- following Holy Heros Advent activities (they email out a letter filled with activities for the kids each day).
- making another advent chain for a simple way to enjoy time with the children getting ready.
- Looking through the links that I saved last year for advent.
- Waiting for St. Nicholas' feast day and doing some fun activities to prepare.
- Making some lovely stand-up paper creches from Crechemania.com
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wow, where does the time go? This week we all had colds again, and an annoying eye infection that is plaguing the littles... so I didn't have any time at all for blogging, or even twittering.
- Math- counting by 3s and 5s, multiplication of 10, 0, 1, 2, 3 and 5, telling time
- History- we FINALLY finished our ancient history studies, and we're moving on next term! We didn't spend as much time as I would have liked on Roman and Greek times, but I know we'll get back to it later.
- Music- E is moving along quickly in her piano lessons, and is enjoying the Girls Choir. Her Christmas concert at the Concert Hall is coming up very soon.
- Science - We're still moving slowly in our chemistry studies, learning about the periodic table, Marie Curie and molecules.
- Latin - Counting in Latin!! Unus, duo, tres, quattuor, quinque. The kids love Latin.
- Grammar - Predicate Nominatives. huh?
- Art - more printmaking, and a special commissioned project for a nativity scene that E just finished.
- Reading - Z is learning slowly to read!! He can read 3 letter words with short vowels, like CAT and MET and DOG. Yay!!
I spent a lot of time just playing with the little ones this week. They are all at such fun ages. The twins are so curious about everything, and have no fear, and H the snapdragon is delightful with her exuberance and joy for life.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- black construction paper (or any dark color) and chalk.
- fingerpaint and paper (only as a last resort as this gets really messy)
- popsicle tray with the sticks neatly placed in each 'hole' so they can pull them all out and then put them all back in again.
- thin layer of flour spread on cookie sheet. (show them they can draw pictures with their fingers.
- clean egg carton with one chocolate chip in each egg spot... and extras to spare. This ensures they don't eat them all in one gulp, and maybe they'll try to put the spares in their own holes too.
- 'unloading' the dishwasher by themselves
- watching a dvd that they had put into the computer themselves and turned on (no kidding!)
- inside the pantry getting out various snack foods that look appealing. (if they don't look appealing they throw them on the floor out of the way)
- trying to see what happens when you drop 12 eggs on the floor (ok, grandma found them doing this)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
- running up the aisle towards the priest (and laughing an evil laugh because they know they are being bad)
- running down the aisle out the doors into the back of the church and straight outside into the parking lot!
- climbing under the pew in front of us to escape out the aisle
- climbing over the pew behind us to escape (and landing on their heads onto the feet of very surprised parishoners)
- dashing with great speed through the communion line, like a football player, weaving in and out of the communion ministers and the priest himself before finally making a quick exit out the back door
- and more...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The smart and creative mom at gardenymph makes up a secret kitchen clubhouse once or twice a year for the kids under the kitchen table with sparkly lights, blankets, books, etc... You have to see it, to appreciate the genius of this idea. She even started a flickr group so people could post their own versions online.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This is so exciting! The very first contest at my little blog, and just in time for Christmas. The nice folks over at Sony BMG have offered to give away a prize package on my little blog for the new album that's coming out this month called The Priests.
Friday, November 14, 2008
|From more printing|
- Styrofoam sheets (we used cut up meat trays. you can also use styrofoam plates from the grocery store, or fancy sheets from the art store)
- Printing Ink (called Block printing ink), or thick paint like tempera, or ink pads. I think even finger paint would work in a pinch.
- Rubber brayer for spreading the ink onto your Styrofoam plate (you could use a paintbrush too if you don't have a brayer, but it's not nearly as fun).
- Waxed paper
- White paper
|From more printing|
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I love seeing the progression from each year as E gets older(8 years old just last week). Look at the detail in the manger.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
You Are Boggle
You are an incredibly creative and resourceful person.
You're able to dig deep and think outside the box to get things done.
You are a non linear thinker. You don't like following directions
You draw your inspiration from the strangest places sometimes. You're constantly inspired.
