Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The game was to put two rocks (one white, one black) in a bag. If Lizard picks a black stone, he gets his home back. All the animals try to tell Lizard to be careful because Snake will put two white stones in the bag. Lizard wasn't worried because Snake boasted that he "never makes mistakes!" As soon as Lizard picked out his stone he threw it in the river before anyone could see it. Snake figure he won the game, but Lizard said, if the second stone is white, then my stone must have been black and I win, but if the second stone is black, then mine was white and you win. Of course, since snake put two white stones in, so the second stone was white and Lizard won his home back.
As I was reading the book and seeing the blank stares on my girls, I quickly grabbed two clear stones and a dark blue one (it's what I had handy.) I grabbed a little bag and I demonstrated the game and the trick. Now, this was still all over their heads, but they did sort of get it, way better with the demo than with just reading it. And they had a LOT of fun pulling the rocks out of the bag to guess the color... over, and over, and over and over.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
My girls love chicken wings. I've flavored them up a few different ways, but these balsamic glazed ones are their favorite. They each ate 5 of them tonight!
It's a really touching story about sharing. To make it a bit more real for my girls, the second time we read it, I got out my big pot, their little pot, three rocks, a spoon and a bunch of food from their play kitchen. As we read the book, we kept adding adding vegetables until the pot was teeming over with food. We talked about the small pot with just water and rocks and how by sharing it turned into a big pot enough to feed all their teddies, bunnies and other stuffed animals (the villagers...)
This would make an AWESOME playdate/ preschool activity, assuming of course there is a stove available. Every kid brings a few vegetables/ingredients and they make lunch together. I may have to see if I can coordinate my next playdate around this theme if my friends are willing. I wonder how else I could stretch the lesson? Or maybe the play kitchen version was enough. It was very spontaneous which is how I usually roll!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thank you Alex for such wonderful gifts!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Izzie: OH NO! It's DARK in here.
Maddie: Yeah, our lamp isn't working!
Izzie: What happened? It must have died.
Maddie: NO. Lights don't die, trees die if they don't get enough water!
Izzie: Well this light is DEAD.
Maddie: Lights don't DIE, they burn out!!!! (I'm trying to emphasize the passion behind their words.)
Izzie: Well, maybe but this light sure isn't ON right now!!!
And then off they went to go play.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Sure enough, after their show, Izzie asked if she could cuddle with me for a while. So we piled up on the couch and had a big cuddle/discussion. We decided to spread smiles instead of frowns and to start we'd go clean up the family room. This time around the clean up went super fast and pleasant so we went downstairs to play and learn. We did our Circle Time activity which the girls and I both have so much fun doing. We talk about the days of the week, the date, the months, the weather and sing a few songs. We read a short book that focuses on a letter sound (today was the short "e" sound.) And we finish with the Pledge of Allegiance.
After Circle Time, they got out their playdoh and ended up playing for an hour and half! I wanted to do a lesson before lunch, but my sister, who is a Montessori teacher suggested that when the girls are really into an activity to let them play it out until they are done. So I tabled the lesson and just let them have fun with the playdoh. They were making cookies and ice cream cones for Teddy and Bunny. Afterwards they helped me clean up without any issues and we had lunch. After lunch I pulled out my lesson. They've been excited about doing addition lately so I went with that. I used the Melissa and Doug number magnets we had and some beads that Mema gave us and we counted out a few simple equations. We also practiced counting to 20 by 1's, 2's and 5's. They did not really like counting by 2's or 5's because it wasn't "right." But I put the bug in their head about it and we focused on just counting to 20. Izzie wanted us to count to 20 about 4 times before she was ready to move on to the next part of the lesson!!
After our lesson they put on a dancing show for me. They watch So You Think You Can Dance with me sometimes and they were mimicking some of the dancers moves. Maddie was really getting into the arm movements and Izzie was all about the leaps and jumps. I wanted them to calm down a bit after dancing before nap so I offered them some stories but they just wanted to play quietly with this magnetic maze that Nanna bought them for Christmas last year. The cool thing about that maze is how much imagination it sparks! The girls talk about different parts of the maze as different parts of their town and the pathways are streets. Today, the big square in the middle was Daddy's work, but yesterday it was Target. Then one corner is the grocery store and another is a park, etc. So the actual maze is secondary, the balls are the people. It ended up being a great buy!
|Melissa and Doug Magnetic Numbers. They counted to twenty with no problems!|
Background: Maddie has a teen tiny boo boo on her thumb.
Overhead on the monitor this morning:
Izzie: oh no Maddie! What can we have for breakfast if you get a bandaid, it can't get sticky.
Maddie: yeah we probably shouldn't have yogurt.
Izzie: how about eggs and bacon?
Maddie: that sounds good, but the bacon will get on my bandaid.
Izzie: you can eat it with your other hand.
Maddie: that is a good idea, but maybe we should just have eggs just in case. I can use a fork to eat eggs.
Izzie: okay! I'll tell momma! Do you want fruit too?
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sammy looked like he was having the time of his life and I'm so glad we came to see that smile of his. We sang him a Happy Birthday and played for a bit longer before begging off. I heard later that they stayed at Going Bonkers for hours and hours playing! We went to Grandma and Grandpa's house after the party and hung out there for a couple of hours. It was a good day.
Yesterday was spent cleaning, shopping and playing D&D. I made a fantastic dinner, with John's help. (He grilled the steak perfectly!) At dinner the girls had their best manners on. They told me that my dinner was terrific, then they turned to John and told him, "And you did a very good job on grilling the meat, Daddy." It was so very grown-up of them. After we put the girls down to bed, John and I installed a Nancy Drew game on my computer to play together. We used to play that series a lot before the girls were born. It's a fun puzzle game and I'm glad John suggested we play it last night. We make a good team solving the problems in the game, plus anytime I can figure out something before John I get really excited!
Here are some photos from Going Bonkers: