City parks: they are sort of our thing-- parks in general, really. I love being around different people doing different things. I find it so inspiring. A filled park is one full of endless possibilities. This day in particular, was one of the first breaks in the weather and people set out to enjoy it. There were artists painting, performers singing, and little ones dancing. People were on bikes, and skates. Others were running, skipping, hopping-- just happy to be out. There were old friends catching up, people reading, while others were just simply reflecting. We got iced lattes and sat on a bench in the sun. We stumbled upon a cute little vegetarian shop and had the best tuna and the freshest salad. We people watched and explored. We filled our lungs with fresh city air. It was just what we needed. Now that spring has finally sprung, we anticipate many more days like this.
Dear friends of ours drove three hours to be here for Logan's birthday party and to spend time with us. Scott and I managed to get a kid-free afternoon the day after the party. We ventured into the city. We ended up at the Franklin Institute. We made great time, found the best parking, and escaped the rain. We even found ourselves eating at the same restaurant twice in one day (definitely a first for me!) We day drank, had the best conversation, and laughed way too much. Sco and I were overdue for a day like this.
The past few weeks have been a random of sorts. We've been all over the place, with our preschool homeschool. It's been reviewing, new exposures, and lots of creating. We celebrated a birthday, ate too much chocolate, and have done a ton of writing. This girl loves to write.
We have been very diligent in keeping up with our compost. I love that this is something that Logan can be a part of. We began talking about composting, growing our one food, and where in fact where food comes from. I hope to create a lesson about this in the weeks to come as we start to prepare a spot in the yard for a raised bed garden. I currently have a few books about recycling and growing your own food on hold at the library. Composting has made us (adults especially) more aware of how much food we waste. So we are working on that too, with trying to buy in smaller quantities and much of what we know will get eaten. Another added bonus, is that we've have been adding new fruits and vegetables to our diet.
Despite the unkindness of Old Man Winter, we have been trying to have out-of-the-home adventures. We went to Princeton University Art Museum one Saturday and fell in love. It's the best there-- they are family friendly and have an abundance of programs to get children involved. Plus they run on donations. The event we went to highlighted a Monet piece and then had paper, tape, scissors, and crayons out for the kids to make their own version of the painting. Logan loved it. We did to. It turned into a day of campus walking, book store hopping, and a delicious Qdoba lunch.
We have been on many indoor treasure hunts.
This one we made anticipating warmer and sunnier days.
Come on spring!
We've been pulling out these number flashcards (Logan made a while back) for number recognition. We have 2 or 3 letter lessons left then we are going to move on to focused number lessons, with letters tossed in weekly as a review.
I love anything Paper Source, and these masks couldn't be any more perfect.
These masks we made for Lo's superhero party. We wanted to throw in some girly touches to an otherwise boyish theme. Lo didn't mind one bit. She loved everything. Especially her Miss Captain America costume. We are so thankful to our friends and family who supported the theme showing up in superhero tees and capes. Such fun!
Miss Captain America in all her glory!
Things we are looking forward to: ^ Beginning number lessons ^ Making a fairy garden ^ Friends birthday parties ^ Earth Day ^ Going back to the zoo ^ Outdoor adventures
Five things I am loving at the moment: ^ shades of blue paired with a sunny day. ^ the power of positive thinking. ^ wooden blocks. how cute are these little houses?! oh, the possibilities... ^ unique silverware-- these especially! ^ fresh flowers wrapped in paper. fresh flowers in general, really. Linking up here.
I typically use these letter and picture coloring pages for review to to introduce upcoming letters. Coincidentally enough, the two letters this week were ones we haven't done yet. These pages can be found here.
I love when Logan get creative on her own. (Notice the waves at the bottom of the page.)
We love sensory play! We try to incorporate it in our weekly learning and are always brainstorming for new sensory play/craft ideas. We happened upon some Aqua Sand a few months back and we just now finally pulled it out, and I think it's safe to say it was love at first sight feel.
Much as we love that, we too love glue in this house. Along with tape. A sticking agent theme? Definitely! I have tried to do one (minimum) grouping/sorting activity weekly. This one (Taste vs. Hearing) was great because Logan was able to do it on her own. The only one she was unsure of was the popcorn, because you can hear it and taste it, so we placed it in the middle. I thought this was a great observation on Lo's part.
These are gifts that Lo decorated for her cousin's birthday party this past weekend. I am semi-obsessed with her writing. I always love little letters. Logan was very proud of her work, and even more excited to deliver the gifts.