1John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2 Leaf Peepers

We cut up another worksheet yesterday.  We are recognizing the number two!
Something as simple as placing two items onto the table can help to keep the kids engaged. 
They counted them both.
After we attempted to write the number two, we created two leaf peepers.  They are peeping at us.  I was going to collect some real leaves to use, but went ahead and used some craft leaves instead to avoid crumbling.
We have been working on name recognition and those who are able are writing their names. :)
The leaf peepers needed smiles. ☺
I LOVE the use of two lines as a mouth.  It makes sense!  This leaf looks like it's telling a joke.
This was much more fun than just writing on a worksheet.  
On our way back from the morning bus stop walk, we couldn't resist collecting some of the newly fallen leaves.  I don't let the kids keep them in the house, so they have been storing them on the back porch for outside time.  They actually play with the leaves! 
Here is what I found.  The beautiful colors of Fall, aren't we so lucky that God created beauty on this earth?
I like to add them to the bucket.
♥♥♥Happy Wednesday!♥♥♥

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Never Enough Cookies

We are learning what the letter Bb looks and sounds like!
The kids glued bits of several worksheets onto their papers and followed simple directions.
Can you decipher the letters that were drawn?  I usually circle the ones that were completed by the kids so the parent knows which ones they did.  The others are often letters that I helped them to draw, either by guiding their hands or drawing it for them.  The circled ones are genuinely 100% drawn by the child.
Smudge has continued to corral the kids into their hand washing line for three preschool days in a row!  We love it!
The rain is planning to return this week, and we have our rubber boots outside, ready to be worn.
Lately, we have been watching the spider that spun this beautiful web.  It always has a bug.  If you can't see it very well, click on the photo for a larger view.  The spider itself had just retreated to a hiding place, but the web is always here.
The veggie garden is looking tired.  We don't have any edible cobs of corn this year.  Believe it or not-- I grow corn every year with the idea of using it for decoration in the Fall.  Sometimes we actually get corn to eat, sometimes not. If we do, it's considered a bonus. 
She was showing me the giant flower!  All of the Mammoth Sunflowers are blooming right now!
Meanwhile, I had a craving.
Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cups flour
Cream butter and sugar until smooth.  Add everything else except for flour. Mix well.  Add flour until smooth.  You can either refrigerate or knead with flour to make the dough smooth enough for rolling and cookie cutting.  I just throw the bowl of dough into the fridge between rolling so that when i need more dough, it is cold.  It rolls out very easily when cold. 
Bake 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees and cool on wire rack.  They turn out well at 7 minutes.  Frost with cream cheese icing and sprinkle whatever you want or nothing at all.  These cookies are the bomb!
I'm glad I have groups of kids to help me eat them because I don't want to be alone in this house with those cookies.  I could eat the entire batch.  Yet I continue to bake and bake and bake.  There are never enough cookies.  How are you all adjusting to the school schedule?  We are plugging along and things are about to get busy.  Ladies Bible Study starts tonight and I'm looking forward to that.  Our Life Group Bible study will begin soon and Adam and I are REALLY looking forward to that! Adam will be coaching Aiden's soccer team AND Ethan's basketball team.  My husband is awesome. And handsome.  That's right, Love.. I'm talking to YOU.  He reads my blog every day.
♥♥♥Happy Tuesday!♥♥♥  

Monday, September 15, 2014

One Fall Leaf

It really doesn't feel like Fall here is Western Washington.  The temperatures have been in the low to mid 70s, and today it will be in the mid 80s.  I am looking forward to the change in weather that will arrive mid week.  The sunny weather hasn't stopped us from celebrating the changing leaves.  Fall doesn't officially arrive until September 23rd.  We spent some time tearing up paper for our one Fall leaf on Friday.
Because we have been doing this more often lately, it is becoming less challenging for the kids to do it themselves.  Especially with concentration tongue! (Love it!)
I traced a leaf onto the paper for each child to fill in with their torn paper pieces.
They worked steadily to fill it in the best that they could.
The result was one beautiful Fall leaf!
They were careful about the stem, trying to tear a strip of paper to fill it in.  I outlined the leaves in metallic gold glue.
I love the way torn paper art turns out!  No matter what, it is always pleasing to the eye and takes enough time for the kids to be really proud of their work.
This completed our two weeks studying the number one! 
♥♥♥Happy Monday!♥♥♥

Friday, September 12, 2014

Finger Paint

Our use of oil pastels continued yesterday.
It's that time again!  We have to create a tree for the upcoming season!  I love the way oil pastels look.  They are so bold and easy for the kids to use.
I always to try to get them to use "just one finger" when we fingerpaint.  It rarely happens that way. :)  There is something fun about getting paint all over our hands.
Paint the tree for the third or fourth year in a row. :) They just look so beautiful and I can't help but repeat this project.  When we learn about the changing seasons, we take a look at the trees around us to try to determine what season it will be.
This is a great project to mix the colors together.
They painted until they felt the trees were complete.
Beautiful!
We are learning what an orchard is.  
She is still loving the cash register.  I think she is as intrigued by the shopping cart, too. :)
I remember when this one was a newborn, it's so unbelievable to see how big everyone is getting.
♥♥♥Happy Friday!♥♥♥

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Let's Find A Circle!

The little table has been a great spot to set out some manipulatives in the morning for some free play.  The kids enjoyed the wooden puzzles yesterday.
Of all of the puzzles in the history of Henle House, the fishing puzzle has always been the favorite.  The fishing rod has a magnet on it that "catches" the fish.  It's great!
The kids also love a big book during group time.  We don't do anything different with it, just reading it on a larger scale.  They still enjoy it more!
Since we have been talking about circles, the kids have been working on noticing things around us that are circle shaped.  We began with a worksheet that I thought was boring, so once we colored some of the hidden circles on it, we got up to move around.
We would move to one area at a time around the house and look for anything that was circle shaped.
They caught on pretty quickly.
It's much more interesting for preschoolers to learn while up and around!
We have an amazing sturdy shopping cart outside now!  I paid $5 at a yard sale, and was really thrilled to find it.  Can you see what she is pushing around?  The cash register.  I will see how many days in a row I can capture her with it.  She loves it so much that if she ever leaves Henle House I will let her take it with her.
♥♥♥Happy Thursday!♥♥♥
On a somber note: it's 9-11.  I'll never forget how late I was to work that morning because I couldn't walk away from terror of the towers crumbling on live tv.  Praying that my children won't experience the terror we all felt that day.