Saturday, January 21, 2012

Not SNOW Much

Living in Mississippi seeing real snow happens maybe once a year if we are lucky! My poor sweet 6 year old, Brady, has been praying for snow since July, but today our temperature is 73 so I doubt he'll get it this year! Although we still pray for it everyday! :) Since we've started back to school we have been studying Creation for our Bible studies. Rylan has been learning about the letter S with a snow theme for preschool & was so excited when I found this cute devotional by 2 Teaching Mommies that tied the 2 together!

Our other printables came from Confessions of a Homeschooler LOTW. Rylan enjoys these activities so much! I honestly don't get the fascination with the magnet pages, but he loves them so I print them out & even made our own magnet pom poms for him to use. When we start a new letter I always go over the sounds & sing the sound songs we learned from LeapFrog & have him trace a textured letter with his finger.

Then he traces the letter using Do-A-Dot markers. He loves this too & has gotten very good at it! The next day he practices tracing various kinds of lines, curves, & shapes using pages I laminate & a dry erase crayon. I'm amazed at how well his handwriting has progressed! The next day I have him practice tracing the letter. He doesn't hold the crayon correctly, but he does an excellent job staying on the lines.

He really enjoys the different kinds of puzzles & matching games that come with the various packs I print. I'm really proud at how well he can differentiate between capital & lower case letters.

Rylan's cutting skills are still rough, but I think I'm going to give him smaller pieces of paper to cut to see if that will help. I constantly have to remind him to keep his thumb up. Please tell me he'll eventually get it! :)

Since we took our Christmas break Rylan all over sudden started saying 18 & 19 instead of 8 & 9, & he starts out counting like this, "1, a 2, a 3, a 4..." I have no idea why he started putting "a" before his numbers. It's really funny to hear; sounds like he's about to rock it out!

I print the number cards 4 to a page to save paper & ink instead of a full page for each number. I put the numbers in a circle & Rylan marched around counting in order 1-10, then I mixed them up & he had to jump to each number & called. He wasn't paying attention, but he did have fun jumping LOL! Our other counting activity we did was saying the number on the card, then Ry would have to count out that many mini-marshmallows to put on the card.

Of course he enjoyed counting them as they went into his mouth better!
Of course big brother Brady did too!

My sweet 1 year old Keller loves to color. This day he didn't take a morning nap so I put him in his high chair to color away.


Brady enjoyed practicing spelling snowman. He always asks to to the preschool packs with Rylan because let's face it, they look so cute & are so much fun. So when he finishes his morning stuff I let him come & do which ever ones he likes.

For our crafts, the boys decorated foam snowflakes with gold & silver glitter glue & then used letter stickers to put their name on them when they dried.

Then they cut out a snow man & glued him together on construction paper. Well, I cute out Rylan's, Brady did his own. Then they used a white crayon to make snow & more glitter to make the snow sparkle!

During Christmas I found this Magic Snow kit at Walmart & thought it would be fun to try. 

The boys did so good at following directions & measuring the powder & water! It didn't feel like real snow, just kind of looked like snow & the boys were pretty bummed, & so was I. :(

So instead getting our snow "fix" we went outside & played in the spring-like weather. Silver lining I guess :)

We also read some books about snow & winter, & the Resource Center carries these alliteration books based around each letter. They are so cute & so much fun! The boys LOVE them!

Hope you all have had a great start getting back into the groove after the holidays! If you would, please pray for a miracle & that Brady will get REAL snow this season! I believe in miracles & really want my fella to be happy!

Blessings!






4 comments:

  1. Wow, fun stuff for your boys. We do themed weeks like that also. This past week it was penguins. I know Family Fun online has a lot of "snow related" projects. The marshmallow snowmen are fun to make, and you get to eat those also.

    I wish I could send you some of our snow. We're in Montana and got quite a bit in a 24-hour period. Coming from California originally, we love the change. Anyway, it looks like your boys are having a blast!

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    1. Yep we didnt get much of a winter at all this year! Which was hard for my oldest who remembers when it snowed a couple of years ago :( Maybe next year??

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  2. Love your blog!!! Your boys are adorable! I have five children, three are sons. They are joys and LOUD! Definately different then schooling my girls :-) I pray you are blessed! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you so much! They are a joy!

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