Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A: 9 months

Could it be that this little guy, in the past month, has expanded his palate from milk and popcorn to include liver and onions, peppers, apple cores, and ginger ale (just a taste!)? Could it be that he wiggles for Dad to pick him up and then gives him a big open-mouth kiss? Could it be that he has started walking? And added teeth 7 and 8?

He loves greeting the fish in the bathroom every morning, being outdoors, stroller rides, having "5 Little Monkeys" sung to him (complete with being bonked on the head), playing "Give me 5!", destroying mini-blinds, and sneakily pickpocketing phones while nursing.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

A: 8 months

  • favorite foods: milk, popcorn
  • favorite music: Baby Elephant Walk
  • favorite gadget: Dad's green disco laser
  • favorite bedtime: switching it up a little every few days to keep things interesting
  • favorite modes of transportation: hitching a ride with Mom, crawling
  • most common way to injure self: standing holding an object and then falling down
  • new features: 6th tooth
  • favorite game: Peekaboo
  • chase it yet fear it: Dad's quadcopter flying through the living room
  • why aren't you asleep right now?: "Pbl-l-l-lt"

Saturday, January 31, 2015

18 weeks of Kindergarten

We've been chugging along with daily activities! I have weekly charts of what we do, but I wanted to see at a glance what things we have done so far so I compiled it as lists. Maybe more interesting to me than to blog readers…

Here's what has been explored in the last 18 weeks, some things more in-depth than others:

Children of the Heavenly Father
You are Worthy
Praise the Savior Now and Ever
Let All Things Now Living
Come, Ye Thankful People Come
For the Beauty of the Earth
Joy to the World
May the Mind of Christ My Savior

Folk/Children's Songs:
Roll On, Columbia Roll On

Vos Story Bible: 
  Paul's Conversion (Chapter 64) through the end
  The Beginning through finding a wife for Rebekah
Leading Little Ones to God: Chapters 1-23
Misc. other story Bibles and review of Sunday School material

Ellerby Math Games (with cards, dice, etc.) 1-18
Miquon Math: 1st third or so (pages are not numbered traditionally) of the Orange Book
lots of everyday math: doubling recipes, telling time, calendars

Christopher Columbus (Ann McGovern)
If You Sailed on the Mayflower (Ann McGovern)
If You Grew Up with George Washington (Ruth Belov Gross)
A Book about Benjamin Franklin (Ruth Belov Gross)
The Yakima (Edward Ricciutti)
If you Lived with the Sioux Indians (Ann McGovern)
Pioneering on the Plains (Edith McCall)

Delightful Handwriting capital letters and almost through the lower case

Music Tree: through page 32

Every day Toby chooses a book or chapter to read. Sometimes we forget to write down what they were. We have recorded 82 books though that he has read himself, and when he gets to 100 there is talk of ice cream. The most recent book he read was "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs", and Malachi enjoyed listening to that after he convinced Toby to "read it LOUD" (out loud).

The Horse and his Boy (C.S. Lewis)
The Window in the Roof (W.G. Vandehulst)
The Magician's Nephew (C.S. Lewis)
The Last Battle (C.S. Lewis)

The best part is seeing Tobias (and also Malachi!) connections about things. After explaining the tax portion of a receipt for eating out, Tobias said "Oh! You mean like the tax collectors in the Bible who took everyone's money?" Kind of.

Monday, November 24, 2014

M: 3 Years

Happy 3rd birthday to Malachi!

Born with a little bit of turkey in his personality that shines through daily. I don't know anyone else who would concoct a medley of "George of the Jungle" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" for the occasion of grocery shopping.

Favorite things to do: singing, dancing, preschool, picking herbs

Favorite Foods: popcorn, spaghetti, and "all the foods"

Favorite Music: Army of Mushrooms, Raffi (especially Bananaphone), Pop Goes the Weasel, Rico's Pizza Restaurant

Favorite Books: The Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

Favorite Humor: Replacing a word of a song or conversation with "NOTHING." For example: There once was a man and his name was NOTHING!

Life Strategy So Far: "fake it 'til you make it" (though occasionally he will admit that he can't actually read)

Skills: Fwimping pancakes, putting toppings on pizza, finding his favorite songs on the computer, being gentle with animals, finding herbs for cooking

Tobias's favorite thing about Malachi: His jokes.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sound Investment

The newest member of our family was delivered last night! It sounds nice, has a much nicer feel than our previous one, and has walnut in the hammers (thought a certain woodworker in my family might appreciate that). Oh, and an anti-finger-slamming mechanism on the cover for all the little fingers that come for lessons!

It was a slightly overwhelming decision so I'm happy we got something nice enough that we won't feel like we have to upgrade again in a few years.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

K: 7 weeks in

We're partway through our 7th week of official Kindergarten for Tobias.
Currently we're singing "Let All Things Now Living" and Rico's Pizza Restaurant, as well as old favorites.

Last Easter we started reading to Tobias out of the Vos Story Bible near the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. We continued through the stories that came after that, and recently finished the book with stories of Paul's missionary journeys and John's visions in the book of Revelation. I have to say, Paul's visits to cities, stints in jail, and trials may have been a bit on the harder to understand side for Tobias. I did my best to explain the differences between governors and emperors, what it meant to be a Roman citizen, and more. He enjoyed looking at maps of Paul's trips and that he went to Rome (somewhere we have been).

After some waffling and testing various free things and samples, I "splurged" to purchase handwriting materials from Simply Charlotte Mason. For $9 and the cost of printing I now don't have to think about what comes next for handwriting, which is worth it. I never really liked those extra curves on the D'Nealian handwriting as a kid, so I went for the "plain" letters (how's that for a mature way to make a decision).

Malachi participates in singing, demands his own "maff sheet", and usually wanders away to the Duplos while we read.

We've also completed two weeks of ECHO, our homeschool co-op, which all the kids have enjoyed. 

I feel like we have a good routine going, although I have small moments of "I'm doing this wrong" panic, usually during moments such as kids crumpling up papers in frustration, or parked in front of YouTube "educational" shows in excess of what I usually allow.

Next I'm contemplating if and how to add other subjects; perhaps some more formal piano lessons and practice or Spanish.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Fall 2014 Rotating Meal Schedule

It's the first of October and I'm moving on from "how will I use up all these tomatoes?". We do have plenty of eggs again (thank you, Weasel, Kevin, Pecky, Frances, and Mudge) so I included egg salad sandwiches and an egg breakfast casserole to this menu.

I don't plan out breakfasts but Overnight Baked Oatmeal has been a hit with mix-ins such as blueberries and nuts, apples and cinnamon, and a rhubarb sauce. The kids like helping prepare it the day before; I keep it in the fridge until bedtime, then just let it sit in the oven overnight, programmed to come on around 7:00.

Week A
Soup and grilled cheese or bread
Hamburger Helper (from scratch)
egg salad sandwiches
breakfast (German Apple Pancake is good when we have lots of apples)
crock pot rabbit

Week B
Sweet and sour
Egg/sausage casserole
BBQ sandwiches (chicken or rabbit)
Macaroni and cheese
chicken and rice

dessert ideas: apple crisp with whipped cream, pumpkin bars, zucchini bread, pumpkin pies