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

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Four Spiders & Halloween Favors

We are still counting to four.  We created four spiders that began with four thumbprints.
I showed them that the idea was to draw four legs on each side of each spider.  I spent individual time with each child and we counted to four over and over.  They were doing really well!
Using some metallic glue, we counted four eyes for each spider.
Gross!  Quick, I need a shoe!
It was pouring during our morning outside time.  We opened the door and had a dance party. :)
Meanwhile, I was preparing some Halloween favors for the kids.  If you have the large industrial size coffee filters, they would be ideal.  I tried to make the first favor using just one regular size coffee filter.
It only worked if I removed one of the candies, and it wasn't as fluffy as I hoped it would be.
I took it apart.  Why on earth would I want to short them candy?  No.
The second time, I taped two filters together like this.
They turned out much fluffier.  Ghostier.  Spookier.  Perfect for Halloween!
Smudge was caught in the rain yesterday, too.  I had to towel him off because of course, because he was soaked, he felt like snuggling.
♥♥♥Happy Wednesday!♥♥♥

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Duck The Rain

We are working on the letter Dd.  When I say "working on", that just means looking at it, saying words that start with the letter d, repeating the sound that it makes, recognizing it, and tracing and or writing it. 
I had a small group of three year olds yesterday who all did an incredible job tracing the letter D!  I could not believe my eyes.  They all had such control over their crayon.  I was impressed!  This is fantastic for three year olds. 
We left a blank space above our letters to create a duck.  Everyone had a turn getting their hand painted brown.
They glued on a head, duck bill, eye, legs and a feather. 
D is for duck!
"Duck", as in.."Duck the rain!"  This morning, we were thinking we could beat the rain at the bus stop and went out this morning without our umbrellas.  The rain won!  We enjoyed an invigorating run back here from the bus stop!  It was fun to get drenched, everyone was pretty happy about it. ☺
♥♥♥Happy Tuesday!♥♥♥

Monday, October 27, 2014

God Is My Strength

It breaks my heart that this isn't the first time I have blog posted the heartbreak that I feel about another school shooting.  I can't even muster up the eloquence to voice the feelings that are happening as I send my babies off to school.  We have had violence like this in our own High School.  As a mom, I'm worried sick.  As a Christ believer I can feel at peace. 
Ephesians 6:10  "Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might."
I've just got to remember that God is my strength, and that He goes before me and after.
♥♥♥Happy Monday!♥♥♥

Friday, October 24, 2014

Baby Food Jar Candles & Scones

My mother-in-law gave me a bag of baby food jars.  We have used baby food jars for two projects: shaking our own butter & candle holders.  If we had the lids for the jars, we would've made butter.  That's a fun project!  Just pour some heavy cream into a jar, tighten the lid and shake!  It will turn to a blob of butter.  Kids love that-- we have done that to represent the letter b.  Yesterday, we created Fall colored candle holders.
We have made this before, and I still use mine.  Baby food jars are the right size for either a tealight candle or a votive, and that makes me love them even more.  Warning:  once it's been burning for a while, it is very hot!  Make sure you keep it out of reach.  We turned off the lights to see how nicely it glows.
The kids each have a small cup with a mixture of Elmer's glue and water.  I don't measure,  but you just need to make sure that you have more glue than water.  The water thins it out.  The mixture should be very watery!  The kids then hold a tissue paper square into place on the outside of the jar, and paint it with the glue and water mixture to secure it.  This can take forever.  The goal is to keep the pieces as flat as possible.  That can be very difficult for a child to accomplish.  I usually make my rounds and help each child near the end to ensure ample jar coverage, and to try to smooth out the bulging paper blobs.
Set it on a paper plate or paper towels upside down to dry. 
I like to add twine.  To everything.  So I did.
I popped a tealight into everyone's jar so they can light it at home with mom and dad.  There is never a candle shortage in my house.  Need candles?   Pop on over to my Partylite Consultant's website and order some.  They can be delivered to your door.  I love Partylite because they burn smokeless, the melted wax does not burn skin, and they burn completely down to the end of the wick and leave no wax behind.  Even the White House uses Partylite.  If you do go online shopping-- check the clearance.  It's called "Online Outlet".   
 Meanwhile, it is pajama day at Henle House!  I finally have an excuse to wear sweats to work!  It's the best day ever!  I baked some scones.  You can find the recipe HERE.  They are amazing with coffee and sweat pants.
♥♥♥Happy Friday!♥♥♥

