Friday, September 6, 2013

Adventure in Pre-school at home

My little Tater Tot has a huge thirst for knowledge. He already knows his ABC's, can count to 15 and knows a variety of shapes including semi circle, octagon as well as the basics and he knows several colors. To me that is an impressive list considering he is 2 years old. I want to continue to foster his love of learning and help him anyway I can.

During June and July I came up with themes and corresponding activities to inspire learning in our home. The themes we did were: Bugs, Monsters, Dinosaurs and Pirates. I took a lot of pictures and will eventually get around to doing a post about each of them. Each theme lasted a couple of weeks. We would spend about an hour or less a couple days a week doing our theme activities.  I started out by doing a movement exercise or song. It was a lot of fun to turn on music and watch him dance around like different bugs and dinosaurs. Next we would do the craft project or learning activity and finish of our learning time by playing outside. And somewhere throughout the day we would read some of our library books.

The month of August was crazy and for what ever reason we really didn't do any structured learning with themes. We continued our Library time and movement activities though. I really wanted to send Tater Tot to preschool this fall. But even part time 2 days a week was more than we can afford. After several hours looking on Pinterest, I felt confident that I could do preschool at home with him. You can find all of the ideas I've pinned here.

Here is the chart I made to write up our weekly lesson plans. After the 1st week I'm sure there will be changes that I will have to make but I felt like it was a good starting point. I will let Tater Tot lead the way and our "School Time" will last as long as he is interested. I'm really excited to start this adventure and I can't wait to share our journey with all of you.
For the first 2 weeks in September will be doing an apple theme, with focus on the letter A, number 1 and circles. Be sure to check back and see what we have been up to :)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Cut It Up: What's Bugging You? Challenge #25

Happy Friday Friends! Very excited to play along with this weeks challenge over at Cut It Up.This week's challenge is to make a creation using a bug. Being a mom of a little boy I have lots of bug choices in my cricut cartridges. My favorite 2 to use are "Create a Critter" 1 and 2.

This is another side step style card. Yes I might be addicted to making these now! I used light blue card stock for the base of the card and it is A2 size (4.25 x 5.5 inches). Next I added a 2 pieces of green patterned paper for the grass. I fringe cut the back piece to make the grass more realistic. Next I added my cut outs, they all are from the "Create a Critter" and "Create a Critter 2" cartridges. For finishing touches I used liquid pearls to make the clouds, heart on the hive and the stems of the flowers. The sentiment on the inside of the card says, " Happy BEE-day!".

Thanks for taking a look at my latest creation. Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Celebrate Summer- Cut It Up challenge

I love summer! The sunshine, warmth, fresh veggies from the garden and the list just goes on. This summer has been a busy one for us. Between potty training Tiny Human and home repair projects and just day to day life there just hasn't been a lot of free time for crafting. Not to mention an old TV and original Nintendo have found there way into my crafting space (my sweetie says there is enough room to use the Cricut so its not a big deal). Today I managed to sneak in making a card for Cut It Up's "Celebrate Summer" Challenge. I'm really excited that I actually get to play along with the challenge. It seems I usually look at the challenge the day after it is do.

This is my first "side step" style card. All of the elements were cut on the Cricut using the Create a Critter cartridge.I used the swiss dots folder to add texture to the sand. The cloud I cut free hand to have something to mount the sentiment on. All of the papers I used were scraps from my stash. 

Hope you all are having a delightful summer and enjoying the season to it's fullest!