Monday, August 31, 2009

Q & R

Q is for Quail! We really didn't do anything else for Q, so we combined it with...

R for Rabbit! We also made a Rainbow by going through a bunch of magazines and cut out items of individual colors and then he glued them on in the appropriate areas on the rainbow. He did such a good job at it, and I really like how it turned out. I was expecting it to take just an hour or so, and we ended up doing it in 3 different sessions of 2+ hours each, so be prepared to spend a lot of time on this project! Also, have a lot of magazines on hand - this took about 10 magazines, and towards the end I ran out of Family themed ones and had to switch to fashion magazines, which led me to saying, "No, let's not put bras on our rainbow.." along with a bunch of other.. "adult" themed items..lol.


P


Wow, were really behind with our posting. Hopefully I can catch us up a litle bit today. For P day, we made a Penguin and read the book "Penguins, Penguins Everywhere!". I also came across this yummy recipe for Peanut Butter Patties over at Glamour Moms. Click on her link below to go see it - I strongly recommend it! It sounded like quite a bit of icing, though, so we cut the recipe in half for the filling part and still had some left over, so unless you like a lot of frosting, you could probably do the same!

Last, Jasey has been really interested in photography lately - he always wants to use my camera and go around the house and take pictures of everything that he can. Since it was P Day, we went on a walk to the Park and I let him take the camera along to work on his Photography. Below is a collection of what he has picked out to be his best pictures.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

O

Yesterday's (2nd) letter of the day was ..

O! Since we combined 2 letters in the same day, not many other exciting O activities happened.

Also since we did N and O on the same day, I combined all the books we read onto the same carousel. Ignore the "Q" sound box - it was the closest Amazon would let me get to an "O" ;)

N

Yesterday's letter was..


N! Can you tell what our letter is? We had to get pretty creative this week, but Jase is really having a lot of fun adding new elements to his letters lately! He's really doing good at all of his letters now, so we will probably pick up the pace and start doing at least 2 a day - especially when they are easy letters like O (which I will post in just a minute!).

If you've never been over to her site before, you should really check out Katie's Nesting Spot - we just won one of her giveaways for Chiquita smoothies and we are so excited, especially since I would have purchased this item either way, now we get a couple for free! Check our her blog at:

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

M

Yesterday's letter of the day was..

M! (oops! We are a little late in posting!) We "stole" this idea directly from -

No Time For Flash Cards

so I gotta give them credit for how well it turned out!.

We've never shown a picture of it, but we're taking all of our letters and making them into a border along the wall - here's how it's coming.

Halfway done!!!

For M day, Jasey made Muffins all by himself! All I did was Measure the Milk and put it in the oven when he was done - he stirred it all up and scooped them out into each cup - I didn't have to assist him at all! I was sure a proud Mommy!


Mmmmm!

Here's the books that we've read most recently -



"Marshmallow" wasn't at all what I was expecting, and was definitely too long to keep Jasey's interest the entire time. He really seemed to enjoy "K is for Kissing a Cool Kangaroo", however, and since it covers the entire alphabet, we can read it anyday that we want! Of course, we still have the favorites on hand and read them over and over and over.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Muffin Tin Monday - Making Faces with M's

Today's theme for Muffin Tin Monday was "Faces", so I tried to incorporate that with the letter of the day - M!

First off, there was Macaroni and Cheese with a Ketchup and Mustard smiley face (it's a lot harder to draw with Ketchup and Mustard than I thought it'd be! lol) Then there was Marshmallows, Maraschino Cherries, and Mandarin Oranges. I told Jase to use those 3 things to make any face that he wanted. Here's what he came up with -

I was so impressed that he did it all by himself, without any guidance what so ever!

He didn't like the Maraschino Cherries, but he ate everything else! I wanted our last picture to be a picture of a "Milk Moustache" face but he didn't want to be messy, so that didn't turn out :(

If you want to see what other households are doing for Muffin Tin Monday, click on this button!

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

Saturday, August 22, 2009

L

Today's letter is...


L! Jase had a blast putting a bunch of hair on his Llama. We also made some Lasanga, and Jase helped me put on the layers, and then Lime Sherbet for dessert.


As a non-L related trip, we went to go see some hot air balloons. Except, it got rained out, so we only got to see a few :( And most of those were tethered to the ground. Oh well!

Friday, August 21, 2009

K

Today's letter is...


K! We definitely haven't updated for awhile, but were back in action again! For snack time, we ate some Kiwi and Grape Kabobs (pictured below).



Our K books are waiting for us at the library, so hopefully we can get there tomorrow while they are still open to pick them up. After we got done with everything else, Jasey still wanted to do more crafts, so he got to pick between a Kangaroo or a Koala Wreath. You can head on over to http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/australia/maustraliaanimalswreath.htm for the instructions to it. I decided to use tissue paper instead of rolls of paper and I really like the look of it a lot more - looks just like leaves! Here's how ours turned out:

Let us know what you think! =] We love to get comments! (I'm not sure if anyone else was having problems leaving comments - I received an e-mail telling me that there had been some problems, so I disabled the word verification - hopefully this helps!)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tone Matrix


I wanted to share this excellent website that will fascinate both you and your children. It's called Tone Matrix and it's incredibly simple to use. My 3 year old LOVES it, and I've heard feedback from people even saying their 2 year olds can't get enough of it.


It's a simple 16x16 grid that you can click each square to light it up. Once the square is lit up, it will produce that tone, ranging from low (at the bottom of the screen) to high (at the top). Left to right determines at which point in the "song" this tone will play. It's so confusing to explain, so really - just hop on over and try it out! It takes any jumbled up piece of nothing and makes it into something you'd hear from a symphony. The link to this webpage is: http://lab.andre-michelle.com/tonematrix

Let me know how it goes with your little musicians!

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By the way, at the beginning to show Jase how it worked, I set up a "beat" for him, as you can see in this video. Then he draws a .. rocking chair. haha.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

J

Today's letter is...


J! An extra special letter, because it's the first letter in Jase! Jasey spent the weekend at my parent's house, so grandma and grandpa had to help him with his J activities. They made Jello Jigglers, Jack Cheese Sandwiches (I believe - did these ever get eaten?), and my favorite - Strawberry Freezer Jam! Jase was obviously a big help in making the jam...

Adding the Strawberries...

and then the Sugar...

Stirring it all up (two bowls at once!)

Pouring them into containers, annnddd...

All done! (Complete with his cheesey smile. It's impossible to get him to give a normal smile lately.) Best of all, you don't even need to get out of your Jammies to do it =]

---------------UPDATE:---------------


We went ahead and added a little more to our Jellyfish - it now has a face (a little hard to see) and some water to swim in!