Spend this Christmas in the good company of the Holy Fathers
"I am an old Christmas person and cannot imagine a more spiritual and impressive way than spending the Christmas season with the popes. This is a marvelous book to give anyone who has a real sense of the Church and of the significance of the teachings of the bishops of Rome. I highly recommend it." --Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.
"Written by a Vatican insider and accomplished church historian, this book is a unique behind-the-scenes look at the world's smallest nation and the spiritual center of the Catholic Church. Produced with the full cooperation of the Vatican, this is a beautifully illustrated insiders guide into the 2,000 year long history of the Vatican and papal influence, daily life and governance of the world's largest religious body, and the art collections and other priceless treasures rarely seen by the public. In addition to a unique photographic tour, the book includes personal interviews with various Vatican employees and insiders who make their home there, from a Swiss Guard to a singer in the Sistine Chapel choir. This book is an unparalleled look into life inside the Holy City."4. Bella: Not a book, but a beautiful, touching movie that I recommend everyone watch.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Today's lesson called for us to try doing our own prints. We did monoprints today. It was really easy and fun for the kids.
printers ink (or tempra or any thick liquid paint)
white paperrubber brayer (can find at michaels or any craft store)
pencil with an eraser
Wear old clothes, or a craft smock:
1. Cover the workspace with waxed paper. I taped it down to the table with masking tape.
2. pour a little bit of paint onto waxed paper. (we used about a TBS worth... don't measure it, just blob a bit on).
3. Use the brayer to spread the paint around so it smoothly covers the waxed paper in a rectangular area. Make sure it's smaller than the size of the paper you wish to print on.
4. Carefully use the eraser end of the pencil to draw a picture right into the wet paint. Remind the kids that this is not finger painting and they are to just use the pencil for drawing. Be careful not to push too hard or you can rip the waxed paper.
5. Gently place a piece of blank paper on top of your 'drawing' and smooth it down with one hand while the other hand holds the paper still. You don't want it slipping around or it will smear your image. The book we used told the kids to make a fist and use the fleshy part of their fist to flatten the paper in a circular motion.
6. Peel the paper off the table slowly and admire your picture!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
P must have been in a very mischevioius mood that day because instead of running around furiously, he turned towards us, and with a twinkle in his eye, very purposefully peed on the floor and then laughed.
What a turkey!!
It was rather obvious that he was able to control certain bodily functions with great precision, so I ran him to the potty and he was happy to go pee like a big boy. His twin brother followed behind and had his turn on the big throne too.
Now since then, there has been a trail of toilet paper, pants and diapers strewn all over the place. Fights have erupted over the little potty and the big potty and flushing rights. I'm telling you, everything with twins is just that much crazier.
The thrill was, of course, flushing the toilet after he was done. I suppose this has been the thrill all along, and perhaps that's why they both have been visiting the potty every 5 minutes all morning. I have since fished a sippy cup full of milk and a hand towel out of the potty, wiped up many misses, and am just about to take two advil for a headache.
Note to self: buy two potties next time God lovingly blesses us with twins.
Note to husband: HIRE A CLEANING LADY!
|From 2008 10 31 Halloween|
Thursday, November 06, 2008
“Count it All Joy” by Melissa Wiley
In Joyful Pursuit of the Arts by Kate Cammarata
Motivation, Part 3 by Laura Berquist
October Unit Study Pull-out:
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
I cannot believe the years fly by so quickly, in this house.. especially when the minutes seem to crawl by.
This past weekend we celebreated E's 8th birthday. To avoid the chaos of last years party, we substantially cut the guest list down from 20+ kids to only five, and had all the grandparents and aunties and uncles go out with us for a brunch the next day.
It was a lovely quiet party. (relative to the other crazy ones anyways). At one point, my husband and my sister and I were standing in the kitchen listening to classical music, sipping wine and eating appetizers. It was lovely :-)
After she was properly disciplined (while trying not to burst out in laughter ourselves), the candles were relight and E gracefully finished her moment in the spotlight.
The next day, we went to a gluten free restaurant for brunch with the family and terrorized the place with our big brood of kids :-) It was a lovely weekend!