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Birds, Leaves and Cat Puppets

We were in the middle of group time, and something was happening outside the window that I couldn't ignore.  We took a closer look.
Click on the photo to get a better look, but there were a couple of birds feeding on the leftover seeds from the sunflowers.  I had recently pulled up all of the others, and left this one just for the birds.  We were glad to see that some of them stopped by!  We have also seen quite a few crows every day on our way to the bus stop.  Adam and I were watching a great documentary about crows and how smart they are.  Crows are one of three animals in the world who use tools.  (Chimps and elephants are the other two.)  Did you know that if you do something mean to a crow, the crow will recognize your face and tell ALL of the other crows that your face means bad behavior?  They will ALL respond to you accordingly and warn others of your presence.  Amazing!  They also have dialects with each other, and have a crazy amount of calls that mean different things. (Cat- person- food etc.)  
On our way home from the soggy bus stop yesterday, we gathered some leaves to bring back and take a closer look at.
I like to grab one that still has some green on it so the kids can compare the color change.
They took some time and just examined the colors.
These ones reminded me of fire.
Off to the table we went to create a black cat paper bag puppet.
The kids colored a large black oval onto the bag.  This would be the body.
I didn't take photos of the "building" of the cats.  The kids had some help.
We hadn't created a paper bag puppet in a while, so the kids had to learn what to do with their hand to make the puppet talk.
This is how they created the inside of the cat mouth.
We continue name writing with the kids who can do it.
We hung up some of the leaves because God makes art, too.
♥♥♥Happy Thursday!♥♥♥

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Number Four

Chippy practically had her little face plastered to the glass on the door yesterday, trying to get our attention.  She used to push on the cat door to get us to feed her.  
Smudge was exceptionally sociable yesterday, too!  In group time we are counting to four.
We are moving along through the alphabet to the letter Dd.
My little nephew came for a visit!  He was on the phone. :)
We had a pretty good dance party! 
The kids created the number four out of square foam pieces.  This was perfect because we are learning to recognize the square shape. 
I couldn't believe how much attention Smudge demanded.  He really was loving all of the extra petting, and even snuggled with me all night on the bed last night.  ( I survived a couple of random midnight head knittings.)
♥♥♥Happy Rainy Wednesday!♥♥♥

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Library Trip & Excellent Music

Look at my handsome Smudge.   Every day at group time, the kids have been placing this mat out for him.  If he is around, the mat is like a magnet that he cannot resist.  He stays until we are finished with group time, and then he moves on.  He's still my best beast.  I love everything about this cat-- even his bad moods.  
Raggedy Ann is still joining us at group time.  The kids know who she is now.  We are currently working on the letter Dd and the number 4, the color black and the square shape.
At the little table this morning is the Colorforms Silly Faces Game.  I like this for preschoolers because there is no reading necessary.  Just spin and build your face, one piece at a time!  The kids think this is so funny!
Yesterday was a strange day.  I had one small preschooler, and since the Children's Museum was closed (insert eye roll HERE) , we took a quick trip to the Snohomish Library.  We had the place to ourselves!  
I don't know about you, but I love children's books.  I try to get the kids to love them, too.  Every book is an adventure, a potential learning tool.  Today I have most of my brood back! 
♪Now playing at Henle House: "Cassandra" by Thomas Beregersen's album titles "Sun".  A child said, "Woooow!!!" about it.  He likes music.♪  This is a great classical album with such large atmospheric energy-- a piece of art.  You can download it HERE AT AMAZON.  
♥♥♥Happy Tuesday!♥♥♥