February, 2012

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Upstairs Hallway, Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Slightly more detailed.

  • Sweep floor
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap wood floor
  • Windex & dust mirrors
  • Polish wood furnishings
  • Dust/Vacuum radiators
  • Straighten books
  • Straighten shelving
  • Go through cabinet at end of hall, straighten, purge
  • Wash curtains
  • Windex insides of windows
  • Dust baseboards

Stairwell, Spring Clean

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Pretty easy!

  • Vacuum stair treads
  • Dust baseboard
  • Dust railing and spindles

Downstairs Hallway, Spring Clean

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

This area won’t be too bad to spring clean either!  Hey things are looking up!

  • Wash front door curtain
  • Windex door window
  • Sweep floor
  • Dust shelves
  • Put away any winter wear we aren’t using
  • Dust pictures
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap the wood floors
  • Dust/vacuum radiators

Living Room, Spring Clean

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

This is probably one of the easier rooms to spring clean. So I think this is where I will begin!

  • Wash the inside of the windows
  • Wash the curtains
  • Vacuum/dust window sills
  • Wipe down woodwork around windows
  • Wipe down doors (there are 2)
  • Straighten & dust bookshelves
  • Dust and straighten mantle
  • Thoroughly vacuum
  • Maybe do a little furniture rearranging
  • Vacuum furniture
  • Polish wood furniture
  • Put more of John’s board books away
  • Dust all picture frames
  • Dust/Vacuum radiators
  • Wash our “cuddle up” blankets

Spring Cleaning, Revisited, Again

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

In years past I have utterly failed to finish spring cleaning.  I’m talking about one of those deep down cleaning to the very core of the house.  Sure the house gets cleaned…but we’ve lived here almost 6 years and it is time for a good honest cleaning.  And I want to finish it during Lent so that when Easter arrives it feels like the house has had a resurrection too!

So I think I’ll make a list of each room, list the cleaning projects and get busy since I’ve already allowed a week of Lent to lapse.

Theme of the Week: Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

It is Dr. Seuss’ birthday this week.  So we’re keeping it easy and doing some Seuss stuff.  We’re reading Seuss books, making green eggs and ham and maybe watching Horton Hears a Who.

Theme of the Week: Clouds

Friday, February 24th, 2012

We had a cloud week.  We just started our theme-of-the-week schooling, but we had a good time integrating it into our day.  We did several crafts.  We tore white paper and glued it to blue construction paper to make clouds.  I was also trying to explain that clouds can sometimes look like things, but that didn’t go over very well.  We glued cotton balls to blue construction paper in different shapes.  Read several books from the library about clouds, including a little science book about the topic we happened to already own.

There were some subjects we didn’t cover, but this was a first week of doing this preliminary type of schooling.


Theme of the Week: Introduction

Friday, February 24th, 2012

This week we started more formal schooling of John.  At his age of 2.5yrs, I’m not doing much; on purpose.  There are so many great looking worksheets and things out there, but I believe they overwhelm a child, stifle creativity, and generally are not productive.  So what I’m doing, like I said…at this age, is loosely doing themes around multiply subjects.

We’re doing a lot of reading, talking about the date and weather, science, fine motor, outdoor time, language and Bible story.  I’m trying to tie our theme for the week into each of those “subjects”.

Fish for Lent

Friday, February 24th, 2012

I really need better food ideas for Lent.  Ash Wednesday we ended up eating fish sandwiches at McDonald’s.  This evening I thought I had a good one, but it flopped.  I served stuffed clams, fish cakes, cauliflower, and seasoned tator tots.

It is tough to serve fish dishes on a budget.  We really like salmon, but WOW, salmon costs an arm and a couple legs to serve.  It is recommended to serve fish 2-3 times/week.  Sardines….maybe!


Other Australia Books for Preschool Age

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Koalas:  A New True Book by Emilie U. Lepthien

Kangaroos, Koalas, and Other Marsupials by Ellen Rabinowich

A Family in Australia by Rollo Browne

The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek by Jenny Wagner

Wombat Stew by Marcia K. Vaughan

Koala Lou by Mem Fox

Wombat & Bandicoot: Best of Friends by Kerry Argent

Waltzing Matilda by A.B. Patterson