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Friday, February 26, 2016

Toddler School - Week 10 - More Color

Baby Jay is doing so well with Toddler School. It's really about fun learning that we do together. She loves to be read to and played with. One issue that we have sometimes is that she wants my full attention when I have to do other things like cook or wash dishes. I try to include her in everything I do, but she isn't always interested in my activity. When I read about Busy Bags, the light bulb went off. That would be perfect! I went to Pinterest, of course, and found a bunch of ideas that I want to try. You can check out my Toddler School Pinterest board here. The first busy bag activity that I made is a Pipe Cleaner Can. Baby Jay found it fascinating. She played for 20 minutes!

Toddler School - Week 10 - More Color

Friday, February 12, 2016

Toddler School - Week 9 - Art

I love doing arts and crafts with the kids. It's one of my most favorite things about doing school with my youngest girls. This week, I chose several different types of art activities for Baby Jay to try. She had a blast!

Toddler School - Week 9 - Art

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Jay's Penguin Birthday Party

Jay turned 7!!!! Her birthday theme request this year was Penguins. Which really surprised me. I expected Frozen or something like that. I was glad, though. I found the cutest DIY ideas on Pinterest. Check out my Birthday Party Board for other ideas.

Penguin Birthday Party

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Children's Ministry - Creation Day 2

A few months ago, my family and I really stepped out in faith. God called us to start a church! Since we are new and still small, the only children are my two youngest daughters, but I think they still need Sunday School and Children's Church. This week's lesson was on Creation - Day 2. I found some wonderful resources to help me teach the girls.

Creation Day 2 Activities

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Toddler School - Week 8 - Red

This week for Toddler School, we worked on the color red. Baby Jay's favorite red activity was the edible paint. Read on for more!

 Toddler School - Red

Friday, January 29, 2016

Library Story Time - The Mitten

I work part-time at our local Library as a Children's Librarian. One of my most favorite responsibilities is our weekly Story Time. Each week we have a different theme. We try to base our books, craft, and snacks on the theme. Some times it's easier than others.

This week's theme was based on the book The Mitten by Jan Brett.

The Mitten book

Friday, January 22, 2016

Toddler School - Week 7 - Blue

I am SO amazed with Baby Jay! Most everyone thinks their babies are the smartest and most special babies in the world. (I am no exception!) I'm going to brag on her for just a minute. While thinking about themes for Toddler School, I decided it would be good to start spending time on each color. Toddler School Week 4 was about introducing colors. You can read that post here. The first color I chose to go more in depth with was blue. Baby Jay began to recognize and name it after only one day!!!

Toddler School - Learning the color blue

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Toddler School - Week 6 - Birds

Jay began the Little Keepers At Home activities for the Bird Pin this week. I thought Baby Jay would enjoy learning along with her. We already know how much she loves chickens. You can take a look at our Farm Animals post here.

Male Cardinal

I was able to photograph a cardinal and a blue jay to show the girls. To read about how CJ made this Milk Jug Bird Feeder click here.

Blue Jay at Milk Jug Bird Feeder
Blue Jay at Milk Jug Bird Feeder

We went outside to catch "ninens" (chickens) today. The weather was beautiful! As well as enjoying the birds, the girls enjoyed a walk, jumping on the trampoline, swinging on the swing set, and sliding down the slide. Baby Jay learned to climb the ladder by herself.

Enjoying the Slide
Enjoying the Slide

She enjoyed the books I brought home from the Library for Jay as well as one I brought home for myself. The first was Birds by Melissa Stewart. This wasn't a book that I read to her, but we enjoyed looking at the pictures together. The next was There is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems. Baby Jay thought this book was hilarious. So did I! The book I brought home for myself is Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom. The pictures in this book are fabulous! Baby Jay can not get enough of this book. She has us look at it with her several times a day.

I would love to read your suggestions for learning about birds!

This post is linked to Tree Valley Academy Learning Kid Link-up #27, Tot School Gathering Place Week 157 , and  Learn and Play Link Up, and the Preschool and Kindergarten Community, and Everything Early Childhood Link Up

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Toddler School - Week 5 - Farm Animals

We live on a small farm in Tennessee. We raise chickens and rabbits. I thought it would be fun to spend some time learning about farm animals this week. We talked about their names and the sounds they make.

Toddler School Week 5 Farm Animals

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