Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Year Two: Week Eight: Home Is Where You School

“But we are all fortunate in one way or another. The task for most of us is to identify in what way that is, would you not agree?”
~The Importance of Being Seven (2012)

Oh what a wondrous time is was! Traveling, seeing friends and family, being back on our home land! And now, it's back to work! Still fun work...but work, none the less. :) Let me tell you a small tale of our travels and where we are now. 

Thank goodness for cousins! We spent our last days at home with family. The best part was watching these two get some quality time. I hope they have a special bond that lasts a lifetime. 

 After we said goodbye to our family, we made our way East. Right at the halfway point, we stopped at our good friends' house. They have three boys so our sidekick fit right in. He didn't want to leave his "brothers" that's for sure!

After all that fun, we finally made it to our new home. The tree was one of the first things up. We may have been living amongst boxes, but we were going to have some holiday spirit!  

This was our first Christmas where he started to get the idea of Santa. He was so excited to see his presents Christmas morning and simultaneously mad that Santa ate the cookies. I still count it as a win. :)

After the holidays, my growing sidekick started a half-day pre-k program. He loves our homeschooling but he wanted to play with friends, as well. So, I signed him up and off he went! He loves it, of course. 

As for our homeschooling, I have definitely cut back. There just aren't that many hours in a day to do everything that I really want to. But, we get some good times in and we're still pushing forward, so that's what matters.
Up first, snowflakes! He picked his black paper..don't judge! ;) This was some good cutting practice that we hadn't done in a while. 

 Marshmallow Math! My inspiration came from here. Still love my Pinterest ideas! 

Found this fun little game on Amazon. Here's the link: Amazon Penguin Pile-Up. Whether we play together or he plays alone, he really likes it. 

We made snow slime! He loved the idea of making said slime, but when it came to touching it... not so much! Ha! The idea came from Growing a Jeweled Rose.  

For some fine motor work, I got these tweezers from Amazon. They are great for little hands! 

One of things I did, while preparing to start schooling again, was make these busy boxes. One of the best things I ever did. I have seen different posts around the Internet about similar things but, these are my own. We have 5 boxes. He can choose one at any time, pick an activity in the box, and then he's good to go! They are all activities that he can do on his own. {We all need a little alone time, right?} In one box we have, of cutting, lacing, and a bowl of rice for searching with cups or tweezers. Box two has wooden toys (train set and a castle building set). Box three is full of art supplies (painting, color books, colors and papers galore). Box four is puzzles of all sizes and difficulty. Finally, box five has matching games, number cards and other memory activities. 

I think we're off to a good start! See you back soon with more of our adventure!

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