was NOT an easy task! I was so proud of the results we got with these.

Making the Grade

There are certain areas in my life I want to make sure that I ace. These are the areas in my home that I want think of as top priority so that they always come first, before all of the everyday, mundane things get in the way. A few years ago I led a small group of ladies in our church. Each week we discussed different aspects of the Proverbs 31 woman, but we also kept everything in perspective because sometimes we, as women, think we need to do EVERYTHING, and we really don’t. There most certainly needs to be a balance. Choose 1-3 things to work on if you like, but don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to be perfect.

A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has a reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life Β long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with the money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberated with other city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise;
“Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!
Proverbs 31:10-31 (The Message Version)

My Top Priority Areas where I Want to Make an A+
1. Appreciating my Husband – submitting, respecting, loving, and showing him how much I appreciate him and what he does for our family; always speaking highly of him even when he isn’t around to hear it, never giving him a reason not to trust me
2. Spending Quality Time with my Children Teaching them 24/7 – I can focus all I want to on their academic education, but if I miss those Life Moments where I teach them with my actions and make memories with them, I’ve missed it as a mom. I want to be encouraging, nurturing, and speak positive things into the lives of my children.
3. Managing our Home with Excellence – Daily Activities, Finances, Cooking and Meal Planning, Education and Academics, Extra-Curricular Activities, Church Activities to name a few… I want the main functions of our home to be easy to carry out because we maintain a balance of order.
*You may be shocked that I didn’t put anything about spending time with God on this priority list. My idea is that he doesn’t need to be a number on a list. God influences and is a part of EVERY part of my life. He consumes the entire thing and doesn’t belong on a list in my opinion.

My home isn’t going to be perfectly clean ever. I’d like to keep it generally tidy, but I’m okay with making a B in this area. No, my house won’t be dirty and gross, but it won’t be sparkling either. I’m okay with taking a B in this area to make an A in my top priority areas. I’m also not as crafty as I’d like to be by making clothes, gifts, and gardening. Maybe I can focus on these aspects of the Proverbs 31 woman later, but for now I’m okay with taking a B in these areas as well.

What’s your list? I’d love to know the areas you’re working on making the grade in your own home!