Little House in the Big Woods

LauraAll Posts, Kindergarten

If your four-year-old is ready, I highly recommend reading the first Little House book together. In it, Laura herself is four! We thoroughly enjoyed The Little House in the Big Woods. Some things that helped Vivienne to understand it as we read: * Making this lapbook: These suggestions were so much fun – making butter, carving soap, and other hands-on … Read More

Grass Heads, etc.

LauraAll Posts, Kindergarten

Highlights from this past week include but are not limited to: Grass Heads! Dare I ever think my degree in Biology is worthless, please remind me about the scientists God gave me… Art Museum Tattoos… ‘can’t get better than that! Matching Girls! I rarely do this, but when I do, I feel like a REALLY good mom. 🙂

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

LauraAll Posts, Kindergarten

This morning, we enjoyed a field trip to the Recycling Center to compliment our lessons about God’s creation and good stewardship. We saw (and smelled) garbage being mashed by big, loud trucks; watched men, trucks, and conveyor belts sort tons and tons of cardboard boxes, plastics, and glass; saw huge blocks of crushed bottles, cans, and paper; danced to Jack … Read More

Alphabet Quest at the Museum

LauraAll Posts, Kindergarten

Field Trip Day! A great friend of Vivienne’s joined us at the Palmer Museum of Art this morning. The two girls had a blast playing the “Alphabet Quest” game from Vivienne’s Phonics program. I simply attached the alphabet to a clipboard and the girls found examples of words beginning with each letter: everything from ketchup to ribbons to queens caught … Read More

First Day

LauraAll Posts, Kindergarten

Starting with a field-trip to the Grange Fair, our First Day of Kindergarten was fun! When we returned from the pig-judging, goat-milking, and bunny-loving, we did about 30 minutes of “school” and were on our way. Ryan was so happy last night: “Wow! This is OUR home! We have a school in OUR home! That’s amazing!” And my sister, Julie, … Read More

A Game: “After-Dinner Mint”

LauraAll Posts, Kindergarten, Motherhood

This month, I’ve been getting ready to establish Vivienne’s four chores for the fall: 1. setting the table, 2. making her bed, 3. sweeping up after dinner, and 4. folding some of the laundry. We’re going to try this without charts, stickers, and allowance because I am so overwhelmed by all of the PRIZES PRIZES PRIZES. Every time I turn … Read More