Monday, October 18, 2010

P is for….

Lots of things this week.  First it’s for Potty!  Jacob is officially potty trained!!  It was one week of constant laundry and then it clicked.  He is so proud of himself and got to go pick out new underwear. (Thomas, because they don’t have Mario underwear) 


Next it’s for Playing in the leaves!  Be sure to click on the picture so you can see their faces better. I love Ben’s face. They had so much fun playing.  We made a fall tree craft.  Which turned out to be one of my favorites.

Bproject Ben drew pictures of boys jumping into the “leaf piles” he made on the “ground”.

This is what Jacob did during “Art”.  He wasn’t at all interested in gluing leaves.  I just let him be.  jswing

P is also for Pumpkins!  We are doing everything pumpkins this week.  I made a sensory bin for them to play around in which they loved.  It was great to see where their imaginations took them with this. 







Pics from our “school day”

beanbagJ schoolwork jpumpkins

Joseph loves reading to Jacob at night and then falling asleep next to him.  reading 




Ben was having a hard time at OT and wanted to get in the “net swing with all the heavy things”.  He had about 60 pounds of weight on him.  I rarely see him this calm.  It made him feel much better.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sharing is not always a good thing…

The past week we have been passing around a stomach bug.  It started with Joe last Tuesday, Ben on Thursday, Jacob on Saturday, Ben again on Monday, Rachel on Wednesday then Hannah finally got it on Thursday.  Luckily it was only an 18-24 hr. bug but it was enough to totally mess up my school plans.  So, hopefully everyone had their turn and life will return to normal. Whatever normal is…

Ben got to spend a lot of time on his favorite new website called Zoodles.  It is a website that has a ton of educational websites together on one site.  DSC02333

Here is Ben doing what he loves the most,  playing the computer. 



Matt is taking some time off again and going to Indiana to work at the store for the Covered Bridge Festival.  Hannah, Joe and Ben tagged along while Rachel and Jacob stayed home with me.  Rachel has volleyball games and Jacob has school.  I’m going to use the time to revamp some of my school plans.  I feel like I should kick it up a notch for him.  Some of the unit studies I had planned for him seem too easy so I just need to gather all my thoughts and ideas and get it all together. 

Here are some photos from our week….

DSC02327            Matt playing football with Joe and Logan (neighbor)DSC02349 Shelby and Fifi taking over my chairs

DSC02330                        Hannah’s 12th birthday!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Birthday and Gull Meadow Farms

 DSC02289 I always know that it is officially Fall when we go to the apple orchard and celebrate Hannah’s birthday.  Hannah chose three friends and went bowling for the evening. Later her big birthday surprise was a cat.  She’s been begging us for months for a cat and we happened to have a friend who needed to get rid of hers so we adopted FiFi.  Hannah is so happy and I really enjoy having a cat again.  I think it’ll take Matt a while to get used to her.          

gull meadow farms

    On Sunday we spent the afternoon at Gull Meadow Farms with the Simpsons.  The kids had a blast with all the activities and we were excited to be able to take Ben and Jacob.  There were a ton of people there and Ben struggled at first but then ending up doing a good job.  It’s very hard for him to stand in line and wait but he did it and found out that some things are worth the wait. We took a wagon ride around the apple orchard and of course the day ended with donuts and cider. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

D is for Dinosaur

It’s also for David and Goliath!  This week I had so much less going on that I felt like we spent more than enough time on “school”.  Both boys loved the dinosaur theme.  Jacob participated a little more this week.  I’m pretty sure it had something to do with getting candy corn after completing an activity. :-)  



Jacob sorting Dinosaurs from biggest to smallest.  Then counting foam blocks


This week we

  • learned about how BIG God is and he can do BIG things.
  • Skip counting by 5’s
  • Herbivores and Carnivores
  • Different types of Dinosaurs
  • What is a Paleontologist?
  • Introduce nickels and counting them by 5
  • Watched Dave and the Giant Pickle (Veggie Tales) and Land Before Time
  • Adding 2’s
  • Made a Dinosaur Lapbook


DSC02254    Adding candy corn, reading David & Goliath and handwriting practice.                                                DSC02267



 Joseph stayed home sick one day so he joined in the fun by working on his spelling words.  It was fun having all three boys at home but definitely harder for the “teacher” to work with them all at the same time. 



                         The finished LapbookDSC02275  DSC02272               Shelby’s favorite spot in the schoolroomDSC02268