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St. Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Feb 14th was the feast day of St. Valentine.  We “celebrated” by having a special dinner and putting out a few special decorations.

I made a pretty little garland from some glitter covered cardboard hearts and some pink ribbon.  I bought the hearts at the dollar store for…$1 (duh) and I had the ribbon already.  So a lovely little decoration for cheap!

For dinner, we had a heart-shaped meatlaof, mashed potatoes and broccoli.

John and I made Valentine cards for Daddy too.

John at 3 1/2

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

-loves playing with small construction vehicles in a 9×13 baking pan filled half-way with cornmeal

-relentlessly bothers the 17-year-old cat, who is dumb enough to keep coming back for more

-wishes like crazy that his plastic tools were real

-still takes a blissful 1-2 hour nap everyday!!

-loves to sit on our laps for stories

-can’t hold a pencil, paintbrush, crayon, marker properly for his life…still uses the fist grab

-will taste and eat just about anything placed before him (THANK YOU, LORD!)

-loves being tickled and wrestling with his Daddy

-enjoys putting together puzzles, with his Mommy

-enjoys watching Curious George

-is a wonderful, happy, bright, little boy




Booklist: 3 Year Old

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

This September we will become a home educating family.  Very casually at least.  I’ll begin doing a little more formal and planned schooling for John than I’ve been doing.  In January, I’d started doing some more formal stuff, but John just wasn’t ready.  He turns 3 in August so ’tis time.

In doing my planning I’ve come up with a list of books that I want to have readily available for his viewing for the year.  It is a list of books that he can “read” anytime.  We’ve used a large basket for his board books in the living room since he was born, but I think we need to switch to a small bookcase he can easily access.  Right now he’s got a huge bookcase in his bedroom with all “his” books.  I’m envisioning a set of books he can easily access and enjoy in the living room and use for schooling.

So here is my list for 3 yr old preschool:

101 Things to Do With a Baby (Jan Ormerod)

A Child’s Garden of Verse (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Aesop’s Fables (illustrated by Milo Winter)

Beatrix Potter series

Billy’s Picture

Blueberries for Sal (Robert McCloskey)

Brer Rabbit (Joel Chandler Harris)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? (Bill Martin Jr.)

Caps for Sale (Esphry Slobodkina)

Carl Goes Shopping

Carl’s Afternoon in the Park

Carl’s Birthday

Carl’s Masquerade

Carl’s Sleepy Afternoon

Carrot Seed (Ruth Krauss)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin Jr)


Ferdinand (Munro Leaf)

Good Dog, Carl

Good Night, Moon (Margaret Wise Brown

Greedy Python (Carle)

Green Eggs & Ham (Suess)

Grouchy Ladybug (Carle)

Guess How Much I Love You? (McBratney)

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harry by the Sea

Harry the Dirty Dog

Home for a Bunny

Itsy Bitsy Spider (Trapani)

Katy No-Pocket

Kitty’s New Doll

Little Book of Poems (ISBN: 0307681424

Little Cottontail (Mamling)

Little Engine that Could (Piper)

Little House (Burton)

Little Red Hen (MCQueen)

Lost in the Woods

Make Way for Ducklings (MCCloskey)

McDuff and the Baby

McDuff Comes Home

McDuff Moves In

McDuff’s Wild Romp

Millions of Cats

Miss Rumphius (Cooney)

Mitten (Brett)

Museum ABC (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

No Roses for Harry

Noah’s Ark (Spier)

One Morning in Maine (McCloskey)

Ox-Cart Man (Cooney)

Peepo (Ahlberg)

Play with Me (Ets)

Poems and Prayers for the Very Young (Alexander)

Poky Little Puppy

Polite Elephant


Real Mother Goose (illus Wright)

Richard Scarry’s First Word Book

Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book

Saggy, Baggy Elephant

Shy Little Kitten

Stone Soup (Brown)

Story About Ping (Flack)

Stranger in the Woods


Story of Little Babaji (Bannerman)

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Taback)

Very Best Home for Me

Very Hungry Caterpillar (Carle)

Very Quiet Cricket (Carle)

We Help Daddy (Stein)

What do you do with a Kangaroo? (Mayer)

Winne-the-Pooh series (Milne)

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”.

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

One Woolly Wombat by Rod Trinca & Kerry Argent

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Great for reading to young children, especially when studying Australia.  It is a counting book featuring animals of Australia.  Maybe talk about how the Australian animals differ from locally found animals.  Field trip idea too to see any Australian animals at the local zoo.

Cute Kangaroo Poem

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

When studying Australia or kangaroos etc.  Here is a cute little song for little people.

Poem and next to it, the actions.

Jump, jump, jump                                  Jump

Goes the kangaroo                                  Jump

I thought only one–                              Hold up one finger

But now I see two!                                 Hold up two fingers

Mommy and her baby                          Wiggle thumb between index and middle finger

With his head popping out;

He holds on tight                                 Pretend to hold on tight

As they jump all about!                      Jump all about

Ocean, in Miniature

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Fill a clear plastic, two-liter soda bottle (or other vessel) halfway with tap water.  Add a few drops of blue food coloring and shake gently to mix.  Fill the rest of the bottle with vegetable oil, leaving no space for air.  Cap the bottle tightly and then, tilt it slowly back and forth to see miniature waves roll and crest.

Idea for National Week of the Ocean, studying waves, ocean etc.