Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Birds

Ender has been fascinated with birds over the last few months, so when I saw this project on Deep Space Sparkle I knew it was perfect for us.

We're planning to try this project with various materials, so for our first version we used crayons and marker before cutting out our birds.

Then came the difficult decision of what kind of background to draw...

Ezra's bird

Ender's bird

Next up, trying the bird project with pastels and watercolors!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tips to Occupy Your Toddler

{Ezra at 18 months}

I'm sharing toddler tips at Simple Homeschool today.

Come on over and join in the conversation!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I cast on last night for a new nephew expected in early May. You can't tell yet, but this is the Pembroke Vest [rav link] in the 6 month size.

I'm not terribly happy with it. Not because of the pattern, but because I'm generally unhappy with knitting lately. I've seriously cast on four different things in the past week and ripped them all back out after about 2 hours of work, because I wasn't crazy about the project. I can't seem to find that one project I really want to work on.

Do you ever get that feeling? I haven't lost the knitting love- I *want* to knit, I'm just not finding a project to be super excited about.

Perhaps the problem has been the renewed focus on sewing- this week has brought new shorts and pajamas for the boys and hemming a gazillion work pants for Brian- I'm on the 5th and last pair this week, and then back to my petticoat!

And since Ginny also invites us to write about our reading, I'm almost done with Redwall this week for fiction, and I have the Red Pyramid waiting. For non-fiction I've been looking through booklists and working on all kinds of things for next year in our homeschool. I'm still waffling on a math curriculum, but I have the basics down for our 6 terms of science and history, and I'm just about ready to start setting booklists.

What are you reading?

Monday, March 21, 2011


Ezra asked, "Am I big enough for the number board yet?"

Ender has been using the 100 board to review counting lately, and true to this frequent theme, Ezra insisted that he was ready to use it too. I was fairly certain that he would lose interest after placing a few tiles, but he kept at it through completion!

I started him out the same way I started Ender - with the tiles stacked in groups of tens (1-10, 11-20, etc.) with the numbers in order and a mat underneath that marks where each tile goes.

After he completes the board a few times I'll give him those same stacks of ten but with the numbers out of order, then progress to completing the board without the mat, and eventually with all the tiles mixed. Ender is using the work in that way right now (all 100 tiles mixed) as well as placing tiles counting by 2s,5s, and 10s. I still have a hard time thinking of Ezra as a 3-6 Montessorian- wasn't it just yesterday that he was so small?
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